March 30, 2015
(2:11 p.m. EDT) -- Changing course again, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited will transfer its Majesty of the Seas cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International to the combined Pullmantur/CDF Croisieres de France fleet in 2018, Seatrade Cruise News is reporting.
The Seatrade report is based on comments by Antoine Lacarriere, general manager of CDF Croisieres de France. Royal Caribbean, however denies the claim. "At this time, we have no plans to transfer Majesty of the Seas to Pullmantur. Especially since we just invested so much money in refurbishing Majesty for the Royal Caribbean International fleet," Cynthia Martinez, director of Global Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., told Cruise Critic.
Royal Caribbean had originally planned to move the ship to Pullmantur this spring, but decided to keep it in the RCI fleet after determining Pullmantur, the company's Spanish arm, needed to be restructured. (Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited is the parent company of all three brands.) As with this announcement, the first planned move was leaked by CDF Croisieres de France and denied by Royal Caribbean until a few months later.
Royal Caribbean also backtracked on the originally announced refurbishment for the ship, which was going to include new restaurants, a water slide, the DreamWorks experience and free Voom, the line's high-speed Internet. Instead, the passengers will only get a new kids-only pool area and poolside movie screen when Majesty emerges from dry dock this spring.
Until it transfers out of the RCI fleet, Majesty of the Seas will sail short Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor