Princess Cruises has announced the sale of two of its ships, Sun Princess and Sea Princess, as part of a wider shrinking of the fleet at owner Carnival Corporation.
Carnival Corporation has confirmed it will continue to shrink the size of its fleet as the cruise sector struggles to return from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Germany-based Aida Cruises has confirmed it now hopes to offer trips from November as the line seeks to return from a Covid-19 enforced suspension of operations.
Pointing to UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office guidance and the complexity of operating world voyages, Cunard said its ship Queen Elizabeth would now sail again on March 25th.
Holland America Line has become the latest cruise operator to extend its pause in operations, cancelling departures on all ships until December 15th.
P&O Cruises and Seabourn have both extended the suspension of operations into 2021 for a number of vessels. Costa Cruises will, however, return in September.
The decision follows approval from Italy, flag state of its fleet, of new safety measures in place onboard. The first trips from Kiel will start on September 6th.
The vessels - Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration - are among a total of 13 ships currently being removed from the fleet as the company battles back from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Holland America Line has announced that Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam will be leaving the fleet during 2020. Fred. Olsen will take ownership of two ships, with the buyer for the remaining pair yet to be confirmed.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is introducing two new ships to its ocean-going fleet as the company looks to strengthen the brand on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Carnival will sell a total of 13 ships this year as the cruise giant seeks to cut capacity in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. In total, the ships expected to leave the fleet represent a nearly nine per cent reduction in current capacity.
In a rare moment of good news for the cruise sector, Aida will begin sailing operations next month. Following an industry-wide pause in operations in mid-March, three of its ships will restart sailing in August.