Carnival Fantasy - ScrappedIntroduced in 1990, Carnival Fantasy was the lead ship in Carnival's new "SuperLiner" fleet. Decked out with a healthy dose of neon and longtime Carnival designer Joe Farcus's madcap interior design, Fantasy served as a workhorse for decades and was most recently based out of Mobile, Alabama.At the end of July, Carnival confirmed what had been speculated about for weeks: Fantasy had been sold and was destined for the shipbreakers at Aliaga, Turkey.
Carnival Fantasy was beached at the end of July. In late-August, work had already begun on the 30-year old ship, with the first steel cut from the bow of the ship.
Carnival Ecstasy - In ServiceThe second Fantasy Class ship to enter service with Carnival, Carnival Ecstasy is slated to return to service once Carnival gets the all-clear. In July, Ecstasy was named along with Carnival Sensation, Elation and Paradise as the four Fantasy Class vessels that are being retained by Carnival.After having made a round-the-world voyage to repatriate crew, including journeying around the horn of Africa, Carnival Ecstasy is cruising idly off the Bahamas as of this writing.
Carnival Sensation - In ServiceBuilt in 1993, Carnival Sensation is one of four cruise ships that Carnival says will return to service once the global health crisis improves.
However, maritime vessel tracking website Vesselfinder showed Carnival Sensation's name had changed to just "C" for a few days in late August. AIS tracking data stopped at the same time.Truncated names are common for ships that are destined for scrapping. Data from Vesseldfinder is derived from the ship's AIS (automatic identification systems). A Carnival spokesperson confirmed to Cruise Critic, however, that Sensation was still a part of the Carnival fleet. On September 1, the vessel's name reverted back to Carnival Sensation and tracking resumed.
Carnival Fascination - Laid UpIn July, Carnival stated that Carnival Fascination and sister-ship Carnival Imagination would be withdrawn from the fleet and placed in long-term layup. While the line stated neither vessel had been sold, it also revealed that it had no plans for either ship to re-enter service.In past times, older tonnage usually finds a home with smaller operators in other parts of the world. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on cruise and travel, there is little market for secondhand vessels.Carnival Fascination has been moored in Cadiz, Spain since July.
Carnival Imagination - Heading To ScrapyardWhile Carnival said it had not sold either Carnival Fantasy or Carnival Imagination, on August 23 Vesselfinder updated Carnival Imagination's destination to show it was en-route from Curacao to Aliaga, Turkey.Curacao is where both Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration stopped to offload equipment and merchandise before proceeding to Aliaga for beaching and dismantling.Carnival Imagination is scheduled to arrive at Aliaga in the early morning hours of Monday, September 14. It will be beached and dismantled shortly thereafter.
Carnival Inspiration - Scrapped
Along with Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Inspiration was sold for scrapping in July. It was berthed -- or more appropriately driven-into -- sister-ship Carnival Fantasy when it arrived off Aliaga.Up until the pandemic started, Carnival Inspiration and sister Imagination had been operating Carnival's popular Baja Mexico cruises from Long Beach, CA to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico for several years.Demolition is now beginning on both Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration.