Horizon was the first new ship built for Celebrity Cruises. Starting service in 1990, she quickly developed a good reputation as a premium cruise experience, creating a foundation for much of what Celebrity Cruises is today. Along with her near sister, Zenith, Horizon's itineraries for Celebrity were primarily New York to Bermuda and Caribbean cruises.
After 15 years with Celebrity, Horizon became Island Star of Island Cruise Line. She offered a more casual cruise experience aimed at the UK cruising market.
After the demise of Island Cruises, the ship was transferred within the Royal Caribbean family to Pullmantur in 2009. At first, she sailed under the name Pacific Dream but reverted back to her original name in 2010. During this time, she was marketed primarily to the Spanish-speaking market.
In 2012, Horizon was transferred to CDF Croisiere de France, Royal Caribbean's French brand.
Horizon has the basic line up of cruise ship features. For dining she has a main dining room, a buffet and an outdoor grill. For entertainment, there is a theater, lounges, six bars, a nightclub, library and a card room. Outdoor features include a main pool, a children's pool, and two jacuzzis. There is also a spa, gym, salon and two boutiques.
The ship's language is French although there is also provision for English-speakers. Horizon's onboard currency is the Euro.
BUILDER: Meyer Werft
ENTERED SERVICE: 1990 (as Horizon); 2005 (as Island Star)
2009 (as Pacific Dream)
2010 (as Horizon)
TONNAGE: 46,811 g.r.t.
LENGTH: 208 m (682 feet)
BEAM: 29 m (95 feet)
DRAFT: 8 m (24 feet)
PASSENGERS: 1,442 (double occupancy)
SPEED: 21.4 knots
POWER PLANT: diesel
PROPULSION: 2 propellor shafts
(courtesy of CDF Croisieres)
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