The announcement, made in a preliminary Q3 financial filing to the SEC, brings the total number of sold ships from the global cruise company to 18.In the filing, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said the action was being taken to make the company's fleet -- and company overall -- more efficient."We continue to take aggressive action to emerge a leaner, more efficient company," he said in the filing. "We are accelerating the exit of 18 less-efficient ships from our fleet. This will generate a 12 percent reduction in capacity and a structurally lower cost base, while retaining the most cash-generative assets in our portfolio."The filing did not say what ships would be sold, or from what cruise lines. Carnival Corp. owns nine cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard and Seabourn Cruise Line, as well as the international lines Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.So far, ships that have been sold for scrap include several of Carnival Cruise Line's oldest ships -- its Fantasy-class, including Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination and Inspiration, along with Costa Victoria. (Cruise Critic is keeping a running tally.)The company also sold four Holland America ships (Maasdam, Veendam, Amsterdam and Rotterdam), three Costa ships (Costa Atlantica, Costa Mediterranea and Costa neoRomantica); two P&O Australia ships (Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn) and P&O's Oceana. That leaves three, yet unnamed ships that will leave the Carnival Corporation fleet.
(11:50 a.m. EDT) -- After a false start this summer, Paul Gauguin has resumed cruising in Tahiti and the South Pacific -- and Cruise Critic has some pictures to prove it.
Elaine Fiorina, of Rancho Mirage, California, is onboard the vessel as it sails the Society Islands on a weeklong cruise from Tahiti. She's one of 54 passengers onboard the ship, which can usually hold 350 guests.
It's the third sailing with international passengers from the single-ship line, which was bought by the French cruise company Ponant last year. Synonymous with South Pacific cruising, Paul Gauguin had started cruising with local residents in mid-July after French Polynesia developed strict testing criteria f