MV Zenith

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Name: Zenith
Owner: 1992-2007: Celebrity Cruises
2007-2014: Pullmantur Cruises
2014-Present: Croisières de France
Operator: 1992-2007: Celebrity Cruises
2007-2014: Pullmantur Cruises
2014-Present: Croisières de France
Port of registry: 1992-2002: Monrovia,  Liberia
2002-2007: Nassau,  Bahamas[1]
2007-present: Valletta,  Malta
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Yard number: 620[1]
Laid down: 18 October 1990[2]
Launched: 31 October 1991[2]
Completed: 1 March 1992[2]
Acquired: February 1992[1]
In service: April 4, 1992[1]-present
Status: In active service as of 2011
Notes: Sister ship to Pacific Dream
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Horizon class cruise ship
Tonnage: 47,413 GT
25,488 NT
4,915 DWT
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)
Decks: 12
Installed power: 2 × MAN-B&W 9L40/54 (2 × 5,994 kW)
2 × MAN-B&W 6L40/54 (2 × 3,996 kW)
Propulsion: Two shafts, controllable pitch propellers
Two bow thrusters and one stern thruster
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 1,828 passengers [3]
Crew: 620[4]

MV Zenith is a cruise ship owned by the Spain-based shipping company Pullmantur Cruises. She was built in 1992 by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany for Celebrity Cruises.

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"[5]).[6] Wallace refers to the Zenith as the Nadir throughout (although he insists "the rechristening's nothing particular against the ship itself").[6]

In 2014, the Zenith was moved to the fleet of CDF Croisieres de France, joining her sister ship the L’Horizon.[7]

Shipboard Fires[edit]

The ship was damaged at the stern on 8 August 2009 when a fire broke out. It was at that moment moored at Frihamnen in Stockholm.

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.


  1. ^ a b c d Micke Asklander. "M/S Zenith (1992)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Zenith (107402)". Register online. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  3. ^ MV Zenith PDF
  4. ^ MV Zenith PDF
  5. ^ Wallace, David Foster (January 1996). "Shipping Out" (PDF). Harper's Magazine. 
  6. ^ a b Wallace, David Foster (1997). A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. Back Bay Books. ISBN 0-316-92528-4. 
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