Archive for the ‘Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Category

CMV’s 2019/20 Programme

July 6, 2018

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ winter and spring 2019/20 cruise programme includes new winter voyages to Africa, a world cruise, Christmas and New Year cruises to the Canary Islands & Madeira, plus Mexico and Caribbean.

See full SEATRADE article: HERE

(Image Courtesy of CMV)

Details of new ship, Vasgo Da Gama: HERE

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Featured Ship: CMV Columbus

April 16, 2018

Columbus (Courtesy CMV)

British based Cruise Operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), added Columbus to their fleet as their new flagship in June 2017.

Columbus entered service in 1988, but does not feel her age. At 63,786 gross tonnes, carrying  1,400-18,00 passengers, she is CMV’s biggest ship.

Prior to Columbus entering service with CMV, she underwent a refit.  This included the adaptation of the existing child and teenage areas to suit CMV’s more mature market.

In addition the casino has been scaled down and renamed Captain’s Club & Casino while the previously named Captain’s Lounge has been renamed Taverner’s Pub offering a selection of draught beers, bottled beers and a wide selection of wines and spirits.

Columbus review: HERE

CMV’s New Ship: Vasco da Gama

March 21, 2018

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The CMV Travel & Leisure Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pacific Eden from P&O Cruises Australia.

Continuing the explorer theme, the ship’s new name is named ‘Vasco da Gama’.

Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese nobleman, navigator and explorer, famous for being the first European to reach India by sea. After thousands of lives and dozens of vessels lost in shipwrecks and attacks in search of this passage, da Gama successfully landed in Calicut on 20th of May 1498. In doing so, he connected the Atlantic Ocean with the Indian Ocean and the Western World with the Orient, paving the way for an age of global commerce and European establishment in Asia. His outward and return journey around the Cape of Good Hope was at the time the longest ocean voyage ever undertaken, a distance equal to the equatorial circumference of the Earth, being about 24,000 miles! He successfully conducted three such voyages, and also served as the Second Viceroy of Portuguese India.

Here is snap shot of the ship’s wide range of facilities:-

  • Gross Tonnage: 55,820grt, Draft: 7.7m, Length: 219m, Beam: 31m
  • Built in Fincantieri Shipyard, Italy in 1994 and launched as Statendam.
  • A three-decked central Atrium with a fine selection of retail outlets
  • Impressive passenger lower bed space ratio of 48.
  • Nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts.
  • Fabulous tiered main show lounge spanning two decks.
  • Dome Observatory & Nightclub providing wonderful seascapes & scenic panoramas.
  • 149 balcony cabins including 28 suites. 80% of cabins with an ocean view.
  • Starboard and port side promenades with splendid traditional timber decking.
  • A well-appointed wellbeing centre with a fully equipped fitness centre.
  • Two outdoor swimming pools with the main pool having an all-weather retractable roof.
  • A tennis and basketball court.
  • Cinema and casino.
  • Two Conference Rooms.
  • Six dining options including five fine dining options.
  • In all, a choice of five lounge bars, one pool bar and four entertainment venues.

 The ship has a rich heritage and maritime pedigree and was originally launched in 1994 by Holland America Line as the Statendam. At 55,820grt and with an impressive space ratio, she will carry 1150 passengers accommodated in 630 cabins (including 100 singles and 149 balcony suites and cabins with an 80% ocean view ratio). She will operate alongside CMV’s flagship, Columbus (1400pax), Magellan (1300pax), Marco Polo (800pax), Astor (600pax) and Astoria (550pax).

(CMV)

CMV Flagship Columbus review: HERE

Malcom says: It’s great to see a British cruise line offering some reasonably priced cruises on ‘classic’ small ships, in this world of leviathans. However ‘Vasco da Gama’ essentially replaces the very charming ‘Astor’.

At around 56,000 the ‘Vasco da Gama‘ is about 10,000 gt bigger than Magellan and about 9,000 gt smaller than Columbus. However based on the standard passenger capacity of 1,150 she has the best passenger-to-space ratio (48) of the entire CMV fleet. She is also the youngest of the CMV fleet by six years.

Featured Ship: MS Astor

January 16, 2018

Astor, Fremantle (By Bahnfrend, click to enlarge)

MS Astor was built in 1987, in Kiel, West Germany, as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town route. She is now operated by the British Cruise Line ‘Cruise & Maritime Voyages’

At just 20,606 gross tonnes, Astor offers an intimate experience, compared to today’s mega-ships. She can easily dock in relatively small ports.

Astor’s passenger capacity is only around 600.

Astor spends most of her year cruising around Australian and the Indian Ocean.

See my Astor ship review: HERE

Featured Ship: Magellan

October 5, 2017

Magellan became Cruise & Maritime Voyages  new flagship in March 2015.

Formerly Carnival’s MS Holiday, she entered service in 1985.

Magellan is  46,052 gross tonnes, so CMV’s biggest vessel, carrying  a maximum of 1,452 passengers.

At 32 years old (In 2017), verses Azores 68 years, Marco Polo’s 52 years and Astor’s 29 years, Magellan will be their second youngest ship.

Read my Magellan ship review: HERE

Featured Ship: The Marco Polo

August 28, 2017

Marco Polo @ Tilbury – Click to enlarge

CMV’s Marco Polo is a ‘classic’.

She is a ‘real’ ship.

There are no water slides or rock walls.

She is  52 years old.

She was built in East Germany.

She has an ice-strengthen hull.

She accommodates 820 passengers.

At 22,800 gt she is one of the  smaller cruise ships to regularly operate from UK ports.

In 2017/18 she will be offering cruises from Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Harwich & Tilbury.

My Marco Polo review can be read HERE

Marco Polo Meets Britannia

June 10, 2015
(Image Courtesy of Karen Bradbury – click to enlarge )

(Image Courtesy of Karen Bradbury – click to enlarge )

In Marco Polo’s 50th years she has seen many different ships but this is the first time she has met P&O’s newest addition to their fleet, Britannia (left of image).

These two ships met in the beautiful Norwegian town of Flam, which gave their meeting a spectacular backdrop.

(S.Law, CMV)

Malcolm says: See, NOT all ships are the same. That’s what 143,000 gross tonnes (4,324 passengers) looks like compared to 22,000 gt (900 passengers).

Marco Polo review HERE

Magellan & Marco Polo @ Tilbury

April 5, 2015
(Magellan Left, Marco Polo Right - Tilbury 03/15. Click to enlarge))

Magellan Left, Marco Polo Right – Tilbury 03/15. Click to enlarge

The Tilbury cruise Terminal (AKA The London Cruise Terminal) is located on the Thames, in Essex, England.

These days it is a sleepy place, with maybe a few dozen ship arrivals and departures per year. Many of those are ‘Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) ‘Marco Polo’, which homeports there. Fred Olsen has occasionally offered some departures, too.

There was a time that the Tilbury landing stage was a very busy place. It had it’s own railway station at the terminal, a Hotel next door and many Ocean Liners arriving and departing for Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

However, Friday 27th March 2015 was a very busy day for Tilbury, by modern standards. There were two cruise ships in – CMV’s ‘Marco’ Polo and their new flagship ‘Magellan’, which will also homeport at Tilbury.

Marco Polo from the deck of Magellan - Click to enlarge

Marco Polo from the deck of Magellan – Click to enlarge

Magellan at 45,052 gross tonnes and 1,452 passengers is twice as big (by volume) as Marco Polo at 22,080 and 915 passengers. The Marco Polo is 50 years old this year (2015) but Magellan is a mere 30 years old.

I undertook a short cruise on Magellan and have written a review:

New: Magellan Ship review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-35p

Marco Polo Ship Review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-1oF

Malcolm

MV Discovery Broken-Up

February 1, 2015
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Although there was never an official announcement that MV Discovery was scrapped, she was tracked by cruiseblog contributors (John, Edwin, Bill, Mikep et al) to Alang, India. Here she was broken-up, on the beach.

Owners, the ‘All Leisure Group’ sold the loss-making cruise ship mv Discovery for $5 million, less than half her value.

Discovery (20,186 gt, 698 passengers) was originally the ‘Island Princess’, built in 1971, was one of the ships used to film the classic American TV series, the ‘Love Boat’. For the past few years Cruise & Maritime Voyages have been chartering her.

Discovery departed Bristol, Avonmouth, for the final time on October 9th bound to anchor off Falmouth for a few hours the day after.

Following her brief anchorage off Falmouth she sailed south to the Strait of Gibraltar and upon entering the Mediterranean she was reported to be renamed “AMEN” and flagged in St. Kitts and Nevis. She sailed directly towards Port Said and days later transited the Suez Canal. Like her sister Pacific, she has been broken up.

Malcolm Say’s: Unfortunately, I never cruised on Discovery, but did visit her in October this year, shortly before she made her final cruise. I was amazed how spacious she was for a small ship and how many public rooms she had. Her interiors reminded me of aspects of the SS France, QE2 and SS Rotterdam. How’s that for a pedigree! My mediocre images do not begin to do her justice.

Please see my slide show below: