Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. confirmed that its 1991-built MONARCH OF THE SEAS, second of three SOVEREIGN class vessels, will join her 1988-built near sister, the SOVEREIGN (ex SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS) as Pullmantur Cruises’ MONARCH in April of 2013.
RCI President and CEO Adam Goldstein stated, “We are very proud of MONARCH OF THE SEAS for delivering great service and outstanding destinations to vacationers since her maiden voyage. She will go on creating wonderful travel memories through her final sailings for our brand through next March and then continue doing the same for Pullmantur’s guests.”
Royal Caribbean subsidiary Pullmantur is the leading Spanish cruise line, currently operating four vessels with a daily passenger capacity of 9,000. With the MONARCH, it will increase its total guest capacity by nearly 25 percent.
‘‘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,’’ said Pullmantur’s President and CEO, Gonzalo Chico Barbier.
Once the world’s largest cruise ship, the 73,941 gt MONARCH OF THE SEAS was built at Chantiers de L’Atlantique (now STX France) in St. Nazaire, France. The third SOVEREIGN class vessel, the 1992-built MAJESTY OF THE SEAS, will remain within the Royal Caribbean fold for the foreseeable future.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."