|Port of registry:|
|Builder:||Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany|
|Laid down:||18 October 1990|
|Launched:||31 October 1991|
|Completed:||1 March 1992|
|In service:||April 4, 1992-present|
|Status:||In active service as of 2011|
|Notes:||Sister ship to Pacific Dream|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Horizon class cruise ship|
|Length:||208.00 m (682.41 ft)|
|Beam:||29.00 m (95.14 ft)|
|Draught:||7.70 m (25.3 ft)|
|Depth:||24.10 m (79.1 ft)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Capacity:||1,828 passengers |
The Zenith was built as a sister ship to Celebrity Cruises' first newbuild MV Horizon. Her interiors were designed by Michael Katsourakis and British designer John McNeece. The Zenith was delivered in February 1992 and set under Liberian flag. She was used for cruises from Florida to the Caribbean and Bermuda islands. In 2002 she was reflagged in the Bahamas. In 2007 she was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises and used for cruises around the Mediterranean.
A 7-Night cruise from 11 to 18 March 1995 aboard the Zenith is the subject of David Foster Wallace's 1995 essay "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (collected in a collection of the same name and originally published in Harper's as "Shipping Out"). Wallace refers to the Zenith as the Nadir throughout (although he insists "the rechristening's nothing particular against the ship itself").
In 2015, a large tract of coral reef was destroyed by the Zenith, but no fines or donations were paid.
In late 2016, it was announced that CDF Croisières de France brand will be discontinued in early 2017. The Zenith will return to the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises in 2017.
On June 26, 2013, another fire aboard the ship broke out, this time in its engine room causing it to lose power. It had to anchor 17 miles off the coast of Venice, Italy, before four tugboats came to tow it to port. One week later it went to the S.Marco shipyard in the port of Trieste.
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