Pullmantur Horizon

Former names: CDF Horizon, Pacific Dream, Island Star

Pullmantur Horizon last position

Pullmantur Horizon last location was at Aegean Sea (coordinates 38.01460 N / 23.52388 E) cruising en route to ELEFSINA. The AIS position was reported 1 month ago.

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Specifications of Pullmantur Horizon

Year built1990  /  Age: 30
Flag state Malta
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 185 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd & Springwater Capital
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)208 m / 682 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage47427 gt
Passengers1506 - 1828
Crew620
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks12
Cabins721
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsPullmantur Zenith
Former namesCDF Horizon, Pacific Dream, Island Star
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Launched in 1990 as Celebrity Horizon, Pullmantur Horizon cruise ship has as fleetmates the liners Monarch, Sovereign and Zenith (sistership).

IMPORTANT: As of July 13, 2020, the cruise liner was docked in Port Piraeus-Athens (Greece). There were speculations that the vessel could be scrapped at Aliaga Ship Breaking Yard (approx 50 km / 30 mi north of Izmir). In mid-June, Pullmantur Cruceros filed for a supervised reorganization/bankruptcy under Spain's insolvency laws' terms. As of July 30, the vessel remains at sea, close to Salamis Island (Greece's Saronic Gulf, approx 2 km / 1 mi off-coast from Port Piraeus). The cruise ship's future remains uncertain.

MS Horizon was planned to restart passenger shipping operations on September 6, 2020. A total of 74x Pullmantur Horizon cruises were cancelled (departures between Sept 6, 2020, and Oct 31, 2021).

History - construction and ownership

Pullmantur Cruises is a Spanish company (headquartered in Madrid) which founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of the travel agency "Pullmantur" (founded 1971). In 2006, Pullmantur Cruises was acquired by RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) - world's 2nd largest passenger shipping company (after Carnival Corporation). Currently, RCCL owns 49% as 51% were sold in 2016 to Springwater Capital LLC (2002-founded investment firm). Pullmantur offers high-quality product mainly to Spanish-speaking source market. The company operates mainly in Mediterranean-Canaries regions and by fleet capacity is ranked the largest cruise brand in Spain.

Pullmantur Horizon cruise ship

The 47427-ton, 1354-passenger cruise ship Pullmantur Horizon was transferred to the fleet of Pullmantur from Celebrity Cruises (along with MV Zenith) and over the years has undergone a few name changes - Island Star (1995), Pacific Dream (2009), and Horizon again in 2011. Pullmantur Horizon is not a small ship, able to navigate any sea, however, used mainly for a few routes in Europe, Mediterranean based cruises and Caribbean voyages (since 2008).

In October 2008, RCCL (shipowner of "Island Star") sold and transferred the vessel to Pullmantur's fleet, starting operations in May 2009 under the name "Pacific Dream" and coloured in the Pullmantur's colours. In November 2010, Pullmantur transferred the liner to CDF-France. For CDF, Horizon operated on European itineraries (Baltic, Canary Islands, Mediterranean) leaving from homeports Calais FranceValletta Malta and Marseille France, as well as Caribbean cruises leaving from homeport Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).

In early-December 2018, Pullmantur Cruceros introduced "Pullmantur Visa" card via a partnership with Bankinter Consumer Finance (specializing in credit cards and consumer loans). Pullmantur Visa allows easier booking and financing over a period up to 18 months. Pullmantur's credit card is for the Spanish market only (Spanish nationals and residents in Spain) and without maintenance fees. All cruise customers who make payments via Pullmantur Visa receive a return up to 6% of the deferred purchases, plus EUR 20 gift voucher when making non-Pullmantur related purchases.

Cruise itineraries

Pullmantur Horizon itinerary program was based on Caribbean voyages roundtrips from Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.

For winter season 2018-2019, Pullmantur homeported Horizon in the Middle East for roundtrips from Dubai UAE (overnight stay in port prior departure). The 7-day itinerary program included as call ports the UAE's ports Abu Dhabi, Khasab and Fujairah, as well as Muscat (Oman). Prices started from EUR 590 pp (double occupancy).

During 2018-2019, the Zenith ship was in the Canary Islands, MS Monarch - in Caribbean, MS Sovereign - in South America.

Next tables show MS Zenith's last itineraries planned for 2020-2021 - before Pullmantur's bankruptcy.

(2020) 7-day "Israel, Greece And Ancient Cultures"

Date / TimePort
06 Sep 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
08 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Limassol, Cyprus
09 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
10 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Ashdod, Jerusalem, Israel
12 Sep 07:00 - 16:00Patmos Island, Greece
13 Sep 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2020) 14-day "Discover Greece And The Holy Land"

Date / TimePort
06 Sep 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
08 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Limassol, Cyprus
09 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
10 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Ashdod, Jerusalem, Israel
12 Sep 07:00 - 16:00Patmos Island, Greece
13 Sep 06:00 - 14 SepPiraeus, Athens, Greece
15 Sep 08:00 - 17:00Mykonos Island, Greece
16 Sep 08:30 - 21:00Marmaris, Turkey
18 SepSouda-Chania, Crete, Greece
19 Sep 08:00 - 17:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
20 Sep 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2020) 7-day "Greek Islands"

Date / TimePort
13 SepDeparting from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
15 Sep 08:00 - 17:00Mykonos Island, Greece
16 Sep 08:30 - 21:00Marmaris, Turkey
18 Sep 09:00 - 19:00Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece
19 Sep 08:00 - 17:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
20 Sep 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2020) 7-day from Piraeus to Trieste

Date / TimePort
18 Oct 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
20 Oct 11:00 - 20:00Bar, Montenegro
21 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Dubrovnik, Croatia, Port Cruz
22 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Split, Croatia
23 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Zadar, Croatia
24 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Venice, Italy
25 Oct 08:00Arriving in Trieste, Italy

(2020) 7-day from Trieste to Piraeus

Date / TimePort
25 Oct 20:00Departing from Trieste, Italy
26 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Venice, Italy
27 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Zadar, Croatia
28 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Split, Croatia
29 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Dubrovnik, Croatia, Port Cruz
31 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
01 Nov 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2020) 17-day Suez Canal repositioning (Piraeus to Dubai)

Date / TimePort
12 Nov 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
14 Nov 07:30 - 09:00Alexandria, Egypt
14 Nov 21:00 - 22:30Port Said, Cairo, Egypt
15 Nov 03:00 - 15:30Suez Canal, Egypt
17 Nov 08:00 - 20:00Aqaba, Petra, Jordan
23 Nov 07:00 - 15:30Salalah, Oman
25 Nov 11:00 - 21:00Muscat, Oman
26 Nov 10:00 - 18:30Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, UAE
29 NovArriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE

(2020) 7-day "Dubai, Doha And Legends Of Arabia"

Date / TimePort
28 NovDeparting from Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
30 Nov 07:30 - 21:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
01 Dec 10:00 - 20:00Doha, Qatar
02 Dec 09:00 - 19:00Mina Salman, Manama, Bahrain
04 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Khasab, Musandam, Oman
05 Dec 07:00Arriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE

(2020) 7-day "Dubai, Abu Dhabi And Legends Of Arabia"

Date / TimePort
05 DecDeparting from Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
07 Dec 08:00 - 08 DecAbu Dhabi, UAE
10 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Muscat, Oman
11 Dec 10:30 - 19:30Khasab, Musandam, Oman
12 Dec 07:00Arriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE

(2021) 15-day Suez Canal repositioning (Dubai to Piraeus)

Date / TimePort
13 MarDeparting from Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
15 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Khasab, Musandam, Oman
16 Mar 09:00 - 19:00Muscat, Oman
18 Mar 15:00 - 22:00Salalah, Oman
24 Mar 08:00 - 20:00Aqaba, Petra, Jordan
26 Mar 04:00 - 16:00Suez Canal, Egypt
28 Mar 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2021 7-day "Greek Islands"

Date / TimePort
28 MarDeparting from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
30 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Mykonos Island, Greece
31 Mar 08:30 - 21:00Marmaris, Turkey
02 Apr 09:00 - 19:00Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece
03 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
04 Apr 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2021) 7-day "Istanbul And Greek Islands"

Date / TimePort
18 AprDeparting from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
20 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Mykonos Island, Greece
21 Apr 08:00 - 15:00Izmir, Turkey
22 Apr 12:00 - 01:30Istanbul, Turkey
24 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
25 Apr 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2021) 7-day "Discover The Holy Land" roundtrip from Greece

Date / TimePort
09 May 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
11 May 09:00 - 18:00Limassol, Cyprus
12 May 07:00 - 20:00Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
13 May 07:00 - 20:00Ashdod, Jerusalem, Israel
15 May 07:00 - 16:00Patmos Island, Greece
16 May 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

(2021) 7-day "Greece And The Jewels Of The Adriatic"

Date / TimePort
04 Jul 20:00Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
06 Jul 12:00 - 21:00Kotor, Montenegro
07 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Dubrovnik, Croatia, Port Cruz
08 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Sarande, Albania
09 Jul 07:00 - 15:00Katakolon, Olympia, Greece
10 Jul 09:00 - 18:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
11 Jul 06:00Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece

Cabins

Pullmantur Horizon offers a total of 721 staterooms in 11 categories, of which 151 Inside, 68 Balcony and 16 Suites. The largest aboard Horizon is the Suite-Royale room.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Horizon Buffet restaurant is where you'll be able to choose between various dishes to satisfy consumer preferences and tastes. It has an adjacent outdoor grill and provides a wide selection of delicious dishes and an informal setting for relaxing. The main dining room (serving set-time, a set table in the evening) offers a more formal dining experience.

Pullmantur Horizon cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Pullmantur Horizon restaurants and food bars.

  • Le Splendide Restaurant (912-seat; main dining room; the best spot to taste elaborate dishes that Pullmantur provides in its all inclusive)
  • Le Marche Gourmand Buffet Restaurant (enjoy more relaxed dining at this "gourmet market" for a variety of international dishes)
  • Terrace and Grill.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Cruisers may have a good holiday in the most absolute of tranquillity. Onboard Pullmantur Horizon everything is set to make time go more slowly and give the passengers the opportunity to enjoy every minute of it. In the outdoor pools, jacuzzis, gym and Spa, all travellers are going to feel wonderful. Evening entertainment is based in the theatre, nightclub and casino. And, meanwhile, the kids in the Tibu Club are going to be busy with non-stop amenities.

 

Follows the complete list of Pullmantur Horizon lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Grand Theatre
  • James Piano Bar & Lounge
  • Rendez-Vous Lounge (pub/cafe)
  • Cafe Moka
  • Photo Gallery; Video Arcade; Boutique
  • Internet Center
  • Recreation room
  • Casino del Mar
  • Sapphire Dance Club
  • Conference room; Card Room; Reading Room; Library
  • Teen's Club; Tibu Club (Kids' Playroom, ages 3-5)
  • Spa del Mar Beauty & Fitness
  • L'Annexe Pool Bar
  • Bar Zephir
  • 2 Swimming Pools; 2 Jacuzzis; 2 Solariums
  • Fitness Center.

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    The cruise liner was ordered in 1987 (by Chandris Group/shipowner) and built in Papenburg Germany (originally for Celebrity Cruises) as "MV Horizon". The vessel originally had 681 staterooms (533 of which outside). With two liners (Horizon and Meridian) Chandris Group planned to start regularly scheduled roundtrips from NYC New York to Bermuda (Hamilton and St George). The 7-day service was commenced in May 1990. During winter, the ship operated 7-day Caribbean cruises from homeport San Juan Puerto Rico to Martinique (Fort-de-France), Barbados (Bridgetown), St Lucia (Castries), Antigua (St Johns) and St Thomas USVI (Charlotte Amalie).

    • In 2003, the flag-state was changed from Liberia to Bahamas.
    • In 2004, "Celebrity Horizon" started cruises out of Norfolk VA (April through October) leaving from Nauticus Pier on 6-7day roundtrips to Bermuda.
    • In October 2005, the ship was transferred to Island Cruises (2002-founded, UK-based joint venture between RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and First Choice Holidays).
    • Following a major drydock reconstruction and refurbishment in 2005, Horizon was renamed to "Island Star" and started South America (Brazil) cruises.
    • In summer 2006, the ship was deployed in Europe (Mediterranean) targeting the UK market.
    • In 2008, Royal Caribbean sold its Island Cruises stake and the vessel was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises (Royal Caribbean's brand in Spain).
    • In 2009, Pullmantur planned to enter the Mexican Riviera cruise market with the Horizon ship (under the new name "Pacific Dream"). The May through December schedule included 30 roundtrips from homeport Acapulco. However, an influenza A (H1N1pdm09 virus) pandemic that started in the USA forced Pullmantur to cancel the plan and Pacific Dream was deployed in Europe, replacing Atlantic Star (fka Sky Princess / Pulmantur charter between 2006-2010) in Portugal.
    • In August 2010, due to engine problems, for several months Pacific Dream was out of service and replaced by Atlantic Star. Following the drydock, Pacific Dream was renamed to "MV Horizon".
    • In 2010-2011, Horizon was chartered to CVC Brasil (Brazil-based, CVC Corp-owned cruisetour company).
    • In April 2012, following a major drydock refit, Horizon was transferred to CDF (Croisieres de France) replacing Bleu de France (2008-built, fka Saga Sapphire, now "Blue Sapphire").
    • In winter 2013-2014, the cruise ship Horizon operated Caribbean cruises for CDF) out of homeport La Romana (Dominican Republic) to St Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts (Basseterre) and Tortola BVI (Road Town).
    • In summer 2014, Horizon and Zenith were deployed in Northern Europe and homeported in Calais France.
    • In 2016, Pullmantur closed its Paris office and ceased CDF’s operations.
    • In 2017, Horizon and Zenith rejoined Pullmantur's fleet.
    • In winter 2018-2019, Horizon was homeported in Dubai UAE (Port Rashid) for roundtrips in the Middle East.

    Horizon's sistership is Pullmantur Zenith - both were initially operated by CDF (Croisieres de France). CDF was a French cruise line brand and a subsidiary company / under the management of Pullmantur Cruises. Ship's last Captain (for Pullmantur) was Charilaos Petrides.

    Island Star cruise ship (Pullmantur Horizon)

    In 2018, Pullmantur started offering on selected Mediterranean Horizon ship cruises (Adriatic and Aegean seas) electric bike tours. Tours were led by guide instructors. Helmets, bottled water and energy bars were provided, Among the visited land tour destinations were Athens' Acropolis, old towns (Corfu, Dubrovnik, Padua), Mykonos Island, Chania (Crete). Such electric bike tours were first introduced in 2017 summer, offered on voyages in the North Sea, the Caribbean and the Canaries.

    For winter season 2018-2019, Pullmantur homeported the Horizon ship in Dubai UAE (overnight port stay prior departure). The 7-day itinerary program included as call ports Abu Dhabi (UAE)Khasab (Oman), Fujairah (UAE) and Muscat (Oman). Prices started from EUR 590 pp (double-occupancy cabin rates).

    During its Pullmantur service, the vessel (IMO number 8807088) was Malta-flagged (MMSI number 249727000) and registered in Valletta.

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