Cruise Ship Sales and Transfers


The secondhand cruise ship market has traditionally been highlighted by two to three eight- to nine-figure transactions on an annual basis.

As the existing cruise fleet grows larger and ages, the secondhand market was expected to grow minimally, as the pool of qualified buyers is limited in scope.

COVID-19, however, sent a shockwave through the world, and turned the secondhand ship market upside down over night.

Cruise Industry News tracks the second hand cruise ship market, including vessel sales and key charters, along with ship withdrawals, with data extending back to 1983 in the Cruise Ship Secondhand Market Report.


Ship Selling Party1 New Operator1 Tonnage Capacity Built Price/Terms Date
Caledonian Sky APT Expedition Shipping Partners Ltd 4,200 114 1991 Sale
Reef Endeavour Captain Cook Fiji Expedition Experience 3,125 140 1996 N/A
AIDAaura AIDA Cruises Miray International 42,200 1,270 2003 Set to offer world cruise for Miray
Seabourn Odyssey Seabourn Mitsui O.S.K. Lines 32,346 450 2009 Chartered back to Seabourn ahead of 2024 delivery
World Dream Banking Interests Aroya Cruises (Cruise Saudi) 151,300 3,352 2017 Sold at auction to Cruise Saudi

(1) May also represent chartering party.

For a full accounting of second hand market transactions dating back to 1983, please see the Cruise Ship Second Hand Market Report.

Last Updated: Saturday, September 2, 2023


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