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Interesting that they are doing the refurbishment that would make her more competitive in Celebrity's fleet, only to send her away. Hmmm, wonder what will happen to Zenith.....
Hi Hilary !
It certainly makes you wonder why they would sell 1 ship, and not her sister ship. I would have to think news on Zenith is probably not far behind. If not right now, it would appear her future with Celebrity is limited.
I wonder what they will use to replace her on the Bermuda runs.
That seems to be the $ 64,000 question... that everyone seems to wonder about. It would be great if Celebrity mentioned something about that. Inquiring minds want to know . Hopefully, they will let us in on more of their plans sometime soon.
That's sad. Horizon is so cozy. I'm glad I get one more run on her before she leaves!
Celebrity Millennium 04/09/2010 Disney Wonder 05/01/2008 Serenade of the Seas 08/11/2007 Explorer of the Seas 05/2007 Legend of the Seas 01/07/2006 Celebrity Horizon 01/10/2005 Celebrity Horizon 02/16/03
One point that is not being mentioned is she is not being sold. Island Cruises is co-owned by RCI and First Choice Holidays. So she is only being transferred.
I wouldn't want to sail on her after her dry dock. Where are they going to find room for 2 restaurants and 59 more cabins. Or how small will those cabins be?
I'm sure X has a plan for Bermuda. After all RCCL is using the Voyager and Granduer for 5 day cruises to Bermuda this coming season. I'd say they are both a little larger that the Horizon.
Hi Rick !
All good comments. I also have to wonder where their plans are, with all those additions to Horizon. Unless, they plan to add a section to her like they are doing with Enchantment ? I am sure more details will follow soon.
As I said in an earlier post, I am very curious to hear what X will do with their Bermuda season. Yes, it is true that RCI will be represented there, but it THAT the plan ? To have RCI mainly there.... instead of Celebrity ?
With their fleet already stretched thin, it is hard to presume what their plans are for Bermuda, but let's hope they do have a plan, and we will hear about it soon !
I saw posted somewhere and do not know the truth of this story that there are major changes in store in Bermuda which would negate Celebrity having either ship for Bermuda. I can't find it right now but someone posted that Bermduda is closing the spots in Hamilton and dredging somewhere else to allow bigger ships closer into the main areas instead of just the dockyards. I think this would be a big mistake on the part of Bermuda Govt. since part of the charm of Bermuda is walking off the ship and into Hamilton. Also would bring into play what happens to St. George which also has limited capacity due to the cut.
Here is the full press release with some added info.
Updated: 02:01 AM EST
Celebrity Cruises' Horizon Moves to Island Cruises Fleet
MIAMI, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celebrity Cruises' Horizon will move to the Island Cruises fleet in October 2005 under a six-year lease agreement arrangement with the British-based cruise line.
Island Cruises, created in May 2000, is the brand name of Sunshine Cruises Limited, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and First Choice Holidays PLC, one of the United Kingdom's largest integrated tour operators.
"Island Cruises has performed well in its first three years," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "By adding a ship, Island Cruises can continue to grow its brand and overall presence in Europe and South America. Horizon has served our Celebrity Cruises guests very well during the past 14 years and will continue to do so for the guests of Island Cruises."
Since its first sailing in spring 2002, Island Cruises has attracted a high number of first-time cruisers with its casual ambiance. The cruise line offers informal, flexible and affordable cruise vacations with open-seating dining and a relaxed dress code. It currently offers two transatlantic, six Brazilian and three Mediterranean itineraries on the 1,740-guest Island Escape. The line also offers combination cruise/hotel packages with 20 resort hotels in Majorca, Sao Paolo and Rio De Janeiro, as well as air/sea packages originating from 16 regional airports. Island Escape previously sailed as Royal Caribbean International's Viking Serenade.
"We couldn't be happier about the expansion of our fleet, especially with such a wonderful ship," said Michael Bayley, managing director of Island Cruises. "We look forward to growing our cruise line and providing our guests with even more alternatives for their cruise vacations."
Horizon will complete its current winter sailings to the Caribbean from the Port of Tampa and its summer 2005 Bermuda sailings from the Port of Philadelphia. The ship will be turned over to Island Cruises in late October. It will then enter drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, where it will undergo extensive refurbishment, including the addition of two restaurants, 59 staterooms and 50 balconies.
The ship will enter service for Island Cruises in December in Brazil under a new name. The ship will sail from Brazil during winters and in the Mediterranean during summers.
Horizon joined the Celebrity Cruises fleet in May 1990 and was built by Jos. L. Myer GmbH & Co. of Papenburg, Germany. It was refurbished in October 1998. The 47,000 gross-registered-ton ship carries 1,700 guests and 642 crew members. Celebrity Cruises currently operates the ship primarily in Bermuda in summers and in the Caribbean in winters.
Since its first sailing in spring 2002, Island Cruises has attracted a high number of first-time cruisers with its casual ambiance. The cruise line offers informal, flexible and affordable cruise vacations with open-seating dining and a relaxed dress code.
Does anyone wonder what will happen with all the ship's Crew and Officers ? Moved to Island ? Assigned elsewhere in Celebrity ? If no other X ship is on the Horizon (pardon the pun) will they be worried about losing their jobs ?