Posts Tagged ‘Marco Polo’

CMV – 2018 Programme

March 15, 2017

Columbus (Courtesy CMV)

We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2018 programme with a new preview brochure. The preview is on sale now and contains 100 worldwide cruising prospects.

For 2018, we are offering Buy One Get One Free fares on all summer cruises included in the new programme when booked before 31 May 2017. Our new fleet addition Columbus, which joins the fleet this June, will sail from London Tilbury throughout 2018, meanwhile Astoria is set to return due to popular demand. Nine British departure ports are featured with Harwich a new addition. The introduction of Cobh (Cork) will no doubt please Irish passengers. Fares are available from £379pp for a 6 night European Cities cruise.

Chris Coates, Commercial Director at CMV said ‘Our aim is to reward early bookers so we have issued a preview brochure much earlier. Since adding Magellan and Columbus to the fleet we have increased the number of passengers travelling with us. They in turn re-book and recommend the traditional British cruise experience to their relatives and friends. The new programme is predominantly with no flying involved. Many more people are wishing to cruise from closer to home rather than waste a day out and back at crowded airports. The new CMV brochure makes the decision easy with a choice of nine UK departure ports .’

Among the exciting range of new itineraries is a voyage on Marco Polo that includes a journey into the White Sea and a visit to Murmansk. Astoria has an eye-catching cruise that includes the Scottish Lochs and Glens, and Magellan will be sailing the Mediterranean. Details of the Columbus Round the World cruise in January 2018 are highlighted along with CMV’s most popular choices; the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Cities & St Petersburg, British Isles and Iceland and in the winter time, the Canaries & Madeira, Amazon & West Indies and the Land of the Northern Lights.

In addition to the BOGOF fare deals 150 twin cabins will be set aside on Columbus and Magellan for the benefit of solo travellers with a modest 25% supplement on the twin share price. This year the two multi-generational cruises introduced on Columbus have been well received. In 2018 CMV are offering a choice of eight multi-generational cruises so guests can take their children and the grand-children. Child fares from £99.

(Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

Web site:

Magellan Review: HERE

Marco Polo Review: HERE

Reviews of the rest of  CMV fleet – See menu right.

CMV Ships Get The Special Treatment

December 9, 2016

In late November/early December 2016, Magellan & Marco Polo were in the port of Amsterdam as part of their routine annual docking. This was to prepare the vessels for the new season.

Mike Hall, Head of Marketing at CMV said “Magellan was completed ready for her Christmas Markets cruise on 6 December from Tilbury which has been on waitlist now for sometime”. Meanwhile, Marco Polo sailed back to Bristol in time for her on board Festive Celebration Events and Christmas cruise which is also on waitlist.

Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

Marco Polo in dry-dock (All images CMV)

Both these CMV ships have many loyal followers and as a result our overall 2017 programme is now more than 70% sold. So, if you haven’t booked your cruise for next year, now is the time to do so.”

(Text/Images courtesy of CMV)

Malcolm says: These are ‘real ships’ which are being lovingly maintained. Well done CMV.

More images of dry-docking HERE

CMV Offer Itineraries from Wales In 2017

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer itineraries departing from Wales for the first time ever in 2017.


The no-fly cruise specialist has revealed that the 800-passenger Marco Polo will offer a series of cruises departing from Cardiff (UK), including Norwegian Fjords and Spain, Portugal & France voyages; plus a special summer Gardens & River Seine cruise from the port.

The 1,400-passenger Magellan will meanwhile offer three sailings from Newport (UK), including a cruise to European Medieval cities, a mini-cruise to Dublin and a Norwegian Fjords voyage.

CMV’s head of marketing, Mike Hall, said: “CMV is delighted to be cruising from Wales in 2017 and would like to thank ABP Ports and Cruise Wales for their support in bringing this about.  Sales have been extremely encouraging and it is our intention to be sailing from Wales again in 2018.”

Marco Polo review HERE, Magellan review HERE.

Marco Polo Cruises from Cardiff In 2017

May 26, 2016
Marco Polo, Tilbury

Marco Polo, Tilbury

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is delighted to offer cruises from Cardiff for the first time sailing to the Norwegian Fjords, Spain, Portugal & France and a Summertime Gardens & River Seine cruise, ideal for Garden lovers, there is something for everyone sailing from Wales in 2017.

Marco Polo sails on the Fjordland Splendour cruise 14 May 2017 for 10 nights returning to Cardiff. Calling at Bergen (Norway), Olden (Norway), Geiranger (Norway), Flåm (Norway), Stavanger (Norway) and sailing back to Cardiff.

Marco Polo sails to Spain, Portugal & France from Cardiff on 24 May 2017 for 10 nights calling at La Pallice for La Rochelle (France), Getxo for Bilbao (Spain), includes an overnight stay in Lisbon (Portugal), Leixoes (Portugal), La Coruna (Spain) and sailing back to Cardiff.

Marco Polo sails on the Summertime Gardens & River Seine Experience from Cardiff on 3 June 2017 for 6 nights calling at St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, cruises the River Seine, includes an overnight stay in Rouen (France), Antwerp (Belgium) and returns to Hull with an included coach transfer back to Cardiff.


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:

Marco Polo Ship Review:


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.