Costa Romantica’s Career Comes to an End at the Scrappers

The latest one of the cruise ships to arrive at shipbreaking yards is the ship formerly known as Costa Romantica (now: ANTARES EXPERIENCE). Like many others of its ilk, the vessel is being sold for scrap due to the distress in the luxury cruise lines sector following the coronavirus pandemic. The cruise vessel was sold to the Alang ship-breaking yard, India, but was reported to be seen at the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan.

The ship, weighing 56,800 gross tons, was introduced in 1992 and entered service in 1993, one of the first ships to ready Italy's costa cruises for the future, who till the point had refurbished repurposed older ships to operate as cruise ships. Costa Romantica was the first ship built for the express purpose of serving as a luxury cruise liner. To this end, the interior decor was influenced by contemporary Italian styles. The boat was a success, with the passengers expressing fondness for the large cabins.

In 2011, the ship was refurbished at the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard, costing about 90 million euros. Here, the vessel was renamed Costa neoRomantica and started sailing in 2012. In 2020, Carnival corporation sought to sell it despite its popularity during its pause in operations. The ship's ownership bounced around from Celestial cruises to Beacon and Bay shipping services in Dubai and the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan, where she will be taken apart and sold for scrap.

To see a list of cruise ships scrapped or sold due to the pandemic, visit our blog.

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