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CMV’s New Flagship – Columbus

June 12, 2017
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Columbus Departs Tilbury (Courtesy CMV)

Cruise & Maritime Voyages welcomed their new flagship Columbus into their fleet last Thursday, at a glittering naming ceremony at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. The 64,000 tonnes ship will carry up to 1400 people and will be cruising year round from London – Tilbury.

The Godmother to Columbus, who named the ship at the ceremony, is TV personality Angela Rippon CBE. Whilst naming the ship, within the splendid Palladium show lounge, she told a delighted audience of the media, travel trade and VIP customers “I look forward to offering Columbus the same respect as my own godchildren.” Angela reminded the audience that Columbus discovered the New World of America on the 12th October 1492. “12th October is my birthday” she said.

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Angela Rippon names Columbus (Courtesy CMV)

Chris Coates, Commercial Director at CMV said “When we introduced Magellan to our fleet just over two years ago, I suggested that it would be a game changer for us. Indeed it has been, and now we begin a new chapter as we proudly introduce our new flagship, Columbus, enabling us to respond to growing customer demand for traditional style cruising on board mid-sized cruise ships. The arrival of Columbus means we are on course to carry 100,000 passengers in 2018 cruising from the UK, which is 10% of the market.”

Columbus set sail from Tilbury yesterday, Sunday 11th June,  on her maiden three night cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp. In glorious sunshine,  a brass band and confetti cannons bid her bon voyage!

The season  continues with cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Iceland, Baltic Cities, Canary Islands & Madeira, Scottish Highlights & Faroes, Spain, Portugal, France & Gibraltar and a spectacular 46 night voyage to Cuba, Central America & the Caribbean.

(CMV)

Columbus Ship Review: HERE

Magellan To Homeport In Acapulco

June 9, 2017

Acapulco, Mexico,  has announced it that it will be the homeport for Cruise and Maritime Voyages ‘Magellan, starting in the winter of 2018. The roundtrip cruise will depart from Acapulco and make stops in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas.

Cruise and Maritime executives also announced that the first stage in the company’s plan for expansion will focus on this route on the Mexican Pacific, while a second stage will include the Panama Canal and the Mexican Caribbean.

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 at 68 years, the Marco Polo’s 52 years and Astor’s 29 years, makes Magellan their second youngest ship.

(CMV)

Read my Magellan ship review: HERE

Marco Polo Stays & New Ship Talk

Marco Polo from the deck of Magellan – Click to enlarge

CMV management have now said:  “We are actively looking for new ships, expect an announcement very soon.”

“Marco Polo will remain in the fleet and that 2019’s programming is underway.”

(CruiseCritic)

My Marco Polo review HERE

Former Carnival Jubilee To Be Scrapped

May 8, 2017

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Carnival Jubilee is finally destined for the scrapyard. She was sold by Carnival in 2004 and has sailed under several names since

When introduced in 1986, Jubilee was one of three Holiday-class ships, along with the Holiday and the Celebration. And while Jubilee was the first of her class to be sold, by 2009, Carnival had divested itself of all three. The ships were around 47,000 gross tonnes and carried approximately 1,800 passengers.

The ship formerly known as Celebration, which was sold by Carnival in 2007, is known as the MS Grand Celebration and has sailed with the Bahamas Paradise Cruise lines since 2015. The Holiday was sold by Carnival in 2009, and now sails as the MS Magellan for the British company Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

(Internet)

Magellan review: HERE

Magellan, Tilbury 18/07/15

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:

MV Discovery

September 14, 2014

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I recently visited ‘Discovery’ at Bristol’s Avonmouth Docks, and was amazed how many spacious public rooms the ship offered, for her relatively small size (20,186 gt, 698 passengers). Although some of her carpets were a little worn, I was generally very impressed with the overall operation.

She is a real ‘classic’ ship with aspects that reminded me of SS Norway, QE2 and even the SS Rotterdam. My slide show below hardly does her justice – you really need to see her in the flesh.

Discovery 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.  However the owners, ‘All Leisure Group’, have gone into the red so are keen to sell her.  CMV will be replacing ‘Discovery’ with ‘Azores’, which they will charter from Portuguese operator Portuscale.

Regular readers will know that I am quite a fan of CMV’s Marco Polo.  MV Discovery is about the same size, carries less passengers and has so many more public lounges and bars. She even has a cinema. (Although internally MP seems to have benefitted form a more recent refit).

Malcolm

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Stop press: MV Discover Scrapped?  http://wp.me/pfRKD-2PA

CMV Loses The Love Boat

September 7, 2014

Cruise & Maritime Voyages are about to lose their ship, ‘Discovery’ which they charter.

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Just two cruises remain under the CMV banner. The owners, ‘All Leisure Group’, have gone into the red so are keen to sell her.

Discovery was originally the ‘Island Princess’, built in 1971, was one of the ships used to film the classic American TV series, the ‘Love Boat’.

However Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be replacing ‘Discovery’ with ‘Azores’, which they will charter from Portuguese operator Portuscale. The ship’s first cruise for CMV leaves Bristol on January 26th and is a 30-night voyage to the Caribbean.

Azores, first entered service in 1948 but was extensively in 1994.

Malcolm says: I  visited ‘Discovery’ at Bristol, Avonmouth Docks, on 6th September 14.  I was amazed how many spacious public rooms the ship offered, for her relatively small size. Although some of her soft furnishings were a little worn, I was generally very impressed with the overall operation. She will be quite a loss to CMV.

Tilbury To Gravesend Ferry

August 10, 2014

Slide-show taken yesterday (Saturday 9th Aug 2014) Tilbury, Essex, UK:

Note the ‘Marco Polo’ cruise ship, in the background.