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.

Royal Caribbean working on mobile app

Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said it has a new mobile app under development that should be ready to debut this summer.

On a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter and year-end earnings, RCCL chairman Richard Fain said the project, dubbed Excalibur internally, is expected to debut on six to 11 ships over the next year, followed by a rollout on one to two ships a month after that. RCCL’s major brands are Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

Fain didn’t say much about what the new app will do, but said it will “reflect all of the technologies available today.” He said the Wow bands, a wearable RFID device that assumes many functions of the key card, have been “extremely effective in simplifying the process for our guests. But it’s also obvious that the technology has improved a lot in the last two years.”

Wow bands are available to guests on Quantum-class ships (including Anthem of the Seas) and the Harmony of the Seas.

He called Carnival Corp’s recent unveiling of its Ocean Medallion and Ocean Compass personal technology “a very positive thing for our industry. It was a terrific roll out and got a lot of positive publicity which in the end inures to the benefit of all of us.”

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In other topics discussed on the call, CFO Jason Liberty said that the company’s Wave period “is off to a strong start,” and that it is “trending nicely higher” from last year. He said officials are particularly encouraged by strength in North America.

“Over the past three months, bookings have been well above last year’s levels,” Liberty said. “We turn the year in a record booked position. We have fewer staterooms to sell for the year.”

In the fourth quarter, RCCL had net income of $261 million up from $206 million a year earlier. Revenue was flat.

For all of 2016, net income was $1.2 billion, up from $665.8 million. In 2015, RCCL was impacted by a write-down for the Pullmantur brand. Revenue in 2016 grew 2.4%, to $8.49 billion.

RCCL forecasted 2017 earnings in the range of $1.48 billion to $1.53 billion.