Published On: Tue, Aug 14th, 2012

Cruise Company will use Curacao as home base

WILLEMSTAD - The Spanish cruise line "Pullmantur" has assigned its cruise ship 'Monarch of the Seas' to Curaçao as a springboard port for its Caribbean cruises.

After lengthy negotiations with Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB) and the Curacao Ports Authority (CPA) an agreement has been reached. Monarch of the Seas will be in Curacao once a week starting from April 1, 2013. This will continue for a whole year.

The French-built cruise ship accommodates 2,744 passengers and has been sailing since 1991 for Royal Caribbean Cruises. On March 29, 2013, the ship will sail for the last time for Royal Caribbean International, because starting April 1, 2013, the ship will officially be added to the fleet of Pullmantur.

The choice of the ship owner to use Curacao port to as a springboard is a boost for the Curaçao economy, business organizations and the city. Many of the passengers are from South American countries, so there is a revival of activity in the Hato International Airport.

The route will start from Curaçao and will make stops in Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Aruba and then back to Curacao.

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