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Review of Cruise and Maritime Voyages

This page has information on Cruise and Maritime Voyages (abbrev CMV) ships schedules and news. Here we offer you Cruise Maritime's line review, company history, CMV ships sailing dates with prices per person, destinations and itineraries information (departure ports, ports of call, itinerary changes).

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Headquartered in Purfleet (Essex, UK), CMV is passenger shipping company established in 2009 and currently owned by Global Maritime Group (majority shareholder). Cruise Maritime is part of "CMV Holdings London Travel and Leisure Group", with main offices in UK (Purfleet), Australia (Adelaide SA) and USA (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). On the German market, CMV is represented by TransOcean Kreuzfahrten (cruise travel company and brand name owned by "South Quay Travel and Leisure Ltd") and headquartered in Offenbach am Main (Hessen, Germany).

As a product, CMV offers varied ocean- and river cruise itineraries, featuring:

  • Child-free (16 years old and over) traditional cruising experience with captain’s welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Relatively small ships in scale which means they're capable of travelling to out-of-the-way ports of call, unthinkable to be reached by larger cruise ships.
  • Leisurely, peaceful home-from-home on board atmosphere, friendly and attentive service.
  • Loyal following - Cruise and Maritime Voyages are popular among both experienced and first-time cruisers.
  • As more and more cruisers choose to sail from the UK, CMV brings cruising closer to home with ex-UK 'no fly' cruising holidays. Cruise & Maritime Voyages provides convenient regional departures from eight British ports: Leith, Greenock, Bristol Avonmouth, Rosyth, Liverpool, London Tilbury, Hull and Newcastle Tyne.
  • The start of a CMV cruise holiday is a stress-free experience as the line generally sails in the early evening, which means a leisurely start to the holiday. The arrival is in the early morning so passengers can complete in good time their homeward travel arrangements.
  • Cruise Maritime Voyages offers entertainment and enrichment programs created specifically for more mature British passengers. Entertainment is in the form of quizzes, revues, and traditional shows. On board enrichment includes guest speakers such as maritime historians, destination experts, and even a retired detective from New Scotland Yard.
  • Cruise Maritime Voyages was founded by parent company Cruise & Maritime Services International. CMV’s majority shareholder, Global Maritime Group incorporates Global Maritime, Deep Sea Mooring, Deep Sea Installation, Vryhof Anchors and Marine Contracting in an independent company working within maritime and offshore engineering, marine warranty, marine quality assurance, dynamic positioning, mooring and anchors, vessel inspection, as well as installation of offshore structures. Company's staff consists of civil, structural, mechanical and marine engineers, risk analysts and master mariners.
  • After the April 2017 acquisition of Pacific Pearl (Columbus), CMV fleet has all 5 ocean ships plus 1 river ship, accounting for a total of 4,906 lower berths.
  • In 2017, CMV had approx 10% share of the out of UK cruise market, with predicted growth of 12% in 2018. According to the company's projections, in 2018 CMV Group will carry 130,000 passengers and accrue a turnover of over GBP 200 million. In 2017, CMV ships had scheduled a total of 87 itineraries leaving from 14 UK and Ireland home-ports, accounting for over 1 million bed nights. In 2018, this number jumped to 92 itineraries from 13 ports and over 1,2 million bed nights.
  • CMV's predictions are about 10% UK cruise market share in 2017 and rising to 12% in 2018. CMV Group's projections for 2018 are for over 130,000 cruise passengers and turnover of GBP 200 million.
  • The company's key source markets are the UK, Germany, USA and Australia. However, Northern Europe is its top global destination, where all CMV ships operate during summer months.

In June 2017, CMV entered into partnership with the UK tea brand "Whittard of Chelsea". The brand first was introduced on the new ship (Columbus) and on Marco Polo. The British retailer is well known for its tea and coffee blends, china and confectionery. The company supplies CMV cruise ships with tea and chocolate beverages, plus gift collections on sale at onboard shops.

(new) CMV Mexican cruise brand "Cruceros Maritimos Vacacionales"

On December 19, 2017, CMV announced Magellan ship's 2019 winter deployment to Mexican Riviera (Pacific Mexico).

  • The ship starts operations on February 3 (2019) under a new company brand name - "Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales".
  • The 7-day cruise itinerary program (February through March 2019) offers roundtrips from both Acapulco and Manzanillo. The roundtrip itinerary departs on Sundays and visits the Pacific Mexico's ports Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and has 2 sea days.
  • Sunday departures allow passengers to spend overnight in Acapulco (by booking pre- and post-cruise packages combining up to 5-day land stay (hotels and tours) with the 7-day cruise.
  • The average 7-day cruise prices start from USD 700 pp (MXN 14,000 / Mexican pesos).
  • Maiden 2019 season's total passenger capacity was estimated at 12,000. For 2019, the ship will operate a total of ten 7-day voyages. CMV has plans to extend season 2020 to 5 months, eventually deploying the liner in Mexico for year-round operations.
  • CMV opened a sales office in Mexico City in April 2018. It is expected that 80-85% of the embarking passengers will be Mexican.

New ships

In early March 2016 CMV announced that in 2017 the company will increase its UK capacity by 25% (up to 95,000 passengers) by adding a new cruise vessel to its fleet. This was the P&O Cruises Australia ship Pacific Pearl (later renamed to Columbus). The vessel was launched in 1989, first operated by Princess Cruises, then (since 2010) by P&O Australia. CMV Columbus started operations from Tilbury-London on June 9, 2017, becoming the fleet's flagship.

The 1400-passenger ship has 150 single cabins (from a total of 775 staterooms) and is marketed as "adults-only" vessel. Occasionally, it offers select voyages for all age groups. CMV's 2017 itinerary proram (that included the new ship) was released on April 7, 2016. Early booking deals offered reduced prices plus a 25% single supplement promo.

On March 7, 2018, the company announced the purchase of Pacific Eden from P&O Australia. The vessel joins the CMV fleet in April 2019 under the name MS Vasco da Gama.

Itinerary of Cruise and Maritime Voyages

The current Cruise and Maritime fleet includes the following vessels (owned and operated under charter):

  • Astor (1987) - the ship operates in Australia, South Africa, Caribbean, and also offers World Cruise itineraries
  • Astoria / ms Azores (1948) British Isles, Iceland, Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Columbus / Pacific Pearl - (P&O Australia ship launched in 1988) - joined the fleet in 2017. The new ship operates year-round in Europe leaving from Tilbury-London to Norway Fjords, Scandinavia and Russia, British Isles. The ship also offers Transatlantic round-trips from UK to Caribbean.
  • Magellan (1985) - the ship operates in Europe (Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, British Islands, Iceland), Transatlantic, Caribbean. In 2019, the ship starts Mexican Riviera cruises (on February 3) under a new company brand name - "Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales". The 7-day itinerary program (February through March 2019) offers roundtrips from both Acapulco and Manzanillo, with ports of call Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), plus 2 sea days. Maiden season's total passenger capacity was estimated at 12,000.
  • Marco Polo (1965) - the ship operates in Northern Europe (Baltic, Norway Fjords, British Isles). The ship also offers Transatlantic roundtrips from UK to Canada New England.
  • Vasco da Gama ex Pacific Eden with P&O Australia) - on October 9 (2019) from London-Tilbury starts the 53-day repositioning cruise to Sydney NSW (arriving December 1). In Australia, the liner will be homeported in Adelaide, Fremantle, Sydney, and Auckland NZ. The 71-day World Cruise from Fremantle to London departs February 12, 2020.

CMV's 6th ship Vasco da Gama offers 2 voyages from London Tilbury in 2019. Singapore to London repositioning itinerary is via India (April 2019). Travellers can fly from UK on April 22, 2019, and board the ship in Singapore. The 45-night voyage also visits Sri Lanka, Thailand and transits Suez Canal. Flights from London or Manchester are included in the fares. CMV offers promo delas "buy one get one free" priced from GBP 3500 pp (Full Fare is GBP 7000) for 2 passengers sharing inside cabin.

Later in 2019, sailing from London on October 9, is a 53-night cruise to Sydney. The voyage also includes Barbados, Panama Canal, Acapulco, South Pacific islands, and Auckland. Fares start from GBP 3929 pp based on Buy one get one free offer (Full Fare is GBP 7859).

MS Vasco da Gama joins the German brand Transocean Kreuzfahrten of CMV with a series of voyages during 2019 Summer period sailing from Kiel and Bremerhaven.

Starting 2017, CMV offers cruise departures from Wales for the first time in the company's history. The roundtrips are out of Cardiff and Newport to Norwegian Fjords, Iberia (Portugal, Spain), France, River Seine. The ships Marco Polo and Magellan offer the roundtrip itineraries from Wales also during seasons 2018-2019.

CMV Itineraries 2019-2020

The new Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Columbus and Magellan 2019 itineraries include a British Isles voyage, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Southern Norway and Canary Islands and Madeira sailing with calls in Cadiz and Casablanca.

Cruise fares start from GBP 399 per person for a 6-night Norwegian Fjords cruise or GBP 999 per person for the Canary Islands & Madeira trip.

  • CMV Magellan sails on 3 new cruises out of London Tilbury in 2019. Sailing on April 3 is a 10-night voyage around the British Isles and a sailing along River Seine to Rouen with a call at Amsterdam and Honfleur. Prices start from GBP 669 per person.
  • On April 13, Magellan departs for the Norwegian Fjords and features calls to Geiranger, Flam and Eidfjord on a 7-night itinerary with prices available from GBP 499 per person. Completing the departures on April 20, Magellan sails on ‘Easter Hidden Baltic’ voyage visiting Scandinavia, Germany as well as more unusual ports in Poland and Lithuania with fares available from GBP 799 per person.
  • CMV Columbus offers 2 new departures from London Tilbury. On November 3, the ship sails on a 6-night voyage to Southern Norway including Oslo and Stavanger. Fares start from GBP 399 per person. On November 10, Columbus heads South to warmer Canary Islands and Madeira with calls in Casablanca and Cadiz. The 19-night voyage is available from GBP 999 per person.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Winter and Spring cruise program for 2019-2020 includes new itineraries, such as winter cruises to Africa, Christmas and New Year cruises to the Canaries and Madeira, Mexico and Caribbean programs, and a world cruise.

New autumn 2019 and spring cruises from London, Bristol, Cobh and Liverpool are also on offer. In addition, all CMV itineraries are offered on buy one get one free offer for those who book early.

  • The winter program of the cruise line features a choice of 3 Christmas & New Year voyages, that range from 15, 16 and 27 nights. CMV Columbus sails on December 21 from London Tilbury to the Canaries, Madeira and Morocco, while Marco Polo sails on December 22 from Bristol, also to the Canary Islands and Madeira, with fares from GBP 1259 pp.
  • Meanwhile, CMV Magellan sails from London December 15, 2019 to Mexico and Caribbean, spending New Year’s Eve in Barbados, with extended Trans-Panama option.
  • The newest ship of the line, Vasco da Gama, joins CMV fleet in 2019. In October, it will sail from London on a 49-night Southbound cruise to Auckland, or a 53-night cruise to Sydney. Fares start from GBP 3635 pp.
  • The 78-night Grand Africa & Indian Ocean itinerary, onboard Marco Polo, includes South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Goa, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Holy Land, and Mediterranean. The two-and-a-half-month voyage is sailing from Bristol Avonmouth on January 6, 2020. It is available on buy one get one free early booking deal from GBP 5999 pp.
  • In spring, Magellan offers two voyages to and from Mexico, with a couple of Trans-Panama options, on January 10 and April 19, 2020. In addition, 11 & 12-night fly cruises are on offer between Cozumel-Acapulco featuring Central American countries including Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras. Fares are available from GBP 1375 pp.
  • Columbus departs London on January 6, 2020 on line's 120-night Escape the Winter circumnavigation of the world spanning 5 continents, a total of 43,000 nautical miles, 27 different countries, 38 ports of call, Panama and Suez Canals. Prices start from GBP 8999 pp, based on 2 people sharing a twin inside cabin.

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