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The Pullmantur Zenith: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Huffington Post     Chris Wessling
First Posted: 12/16/11 03:51 PM ET Updated: 12/16/11 03:55 PM ET

The Pullmantur Zenith is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Pullmantur Zenith.


From Italy to Egypt

The Pullmantur Zenith sails from Athens and Rome to destinations in Croatia, Greece and Egypt.

Passenger Ship

The Pullmantur Zenith is a mid-sized ship at nearly 682 feet long and 95 feet wide. It can carry about 1,500 passengers and a crew of 670 on its nine decks. The Zenith is popular with budget-minded cruisers, and has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to families. It was remodeled in 2006 and given art deco touches.


Special Features

The Pullmantur Zenith has two pools, three hot tubs, a casino, disco, lounges, fitness center, sauna, spa, library and a theater that presents Broadway-style shows.


Accommodations

The Pullmantur Zenith boasts bigger-than-industry-average staterooms, but only 64 of its 720 staterooms have private balconies. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including inside superior, outside superior, outside deluxe with balcony, junior suite, junior suite with balcony and the Royal Suite with balcony.


Cost

Fares vary depending on cabin selection and date of travel. On the Pullmantur Zenith, passengers can take a seven-night cruise from Athens, Greece, to Ravenna, Italy, for $1,429 in an interior superior cabin. Other fares for this itinerary include $1,939 for an exterior superior and $3,194 for the Royal Suite. Prices include return air fare.


Excursions

One Pullmantur Zenith passenger said the "stars" of the cruise were the shore stops in Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia and Athens, Greece. Another passenger said, "Destinations are well-thought-out and interesting but we would definitely do our own shore excursions in the future."


Dining Experience

Passengers on the Pullmantur Zenith can choose from the traditional main dining room which has set seating times, a buffet and an outdoor grill. Dishes have a Mediterranean and Greek flavor, but international cuisine is available as well. Keep in mind that the assigned seating times at dinner for the main dining room are more European than American -- later rather than earlier. Expect to be seated at 8 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. Another unique feature of this ship is that alcoholic drinks are included in the fare price.


Maiden Voyage

The ship made its maiden voyage as the Celebrity Zenith on April 4, 1992. It became part of the Pullmantur fleet in 2008 and kept the name Zenith. It was constructed as a passenger cruise liner by the German firm Meyer Werft.


In The News

The Pullmantur Zenith experienced a fire that delayed its departure from Stockholm, Sweden, for 11 hours on August 18, 2009.


WATCH:

Outside views of the Pullmantur Zenith.


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