Carnival Imagination likely on voyage to cruise ship graveyard

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The Carnival Imagination might be headed to a Turkish shipyard where ships are dismantled.
The Carnival Imagination might be headed to a Turkish shipyard where ships are dismantled.

The Carnival Imagination appears to be following two of its Fantasy-class sisters to a scrapyard in Turkey. 

Currently in Curacao, the vessel filed a voyage plan for Aliaga, Turkey, the site of the shipyard near Izmir where the Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration are currently being dismantled. Before leaving for Turkey, both of those ships also filed voyage plans for Aliaga from Curacao.

Carnival most recently said that the Imagination and the Carnival Fascination would move into long-term layup with no timeline identified for their return to service. The cruise line did not confirm or deny that the Imagination is headed to the shipyard, but said in a release last month that it would remove two more ships from its fleet, in addition to the 13 it has already committed to selling this year.

It said then that it had "evaluated these two ships for impairment and concluded their carrying values are no longer recoverable when compared to their estimated remaining future cash flows."

The Imagination is the fifth Fantasy-class ship, having entered service in 1995. The Fascination entered service one year earlier. 

Two former Royal Caribbean ships, the Sovereign of the Seas and the Monarch of the Seas, which most recently sailed for Royal Caribbean Group's Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruises, are also being scrapped at the Aliaga yard.

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