Editor's note: This ship is no longer operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages
The 17,000-ton, 800-passenger Ocean Countess started life as the Cunard Countess back in 1975, and the ship joined British line Cruise and Maritime Voyages under a charter on 18 April 2010 alongside the much-loved Marco Polo. Ocean Countess had previously cruised with Majestic International Cruises Group.
After a £3 million refit, Ocean Countess now offers a programme of ex-U.K. regional sailings operating from Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Greenock, Liverpool and Plymouth to destinations including Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, the British Isles, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In January 2011, the ship will sail two 30-night cruises to the West Indies, a 14-night Canary Islands cruise and a 26-night Mediterranean voyage.
During the refurbishment, upgrades to the seven-deck ship included the following:
The re-theming and naming of public lounges
Some upgrades to cabins, with new furnishings and the installation of flat-screen televisions
The revamping of deck areas and public rooms, including the dining room
Ocean Countess offers traditional two-sitting dining in the Kensington Restaurant, and as an alternative, you can have lunch at the Boat House on the Restaurant Deck or by the pool on the Lido Deck.
Onboard public facilities include the Holyrood Show Lounge, the Tower Piano Bar on Lido Deck, which has panoramic views, and a well-stocked library with card tables. There is a shopping gallery, gym with sauna and spa, and a hairdressing and beauty salon. Ocean Countess also has a heated swimming pool, two whirlpools and a pool bar.
All prices are in Pounds Sterling.