Carnival Ecstasy, with a capacity of 2,052 passengers, departs on a five-day cruise to Mexico late on Monday evening. This journey will be the last for the ship in the Carnival livery after 31 years of service.
The future of the ship, which has carried more than 5 million Carnival brand fans in its three decades of service, remains uncertain. The company's management does not say yet whether it will be sold to another cruise operator, or whether it will be sent for recycling. That is the fate of several of the Carnival Ecstasy sisters retired in recent years.
Built in 1991 at a shipyard in Finland, the Carnival Ecstasy is one of the last remaining vessels in the hugely successful Carnival series. In total, eight ships were built under this project, the first of which was launched in 1990.
Carnival Fantasy liners have played an important role in the development of the cruise industry. At the time of Ecstasy's debut, Carnival had only a handful of ships. The arrival of the ship and its seven sisters between 1990 and 1998 turned the company into one of the strongest players in the cruise industry.