Monarch completes £10m refit


Throughout 2018 and 2019, Pullmantur’s Monarch will be positioned in the Caribbean, taking passengers to a range of destinations including the Dutch-inspired islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Better still, you can enjoy the golden beaches and charmingly colourful architecture on each of these islands while also taking advantage of an all-inclusive package on board the ship. This enables you to enjoy all meals, beverages and onboard entertainment at no additional cost to your cruise fare.

The ship may be more than 25 years old, but she manages to offer everything you would expect from a modern cruise vessel. With a fantastic range of restaurants, relaxing lounges, spacious accommodation options, a glamorous theatre and a range of amenities to keep both adults and children entertained during your time aboard the ship.

This year, the ship underwent a vast modernisation refit, with Pullmantur Cruises spending £10m on her latest dry dock. For 21 days in May 2018, she was placed out of service in the Freeport Shipyard in the Bahamas as part of a process that saw work take place across a number of areas on board the ship. Staterooms and public areas were both renovated, with carpets, upholstery and furnishing all taken into account. Bars, restaurants, the pool on the top deck, the Jacuzzis and the shopping areas were also renovated.

A total of 15,000 square metres of carpet was replaced on board the ship, while 1,000 square metres of fabric was applied for upholstery of chairs. In terms of new features, a solarium was installed on deck 12, while a number of services have been installed throughout the ship for passengers looking to book a second cruise while on board. It will also help to provide a more luxurious experience for guests staying in suite and junior suite accommodation grades.

Signs throughout the ship for food, beverage and recreational areas have all been updated, with an emphasis applied on trying to use names that are closer to Spanish and Latino culture. This is in fitting with the fact that the ship will operate Caribbean sailings primarily out of the Panamanian port of Colon and the Colombian port of Cartagena – both of which are Spanish-speaking nations.

While Monarch will be positioned in the Caribbean throughout 2018 and 2019, Pullmantur Cruises’ other vessels will operate sailings closer to home. Horizon and Sovereign will be positioned in the Mediterranean, while Zenith will operate alternating sailings to the Baltic nations and Norwegian fjords.

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