Pullmantur Fleet to receive 50 Million Euro Investment
2017 presents a unique opportunity for Pullmantur Cruises, following a period which has seen a number of transitions for the line. Last year saw parent company, Royal Caribbean, sell a 51% share in the Spanish line to Springwater Capital private equity firm – merging a joint venture between the two firms.
Pullmantur Cruises has, in more recent years, operated alongside another of Royal Caribbean’s subsidiary lines – Croisières de France – with Horizon and Zenith sailing for the line. However, it was announced towards the end of 2016 that the French subsidiary would cease operations in early 2017, with both vessels being transferring to and operating specifically for Pullmantur Cruises.
Following this period of change, it was announced that the line would receive a 50 million Euro investment – with the aim of renovating and refreshing the line’s four vessels. The investment will, first and foremost, see a number of technical enhancements introduced that will see each vessel operate in a more environmentally friendly manner.
Each vessel will also receive a number of enhancements to the on board amenities. A new premium space known as “The Waves Yacht Club” will be introduced on board each vessel – exclusively available to suite guests. This enhancement will see a range of exclusive services made available to passengers sailing within this premium category, including a private solarium, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry services, and priority boarding and disembarkation. Cabins across the four vessels will also receive renovation, as will public areas including each of the bars, restaurants, and the pool areas.
Following the success of the 2016 cruising season, the renowned two-Michelin-Star chef, Paco Roncero, will once again be bringing his gastronomic expertise on board each of the four vessels. Over the next two years, Roncero will review his menu options and offer a range of new dishes across both the regular dining menus and the Gala events. He will also provide seminars to each of the teams of chefs on board the vessels in how to achieve culinary excellence.
For those who are unfamiliar with Paco Roncero’s culinary prowess, Paco Roncero is the brainchild behind the world’s most expensive restaurant. SubliMotion, which is located in the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, Spain, is a sensory experience based on molecular gastronomy, with guests enjoying a range of 15-20 culinary delights that are ludicrously different to anything you will have experienced before.
Throughout the winter season, Monarch has sailed cruises through the Caribbean, while Horizon has offered itineraries much closer to home around the Canary Islands. During the summer season of 2017, three of the four Pullmantur vessels will operate itineraries in Europe. Monarch will offer Northern Europe and Norwegian Fjords itineraries, whilst Sovereign and Horizon will offer Mediterranean and Iberia itineraries respectively.