Royal Caribbean says “Viva la France” by starting French cruise line
Continuing its expansion in Europe, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is launching a cruise line dedicated exclusively to the French market. Dubbed CDF Croisieres de France, the new line will set sail in May 2008. The line will initially use one ship, the Bleu de France, a 752-passenger ship that currently sails as the Holiday Dream for Royal Caribbean subsidiary company Pullmantur. Royal Caribbean says it is planning on adding additional vessels to the CDF fleet within the next two to three years.
The Bleu de France is set to undergo a $41.6 million refurbishment to give the ship a “cultural transformation” and to “make the ambiance more French,” says Royal Caribbean. The onboard experience will be totally French, from cuisine to entertainment to decor. French will be the language used on the ship as well. The Bleu de France will offer seven-day Mediterranean sailings next summer departing from Marseille, and during the winter 2008-2009 season it will offer Caribbean cruises departing from La Romana, Dominican Republic.