Monarch to sail European Seas from Spring 2016
Following the transfer of Empress back to parent company Royal Caribbean, the Pullmantur Cruises’ fleet will be reduced to four ships. Between 2008-2016, Empress operated itineraries under Pullmantur Cruises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. However, from February 2016 she will return to Royal Caribbean, whom she originally sailed under between 1990 – 2008.
Empress’s departure paves the way for the arrival of one of Empress’s sister vessels to brace European shores. From spring 2016, Monarch will offer European travellers the opportunity to experience the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic capitals. Guests sailing on board Monarch will also be able to take advantage of the all-inclusive nature that has become synonymous with Pullmantur Cruises.
With capacity for 2,752 passengers and a gross tonnage of 48,563, Monarch is the biggest of all the Pullmantur Cruises vessels. Across 12 passenger decks, Monarch offers a range of facilities and amenities to ensure you enjoy every minute of your time on board. A glistening atrium sits at the heart of the ship and provides an iconic and memorable gateway, so you will never have to worry about getting lost during your time on board.
Within the lower decks, towards the aft, you will find the ship’s main a la carte restaurant, which is set to be enhanced by Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero later in 2016. For those seeking a sense of variety, the buffet restaurant is the perfect dining venue. In addition to main dining venues, guests can also relax and unwind with a light bight in the café.
The more active guests can take advantage of facilities at the aft of the ship including the gymnasium, basketball court and climbing wall; whilst those seeking simply to relax soak up the sun may enjoy the swimming pools, Jacuzzis and surrounding sun loungers on the top deck. If you fancy relaxing somewhere a little more peaceful, you may find sanctuary in The Waves yacht Club solarium, which is exclusive to Royal, Deluxe and Grand Suite passengers and is located towards the bow of the ship.
Passengers won’t be disappointed when it comes to evening entertainment either, with an array of exciting options available. Those looking to experience an exhilarating musical performance can head to the theatre, which is located toward the aft of the vessel. There is also a nightclub/disco on board, for those looking to part into the early hours of the morning.
Both of Monarch’s alternating itineraries will be operated between June and September 2016 and will enable passengers to explore some of the finest ports and cities that Northern Europe has to offer.
Baltic Capitals Cruises – Seven Nights (Itinerary may be reversed)
- Rostock, Germany
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Tallinn, Estonia
- St Petersburg, Russia
- Helsinki, Finland
Fjords of the North Cruise – Seven Nights (Itinerary may be reversed)
- Trondheim, Norway
- Alesund, Norway
- Olden, Norway
- Flaam (Flam), Norway
- Bergen, Norway
- Stavanger, Norway
- Rostock, Germany
Prior to sailing around Northern Europe, Pullmantur Cruises will also operate a Charms of Europe itinerary which will take passengers from Vigo, Spain, to Rostock, Germany.
Charms of Europe Cruise – Eight Nights
- Vigo, Spain
- Bilbao, Spain
- Dover, UK
- Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), Netherlands
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Rostock, Germany
As well as Europe, Pullmantur offer a range of exciting cruise itineraries to destinations including the Caribbean, Panama Canal and South America. Additionally, you may choose to embark on a transatlantic cruise and enjoy the blissfulness of floating tranquilly across the seas.