CDF Croisières de France

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CDF Croisières de France
Founded 2007
Headquarters Paris, France
Area served
Mediterranean
Caribbean
Owner
Parent Pullmantur Cruises
Website www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

In 2016, Royal Caribbean sold a 51% stake in CDF's parent division Pullmantur to Spain-based Springwater Capital.[5]

Meals[edit]

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.

Fleet[edit]

Current CDF Croisières de France fleet[edit]

Ship Built Entered service
for CDF
Capacity Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MV Horizon 1990 2012-present 1875 47,427 gross register tons (GRT)  Malta[citation needed] Previously Horizon, Island Star, Pacific Dream. Identical to the Zenith. Horizon Tallinn Bay 22 June 2015 (cropped).JPG
MV Zenith 1992 2014-present 1774 47,413 gross register tons (GRT)  Malta[citation needed] Previously Zenith. Identical to the Horizon. Le Zenith à quai, Ajaccio, Corse, France (cropped).jpg

Former CDF Croisières de France fleet[edit]

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[citation needed] Previously Europa, Superstar Europa, Superstar Aries, Holiday Dream; Transferred to Saga Cruises as the Saga Sapphire. Bleu de France in Palermo (cropped).jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Starts New Cruise Line Dedicated to French Market". Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  2. ^ Doug Newman (2007-09-13). "Royal Caribbean Announces CDF Croisières de France". At Sea with Doug Newman. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ "CDF Crosieres de France to offer all-inclusive product". Cruise Business Review. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  4. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/8667-cdf-confirms-second-ship-for-2014-season.html
  5. ^ 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. 

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