The Latest Cruise Ships Changing Hands

From sales, charters and inter-company transfers to scrapping deals, the secondhand cruise ship continues to be very active.

For a complete overview, see the Secondhand Market Report by Cruise Industry News.

Cruise Industry News looks at some of the ship moves that took place during September.

Capacity: 1,258 guests
Tonnage: 55,451
Year built: 1993
Former names: Maasdam and Aegean Myth
Fate: Acquired by CFC
Date: September 2022

After being reportedly sold by Seajets in August, the former Maasdam had its new owners officially revealed in early September. Now heading to a shipyard in Northern France, the 1993-built cruise ship will be operated by a new cruise line named Compagnie Française de Croisières (CFC).

The brand plans to operate the vessel on a series of Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises focusing on the French market. Departing from Le Havre and Marseille, the vessel will also offer a world cruise in early 2024.

TSM Singapore
Capacity: 1,441 guests
Tonnage: 47,255
Year built: 1992
Former names: Zenith
Fate: Beached for Scrapping
Date: September 2022

After two years sitting in limbo, the former Zenith was finally beached for scrapping in late September. The 1992-built vessel is now being dismantled at the Alang Ship Breaking Yard, in India.

Originally built for Celebrity Cruises, the ship was withdrawn from the Peace Boat fleet in May and spent the last few months docked in the Middle East. Renamed TSM Singapore for its last voyage, the ship also sailed for Pullmantur and CDF during its 30-year career.

Carnival Luminosa
Capacity: 2,260 guests
Tonnage: 92,700
Year built: 2009
Fate: Officially Transferred to Carnival Cruise Line
Date: September 2022

Transferred from Costa Cruises, the Carnival Luminosa officially joined the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in early September.

Now flying the Bahamas flag, the 2009-built vessel is currently on its way to Australia – where it will debut for the U.S.-based brand in November. Before departing Europe, the ship also visited a drydock in Italy to receive the Carnival’s signature livery and experiences.

Capacity: 1,440 guests
Tonnage: 61,214
Year built: 1999
Former names: N/A
Fate: Charter Completed
Date: September 2022

The Volendam completed its humanitarian charter in mid-September. Docked in the Port of Rotterdam, the Holland America Line vessel spent the last six months serving as temporary housing to Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands.

A few weeks later, the cruise ship resumed regular guest service, kicking off a series of Mediterranean cruises. The operation marked the return to of the entire fleet of Holland America Line.

Silver Explorer
Capacity: 132 guests
Tonnage: 6,130
Year built: 1989
Former names: Delfin Clipper, Sally Clipper, Baltic Clipper, Delfin Star, Dream 21, World Discoverer and Prince Albert II 
Fate: To be Operated by Exploris
Date: September 2022

The Silver Explorer will be operated by Exploris starting in December 2023. Officially revealed in Paris, the new expedition cruise line plans to focus on the French market, offering itineraries in Antarctica, the Arctic and more.

Set to be renamed Exploris One, the Explorer will receive the French flag and undergo a drydock before debuting for its new operators.

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