Cruise & Maritime Voyages

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages
IndustryTravel and tourism
HeadquartersEssex, United Kingdom
Area served
British Market, Australian Market, US Market
Number of employees
SubsidiariesTransocean Tours

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is a British 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 their 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 onboard style of traditional entertainment, dining and rooms using a fleet of older vessels.[6]


Current fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built In service for CMV 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, 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 Port of Tallinn 2 August 2012.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, 2016 (04).JPG
Astoria 1948 2015–2019 15,614 GRT  Portugal It was announced on 27 June 2014 that the ship would be chartered from Portuscale Cruises, to replace the slightly bigger MV Discovery, sometime in 2015. The first voyage sailed for 30 nights, from Avonmouth to the Caribbean, departing on 26 January.[12] In June 2016, it was announced that the ship would sail its final season with CMV in 2017.[13] In a U-turn decision, it was announced in February 2017 that Astoria would remain in the CMV fleet for a further season until 2019. She will offer a mini-season from London Tilbury, before being charted by Rivages Du Monde during the summer months.[14] Astoria is scheduled to leave the CMV fleet in october 2020. Astoria departing Tallinn 20 June 2016.jpg
Magellan Holiday class 1985 2015–present 46,052 GT  Bahamas It was announced on 3 November 2014 that the ship would be transferred from Ibero Cruises in 2015 and renamed Magellan. The ship received new livery and became the flagship of the fleet until 2017.[15] Magelland ship (Le Havre, 2017) (cropped).jpg
Columbus 1989 2017–present 63,500 GT  Bahamas In May 2017, P&O Australia Pacific Pearl entered Damen drydock in Rotterdam to start her transfer to become the new flagship for CMV as Columbus. The ship received the new CMV livery and a light refurbishment before its maiden cruise with CMV on 11 June 2017.[16]

Columbus departing Tallinn 22 May 2018.jpg

Vasco Da Gama Statendam Class 1993 2019–present 55,451 GT  Bahamas Sold to Cruise & Maritime Voyages; will sail under the Transocean Tours brand, and will sail Europe in the winter and Australia in the summer replacing Astor.[17][18] Vasco Da Gama Las Palmas.jpg

Future fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built In service for CMV Tonnage Flag Notes Image
TBA 1991 2021[19] 70,285 GT Current Pacific Dawn. Formerly Regal Princess for Princess Cruises| Pacific Dawn (ship) at Portside Wharf 02 (16.9).jpg
TBA Statendam-class 1994 2021[19] 55,819 GT Current Pacific Aria. Formerly Ryndam with Holland America| Ryndam Trondheim 2014.jpg

Former fleet[edit]

Ship Class Built In service for CMV 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.[20] Ocean Countess had been chartered as Ruby for Louis Cruise Lines prior to her CMV charter. Marco Polo was in Tilbury and Ocean Countess in Kingston upon Hull, UK, during the Royal Wedding in 2011.[21] It was also announced on 7 September 2012 that the Ocean Countess would 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.[22][23] An old favourite, she was sold for scrap in 2012 after a fire destroyed the ship. Ocean Countess Helsinki 2010-07-05.JPG
Discovery 1971 2013-2014 20,216 GT  Bermuda Commencing 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 slightly smaller Ocean Countess.[24][22] Due to old age, she was sold for scrap in October 2014.[25] Discovery departing Tallinn 28 April 2014.JPG


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  2. ^ "Cruise & Maritime Voyages launches 2010/2011 winter preview". Travel Weekly. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Cruise & Maritime Voyages – Contact Us". Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Trans Ocean Files for Bankruptcy". 4 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  5. ^ "About Us (Company Website)". Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  6. ^ "New UK Cruise Liner Launched | Travel News". 15 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  7. ^ "New UK Liner". 15 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  8. ^ Ind, Cruise (13 August 2009). "New Cruise Line Formed". Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Trans Ocean Files for Closure". 4 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  10. ^ Knego, Peter (8 February 2013). "ASTOR Heading "Down Under" For CMV". Maritime Matters. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ Write a Review (7 February 2013). "Cruise Line Charters Ship for U.K.-Australia Cruises – Cruise & Maritime Voyages". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  12. ^ Staff, CIN (27 June 2014). "CMV to Charter Azores from Portuscale".
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "CMV Make U-Turn Decision And Keep Astoria In Fleet For 2018". Cruise Capital. Jordan Bailey. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  15. ^ Staff, CIN (3 November 2014). "Grand Holiday to CMV".
  16. ^ Stone, Deborah (9 March 2016). "Cruise & Maritime Voyages to add AMAZING new ship to fleet".
  17. ^ "Cruise Holidays and Deals | Cruise & Maritime Voyages US". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  18. ^ Mathisen, Monty (7 March 2018). "Pacific Eden Sold to Cruise and Maritime Voyages".
  19. ^ a b "Two more ships for 2021!". 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Ocean Countess". Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  21. ^ U.K. Cruise Lines Announce Royal Wedding Plans
  22. ^ a b Mathisen, Oivind (7 September 2012). "Discovery to Join Cruise and Maritime After Drydock".
  23. ^ "Cunard Countess".
  24. ^ Staff, CIN (30 August 2012). "All Leisure Group Enters Agreement to Jointly Market Discovery with CMV".
  25. ^ "All Leisure Sells MV Discovery Cruise Ship – Cruise & Maritime Voyages".

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