Horizon, AIDAluna &Celebrity Constellation in Curaçao

On the 7th December 2001, my Celebrity Constellation cruise brought me to Curaçao.  We were due for 7am while AIDAluna was 6am and Horizon 8am but we were all there.  It had originally meant to be Ocean Dream, but for some reason Horizon replaced her on the Caribbean runs.  Horizon was new to me, being a former Celebrity ship ordered under Chandris and debuted in 1990.  This 46,811grt ship had originally been ordered for the Chandris Fantasy Cruises but after creating Celebrity to take over Home Lines' former Bermuda port contracts, she went to them and fell under Royal Caribbean's ownership wafter they took over the line in 1997.  When Royal Caribbean formed a partnership with First Choice in 2005 to create Island Cruises, they transferred Horizon and she became Island Star.  But when TUI took over First Choice in 2009, RCCL sold their stake and Horizon was renamed Pacific Dream for Spanish subsidiary, Pullmantur.  She regained her original name in 2010.  From April 2012 she replaces Bleu de France (which was sold to Saga Cruises to be Saga Sapphire) and sails from Marseille under RCCL's Croisières de France subsidiary.

During my afternoon trolley tour then in the minibus back to the port afterwards, I was able to get more shots.
Horizon had been due to sail at 3pm but she didn't move until fifty minutes later, disappearing the other side of the bridge to turn.  She blasted as she neared the exit then again after dropping the pilot.  It was quite disappointing our lot stayed silent to a sister ship.
We were sailing at 5pm while the AIDA was an hour later.
My Constellation cruise review can be found here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 7th December 2011
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