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End of the line for former Costa NeoRomantica
The 'Antares Experience', built for Costa Cruises but sold by Carnival Corporation as the corporation accelerated the disposal of older cruise ships during the pandemic, is heading to the Gadani Ship Breaking Yard. The 1993 built 'Costa Romantica' underwent a significant modernization and overhaul in 2011 as part of a life extension program designed to update the ship. Beyond the addition of new decks with cabins, they also added balconies to some staterooms and updated her public rooms and amenities. She was relaunched as the 'Costa NeoRomantica' including cruises in the Chinese market, but was among the ships sold in 2020 as Carnival Corporation sought to dispose of older cruise ships during the pause in operations. For a time, it appeared that the vessel had found a new operator after it was announced that she had been sold to Greece’s Celestyal Cruises and renamed 'Celestyal Experience'. The cruise line announced plans for a refurbishment of the ship before planning to start operating her in 2021. The cruise line, however, was only able to operate a limited cruise program in Greece during the summer of 2021, deciding to keep the newly acquired ship idle. Faced with financial pressures, Celestyal’s parent the Louis Group announced in September 2020 that the newly acquired ship had been sold. Speculation mounted over her destination, but then it was learned that she had been acquired by the Beacon and Bay Shipping Services of Dubai. By October, reports surfaced that she was being sold for scrap. Renamed 'Antares Experience' she left Greece in mid-October with her destination believed to be the scrappers in Alang. This week the Gadani Ship Breaking Yard said the cruise ship was due in days at its facilities.
The name of the 'Celestyal Experience' has been changed to 'Antares Experience'. The ship remained stationary off Elefsina as of Sep 23, 2021.Upload News