St. Maarten News – Croisières de France, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, begins on Christmas Day with cruises departing from the port in St. Maarten. The company’s Zenith will sail that day for a 7-day cruise to Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Santo Domingo and La Romana in the Dominican Republic before it returns to is home port in Philipsburg. Between Barbados and Santo Domingo the vessel spends a day at sea.
The Zenith will do the same cruise ten more times during the season. The last cruise is from March 13 to 20, 2017.
Before this 7-day cruise, the Zenith offers a 4-day mini cruise from December 21 to 25 that takes passengers to the Dominican Republic and back.
In January, there is an 8-day Grenada special on the schedule. The vessel sails for that trip to Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados. It returns after two stops in the Dominican Republic to St. Maarten on January 16.
The Zenith was built in 1992. The vessel is 208 meters high and 29 meters long, weighing 46.8 tons. It has 721 cabins and carries, with full double occupation, a maximum of 1,442 passengers. The vessel has 620 crew members, giving it a premium passenger crew ration of 2:1.