Pullmantur Fleet Will Likely Be Scrapped


The end may be nearing for the Monarch, Sovereign and Horizon as the trio of former Pullmantur ships could be heading for dismantling in Turkey, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Pullmantur filed for reorganization under Spanish insolvency laws in June, with Royal Caribbean Cruises essentially taking the ships back from the Spanish brand at the same time, and telling Cruise Industry News the vessels were being transitioned to cold lay-up.

Crew members aboard the fleet said important items of value have been removed from the vessels, which will now end up in Aliaga, Turkey, a coastal town known for its ship-scrapping business.

A request for further information sent to Royal Caribbean Cruises went unanswered.

The Pullmantur Fleet:


Built: 1990
Capacity: 1,828
Notes: Launched as the Celebrity Horizon. Has also spent time under the Island Cruises and CDF umbrellas.


Built: 1991
Capacity: 2,850
Notes: Launched as the Monarch of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International in 1988; moved to Pullmantur in 2013.


Built: 1988
Capacity: 2,850
Notes: Launched as the Sovereign of the Sea for Royal Caribbean International in 1988, becoming the largest cruise ship in the world at the time. Transferred to Pullmantur in 2008.

Pullmantur Cruises Donates 13 Tons of Food

Pullmantur Cruises Donates Food to the Malaga City Council

Pullmantur Cruises has donated some 13 tons of food and beverages to the Malaga City Council (Spain) and the Government of the Colón Province (Panama).

Pullmantur said in a prepared statement that the food, which included an assortment of cold meats and sausages, canned fish, olive oil, coffee and dairy products, has been distributed among different shelters, soup kitchens, homes and associations, benefiting an estimated 1,800 people.

Explained President and CEO of Pullmantur, Richard J. Vogel: “It is food – perfectly fit for consumption – that we had onboard the Sovereign and Monarch and that we wanted to donate to help families facing difficult situations right now.

“As a company it is always our duty to act in a responsible manner, taking people into account and adding value in one way or another. We will continue to look at possible opportunities to make new food donations.”

The Monarch and Sovereign have been docked in the Port of Colón (Panama) and Malaga (Spain) since 13 and 20 March, respectively. The company expects to resume its cruise operations on May 30, 2020.

Pullmantur Suspends Operations Through May 29

Pullmantur Ship

Pullmantur Cruises announced that it will extend the global suspension of its cruise operations until May 29, hoping to return to operation starting on May 30, according to a press release, citing the global outbreak of COVID-19.

“For Pullmantur Cruises, the safety and well-being of its passengers and crew members is always its top priority,” the company said.

Clients affected by the cancellation of their cruise will be issued a voucher by the company for the amount already paid as well as credit to enjoy onboard.