Looks like a sad ending for the Royal Caribbean-owned Pullmantur cruise ships as they are set to be scrapped.
Pullmantur Cruise Ships Heading to be Dismantled
It’s looking likely that the Pullmantur cruise ships are to be scrapped, a sad ending to a long history for the vessels. The Spanish cruise line, which is partly owned by Royal Caribbean, filed for reorganization in Spain, which is a form of bankruptcy under local laws. Since then, there have been questions about what will happen to the three cruise ships the Spanish line had operated.
There was a possibility the vessels could be incorporated in another cruise brand or even sold off, but it seems their fate has now been decided.
Since the cruise line has shut down, Royal Caribbean has taken back the vessels which includes the 73,100 gross ton MS Sovereign, the 73,100 gross ton MS Monarch, and the 47,400 gross ton MV Horizon. According to reports, the ships will be scrapped at the Aliaga scrap rig in Turkey.
Apparently, valuable items have already been stripped from the Monarch in Naples, Italy, and it seems she will be the first ship to head to the rig in Turkey. The same is also happening for the Sovereign cruise ship, which is also heading to be dismantled. For Horizon, all the valuable items will be taken when the ship is in Anthens, Greece.
Even though Pullmantur will become history, the good news is that the thousands of crew members from the line are being taken on by Royal Caribbean. It’s likely they’ll be able to join the different brands the company owns, including Celebrity Cruises.
For the guests impacted by the closure of the Spanish cruise line, Royal Caribbean is allowing them to use their funds to re-book with any other Royal Caribbean cruise line.
Pallmantur had already announced a suspension of cruise operations through November 15, 2020, due to the global health crisis.