P&O Cruises announces sale of Oceana cruise ship

8 July 2020 (Last Updated August 21st, 2020 11:35)

Carnival Corporation subsidiary P&O Cruises has sold the Oceana cruise ship, which is one of the oldest ships in the fleet.

P&O Cruises announces sale of Oceana cruise ship
Oceana cruise ship was sold to an unnamed buyer by P&O Cruises. Credit: P&O Cruises / @pandocruises.

Carnival Corporation subsidiary P&O Cruises has sold the Oceana cruise ship, which is one of the oldest ships in the fleet.

The cruise ship was built in 2000 and can accommodate 2,016 passengers onboard.

The cruise ship operator did not disclose the buyer of the ship. The ship is scheduled to leave the fleet this month.

The company decided to sell the ship due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, which has suspended cruise ship sailings around the world due to health and travel restrictions.

Currently, all cruise ship sailings offered by P&O Cruises are suspended until mid-October.

In a tweet, P&O Cruises said: “Sadly, Oceana will leave P&O Cruises this month. We will miss Oceana, but our focus will be on our remaining ships, as well as Iona, and then, her sister ship.

“We are so sorry for the disappointment to those who have a holiday booked on Oceana and hope we can offer an alternative.”

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “During this pause in our operations, we need to fit the fleet for the future and ensure we have the right mix of ships once we resume sailing.”

Passengers who booked the cancelled sailings will receive a 125% future cruise credit (FCC). Customers can also choose to receive a refund.

A new 180,000t cruise ship Iona is scheduled to commence operations later this year, while a similar cruise ship will be delivered in 2022.

Last month, Carnival Corporation announced that it will sell six ships in the next 90 days to deal with a $4.4bn loss in the second quarter of this year.