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Pullmantur posts 5% increase in turnover

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Richard Vogel President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruises
Pullmantur Cruises recorded a 5% increase in turnover in 2019, carrying around 3,000 more passengers than in 2018, reaching a total of 406,000, reported the Spanish company’s President & CEO Richard J. Vogel during a breakfast press conference held in Madrid Tuesday.

‘We are very satisfied with the results though our margin for growth was limited because we’re operating the same number of ships[four], we nevertheless managed a slight increase in the number of passengers and revenue, thus consolidating our strength in the Spanish and Latin American markets,’ explained Vogel.

Adding Grandeur of the Seas

He reminded, a major milestone last year was the announcement of the arrival in 2021 of a new ship to the fleet – currently sailing as Grandeur of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International.

Zenith departed

Talking about Spain as a source market Vogel said said, 'we are expecting a similar volume of passengers this year which will allow us to strengthen our position in the market and continue to be one of the main options for Spaniards who want to enjoy their holidays at sea.

He added, 'in general Pullmantur will carry less passengers in 2020 as we have one ship less.' Zenith left the fleet last month and will start operating for Japan's Peace Boat starting April 2020. 

He pointed to new itineraries such as Iceland and the Faroe Islands in response to customers’ demand; an 11 night Israel, Egypt, Greece and Turkey sailing and a first Wellness cruise.

‘We are listening more than ever to our passengers; analysing their demands, tastes and changes in their lifestyles to forge our programme, which is always backed by innovation.’

In May 2021, Pullmantur Cruises will begin operating Grandeur of the Seas which prior to joining the fleet will undergo a major interior revamp at a ‘European shipyard’ along with a name change, shared Vogel.

The ship will sail in North Europe in her first season.