BLYTH - Answered a Question by Butterworth (15 Jan 09 18:08)

To the best of my knowledge the Island Star is now part of the Spanish Pullmantur Cruises. They have a UK webite. http://www.pullmanturcruises.co.uk/home.htm but currently Island Star does not show on it, unless they have changed it name, but you will see they have two bases and telephone numbers can be seen for both but suggest you contact your TA or whoever you booked the cruise with to further investigate.

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Arnold - Answered a Question by Butterworth (15 Jan 09 16:04)

The ship is being decommisioned for some reason, shame as we have travelled on the star previously. Thomson Cruises have taken over Island Escape. J from Beverley.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Butterworth (16 Jan 09 08:20)

Royal Caribbean, which has been a 50 percent owner of Island Cruises, has announced that it sold its stake to TUI Travel Plc, a British tour operator. This would make TUI a full-on owner; it acquired the other 50 percent when it took over First Choice. The cruise line was created in 2002 by a joint ownership between First Choice and Royal Caribbean with the idea to take on cruise lines like Thomson, which is part of a giant tour operator. The part of the transaction that will most likely impact travelers is that Island Star, which was owned by Royal Caribbean and chartered to the venture, will depart the fleet. Royal Caribbean will place it with Spain-based Pullmantur, a cruise line it owns. At this point, it looks like Island Star, which was meant to sail cruises from Palma de Mallorca throughout the spring and summer, will leave the fleet in spring 2009. According to information from Island Cruises, the planned itinerary of the Island Star will remain unchanged for this winter and the ship will continue to sail in the Caribbean under the Island Cruises banner until 26 March, 2009. The transaction is subject to regulatory clearance in Ireland.

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Lambie - replied to BLYTH (16 Jan 09 09:12)

Although above information is good, think the question is more why it has been taken off the review page......Wullie Can't find email address for this site.

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Blyth - replied to Lambie (17 Jan 09 09:47)

I did say in one of my comments that the former name of Island Star was Celebrity Horizon and whilst Island Star has disappeared the name Horizon has appeared so the only conclusion I can come to is that it has reverted back to its hold name and the reason why there are no reviews is no one has submitted one under the name of Horizon. Now I might be wrong but the Berlitz Cruising guide confirms the name changes and the ship did undergo a major refit in 2005.

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Lambie - replied to Blyth (17 Jan 09 12:31)

Yes, agree about name change but it is still Island Star until the end of March so why would anyone submit a review under the name Horizon, how many people know it was the Horizon. What has happened to the questions/reviews that were there? Perhaps someone at www.CRUISE.co.uk could answer this and put peoples minds at rest. Wullie.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Butterworth (16 Jan 09 08:56)

Http://www.pullmanturcruises.co.uk/home.htm is the website, but no sign of the Island Star being listed. This group own Zenith which was a Celebrity ship and Island Star before being renamed was also a Celebrity ship named Horizon. Habe you been in touch with whoever you booked the cruise with ?

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