The Antares experiment – formerly known as the Costa neoRomantica and Celestyal Experience – is being scrapped, according to Gadani Ship Breaking Yard.
The Pakistani shipyard has posted several photos and videos of the former Costa Cruises ship on its Facebook page.
The ship was originally launched as Romantica in the 1990s and renamed neoRomantica after Costa offered her a 90 million euro upgrade in 2011-2012 by adding two half-decks, new cabins and additional accommodation equipped with a balcony.
Celestyal Cruises took delivery of the vessel in the summer of 2020 and renamed it Celestyal Experience, according to the Secondhand Market Report of Cruise Industry News. The 1,800-guest vessel immediately became the largest vessel in the company’s fleet but, sadly, never sailed for the cruise line.
Celestyal CEO Chris Theophilides previously said purchasing the experience has seen the cruise line see “a lot more destinations.” She was scheduled to sail on March 5, 2022, with the seven-night itinerary across all three continents, calling in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Cyprus. The selling price of the vessel was not disclosed.
However, those operational plans were quickly scrapped as the pandemic showed no signs of stopping, and Celestyal issued a statement about the sale of the ship – at the time to an undisclosed buyer. The ship resurfaced as the Antares Experience.