Astoria Review and Specifications

Specifications of Astoria

Year built 1948
Flag state Madeira
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
Crew 200
Passengers-to-space ratio 30
Decks 8
Cabins 277
Decks with cabins 8
Last Refurbishment 2017
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. CMV Astoria cruise 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 LeixoesLisbon, 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).

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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.

Itinerary ports
Tilbury cruise port

08 March 2018 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Springtime Break & River Seine Experience
Prices starting
from $919
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08 Mar      Departing from Tilbury, London, England   
09 Mar 09:00 - 17:00     Amsterdam, Holland   
10 Mar 09:00 - 16:00     Antwerp, Belgium   
11 Mar 21:00 - 01:00     Rouen, France   
13 Mar 07:00 - 16:00     Honfleur, France   
14 Mar      Arriving in Tilbury, London, England   
Tilbury cruise port

14 March 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery
Prices starting
from $1679
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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   
Tilbury cruise port

25 March 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip European Rivers, Canals & Cities
Prices starting
from $1439
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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   
Tilbury cruise port

03 April 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Grand Scottish Highlights, Islands & Faroes
Prices starting
from $1439
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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   
Tilbury cruise port

12 April 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal
Prices starting
from $1439
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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   
Tilbury cruise port

21 April 2018 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Grand Scottish Lochs, Glens, Islands & Ireland
Prices starting
from $2239
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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