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MV Zenith – Past and Present

MV Zenith

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

Steel twin screw ‘Horizon Class’ motor vessel built in 1992 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 620) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Celebrity Cruises

Technical Data

  • Length: 207.60 m (overall) 175.03 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 29.33 m
  • Depth: 24.10 m
  • Draught: 7.70 m
  • Tonnage: 47,413 gross/25,488 net/49151t deadweight
  • Engines: 2x MAN B&W Diesel 6L40/54 – 4 stroke single acting 6 cylinder 400 x 540 mm diesel engines
  • Power: 19.960 kW / 27.138 hp
  • Speed: 19.0 knots (service) 21.4 knots (max)
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Capacity: 1,774 – 1,875 passengers
  • Crew: 620
  • Call Sign: 9HXM8
  • IMO Number: 8918136
  • MMSI Number: 256561000
  • Official Number: 10497
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Nassau/Bahamas, Valletta/Malta
  • Sister-Ship: Horizon

Location Data

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November 1st 1989: Contract signed with Meyer Werft.

April 11th 1990: Keel laid.

October 31st 1991: Launched.

March 2nd 1992: Completed.

February 1992: Delivered to Celebrity Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

April 4th 1992: Maiden cruise from Florida.

2002: Transferred to Bahamas flag, home port – Nassau

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

© Mikael Söderholm  © Mikael Söderholm

© Mikael Söderholm

2006: Acquired by Pullmantur Cruises by internal transfer from (Celebrity Cruises, another Royal Caribbean member). Refitted and not renamed.

June 11th 2007: Commenced service for Pullmantur Cruises.


© Franks Behrends (Rhodes 07/07/2007)

July 28th 2008: Collided with AEGEAN PEARL in Piraeus.

© Aleksi Lindström

May 10th 2009: Ran aground outside of Copenhagen. Re-floated herself and able to continue into port.

August 10th 2009: During welding work, a serious fire broke out aboard when she was docked in Stockholm. Two crew were taken to hospital and local fire-fighters attended the blaze to assist the crew. The ship had been completely evacuated.

© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov

August 19th 2009: Able to depart Stockholm.


© Franks Behrends (Istanbul 20/07/2012)

June 25th 2013: Under tow to Marghera, Italy, following an early morning engine room fire. The fire was put out quickly, with no reported injuries, however one of the ship’s engines was damaged. The cause of the problem was a fire in the ship’s engine room, which left the propulsion system inoperative. This then caused the ship to drift to a halt about 16 miles offshore. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured in the incident. One week later she went to the S.Marco shipyard in the port of Trieste.

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Katakolon, Greece 31/05/2013)

2014: To Paris-based Royal Caribbean subsidiary, CDF Croisières de France.


© Josep Pretel

© Juanfra Monzón  © Juanfra Monzón

© Juanfra Monzón

2016: It was announced that CDF Croisières de France brand would be discontinued in early 2017.

2017: Returned to Pullmantur Cruises.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

May 1st 2018: Due at Dover

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Anfimov, Franks Behrends, Cees Bustraan, Brian Fisher, Aleksi Lindström, Juanfra Monzón, Josep Pretel, Mikael Söderholm and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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