Cruise & Maritime Voyages

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Founded 2010
Headquarters Essex, United Kingdom.
Area served
British Market, Australian Market, US Market
Products Cruises
Number of employees
50 - 100

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Essex, United Kingdom.[1][2][3]


Cruise & Maritime Voyages was formed in 2009, by parent organisation Cruise & Maritime Services International, after German based Transocean Tours (for whom they were the UK representative) filed for bankruptcy.[4]

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has positioned itself as "Providing ex-UK 'no fly' cruising holidays aboard smaller and medium sized classic and more traditional style ships".[5] Cruise & Maritime Voyages serves an adult market, with an on board style of traditional entertainment, dining and rooms using a fleet of older tonnage.[6]


Current Fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built In Service for Cruise & Maritime Voyages Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Marco Polo Ivan Franko class 1965 2010–Present 22,080 GT and 19,860 GRT  Bahamas In 2009 the ship was chartered for cruising as the line's first ship and is operated as an adults only (16 and above) vessel, and is marketed at cash short consumers, with multiple departure points in the UK along with exotic itineraries.[7] She is under a five-year charter [8] with the line, and was transferred in 2009 after previous operator, Transocean Tours filed for bankruptcy.[9] Marco Polo 2 August 2012 Tallinn.JPG
Astor 1987 2013–Present 20,704 GT  Bahamas Joining in November 2013, the ship is sailing for Cruise & Maritime Voyages on a three-year charter, and will sail both northbound and southbound voyages, by way of South Africa, in addition to round-Australia [10] and Asian itineraries.[11] MS Astor, Fremantle, 2014 (01).JPG
Azores 1948 2015–Present 15,614 GRT  Portugal It was announced on June 27, 2014 that the ship would be chartered from Portuscale Cruises, to replace the slightly bigger MV Discovery, sometime in 2015. The first voyage will sail 30 nights, from Avonmouth, to the Caribbean, departing Jan. 26.[12] Cruise ship Azores (2).jpg

Future Fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built Will enter Service for Cruise & Maritime Voyages Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Magellan Holiday class 1985 2015 46,052 GT  Portugal It was announced on 3 November 2014 that the ship will be transferred from Ibero Cruises in 2015 and renamed Magellan. The ship will receive a new livery and will become the flagship of the fleet.[13] Grand Holiday - Marseille.JPG

Former Fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built In Service for Cruise & Maritime Voyages Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Ocean Countess 1975 2010-2012 17,593 GT  Portugal In 2010 the ship was chartered as the second ship of the fleet.[14] Ocean Countess had been chartered as Ruby for Louis Cruise Lines prior to her current charter. Marco Polo was in Tilbury and Ocean Countess in Kingston upon Hull, UK, during the Royal Wedding in 2011.[15] It was also announced on September 7, 2012, that the Ocean Countess will leave the fleet in late 2012, her final cruise was a 13-night Canary Islands & Madeira “Farewell Voyage” concluding in Barcelona instead of returning to Liverpool. She was replaced by the Discovery.[16][17] Sold For scrap In 2012 Ocean Countess Helsinki 2010-07-05.JPG
Discovery 1971 2013-2014 20,216 GT  Bermuda Started in February 2013, the ship sailed for Cruise & Maritime Voyages in blocks of 249 days, running from May to October, following a joint agreement with All Leisure Group, she replaced the semi-smaller Ocean Countess.[18][19] She was sold for scrap In October 2014.[20] Discovery arriving at Tallinn 28 April 2014.JPG


  1. ^ Reinikainen, Kari (14 August 2009). "New cruise brand with two ships to launch in the UK in 2010". Cruise Business Online. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cruise & Maritime Voyages launches 2010/2011 winter preview". Travel Weekly. December 31, 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cruise Line Website - Contact Us". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Trans Ocean Files for Bankruptcy". 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  5. ^ "About Us (Company Website)". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  6. ^ "New UK Cruise Liner Launched | Travel News". 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  7. ^ "New UK Liner". 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  8. ^ Ind, Cruise (2009-08-13). "New Cruise Line Formed". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  9. ^ "Trans Ocean Files for Closure". 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
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  14. ^ "Ocean Countess". Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  15. ^ U.K. Cruise Lines Announce Royal Wedding Plans
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  17. ^ "Cunard Countess". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
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