Begun in the 1990s and headquartered in Madrid, Pullmantur Cruises became the largest Spain-based cruise line, mainly marketing to Spanish passengers, although some travel operators outside of the Spanish-speaking world do sell cruises on it. The company’s first cruise ship, the Oceanic, became hugely successful, cruising around the Mediterranean from Barcelona beginning in 1995. In 2006, through its parent company (the Spanish travel agency Pullmantur), the cruise line was purchased by Royal Caribbean Cruises, which later sold a 51% stake in the company to the Spain-based investment firm Springwater Capital.
In 2002, the cruise line acquired a second ship, the MS Pacific, which was formerly Princess Cruises’ famous MS Pacific Princess, which starred in the popular 1970s American TV series The Love Boat. It was scrapped in 2013. It has also had ten other former ships, including the MS Empress, which was formerly the Empress of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. (However, after being acquired by Pullmantur in 2008, the ship was transferred back to RCI in early 2016.)
The current fleet is comprised of just four ships — the MS Sovereign, MS Monarch, MV Horizon, and MV Zenith — and it is currently slated to receive the Grandeur of the Seas from RCI in 2021.
Ports of call visited:
Pullmantur Monarch (Feb 2017)South & Central American cruise:
- Colon (Panama)
- Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
- Santa Marta (Colombia)
- Willemstad (Curaçao)
- Puerto Limon (Costa Rica)