July 16, 2020 - The Carnival Group announced changes to the fleet structure for the individual brands. A total of thirteen less efficient cruise ships will enter the second-hand market between 2019 and 2021. The Holland America Line brand is hit particularly hard. Five ships leave the fleet. With four ships, Costa Crociere is in the sights of the Carnival savings commissioners.
Holland America Line is about to bid farewell to MS Amsterdam and MS Rotterdam . Both ships will switch to London-based Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in September. Their four ocean-going ships are old and need a makeover. The MS Amsterdam, built in 2000, and the MS Rotterdam, which entered service in 1997, are just in time. The ships, each with around 1.400 beds, will be called MS Bolette and MS Borealis in future.
MS Rotterdam in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The management of Fred. Olsen Lines speaks of an optimization of the fleet, which will lead to higher profitability if business is restarted after the interruption caused by COVID-19.
With the Costa NeoRomantica Another cruise ship leaves the Carnival fleet. Costa neoRomantica is switching to the Greek cruise company Celestyal Cruises. The ship, built in 1993, was extensively renovated in 2012. It has 789 Staterooms and can accommodate a maximum of 1.800 guests. Facilities include several restaurants, bars and lounges, two pools, a gym and a panoramic spa.
Costa neoRomantica in the port of Tamatave / Madagascar
Chris Theophilides, CEO of Celestyal Cruises, welcomes the new acquisition: "It fits in perfectly with our business model and is very well equipped after its extensive renovation in 2012". Details on taking over and using the ship will be communicated at a later date. Celestyal Cruises offers cruises to the Greek islands and the eastern Mediterranean.