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CDF Croisieres De France
CDF Croisières de France
Successor Pullmantur Cruises
Founded 2007
Defunct 2017
Headquarters Paris, France
Area served
Parent Pullmantur Cruises

CDF Croisières de France was a subsidiary of Pullmantur Cruises, catering to the French cruise market, with French as the primary language used on board. The line offered cruises to the Mediterranean operating from mid-March until November. Most CDF cruises were all inclusive. In many, but not all cases, the price included airfare. However, cruises could be purchased without airfare as well. CDF ceased operations in 2017.[1]


Founded on September 2007 as a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., CDF begun in May 2008 with Bleu de France as their sole ship.[2] During the north hemisphere summer season the Bleu de France operated cruises in the Mediterranean out of Marseille, while for the winter season she relocated to the Caribbean, with La Romana, Dominican Republic as her port of departure.[3] The company offers an all-inclusive product, with not only accommodation and meals but also all drinks and tips included in the price of the cruise.[4]

In November 2010, CDF confirmed that they had sold Bleu de France to the British holiday operator Saga, however CDF retained the vessel on charter for a further 12 months. In 2012 CDF received a replacement ship, Horizon, which was transferred from Pullmantur Cruises. Horizon, which had previously sailed as Pacific Dream, for Pullmantur Cruises, Island Star for Island Cruises and originally MV Horizon for Celebrity Cruises; all three brands are currently subsidiaries of Royal Caribbean.

In 2014, the Zenith was transferred to the fleet of CDF Croisières de France, joining her sister ship the L'Horizon.[5]

In 2016, Royal Caribbean sold a 51% stake in CDF's parent division Pullmantur to Spain-based Springwater Capital.[6]

In late 2016, it was announced CDF would cease operations in early 2017, with both ships being transferred back to Pullmantur.[7]


Unlike most other cruise lines, the fare typically includes many basic alcoholic beverages, espresso, cappuccino, sodas and the like. Premium drinks are available for an extra charge. CDF does not currently offer anytime dining. First seating is typically at 7 pm and late seating is typically at 9:15 pm. While French is the primary language on CDF cruises, announcements are typically made in French first, followed by Spanish and then English.

Former Fleet

Ship Built Entered service
for CDF
Capacity Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MS Bleu de France 1981 2008-2011 1158 37,301 gross register tons (GRT)  Malta[] Previously Europa, Superstar Europa, Superstar Aries, Holiday Dream; Transferred to Saga Cruises as the Saga Sapphire. Bleu de France in Palermo (recropped).jpg
MV Horizon 1990 2012-2017 1875 47,427 gross register tons (GRT)  Malta[] Previously Horizon, Island Star, Pacific Dream. Identical to the Zenith; Transferred to Pullmantur Cruises as the Horizon. Horizon Tallinn Bay 22 June 2015 (recropped).JPG
MV Zenith 1992 2014-2017 1774 47,413 gross register tons (GRT)  Malta[] Previously Zenith. Identical to the Horizon; Transferred to Pullmantur Cruises as the Zenith. Le Zenith à quai, Ajaccio, Corse, France (recropped).jpg


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