Limbo Fleet: Cruise Ships Looking for New Operators

Celestyal Olympia

From coastal and expedition vessels to large contemporary ships, Cruise Industry News gathered the latest on the vessels that are currently sitting in a limbo status.

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Ocean Voyager
Last Operator: American Queen Voyages
Year Built: 2001
Capacity: 202 guests
Tonnage: 4,954
Location: Portland, United States

After being withdrawn from the American Queen Voyages fleet, the Ocean Voyager is looking for a new operator. Currently docked in Portland, the U.S.-built coastal cruise ship is available for sale through QPS Marine Ships.

Ocean Navigator
Last Operator: American Queen Voyages
Year Built: 2001
Capacity: 202 guests
Tonnage: 4,954
Location: Portland, United States

Currently laid up in Portland, the Ocean Navigator is also available for sale. Like its sister ship Ocean Voyager, the 202-guest vessel was removed from American Queen Voyages fleet in late 2023.

Ocean Atlantic
Last Operator: Albatros Expeditions
Year Built: 1985
Capacity: 198 guests
Tonnage: 12,798
Location: Caen, France

The Ocean Atlantic continues to look for a new operator. Out of service since mid-2022, the expedition ship is owned by SunStone ships and is currently available for sale or charter.

Ocean Diamond
Last Operator: Quark Expeditions
Year Built: 1986
Capacity: 189 guests
Tonnage: 8,282
Location: Las Palmas, Spain

After seeing its contract with Quark Expeditions end, the Ocean Diamond is another expedition ship waiting for a new operator. Owned by SunStone ships, the 1986-built vessel is available for sale or charter.

Dream Goddess (Ex-Berlin)
Last Operator: FTI Cruises
Year Built: 1980
Capacity: 352 guests
Tonnage: 9,570
Location: Perama, Greece

Sold after the closure of FTI Cruises in 2020, the former Berlin is sitting in limbo. Initial plans to convert it into a private yacht seem to have failed as the 352-guest vessel remains untouched in Greece ever since.

Celestyal Crystal
Last Operator: Celestyal Cruises
Year Built: 1992
Capacity: 950 guests
Tonnage: 25,600
Location: Lavrio, Greece

Replaced by a larger and more modern vessel, the Celestyal Crystal is waiting for a decision regarding its future. Out of service since late 2023, the 950-guest vessel is presently docked in Lavrio, Greece.

Last Operator: Swan Hellenic Cruises
Year Built: 1996
Capacity: 350 guests
Tonnage: 12,892
Location: Elefsis, Greece

In service for the original Swan Hellenic when the company collapsed, the Minerva was sold in 2017. While the new owner reportedly planned to convert it into a private yacht, the 350-guest ship remains out of service in Greece.

Bella Fortuna (ex-Celestyal Olympia)
Last Operator: Celestyal Cruises
Year Built: 1982
Capacity: 1,402 guests
Tonnage: 37,773
Location: Cesme, Turkey

Reportedly sold by Celestyal Cruises, the former Celestyal Olympia is facing an uncertain future. After being renamed Bella Fortuna, the 1982-built sailed to the Turkish port of Cesme – where it remains laid-up since early January.

Golden Horizon
Last Operator: Tradewind Voyages

Year Built: 2021
Capacity: 300 guests
Tonnage: 8,770
Location: Split, Croatia

With its former operator Tradewind Voyages facing war-related sanctions, the Golden Horizon remains docked in Croatia since late 2021. Facing an uncertain future, the sailing ship was originally ordered by Star Clippers, who never took delivery of it.

Aegean Odyssey
Last Operator: Road Scholar
Year Built: 1973
Capacity: 350 guests
Tonnage: 11,500
Location: Lavrio, Greece

One of the oldest active cruise ships, the Aegean Odyssey appears to be looking for a new operator. Laid up in Greece since late 2022, the 1973-built vessel spent the last few years sailing under charter for Road Scholar.

Blue Sapphire
Last Operator: Selectum Blu Cruises
Year Built: 1981
Capacity: 750 guests
Tonnage: 37,000
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

After being acquired by its present owners in 2020, the Blue Sapphire remains laid-up in Turkey since mid-2023. Originally in service for Hapag-Lloyd as the Europa, the 1981-built appears to be facing an uncertain future after seeing Selectum Blu Cruises cease operations last year.

Last Operator: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Year Built: 1948/1994
Capacity: 520 guests
Tonnage: 16,100
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Out of service since early 2020, the Astoria remains docked in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. One of the oldest cruise ships in service when the pandemic broke, the 1948-built was last operated by now-defunct Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

 Eastern Venus (ex-Pacific Venus)
Last Operator: Venus Cruise
Year Built: 1998
Capacity: 696 guests
Tonnage: 26,518
Location: Shidao, China

Last operated by Venus Cruise, the former Pacific Venus left Japan under a new name in late 2023. Now sailing as the Eastern Venus, the 1998-built cruise ship is currently in China with no updates regarding its future known at press time.

 Mykonos Magic (ex-Costa Magica)
Last Operator: Costa Cruises
Year Built: 2004
Capacity: 2,720 guests
Tonnage: 103,000
Location: Elefsis, Greece

Sold to Seajets in 2023, the former Costa Magica remains laid-up in Greece. Renamed Mykonos Magic, the 2,720-guest, 2004-built vessel is currently one of the largest and newest cruise ships out of service.

Queen of the Oceans (ex-Oceana)
Last Operator: P&O Cruises
Year Built: 1999
Capacity: 2,000 guests
Tonnage: 90,000
Location: Patra, Greece

The former Oceana is also laid up after being acquired by Seajets. The Greek ferry operator bought the 1999-built ship from P&O Cruises in 2020, renaming it Queen of the Oceans.

Aegean Majesty (ex-Veendam)
Last Operator: Holland America Line
Year Built: 1996
Capacity: 1,350 guests
Tonnage: 55,819
Location: Aigio, Greece

Previously in service for Holland America Line, the former Veendam was also bought by Seajets. Renamed Aegean Majesty, the 1,350-guest vessel has been docked in Greece ever since the transaction took place in 2020.

 Majesty (ex-Majesty of the Seas)
Last Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Year Built: 1992
Capacity: 2,354 guests
Tonnage: 73,941
Location: Piraeus, Greece

Another cruise ship owned by Seajets, the ex-Majesty of the Seas is also laid up in Greece. Formerly operated by Royal Caribbean International, the 1992-built vessel has been docked in Piraeus since 2021, with no plans for its future known at press time.

Other cruise ships currently out of service:

  • Grande Caribe (formerly operated by Blount)
  • Grande Mariner (formerly operated by Blount)
  • National Geographic Islander (formerly operated by Lindblad Expeditions)
  • Mantra (formerly Silversea Cruises’ Silver Galapagos)
  • Reef Endeavour (formerly operated by Captain Cook Fiji Cruises)

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