Astoria

Astoria Review and Specifications

Specifications of Astoria

Flag Madeira
Builder GOTAVERKEN AB
Year built 1948
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 2013
Former names Stockholm, Völkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima, Caribe, Athena, 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 LeixoesLisbon, La Corunna and two popular islands in the Azores on the trip back to Bristol.

Astoria

Cabins

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.

Astoria wiki

Year built 1946 (as MS Stockholm)

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2016 (renamed from "MS Azores" in 2015)

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 550 (600 max) / 200

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 16,140 tons / 526 ft (160 m)

Flag State (registered in) Portugal

Ship builder Gotaverken (Sweden)

Building cost USD 150 mill

Ship owner Grand Circle Travel (Grand Circle Corporation)

Operator Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV)

Christened by -

Official website links cruiseandmaritime.com (gct.com)

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 8
  • 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 2017

The below listed Astoria cruise prices on 2017 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
09 March 3 nights / 4 days, round-trip Amsterdam & Antwerp Weekend
Prices starting
from $449
09 Mar        Departing from Tilbury, London, England
10 Mar 09:00 - 17:00        Amsterdam, Holland
11 Mar 09:00 - 18:00        Antwerp, Belgium
12 Mar        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England
01 April 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & Amsterdam
Prices starting
from $1639
01 Apr        Departing from Tilbury, London, England
02 Apr 09:00 - 19:00        Amsterdam, Holland
04 Apr 08:00 - 18:00        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
05 Apr 07:00 - 18:00        Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland
06 Apr 07:00 - 18:00        Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
08 Apr 07:00 - 19:00        Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales
09 Apr 07:00 - 19:00        Guernsey, Channel Islands
10 Apr 09:00 - 20:00        Honfleur, France
11 Apr        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England
02 April 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Round Britain & Amsterdam
Prices starting
from $1639
02 Apr        Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
04 Apr 08:00 - 18:00        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
05 Apr 07:00 - 18:00        Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland
06 Apr 07:00 - 18:00        Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
08 Apr 07:00 - 19:00        Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales
09 Apr 07:00 - 19:00        Guernsey, Channel Islands
10 Apr 09:00 - 20:00        Honfleur, France
11 Apr 12:00 - 18:00        Tilbury, London, England
12 Apr        Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland
11 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland
Prices starting
from $1119
11 Apr        Departing from Tilbury, London, England
12 Apr 12:00 - 18:00        Amsterdam, Holland
14 Apr 09:00 - 15:00        Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
15 Apr 10:00 - 19:00        Flam, Norway
16 Apr 08:00 - 15:00        Bergen, Norway
18 Apr        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England
12 April 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Rotterdam
Prices starting
from $1119
12 Apr        Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
14 Apr 09:00 - 15:00        Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
15 Apr 10:00 - 19:00        Flam, Norway
16 Apr 08:00 - 15:00        Bergen, Norway
18 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Tilbury, London, England
19 Apr        Arriving in Rotterdam, Holland
18 April 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour
Prices starting
from $1279
18 Apr        Departing from Tilbury, London, England
19 Apr 10:00 - 17:00        Rotterdam, Holland
21 Apr 09:00 - 15:00        Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
22 Apr 10:00 - 19:00        Flam, Norway
23 Apr 11:00 - 17:00        Olden, Norway
24 Apr 08:00 - 15:00        Bergen, Norway
26 Apr        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England
19 April 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Amsterdam
Prices starting
from $1279
19 Apr        Departing from Rotterdam, Holland
21 Apr 09:00 - 15:00        Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
22 Apr 10:00 - 19:00        Flam, Norway
23 Apr 11:00 - 17:00        Olden, Norway
24 Apr 08:00 - 15:00        Bergen, Norway
26 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Tilbury, London, England
27 Apr        Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland
26 April 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Round Britain & Amsterdam
Prices starting
from $1809
26 Apr        Departing from Tilbury, London, England
27 Apr 10:00 - 19:00        Amsterdam, Holland
29 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
30 Apr 08:00 - 19:00        Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland
01 May 07:00 - 14:00        Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
02 May 08:00 - 23:00        Dublin, Ireland
03 May 07:00 - 16:00        Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
04 May 09:00 - 18:00        Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales
05 May 07:00 - 18:00        Guernsey, Channel Islands
06 May 07:00 - 17:00        Honfleur, France
07 May        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England
27 April 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Tilbury
Prices starting
from $1639
27 Apr        Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
29 Apr 08:00 - 17:00        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
30 Apr 08:00 - 19:00        Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland
01 May 07:00 - 14:00        Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
02 May 08:00 - 23:00        Dublin, Ireland
03 May 07:00 - 16:00        Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
04 May 09:00 - 18:00        Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales
05 May 07:00 - 18:00        Guernsey, Channel Islands
06 May 07:00 - 17:00        Honfleur, France
07 May        Arriving in Tilbury, London, England