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Celebrity Cruises aboard the Zenith
Above: Celebrity Cruise Lines Zenith Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: 1992
Guest capacity: 1,374
Total staff: 657
Length: 682 feet
Passenger decks: 9
CDC inspection score: 95

Zenith Overview

The Zenith cruise ship departs from the Port of Miami, FL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Bermuda and Western Caribbean.

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Zenith is one of three original Celebrity ships. Celebrity positions itself as a premium level cruise line, meaning that their target guest is looking for a cruise experience that includes some of the amenities of the luxury lines without losing the element of fun. Zenith concentrates on sophisticated levels of food and beverage service often associated with pricier lines: martini and champagne bars, cigar lounges and caviar service, while not skimping on shipboard activities for passengers who like to let their hair down.


Zenith has 687 cabins; 541 are outside cabins with windows or portholes and 22 suites, none have balconies. There are no staterooms with obstructed views, and cabins have plenty of storage space. Room service is available 24 hours, and guests may order from the dining room menu during mealtimes. Eight staterooms are handicapped-accessible. Amenities in all categories include toiletries, hair dryer, Interactive TV system, telephone with voice mail, minibar, and safe. Suites have VCR's. The hairdryer in our cabin was showing its age and we recommend bringing your own.


Celebrity is synonymous with cuisine; their menu is designed by Michelin 3-star chef, Michel Roux. The cuisine is classical and basic. The menu features nightly spa and vegetarian choices. There is a children's menu on request, and special diets can be accommodated if requested at the time of booking.

There are two facilities serving the pool area, the Windsurf Cafe and the Grill. The Cafe is the basic lunch and dinner buffet with a good variety. The Grill serves tea in the afternoon and pizza at various times during the day. They also have burgers and hot dogs at lunchtime. The Grill serves an alternative casual sit-down dinner on long port days, for which reservations are necessary.


Celebrity Theater is one of the best designed we've seen. The absence of obstructing columns combined with a fairly steep raked floor create a room with no bad seats. The second level balconies, broken into separate units descending along the sides of the room, reminded us of the private boxes of classic opera houses. The production shows are still your basic cruise fare. However, the ship did have an extensive slate of individual performers and lounge acts, including two comedians, two pianists, individual singers, and an acappella group. We also liked the the String Quartet that played at various times and places throughout the ship.

Mayfair Casino is popular and offers the usual blackjack tables, craps, and one roulette table, plus video poker and slot machines. The ability to gamble in-cabin through Zenith's interactive TV system might be why the casino didn't seem overcrowded.

Fitness & Recreation

The AquaSpa fitness/spa facility has been upgraded on Zenith. There are many treatments rooms for Rasul, facials, seaweed wraps, massage, etc. The gym is well equipped with up-to-date treadmills, Stairmasters and other exercise machines.

The main pool and sunning area is amidships on Marina Deck, with two pools and whirlpools with plenty of deck chairs. Other fitness offerings include a short jogging track on Sun Deck.

There are numerous daytime activities, even on port days, including all the standard cruise fare. Movies are offered in the Celebrity Show Lounge cinema.

Public Areas

We found little overcrowding and few lines. At one extreme are Zenith's dramatic, large public rooms, such as the Celebrity Show Lounge and Marina Deck's spectacular Fleet Bar, her top-of-the-ship, forward-looking observation lounge. There is an elevated bar and additional seating area in the center so everyone has an unobstructed view. Then there are the smaller intimate lounges around the main public gathering areas of the vessel. Rendezvous Square fronts the two-deck entrances to the Caravelle Restaurant with its piano music, makes an excellent pre-dinner cocktail and meeting spot.


Celebrity offers the basics with their Youth Program. In-cabin sitting is available for $8 per hour (two kids max); requests must be made onboard through the ship's Guest Relations or Stateroom Services departments. Group baby-sitting is available in the children's playroom for ages 3-12 from 10pm - 1am.; cost is $3 per hour for one child, $5 per hour for two or more kids in the same family. "Parent's Night Out" is a formal-night only program where counselors host kids for a pizza party; there's no charge. Celebrity has an "unlimited soft drinks" program for those under 18; cost is $4.50 per day plus 15 percent tip.

Expert Zenith reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Zenith cruise reviews

Celebrity Zenith "Sean Andrews is a STAR!!!"
Date: January 28, 2006
Reviewer: Miami Beach 411 User, Dartmouth, NS
I recently thought about having a rare opportunity of seeing perhaps one of the most talented actor/singer/performer to ever grace the stage. Sean Andrews is absolutely one of a kind, and never fails to please... or find an opportunity to take his shirt off! Signed a loyal fan forever!

Cruise Ship Inspection Report

All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Zenith Score: 95

Cruise Critic: Zenith
The Cruise Critic gives Celebrity's Zenith a 3-ribbon rating.

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