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Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas Transferring to Pullmantur in 2021

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Royal Caribbean International has announced it will transfer Grandeur of the Seas to its sister brand, Pullmantur Cruises in spring 2021.

“As we continue to grow the Royal Caribbean brand and develop new offerings, we will begin retiring our more seasoned ships. We know this news is bittersweet, but we’re excited that she’ll join our sister brand, Pullmantur Cruises in spring 2021. Her story isn’t finished yet!” the company wrote in a statement to travel agents via the unofficial Royal Caribbean Blog.

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The ship, which was launched in 1996, will undergo a major refurbishment before sailing Northern Europe in summer 2021. Enchantment of the Seas will replace Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore.

Spanish cruise line Pullmantur will make room for Grandeur of the Seas at the end of this year when MV Zenith is transferred to Peaceboat.

Grandeur of the Seas’ final sailing for Royal Caribbean International will be March 26, 2021. The ship’s April 3 and April 15, 2021 departures will be canceled. Affected guests and travel partners will be contacted with details in the very near future, Royal Caribbean said.

Pullmantur’s fleet also includes MS Sovereign, MS Monarch and MV Horizon.

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Royal Caribbean Makes Additional Comment on Future of Buffets

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The buffet—as much a staple on cruise ships as anything—will live on in a different form, at least on Royal Caribbean vessels.

A week after Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, intimated that buffets would likely not exist when Royal Caribbean returns to the sea, CruiseRadio.net reports something of an evolution on that stance.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, appeared on Coffee Chat, a weekly talk with travel advisors with host and Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support and Service Vicki Freed, and said buffets will change but not go away entirely.

“(Where) everybody reaches in and everybody touches the same tongs, you’re not going to see (that) on land or sea,” Fain said. “(But) it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a buffet. You might have it where all of that is served to you by other people. And there (are) other possibilities. But the point is that it will evolve.”

By way of example, Fain said to consider the Midnight Buffet.

“I don’t think anyone says, ‘Where’s the midnight buffet?’” he said. “You haven’t seen the midnight buffet for years and that was long before we had COVID-19. Tastes change and people change, and cruise lines change to accommodate.”

Fain told TravelWeekly, sister publication to TravelPulse.com, that cruisers will adapt, much as air travelers did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“If you remember after (that), all of a sudden you had to do a strip search at the airport. You couldn’t take a bottle of water on the plane,” he said. “A lot of people said, ‘Nobody’s ever going to fly. Who’s going to want to go on an airplane?’ Airplane travel didn’t end. In fact, it grew. But it evolved. So it isn’t the same when you go today. You do go through security checks, and you do go through identity checks and frankly, we’ve become accustomed to it and the technology has helped make it easier.”

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