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Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (aka CMV) is a UK based tour operator which offers value for money cruises, many of which depart from a variety of ports around the UK, including Tilbury, Hull, Liverpool, Bristol AvonmouthNewcastle, Leith and Greenock.

River Cruises – they also offer a number of CMV Signature River Cruises, on the Rhine and Danube, offering 7 and 14 night holidays.

They operate the following ships on their ocean cruise programme: –

  • Marco Polo
  • Magellan read my review
  • Astoria (leaving the fleet in 2017)
  • Astor
  • Columbus (from summer 2017)

Marco Polo was originally built as the Alexandr Pushkin. She carries around 800 passengers and is an ‘adult only’ ship, although teenagers aged 16 or over can travel with adult passengers. The main dining room is the Waldorf Restaurant, offering two sittings for dinner, or you can opt for more informal dining in Marco’s Bistro. Entertainment takes place in the Marco Polo Lounge, the Captain’s Club, Palm Garden, Columbus Lounge and Scott’s Bar. There is also a library, card room, internet café, shopping arcade and the Jade Wellness Centre. Outside there is a swimming pool, three whirlpools and a traditional walk around deck. There are no balcony cabins, but there are 15 categories of cabins and suites, with around 70% of them having an ocean view. There is a short video at the bottom of the page.

Magellan with her first cruise in March 2015, she is 46,052 gross tons, with a total of 726 cabins, including 15 balcony suites. With all beds filled she could carry a maximum of around 1,800 passengers, but is expected to operate with around 1,250. This adult only ship has 9 passenger decks, serviced by 8 lifts. There is a choice of dining options, with the Waldorf and Kensington restaurants, as well as the Bistro for casual dining, which has seating both inside and outside. The main show lounge is tiered, and is the height of two decks. There are a number of bars around the ship, and other facilities include the Jade Wellness Centre, Beauty Salon and Spa, Casino, Library, shops, 2 pools, 3 jacuzzis and a gym.

Columbus will be joining the fleet in June 2017, having previously been known as the Pacific Pearl, for P&O Australia. Before that she was called Ocean Village, and previously to that she was Arcadia for P&O Cruises. She is 64,000 gross tons, and will carry around 1,400 passengers, of which 150 will be enjoying sole occupancy of a double cabin. In total, 64 cabins will have a balcony.

Astor joined the fleet in November 2013, and operates two services each year between the UK, Australia and South Africa, as well as offering some cruises from Australia. Astor is 20,606 gross tons, and carries 600 passengers in 289 cabins, of which 42 are suites. She benefits from traditional wooden decks, a wrap around jogging jogging track, as well as having traditional wooden decks. These voyages are generally sold on a ‘cruise only’ basis.

Astoria was rebuilt in 2013, and is 16,144 gross tons. She carries 550 passengers in 277 cabins, and has 8 passenger decks. There are 16 categories of cabins ranging from a standard twin inner up to the Owner’s Presidential Suite and Balcony. All cabins have a television, safe, fridge, air conditioning, and ensuite facilities with a marble floor. Dining is in the Olissipo Restaurant or the Lotus Buffet, which also offers Al Fresco dining. Other facilities include the Calypso Show Lounge, Sirenes Bar, Card Room, Casino, Exercise Equipment, Sauna & Steam Room and Hairdresser. Azores will offer cruises from Bristol Avonmouth, Hull and Tilbury.

The vast majority of cruises depart from UK ports, ranging from 1 night mini cruises up to a 42 night cruise to the Amazon, West Indies and Azores, although there are a handful of fly cruises available. Other destinations include around the British Isles, Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Iberia, Iceland and the Northern Cape, and cruises In Search of the Northern Lights. Click on the following link for details of the drinks package they offer for ocean cruises.

Other ships which have previously sailed in the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet include Discovery, Ocean Countess and Funchal.

Columbus Video (including the renaming ceremony)

Magellan Video (including the renaming ceremony)

Marco Polo Video

Azores Video

Astor Video


About Cruise & Maritime Voyages


(also known as ‘CMV Cruises’, ‘Cruise and Maritime’, ‘Cruise & Maritime’, ‘CMV’)

(Page updated August 2016)