History of the Pullmantur Cruises Fleet
Since the 1990s, Pullmantur Cruises have offered all-inclusive cruising packages to some of the world’s most renowned regions and destinations. In 2006, Royal Caribbean purchased Pullmantur Cruises, and the Spanish cruise line subsequently acquired a number of vessels from their parent company. However, earlier in 2016, Royal Caribbean sold a majority 51% stake to the Spanish firm Springwater Capital.
Although much may have changed since the line commenced operations, Pullmantur Cruises all-inclusive offering has remained the same. The current Pullmantur Cruises fleet is made up of four vessels, two of which sail under the Croisières de France subsidiary line. Each ship has an extensive history within the cruising industry, and, this week, we take a closer look at the background behind each vessel of the Pullmantur Cruises fleet.
Built in 1990 by Meyer Werft, at the Papenburg shipyard in Germany, Horizon was originally constructed for Celebrity Cruises. The exterior of the ship was designed by John Bannenberg – a prominent English-Australian yacht designer – while the interior was designed by Athens-based Michael Katsourakis and British designer John McNeece. In 2005, Horizon transferred to Island Cruises and sailed under the name Island Star. In 2009, the ship was bought back by Royal Caribbean and briefly operated cruises for Pullmantur Cruises under the title of Pacific Dream, before finally being transferred to Croisières de France a year later, with her being renamed Horizon in 2012.
Zenith was built two years after Horizon in the same Meyer Werft shipyard and operated for Celebrity Cruises for 15 years. She was built as a sister ship to Horizon and also offered interiors designed by Michael Katsourakis and John McNeece. Initially, she operated Caribbean cruises out of Florida, but, upon joining Pullmantur Cruises in 2007, began operating cruises around the Mediterranean. Since 2014, the ship has operated under Croisières de France.
Having been built in 1988 at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St Nazaire, France; Sovereign is the oldest vessel of the Pullmantur Cruises fleet. Upon launch, she became part of Royal Caribbean’s new Sovereign-class and sailed under the name Sovereign of the Seas. She was the largest cruise ship in the world to be built since Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and was initially based at the Port of Miami. After 20 years, the vessel was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises and she began operating itineraries for the Spanish line in 2009.
Monarch was the second vessel to be built for Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign-class and – at 73,941 gross tons – was one of the largest cruise ships in the world upon completion. She sailed under Royal Caribbean for 22 years under the title of Monarch of the Seas, during which time she underwent a series of refits. In 2007, Monarch became the first major cruise vessel in the world to be captained by a woman, when Karin Stahre Janson took the helm in 2007. She joined Pullmantur Cruises in 2013, making her the most recent addition to the Spanish cruise line fleet.
Although the Pullmantur Cruises ships are more than 20 years old, each ship has been refitted with a range of modern facilities and amenities. Each ship offers contemporary interiors and provides the perfect base for which to embark on a fabulous cruise. Throughout 2016 and 2017, you can enjoy an all-inclusive cruising experience to some of the most beautiful destinations on earth in regions including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, and the Canary Islands.Tweet