Astoria Review and Specifications
Specifications of Astoria
|Builder||AB Götaverken (Gothenburg, Sweden)|
|Building cost||USD 150 million|
|Owner||Grand Circle Travel (Grand Circle Corporation)|
|Operator||CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||160 m / 525 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||16144 gt|
|Passengers||550 - 600|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||MS Stockholm, Volkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima, Caribe, Athena, MS Azores|
Review of Astoria
MV Azores was originally built as the Stockholm and launched for Swedish America Line on September 9, 1946. At the time she was the largest Swedish passenger ship, best known for a collision in 1956 which resulted in sinking of Andrea Doria ship.
History - construction & ownership
The 16,144-ton, 556-passenger cruise ship Astoria was built in 1948 and is operated by Portuscale Cruises. The first name of the vessel was Stockholm and was constructed by Götaverken in Gothenburg for the Swedish America Line (SAL). The Portuguese cruise ship was in the fleet of Classic International Cruises, sailing under the name Athena until 2012 when it was acquired by Portuscale Cruises (2013).
Over time, the vessel sailed under many different names - Völkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima and Caribe and became famous as Stockholm because of its collision with Andrea Doria in 1956. The latter vessel sadly sank because it was seriously damaged. The collision of the two ships became one of the most notorious maritime disasters in history.
Stockholm (Azores), with her 525 feet (160.02 m) was at the time known to be the smallest passenger vessel sailing on the North Atlantic route. A curious fact about the cruise ship is that she was the largest passenger ship constructed in Sweden. In the beginning, Azores was planned to sail with 395 passengers, but the capacity was increased to 548 after a refit.
MV Azores entered service for CMV in 2015, under long-term charter from Portuscale Cruises (Portuguese cruise ship line), and is aimed at the English speaking cruise market. The vessel is “adult only” (child-free) for passengers 16-years plus. Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced that after its 2015 summer season, the cruise ship will be renamed to “Astoria”.
Cruise itinerary program
MV Astoria itinerary program is based on cruises departing from UK ports to European destinations, such as the Mediterranean, British Isles, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland with departures from Hull and Tilbury/London. In March 2016, Astoria operates a 2-month spring season from Bristol Avonmouth prior to the start of summer season operating on the French market.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is all set for the 2016 spring departures of Astoria from Bristol port, following a winter docking period in Greece. On March 11, the ship sailed up to Avonmouth, England's south west. The 16,144-ton Astoria starts cruising from Bristol, Avonmouth March 21 on a 7-night Scottish Islands and Emerald Isle voyage. On March 28, Astoria sets off on a 15-night voyage down to Azores, Madeira and Portugal. Astoria will visit Leixoes, Lisbon, La Corunna and two popular islands in the Azores on the trip back to Bristol.
CMV places a high priority on the comfort of its guests and Astoria offers a wide variety of well appointed, comfortable cabins which are graded according to size, facilities and position within the ship, and designed to suit all tastes and budgets. Each of the 277 cabins is air conditioned and has private en-suite facilities, such as marble floored bathrooms with a bath and shower, ample wardrobe and storage space. The staterooms also have music channels and a TV for in-house movies and information channels, fridge with a mini bar, a hairdryer, and a personal safe. The owner’s presidential suite, junior and balcony suites and also have a jacuzzi and a seating area.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The Olissipo Restaurant offers sumptuous meals served by Astoria's attentive restaurant staff. Dining is always a special event on board and passengers will experience high levels of gastronomic delight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Olissipo or alternatively in the Lotus Buffet which also provides the choice to eat "al fresco" on the Pool Deck.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Astoria offers traditional maritime experience in comfortable surroundings. Discover a wide range of cosy lounges and stylish leisure facilities. On sea days passengers may join a craft session, listen to one of CMV informative guest speakers, work off a few pounds in the gym or relax with a good book. The Calypso Show Lounge is the evening spot for cabaret performances, a show of song and dance or guest acts. For the night owls, there is dancing in the Night Club. For something more mellow, listen to your favourite melodies in ship's Sirenes Bar, try your luck in the Casino or make up a table for a round of cards in the Card Room.
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- Cabin grades number: 17
- Total number of cabins: 277 (of which 9 Suites, 43 Balcony, 229 Oceanview, 49 Inside).
- Dining rooms: Olissipo Restaurant.
- Restaurants and food bars: Lotus Buffet (al fresco), Sirene's Bar.
- Lounges & Bars: Calypso Show Lounge, Astoria Lounge, Captain’s Club (live music), Aeolos Bar, 2 bars, Night Club, Card Room.
- Beauty Salon, Sauna, Fitness Centre, swimming pool, Internet & Library, Auditorium (conference room), Circe's Casino, Chapel, boutique, photo shop.
- MV Astoria cruise ship was launched on September 9, 1946. The vessel was built for the Swedish America Line as "ms Stockholm" - at the time the largest passenger ship ever built in Sweden. As Stockholm, the ship was best known for the collision with SS Andrea Doria in 1956. The accident resulted in sinking of the latter - just 5 years after its launch.
- In 2015, the Cruise and Maritime line introduced mv Astoria to its fleet. The ship is operated under charter from Portuscale Cruises, on a long term basis, replacing ms Discovery as the fleet’s second UK cruise departure ship along with ms Marco Polo. As chartered cruise vessel, all the ship's management services and crewing are handled directly by CMV.
- The Astoria ship is dedicated to the English speaking market and positioned as "adults only" (16 years plus).
- In March 2016, after its drydock refurbishment in Piraeus Greece, the ship started a new itinerary program with round-trip cruises out of Bristol England to ports in Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and also to UK ports (on British Isles itineraries).
Astoria related cruise news
Astoria, the oldest ocean-going passenger ship in the world, will leave the fleet of the British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages in 2017...July 3, 2016
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is all set for the spring departures of Astoria from Bristol port, following a winter docking period in Greece...March 13, 2016
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Astoria Itineraries 2018
The below listed Astoria cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Cruise and Maritime Voyages fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
08 March 2018 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Springtime Break & River Seine Experience
14 March 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery
|14 Mar||Departing from Tilbury, London, England|
|16 Mar 09:00 - 18:00||Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland|
|17 Mar 07:00 - 17:00||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|18 Mar 07:00 - 18:00||Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland|
|19 Mar 09:00 - 20:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|20 Mar 11:00 - 21:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|21 Mar 12:00 - 20:00||Cobh-Cork, Ireland|
|22 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales|
|23 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Guernsey, Channel Islands|
|24 Mar 07:00 - 16:00||Honfleur, France|
|25 Mar||Arriving in Tilbury, London, England|
25 March 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip European Rivers, Canals & Cities
|25 Mar||Departing from Tilbury, London, England|
|26 Mar 09:00 - 14:00||Amsterdam, Holland|
|27 Mar 12:00 - 20:00||Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany|
|28 Mar 12:00 - 28 Mar||Hamburg, Germany|
|29 Mar 04:00 - 12:00||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|30 Mar 07:00 - 19:00||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|31 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Aalborg, Denmark|
|01 Apr 08:00 - 15:00||Kristiansand, Norway|
|03 Apr||Arriving in Tilbury, London, England|
03 April 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Grand Scottish Highlights, Islands & Faroes
|03 Apr||Departing from Tilbury, London, England|
|05 Apr 09:00 - 17:00||Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland|
|06 Apr 11:00 - 08:00||Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands|
|07 Apr 11:00 - 17:00||Klaksvik, Bordoy, Faroe Islands|
|08 Apr 12:00 - 18:00||Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland|
|09 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Invergordon, Scotland|
|10 Apr 09:00 - 20:00||Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland|
|12 Apr||Arriving in Tilbury, London, England|
12 April 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal
|12 Apr||Departing from Tilbury, London, England|
|13 Apr - 14 Apr||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|14 Apr 13:00 - 19:00||Wismar, Germany|
|15 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark|
|16 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden|
|17 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Klaipeda, Lithuania|
|18 Apr 06:00 - 15:00||Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland|
|19 Apr - 20 Apr||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|21 Apr||Arriving in Tilbury, London, England|
21 April 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Grand Scottish Lochs, Glens, Islands & Ireland
|21 Apr||Departing from Tilbury, London, England|
|23 Apr 09:00 - 17:00||Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland|
|24 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|25 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland|
|25 Apr 21:00 - 17:00||Fort William, Scotland|
|27 Apr 08:00 - 20:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|28 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|29 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Holy Loch, Scotland|
|30 Apr 13:00 - 20:00||Ullapool, Scotland|
|01 May 07:00 - 19:00||Scrabster, Scotland|
|02 May 08:00 - 18:00||Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland|
|03 May 08:00 - 17:00||Invergordon, Scotland|
|05 May||Arriving in Tilbury, London, England|