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The former Celebrity cruise ship will be demolished in Aliaga, Turkey

The former Celebrity cruise ship Celebrity Skyline arrived at the Aliaga shipbreaking yard in Turkey to be dismantled into scrap. The distinctively shaped ship has been sitting in an anchorage in Greece for two years, awaiting its fate.

Horizon, as it had been known for a few years, was last operational in 2020 for Pullmantur Cruises. As the partly-owned Royal Caribbean cruise line filed for financial reorganization in 2020, CEO Richard Fain said the ship, along with the other ships in Pullmantur’s fleet, would be sold.

Celebrity Skyline Arrives in Turkey to be scrapped

After a week of travel, the cruise ship built in 1990 Celebrity Skyline arrived in Aliaga, Turkey, where she will be slowly dismantled into scrap. She becomes the next in a long line of cruise ships that have been demolished over the past two years.

The distinctive and unusual exterior cruise ship has sailed on Celebrity Cruises for fifteen years. Built in 1990 at the famed Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, she was Celebrity Cruises’ first-ever new ship.

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The 46,811 gross tons Celebrity Skyline had room for some 1,828 passengers based on double occupancy. The ship had played a role in several initiatives for parent company Royal Caribbean. This includes five name changes and sailing for several different operators focused on European cruise markets.

Busy service after Celebrity cruises

After sailing from 1990 to 2005 for Celebrity, she transferred to a new cruise line, Island Cruises, which focused on the UK family market. After some extensive renovations, the Horizon operated in the Caribbean and Mediterranean until 2008 when Royal Caribbean Group pulled out of Island Cruises.

The ship was first transferred in 2009 to Pullmantur Cruises, focused on Spanish-speaking customers, a company for which she sailed as Pacific Dream from 2009 to 2010, and renamed Horizon again in 2010. In 2012 the ship was transferred again.

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Another new company of the Royal Caribbean group, CDF Croisières de France, operating under the Pullmatur group, took over the operations of Pullmatur in 2012. the horizon focusing on the French market, it operated in the Caribbean and Northern Europe until 2017.

In 2017, Pullmatur closed its offices in France and CDF Croisières de France ceased operations. Sail again for Pullmantur, Horizon operated for a short period in the Middle East before the pandemic simultaneously ended Pullmantur and Horizon.

Since the start of the pandemic, Horizon is at anchor in Greece, awaiting a new operator. With record steel prices, the choice was made to scrap the 32-year-old ocean liner.

On August 25, 2022, the ship left its anchorage in Eleusis under tow of two tugs sailing to Turkey. She joins several other cruise ships that have been sold for scrap over the past two years. More recently, this included the former Princess Cunardarrived in Aliaga in July this year.

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