The Oldest Cruise Ship Leaves CMV

By ,   July 3, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Astoria, the oldest ocean-going passenger ship in the world, will leave the fleet of the British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2018.

The 550-passenger Astoria was built in 1948 as a transatlantic vessel named Stockholm. The ship will sail her farewell season from Tilbury between March 9-April 27, 2017 and will culminate with a 10-night round-Britain cruise.

A spokesman for CMV announced that following the spring season mv Astoria would sail under charter with the French line Rivages du Monde. The news followed the announcement in March 2016 that Cruise & Maritime Voyages will add the P&O Cruises Australia ship  Pacific Pearl (renamed to "mv Columbus") to its fleet in June 2017.

Cruisers who wish to embark on Astoria's farewell season with CMV are offered the incentive of extended “buy one get one free offer” applying to all bookings until the end of July. Additional benefits, for bookings made by August 31 and subject to availability, include free or half-price car parking at Tilbury, complimentary cabin upgrades and up to GBP 1,000 onboard credit.

Previously named Azores, and undergone a USD 150 million refit in 1994, mv Astoria joined the fleet of CMV in January 2015. The line also operates Astoria's sister ship Astor, Marco Polo and Magellan.