The 28,000-gt vessel (built 1969) has been sold for $10m, after a $30m deal to offload it for further trading to a company called Cruise Holiday failed.

Costa's oldest ship suffered a generator blaze off the Seychelles that left it disabled and needing a tow from a fishing vessel.

The owner later said it would be sold as it needed costly repairs.

The ship had reportedly been up for sale before it hit the headlines after going adrift in the Indian Ocean.