Pullmantur Zenith

Former name: MV Zenith

Pullmantur Zenith last position

Pullmantur Zenith last location was at Arabian Sea (coordinates 19.67339 N / 57.72487 E) cruising en route to HAIPONG VIETNAM. The AIS position was reported 3 days ago.

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Specifications of Pullmantur Zenith

Year built1992  /  Age: 30
Flag state Panama
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 210 million
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)208 m / 682 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage47413 gt
Passengers1440 - 1828
Crew620
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks12
Cabins720
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsPullmantur Horizon
Former namesMV Zenith
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd & Springwater Capital
OperatorPeace Boat

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The 1992-built (for Celebrity Cruises) MV Zenith cruise ship had as Pullmantur fleetmates the liners Monarch, Sovereign and Horizon (sistership).

In January 2020, Zenith left Pullmantur's fleet. All scheduled for 2020 Pullmantur Zenith cruises were transferred to Monarch. MS Zenith was bareboat chartered to Peace Boat (1983-founded, an NGO/non-government organization based in Shinjuku /Tokyo Japan) and had as fleetmate Ocean Dream (originally Carnival Tropicale). The Zenith ship's AIS transponder went silent on July 27, at 6:17 UTC.

The vessel (IMO number 8918136) was re-flagged from Malta (MMS 256561000, registered in Valletta) to Panama (MMSI 357062000).

In mid-September 2020, the company Japan Grace (Peace Boat's cruise operator) announced the charter of a larger-sized ship (Sun Princess/renamed Pacific World, max passenger capacity 2419) to replace Peace Boat's both current (2020) vessels - Ocean Dream and Zenith. The bigger-sized Pacific World started operations in 2021.

As of May 2022, Zenith remains docked at Port Lavrion Greece.

History - construction and ownership

Pullmantur Cruises is a Spanish company (headquartered in Madrid) which founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of the travel agency "Pullmantur" (founded 1971). In 2006, Pullmantur Cruises was acquired by RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) - world's 2nd largest passenger shipping company (after Carnival Corporation). Currently, RCCL owns 49% as 51% were sold in 2016 to Springwater Capital LLC (2002-founded investment firm). Pullmantur offers high-quality product mainly to Spanish-speaking source market. The company operates mainly in Mediterranean-Canaries regions and by fleet capacity is ranked the largest cruise brand in Spain.

Pullmantur Zenith cruise ship

The 1400-passenger ship Zenith was constructed as a sistership to the first newbuild of Celebrity Cruises - MV Horizon. The vessel was ordered in 1989 by Chandris Group (Greek shipowner) for its Celebrity brand. The Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was in 1992 from NYC New York to the Caribbean. Ship's NYC to Bermuda cruise program started in 1996 - the year in which MV Horizon inaugurated Celebrity's Alaskan program. In 2006, for Celebrity Cruises Zenith was homeported in Bayonne (New Jersey, NYC New York). Also in 2006, RCCL (parent company) acquired Pullmantur Cruises and in 2007 transferred MV Zenith to Pullmantur. In 2014, the vessel was transferred to CDF (Pullmantur's brand in France), and in 2017 - back to Pullmantur.

In early-December 2018, Pullmantur Cruceros introduced "Pullmantur Visa" card via a partnership with Bankinter Consumer Finance (specializing in credit cards and consumer loans). Pullmantur Visa allows easier booking and financing over a period up to 18 months. Pullmantur's credit card is for the Spanish market only (Spanish nationals and residents in Spain) and without maintenance fees. All cruise customers who make payments via Pullmantur Visa receive a return up to 6% of the deferred purchases, plus EUR 20 gift voucher when making non-Pullmantur-related purchases.

Decks and Cabins

MV Zenith staterooms (720 total, in 15 categories) include 153x Inside, 494x Oceanview,, 47x Balcony and 26x Suites. The largest accommodation is the Royale Suite.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 10 are passenger-accessibel and 6 with cabins.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

MV Zenith has two dining venues - Restaurant Caravelle (MDR/Main Dining Room) and Windsurf Cafe Grill (lido buffet restaurant).

The Windsurf Cafe Grill (Buffet Restaurant) provides alternative dining. It is where you'll be able to choose between various dishes to satisfy consumer preferences and tastes. It has an adjacent outdoor grill and provides a wide selection of delicious dishes and an informal setting for relaxing.

The single-level MDR (Restaurant Caravelle) is elegantly appointed and offers good food but expensive wines.

Pullmantur Zenith cruise ship

The ship is quite spacious and provides a fine travel experience and tastefully decorated public rooms. Pullmanturs passengers were mainly Spanish-speaking, of mixed ages. The onboard leisure activities include a variety of bars, Casino (gaming lounge), Solarium/sundeck, two outdoor swimming pools (one for kids), as well as three Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs) and a Fitness/Gym.

 

Follows the complete list of Pullmantur Zenith lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Broadway Theatre (Salon de Espectaculos Broadway)
  • James Piano Bar & Lounge
  • La Voile Bleue Bar; Le Zephir Bar
  • Rendez-Vous Lounge
  • Cafe Moka Bar Plaza Cafe (cafeteria)
  • Bar Marina, Bar Harrys, Bar Michaels
  • Photo Gallery, Camera & Video Store
  • Video Arcade; Boutique
  • Internet Center
  • Casino del Mar
  • Dance Club (Rainbow Disco)
  • Card Room; Reading Room; Library
  • Teen's Club; Tibu Club (Kids' Playroom, ages 3-5)
  • Spa del Mar Beauty & Fitness
  • 2 Swimming Pools; 3 Jacuzzis; Solariums/sundecks
  • Fitness Center

Itineraries

Pullmantur Zenith itinerary program was based on Mediterranean roundtrips departing from homeport Marseille France and visiting call ports in Italy, Greece, Malta, Spain, the Adriatic Sea.

To Zenith's 2019 winter program (Canary Islands) was added Madeira Island (Funchal) and Morocco (Agadir). The Canaries ports were Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Arrecife Lanzarote. The program (Nov 17, 2019, through March 31, 2020) included a total of 20 itineraries.

In May 2022, Peace Boat canceled its Zenith cruise schedule "due to a change in contract with the shipowner". Peace Boat's program for the ship was originally planned to start in August 2022, and included longer/over 3-month global itineraries out of Japan, plus a 59-night itinerary to the South Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand.

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    CDF Zenith cruise ship was built in Papenburg Germany (originally for Celebrity Cruises) as "MV Zenith". Vessel's sistership is MV Horizon. Both were operated by CDF Croisières de France) - former French cruise line brand and subsidiary managed by Pullmantur Cruises (RCCL's brand in Spain).

    Initially, the ship was used for roundtrips from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida to island ports in the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 2002, the vessel was flagged Bahamas (registered in Nassau). In 2007, it was re-flagged to Malta (registered in Valletta) and transferred from RCI-Royal Caribbean to Pullmantur for Mediterranean deployment leaving from homeports in France. In 2014, the liner was transferred to CDF where joined MV Horizon.

    Ship’s last Captain (for Pullmantur) was Ivo Botica. Zenith's last Pullmantur cruise was the 7-day "New Year's Eve In The Canary Islands And Madeira" roundtrip from homeport Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

    Date / TimePort
    29 Dec 20:00Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
    31 Dec 08:00 - 02:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
    02 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Arrecife, Lanzarote Island, Canaries
    03 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura Island, Canaries
    04 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Island, Canaries
    05 Jan 08:00Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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