|Marella Cruises to Retire Marella Celebration effective immediately.|
As predicted - cruise lines are expected to rationalize their fleets and remove / retire / scrap their ships for cash as well as cold layup their ships to contain costs.
Marella Cruises is the first cruise line to pull that lever with their most recent announcement. Marella Cruises is making capacity adjustments and will retire the 1984-built Celebration, according to a company statement.
The ship was built in 1984 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique for Holland America Line as the MS Noordam.
The ship sailed under the Holland America Line brand through 2005, when she was moved to Thomson Cruises, which eventually became Marella.
"The Marella Celebration is one of the longest standing and most loved ships in the Marella Cruises fleet. She’s sailed with the cruise line for 15 years, carrying almost half a million passengers. The ship was due to homeport in Dubrovnik in summer ’20 and summer ’21 and Cyprus and Dubai for the winter season," the company said, in a statement.
Marella, owned by TUI Group, did not elaborate on whether it would sell or scrap the vessel.
Stay tuned for more updates.
As of May 9th, 2020, the Marella Celebration was removed from the TUI Website. The Marella Celebration is currently sailing outside the mouth of the Solent River on her way to Southampton.
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