Croisières de France is to cease cruise operations by February 2017, according to French sources.
Pullmantur Group, which owns Croisières de France, will transfer the line’s two ships, Horizon and Zenith to sister-brand Pullmantur, which already markets the ships to its Spanish-based travellers. Sailings will continue to be marketed to French travellers under the Pullmantur brand.
With steep competition against MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises, the two most popular cruise lines among French cruisers, the Spanish and South American markets are deemed a more profitable market for the Pullmantur Group.
Croisières de France’s Paris-based office will be closed and relocated to Pullmantur’s Madrid office, resulting in around 30 redundancies.
The atmosphere aboard the entire Pullmantur fleet, will become more international to cater to an increased number of French and European guests. Sailings to Northern Europe from Calais will end and will instead sail from Rostock in Germany due to better connectivity from Spain.
Guest bookings aboard the ex-Celebrity Cruises ships, will not be affected by the changeover.