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Headquartered in Essex, United Kingdom, the Cruise Maritime line offers onboard product which is at the lower end of the cruise market. The Cruise and Maritime Voyages passenger shipping company was formed in 2009 and is owned by Global Maritime Group (majority shareholder company). As a product, Cruise and Maritime offers varied 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 MS 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 MS Pacific Eden from P&O Australia. The vessel joins the CMV fleet in April 2019 under the name "MS Vasco de Gama".

Itinerary of Cruise and Maritime Voyages

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

  • mv Astor (1987) - the ship operates in Australia, South Africa, Caribbean, and also offers World Cruise itineraries
  • mv Astoria / ms Azores (1948) British Isles, Iceland, Eastern Mediterranean. 
  • ms 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. 
  • ms 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 MazatlanPuerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), plus 2 sea days. Maiden season's total passenger capacity was estimated at 12,000.
  • ms 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. 

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ 6th ship, Vasco da Gama (still sailing as Pacific Eden), operates 2 voyages from London Tilbury in 2019. Following in the steps of the Portuguese explorer, the latest addition to the fleet of CMV sails from Singapore to London via India next April on its maiden voyage. Travellers can fly from the United Kingdom on April 22, 2019 and join ms Vasco da Gama on this 45-night trip, also including Sri Lanka, Thailand and transiting the Suez Canal prior to entering the Mediterranean with a range of fascinating ports of call. Flights from London or Manchester are included in the fare. Fares based on Buy one get one free deal start from GBP 3499 pp (Full Fare is GBP 6999) when 2 people share an inside cabin.

Later in 2019, sailing from London on October 9, is a 53-night cruise to Sydney. The voyage also includes BarbadosPanama CanalAcapulco, 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 2018-2019-2020

For 2018, CMV offers "Buy One Get One Free" cruise deals on all summer 2018 itineraries. Besides the "Buy One Get One Free" CMV deals, the ships Columbus and Magellan offer a total of 150 twin cabins for solo travellers. These staterooms can be booked with 25% supplement on the double occupancy price.

  • The ship Columbus departs from Tilbury-London throughout 2018.
  • The ship Astoria returns to UK departure ports (9 turnaround ports in total), among which Harwich and Cobh-Cork.
  • CMV's chaepest fares started from GBP 379 pp (double occupancy) for a 6-night "European Cities" themed voyage.
  • To early bookers are issued preview brochures much earlier.
  • The new itinerary program is predominantly with no-fly cruise deals.
  • Among the new itineraries is Marco Polo's White Sea cruise (visiting Murmansk Russia), Astoria's cruise to Scotland (including lochs and glens) and Magellan's Mediterranean roundtrip cruises from UK. Besides Columbus' "World Cruise" (starting January 2018) are also featured Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and Russia, British Isles, Iceland, Canaries and Madeira, Amazon and Caribbean, Northern Lights.
  • In 2018, Cruise Maritime offers a choice of 6 multi-generational (as opposed to adults-only) cruises on which passengers can take their kids / grand-kids. Child cruise fares started from GBP 100 pp.

Early booking deals on the Columbus cruise ship offer special prices plus 25% single supplement promotion on booking the ship's 150 single occupancy cabins. Group booking deals provide further additional discounts. The addition of the adults-only Columbus ship increased the CMV's UK capacity in 2017 by 25%, or with 95,000 passengers.

CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) is hosting a number of TV stars on voyages to Canary Islands and Madeira in October 2018. MS Magellan sails from port of Bristol on October 7 with the stars of Crafty Beggars, calling at La Coruna for Santiago de Compostela, Lanzarote, Gibraltar, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lisbon, Madeira, Cobh for Cork. Meanwhile, CMV Columbus sails from London Tilbury on October 12 on TV Comedy Legends themed cruise, visiting Amsterdam, Gibraltar, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madeira, Leixoes. Fares for the 15-night Canary Islands & Madeira cruises start from GBP800 pp.

The sailing on ms Columbus features John Challis and Sue Holderness, from Only Fools & Horses and Green Green Grass, Jeffrey Holland, of Hi-De-Hi, and Dad’s Army fame, Judy Buxton, from Rising Damp, Sue Hodge, ‘Allo ‘Allo and The Muppets, and Roy Hudd, from The Chastity Belt and Ashes to Ashes. Passengers on ms Magellan trip are joined by Wendy Turner Webster and Julie Peasgood, of Crafty Beggars, for expert tuition on craft activities.

All prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin inside cabin and include Captain’s Cocktail Party, all onboard meals, afternoon teas, late-night snacks, complimentary coffee and tea from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, along with big show entertainment, classical interludes and cabarets. In addition, the fare includes leisure facilities, daytime activities, arts and crafts, guest speaker, porterage of luggage, port to cabin, port taxes.

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 LondonBristolCobh 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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