CMV’s Amy Johnson & Ida Pfeiffer

We are delighted to reveal the names of our two new ships. On 28 November 2019, we announced that CMV will take delivery of two ships from P&O Australia in Singapore next year.

As a tribute and celebration of the intrepid and courageous exploits and journeys of past female explorers and adventurers, CMV decided to recognise their truly remarkable achievements by naming their two new ships after them.

For Pacific Dawn, which will take over from Columbus as CMV’s new flagship, we selected five great names and invited Columbus Club members and followers on social media, to make their favoured choice from the list below.

  1. Gertrude Bell
  2. Isabella Bird
  3. Amy Johnson
  4. Mary Kingsley
  5. Lady Hester Stanhope

And the winning name with 41%of the total vote is Amy Johnson.

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. In 1931, aged just 27, Johnson set off from Croydon, Surrey to Darwin, Northern Territory. She went on to set many records including; the first woman to fly from London to Moscow in one day, setting record flying times from Britain to Japan and Cape Town and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club. During WWII, Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxillary (ATA).

Pacific Aria which will sail under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand on the German market will be renamed, Ida Pfeiffer.

Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858) was an Austrian explorer, travel writer, and ethnographer. Aged 45, Pfeiffer set off on her own to the Holy Land with the aim of completing a pilgrimage. Future trips were funded through her writings. She set off on ‘A Lady’s Voyage Round the World’ in 1846 travelling to South America, China, the South Sea Islands, India, Persia, Russia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. The first journey, and its book, was such a success Pfeiffer undertook ‘A Lady’s Second Journey Round the World’ in 1851 returning in 1855.

At 70,285grt, with 798 passenger cabins and carrying about 1400 passengers, Amy Johnson will be deployed on the UK market in late May 2021 bolstering much needed capacity and cruising year-round alongside Columbus ex-London Tilbury.

Ida Pfeiffer at 55,819grt, with 630 passenger cabins and carrying about 1100 passengers will be deployed on the German market under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand with a much-needed increase in capacity cruising alongside Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580 passenger Astor. She is being re-named Jules Verne and will be re-deployed to the French market in May 2021.

Christian Verhounig, CEO commented, “We are delighted with the chosen names and the opportunity to recognise two outstanding female adventurers and pioneers. Most of all, we are pleased to confirm that Amy Johnson will take over from Columbus as the fleet’s new flagship.”

The 2021 summer programs will go on sale next month with special 2021 launch edition brochures being released offering some enticing early booking incentives and great new opportunities.


Malcolm says: Well I’m a Columbus Club member and they did not ask me! I like the name Amy Johnson, but how strange to pick an aviator as the name for a ship. Mind you she crashed in Thames Estuary, the river where the ship bearing her name will be based! (Sorry, tasteless, I know, but I could not resist.) I’ve never heard of Ida Pfeiffer, but I have now.

Farewell Astoria

Astoria a Azores, Liverpool

With two new larger ships joining the CMV fleet in 2021, we have taken the difficult decision not to renew the charter contract for Astoria. Sadly, Astoria will be leaving the CMV fleet and 2020 will be her Farewell Season.

The 550 passenger Azores (renamed Astoria) joined the CMV fleet in January 2015 to replace Discovery. An inaugural 30-night voyage from Plymouth on 26thJanuary 2015 to the West Indies, set a course of varied cruise itineraries. In 2016, Astoria commenced a summer charter to French tour operator Rivages du Monde with CMV operating spring and autumn sailings from the UK, which has continued for five years.

Astoria’s Farewell Season includes four cruises from Poole in March and April plus three sailings from Hull in September and October. Limited space is available for the last chance to sail with CMV on board this truly classic cruise liner.

Malcolm says: The sad loss of a charming little ‘real’ ship. Read my ship review HERE