CDF Croisières de France
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CDF Croisières de France is a subsidiary of Pullmantur Cruises, catering to the French cruise market, with French as the primary language used on board. The line offers cruises to the Mediterranean operating from mid-March until November. Most CDF cruises are tout inclus, meaning all inclusive. In many, but not all cases, the price may include airfare. However, cruises can be purchased without airfare as well. CDF will cease operations in 2017.
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. 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. 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.
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.
In 2016, Royal Caribbean sold a 51% stake in CDF's parent division Pullmantur to Spain-based Springwater Capital.
In late 2016, it was announced CDF would cease operations in early 2017. With both ships being transferred back to Pullmantur.
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.
Current CDF Croisières de France fleet
|MV Horizon||1990||2012-present||1875||47,427 gross register tons (GRT)||Malta||Previously Horizon, Island Star, Pacific Dream. Identical to the Zenith.|
|MV Zenith||1992||2014-present||1774||47,413 gross register tons (GRT)||Malta||Previously Zenith. Identical to the Horizon.|
Former CDF Croisières de France fleet
|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.|
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- Doug Newman (2007-09-13). "Royal Caribbean Announces CDF Croisières de France". At Sea with Doug Newman. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- "CDF Crosieres de France to offer all-inclusive product". Cruise Business Review. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
- Royal Caribbean (10 May 2016). "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. And Springwater Capital Announce Joint Venture" (Press release). Miami, Florida and Madrid, Spain: Royal Caribbean. PRNewswire. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- Official website
- CDF Croisières of France at Simplon Postcards
- List of included and optional beverages
- Sample breakfast buffet menu in French & English
- Sample dinner menus
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