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ASTOR Heading “Down Under” For CMV

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 by

ASTOR's near sister SAGA PEARL II (ex ARKONA) and CMV's MARCO POLO in a somewhat prescient pairing at Belfast in April 2012.  Photo and copyright Peter Knego.

ASTOR’s near sister SAGA PEARL II (ex ASTOR of 1981) and CMV’s MARCO POLO (right) in a somewhat prescient pairing at Belfast in April 2012. Photo and copyright Peter Knego.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), operator of the classic 800-passenger MARCO POLO (ex ALEXANDR PUSHKIN) and co-operator (in tandem with Voyages of Discovery) of the 700-passenger DISCOVERY (ex ISLAND PRINCESS ) will be expanding with a three year seasonal charter of the 20,606 gt MV ASTOR.  The 600-passenger vessel will embark on twice-yearly voyages between the UK, South Africa and Australia, in addition to summer cruises from Australia.  The ship will be based in Fremantle commencing December 12, 2013.

With seven passenger decks, indoor and outdoor pools, jogging track and spa, ASTOR was built in 1987 as a five star luxury cruise ship and was most recently upgraded in 2010 at a cost of $22 million.  She is also marketed for summer cruising in the German market by Munich-based Premicon.CMV.

For an idea what cruising with CMV is like, click here for the first of four Sea Treks blogs about MARCO POLO’s Maritime Heritage Cruise in April of 2012.

4 Responses to ASTOR Heading “Down Under” For CMV

  1. Kalle Id

    February 8, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I would presume CMV’s reasoning behind this charter (and deploying the ship in Australia) is the collapse of Classic International Cruises – after them there is a small-size classic cruise ship hole in the Australian market and the Astor could be quite perfect to fill it.

  2. alan dumelow

    February 9, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I would not be suprised if the Hunters were behind this. After all, when they were looking for an immediate replacement for Athena, CMV were linked to the rumoured Delphin charter.

  3. Ralph J Teutsch

    February 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Is there any news of the fate of the Athena and the other ships in the CIC fleet?

  4. alan dumelow

    February 23, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Ralph: log onto maritimematters’ Classic International Cruises comments for the latest on CIC’s fleet developments.

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