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Astor Azores Discovery Magellan Marco Polo
  • British line provides a traditional cruise experience
  • Varied itineraries from the Amazon to Europe to Australia
  • Take the train to the six U.K. departure ports
  • Vintage ships appeal to mature travellers
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages News: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Purchases Cruise Ship
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Cruise & Maritime Voyages prides itself on offering entertainment and enrichment programmes that are created specifically for a more mature British cruise passenger. Entertainment doesn't feature flashy fare that you find on the today's new ships -- but you will find revues, quizzes, and traditional shows to keep you amused.

Onboard enrichment comes in the form of guest speakers such as destination experts, maritime historians and a retired New Scotland Yard detective.

Onboard currencies for both ships is Sterling.

About Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise & Maritime Voyages, a British-based cruise line, launched in January 2010. The cruise line offers cruises that appeal to more mature travelers, emphasizing interesting and varied itineraries that depart from U.K. homeports, Australia and Europe. Onboard, entertainment focuses on a solid enrichment program and sedate evening fare.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Fleet

Cruise & Maritime Voyages offers ex-U.K. itineraries on two vintage ships, cruises to and from Australia and round-Australia cruises as well as Baltic and Northern Europe cruises on another vintage ship, and river cruises on a handful of European river cruise ships.

The 22,000-ton, 820-passenger Marco Polo, which was built in 1965, will also be well-known to anyone with a passing interest in cruise ships. Marco Polo -- which has previously sailed for Orient Lines -- began operating for Cruise & Maritime Voyages in January 2010. Marco Polo is the line's adults-only vessel, and the ship also does a decent job of catering to the single traveller. It has 12 single cabins (two inside and 10 oceanview cabins).

Cruise ship buffs will be familiar with MV Discovery, which must be among the most familiar looking passenger ships in the world. As the former Island Princess, she was the sister ship of the old Pacific Princess, TV's "Love Boat," and even stood in for her more famous and almost identical sibling on some episodes.

CMV took delivery of the 20,000-ton, 650-passenger ship, following an extensive refurbishment, in April 2013 and sold Ocean Countess, which had been with the fleet since 2010. The line charters the ship for part of each year.

CMV signed a three-year charter of the 620-passenger Astor in February 2013. The ship will sail northbound and southbound itineraries between the U.K. and Australia beginning in November 2013, following the collapse of Classic International Cruises, which previously operated the route. Astor will also offer a round-Australia itinerary and an Australia-Asia-Australia sailing. In January 2014, the line expanded further in an agreement with Astor's owners, Premicon AG, operating the ship year-round, sailing Northern Europe itineraries from German ports during the summer. The four additional ships making up the remainder of the agreement are the river cruise ships Belvedere, Bellefleur, Bellejour and Sans Souci, which range in capacity from 80 to 176 passengers and sail the Rhine, Main, Danube, Mosel, Neckar, Elbe, Oder, Havel, Rhône and Saône Rivers.

Fellow Passengers

Cruises aboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo and Discovery are primarily geared to British travelers.
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Cruise & Maritime Voyages Member Reviews

55% Loved It

The Marco Polo is sadly beginning to show its age. The ship is small compared to most other cruise ships and with 900 passengers on board somewhat ... Read more

by sunnypeas

The ship is about 28 years old but has been recently refurbished and for the size is quite modern and very comfortable. We did have very smooth ... Read more

by Chester Locksley

my wife sailed to Oz as a ten pound Pom with her Mum and Dad and big sister in 1952, from Tilbury. I saw the advert for the Astor sailing to ... Read more

by Pagey1

We found the Astor to be a 3+ star ship at a 2 star price on our three-day trip to nowhere. The service is exceptional, better than Cunard. Staff ... Read more

by peterj1

This was our first cruise "a test" to see if we would enjoy cruising prior to booking overseas. We sailed from Fremantle to Esperance, Albany ... Read more

by Jenny Smart
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