Carnival Cruise Line has sold two ships previously on long-term lay-up.
Carnival said the sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, was in line with a plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.
Their exit follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration in July.
Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise. Each feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options as part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement programme.
"While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests," said Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line president.
Carnival is also delaying the return to operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021.
• Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until 13 March 2021.
• Carnival Paradise sailings from Tampa will be cancelled until 19 March 2021.
• Carnival Valor operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until 29 April 2021.
• Carnival Spirit from Brisbane will be cancelled until 16 May 2021.