The announcement, made in a preliminary Q3 financial filing to the SEC, brings the total number of sold ships from the global cruise company to 18.In the filing, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said the action was being taken to make the company's fleet -- and company overall -- more efficient."We continue to take aggressive action to emerge a leaner, more efficient company," he said in the filing. "We are accelerating the exit of 18 less-efficient ships from our fleet. This will generate a 12 percent reduction in capacity and a structurally lower cost base, while retaining the most cash-generative assets in our portfolio."The filing did not say what ships would be sold, or from what cruise lines. Carnival Corp. owns nine cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard and Seabourn Cruise Line, as well as the international lines Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.So far, ships that have been sold for scrap include several of Carnival Cruise Line's oldest ships -- its Fantasy-class, including Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination and Inspiration, along with Costa Victoria. (Cruise Critic is keeping a running tally.)The company also sold four Holland America ships (Maasdam, Veendam, Amsterdam and Rotterdam), three Costa ships (Costa Atlantica, Costa Mediterranea and Costa neoRomantica); two P&O Australia ships (Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn) and P&O's Oceana. That leaves three, yet unnamed ships that will leave the Carnival Corporation fleet.
(6:15 p.m. EDT) -- Out on the deck of Stephen Taber, a 149-year-old schooner that is one of only two overnight passenger ships currently sailing in the United States, the wind picks up. I shiver, despite the numerous layers donned to protect against the chilly Maine night. The galley below deck, heated by a massive wood-burning stove, seems warm and inviting.
I begin the mental gymnastics that have become second nature during the pandemic, with conflicting feelings cartwheeling through my head. Everyone onboard, both crew and passengers, has been COVID tested (in some cases, twice, thanks to entrance requirements from both the state of Maine and Taber's