Pullmantur Plans to Restart Operations With Two Celebrity Cruises Ships

Nov 27, 2020

The Royal Caribbean Group subsidiary - Pullmantur Cruises, is making great progress in an attempt to come back to cruising with two ships that might be obtained from Celebrity Cruises.

According to a revised business plan, the company is in process to acquire two Millennium-Class cruise ships from Celebrity Cruises which may resume operations at the end of 2021. Royal Caribbean Group which holds 49 percent of the shares in Pullmantur Cruises has presented a restructuring plan, which states that two cruise ships from Celebrity Cruises could be transferred to Pullmantur. Spanish Media report that the restarting date should be in December 2021, however it is not yet known which Millennium-Class ships will sail under the Pullmantur banner.

Celebrity Cruises operates four Millennium-Class ships: Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Constellation, which are the oldest in the fleet. With the newly released Celebrity Apex and the construction of the Celebrity Beyond coming in fall 2021, the plan to transfer the two Millennium-Class ships might be a reasonable decision.

Back in September, Pullmantur announced that the company is working to return again and restart cruise operations. In a series of questions on Facebook addressed to the customers Pullmantur was asking for feedback on what would they like to see when they resume cruises.

Before the company filed for insolvency Pullmantur fleet consisted of three vessels, Sovereign and Monarch (former Royal Caribbean ships), and Horizon (former Celebrity ship).

Two of these ships have been already scrapped in July. The Monarch was beached in Aliaga, Turkey, at the ship-breaking yard on July 22, and the Sovereign was beached the following day on July 23. The third ship in the fleet, the Horizon, is anchored in the Gulf of Elefsina near Piraeus, waiting to be scrapped.