About Cruise Ships – Royal Caribbean has announced that the Monarch of the Seas cruise ship will be leaving its fleet to sail for sister line Pullmantur. It’s all sad for the staff, although some of them will be moved to other locations.
Monarch, which sailed its maiden voyage in November 1991, will make the move to Pullmantur on April 1, 2013, according to a statement from Royal Caribbean.
Said Gonzalo Chico Barbier, president and CEO of Pullmantur: “The transfer of Monarch of the Seas will reinforce Pullmantur in our Latin American growth strategy, and help us become one of the most widely recognized brands.”
The 2,390-passenger, 73,941-ton ship will enter service for Pullmantur after a significant refurbishment. It will join its sister ship Sovereign (formerly Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign of the Seas), which transferred over in 2008.
Monarch of the Seas currently sails three- and four-night Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral. The last sailing available for purchase on Royal Caribbean is a three-night cruise departing March 29, 2013.