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Celebrity Cruises. The Former Ships' Fate

6 minutes read • June 12th, 2017
In previous articles, we talked about the

history of Celebrity Cruise Line

.
Despite the fact that this is a young company, it has 6 ships that were a part of the company's fleet but have already left it.
Today we will talk about the fate of these ships and find out what happened to them after they had left

Celebrity

.
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Svend Raether/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

As we remember, the former ocean liner SS Galileo Galilei was the first ship of the Celebrity company. She was called Meridian.
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Joerg Seyler/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

The ship was the part of the Celebrity's fleet until 1997. After Royal Caribbean International had swallowed up the company, the ship was sold to Sun Cruises and became known as Sun Vista.
On May 20, 1999, there was a fire on the ship. The ship was in the Straits of Malacca. All the passengers and crew were evacuated, and the ship sank.

The then-modern

Horizon

was the company's second ship.
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The ship served Celebrity until 2005, for 15 years!

In 2005, she was transferred to Island Cruises (a subsidiary of RCI) and became known as Island Star. Under this name, the cruise liner operated the Mediterranean cruises in summer and the Caribbean cruises in winter for four years.
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Exequiel Pérez Millán/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

In 2009, the ship was transferred to another subsidiary of Royal CaribbeanPullmantur.
The ship sailed under her new name of Pacific Dream for about a year. The distinctive logo of Celebrity Cruises - X - remained on her funnel.
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Pacific Dream moored in Castries, Saint Lucia. © Jean-Philippe Boulet/Wiki/CC BY 3.0

In November 2010, another subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, Croisières de France, became the owner of this ship.
The liner received her new-old name - Horizon.

Until 2017, the ship sailed under the flags of Croisières de France. Now there is a process of her transfer to the new-old owners - Pullmantur.
The ship is still in service, and you can enjoy the cruise on her!
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Annia Pedreira/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

Horizon's sister, Zenith, was the third ship of Celebrity.
If you've read the last article, you know that Zenith was built specifically for Celebrity and joined the fleet in 1992.
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Yankeesman312/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

This ship has the fate very similar to her sister's one.
In 2007, the cruise liner was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises. The name did not change.
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Ivan T./Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

In 2009 and 2013, there was a fire on the ship. Nobody was hurt both times.
In 2014, Zenith was transferred to the fleet of Croisières de France.
Now (2017) there is a process of transferring the ship back to Pullmantur Cruises.
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Adrien.Castel/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

Celebrity Galaxy was the third ship that left the company (but she was not the third one by the date of construction).
The liner was built in 1996. Until 2009, she was the part of the Celebrity's fleet.
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Vikiçizer/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

In 2009, the liner was transferred to a partly subsidiary German company - TUI Cruises. The ship got the name of Mein Schiff, and soon the serial number - 1.
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Pjotr Mahhonin/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

The ship is still in service and pleases cruise lovers!

Mercury was the next ship that joined the fleet and left it.
The cruise liner was built in 1997, and she repeated the fate of her sister, Celebrity Galaxy. The ship was the part of Celebrity until 2011.
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Stan Shebs/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

In 2011, the ship was transferred to TUI Cruises. The cruise liner received the new name - Mein Schiff 2.
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kelp/Wiki/CC BY 2.0

The ship is still in service.

There is information that both sisters - Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 - will soon be transferred to Thomson Cruises. We'll see…

Celebrity Century was the last ship that left Celebrity.
She was the first ship of the Century-class that became the part of the company and the last one that left it.
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PhilipRJ 89/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

The liner served the company until 2015! For 20 years!

In 2015, it became known that Celebrity Century became the flagship and the only ship of SkySea Cruises (a joint venture of RCI and the famous Chinese travel provider - Ctrip.com).
The new name of the ship is SkySea Golden Era.
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Unfortunately, we do not know more details about the destiny of this ship. The only thing we found out is that SkySea Golden Era operates cruises in Asia, and the ship is in Xiamen at the time of writing (06/12/17).
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Well, probably, this ship's guests are enjoying the beauties of this lovely city right now.

It is the fate of the ships that left Celebrity Cruises.

We know about the ships of the new revolutionary Edge class, so it's interesting to know what will be the fate of the other Celebrity Cruises' ships...

To be continued... For sure!

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