Originally Posted by You
When is the Zenith being retired. I thought it was to be soon.
Actually, there's no retirement. Rather, the parent company has decided to transfer MV Zenith
to Celebrity's Spanish sister line, Pullmantur Cruises, whcih the parent company acquired last November. IIRC, the transfer will occur at the end of her scheduled Caribbean season in April.
In exchange for MV Zenith
, Celebrity will receive two smaller ships from Pullmantur.
>> The present MV Blue Dream
, which originally entered service for now defunct Renaissance as MV R6
in 2000, will become MV Celebrity Journey
and will operate the Bermuda schedule originally planned for MV Zenith
before going on to South America and Antarctica itineraries in the fall of 2007.
>> The present MV Blue Moon
, which originally entered service for now defunct Renaissance as MV Ry
in 2000, will become MV Celebrity Quest
and will operate exotic Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries beginning in the fall of 2007.
Both of these vessels will operate as part of the "Celebrity Expeditions" fleet rather than as part of the "Celebrity Cruises" fleet, which means that
>> the prescribed evening dress will be "casual" every night.
>> dining will be open seating,
>> there will be no children's center, youth center, or teen center, and
>> shows will be less elaborate than on "Celebrity Cruises" vessels
as on MY Celebrity Xpedition
. Also, both of these vessels will receive major reconfigurations, which include replacement of forty-eight (48) standard cabins with thirty-two (32) sky suites on the aft half of Deck Eight and reconfiguration of many existing spaces to Celebrity's signature branding (for example, the spa will become an Aquaspa by Elemis (R) and the computer center will become Celebrity@Sea).