Cruise Ship Sales and Transfers

Secondhand Market

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.

Most Recent Cruise Ship Transactions:

Ship Selling Party1 New Operator1 Tonnage Capacity Built Price/Terms Delivery
RCGS Resolute Undisclosed Heritage
8,378 184 1991 Long-Term Charter 2022
Santa Cruz II Metropolitan
Hurtigruten 7,000 100 2001 Long-Term Charter 2022
Costa Magica Costa Carnival 103,000 2,720 2004 Inter-Company Transfer 2022
Unnamed Newbuild AIDA Carnival 183,900 5,400 2023 Inter-Company Transfer 2023
AIDAcara AIDA Undisclosed 38,600 1,186 1996 N/A 2021

(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 July 02, 2021

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