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Friday, January 13, 2017

Reports indicate that French Cruise Operator CDF Croisières de France will Cease Operation in February 2017


Cut A Way Drawing of CDF's Horizon - Reports indicate that CDF will Cease Operation in February 2017
Cut A Way Drawing of CDF's Horizon - Reports indicate that CDF will Cease Operation in February 2017

Having decided to concentrate on the Spanish and Latin American markets, Pullmantur plans to close the CDF Croisières de France office in Paris by the end of February. The decision is primarily a financial one, since the Latin American and Spanish Market are more lucrative than the French Market. CDF currently is a 1 ship operation utlilizing the Horizon. which at one time sailed as the Horizon for Celebrity Cruises in the 1990s.

Under the agreement with Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean owns 49% of Pullmantur giving up the majority share in a recent transaction BUT owns ships operated by Pullmantur and leases them back to Pullmantur. It will be interesting to see if the Horizon remerges in the Royal Caribbean or Celebrity fleet sailing from Florida to Cuba.

Only time will tell.


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