Former New York Cruise Ship May Be Heading to Scrappers.
Earlier this month, Spanish cruise and tour operator - Pullmantur declared bankruptcy and less than 3 weeks later, 2 of their 3 ships were sold for scrap. The two ships - the Monarch and Sovereign have been sold for scrap and are sitting on the beach at Aliaga Turkey.
It appears that Royal Caribbean, who was a partner in the Pullmantur operations and who retained ownership of the Pullmantur ships, was working in advance of the announcement to have the ships scrapped.
Within days of declaring bankruptcy, the ships went to Naples Italy where they were stripped of their artworks and any other furnishing not part of the deal. Within 3 weeks of the bankruptcy announcement the ships were beached.
Pullmantur also operated a third ship, which had strong ties to the port of New York and New Jersey. The ship is the former Celebrity Cruises' Zenith. The Zenith (along with the Horizon and Meridian) were the birth of today's modern Celebrity Cruises whose roots lie with the Greek cruise operator Chandris Cruises. The Zenith and Horizon were brand new ships built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg Germany ships that departed New York weekly running 7 day cruises to Bermuda.
The fate of Pullmantur's last chartered ship - the Zenith still remains uncertain, but there are reports that she too will be scrapped and that the furnishing from the ship are being removed in Lavrio, Greece.
The Zenith was supposed to be chartered to Japan's Peaceboat organization starting in 2021. The Zenith was to operate along side the Ocean Dream - which also was a prior Pullmantur vessel. It is unclear if that deal has fallen apart or still planned. The Peaceboat website continues to show 2021 cruises by both the Ocean Dream and Zenith.
Hopefully the Zenith will continue to sail - stay tuned for updates.
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