MV Horizon

MV Horizon (formerly Pacific Dream, Island Star, Horizon) is a cruise ship operated by Pullmantur Cruises[4] It was operated by Croisières de France from the spring 2012 until 2017.[5] She was built in 1990 at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany for Celebrity Cruises as MV Horizon.[1][2]

MV Horizon at Mahón in 2012
  • 2010–present:Horizon
  • 2009–2010:Pacific Dream
  • 2005–2009:Island Star
  • 1990–2005:Horizon
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises 2005–2009[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Yard number: 619[2]
Launched: 19 November 1989[2]
Christened: 11 April 1990[2]
Acquired: 30 April 1990[2]
Status: Operational
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Horizon class cruise ship
Length: 208 m (682 ft)
Beam: 29 m (95 ft)
Draught: 7.31 m (24.0 ft)[3]
Installed power: 3 x 3300kw MAN-B&W AUX
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 1,828 passengers[3]

Service history

The vessel was constructed for Celebrity Cruises, who operated the vessel as Horizon. The exterior of the ship was designed by John Bannenberg while the principal designers for the interiors were Athens based Michael Katsourakis and British Designer John McNeece. The vessel's service with Celebrity ended in September 2005, when it was transferred to Island Cruises. The ship underwent refits over the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 and was operating out of Palma de Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea as Island Star in summer and from Caribbean in winter season of 2008. It advertised cruising as "relaxed, friendly, and informal".

On 6 October 2008, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), the owner of Island Star, sold their 50% interest in Island Cruises to First Choice Holidays.[6] Island Star was reported to be transferred to the fleet of RCL's Spain-based subsidiary Pullmantur Cruises, although reports in May 2009 said that the ship would go to another Royal Caribbean company, CDF Croisières de France.[1] Pictures in May 2009 showed the ship in Pullmantur Cruises colors and renamed Pacific Dream, although the trademark “X” of Celebrity Cruises, while painted-over, could still be seen. Horizon sailed European and Caribbean itineraries.

In November 2010, it was reported that Pacific Dream would be replacing their ship Bleu de France. She was renamed L'Horizon in 2012.[7][8]

In late 2016, it was announced that the CDF Croisières de France brand was to be discontinued, with Horizon returning to the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises.

See also


  1. "Royal Caribbean to sell its interest in Island GRTCruises – to redeploy Island Star to Pullmantur". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Horizon (1990)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  3. "Buque Horizon – Datos tecnicos" [Ship Horizon – Technical data] (in Spanish). Pullmantur Cruises. Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  4. "Buque Horizon" (in Spanish). Pullmantur Cruises. 28 April 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  5. "Horizon 2012". Croisières de France. 28 April 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  6. Michael Sheehan of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to Sell Its Interest in Island Cruises to First Choice Holidays Ltd"
  7. "Saga Expands Fleet?". Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  8. "Pullmantur Reducing Capacity, Ocean Dream Leaving Fleet?". Cruise Industry News. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
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