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Astor Review and Specifications
Specifications of Astor
|Year built||1987 / Age : 31|
|Builder||(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 65 million|
|Owner||Global Maritime Group Inc|
|Operator||CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||176 m / 577 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||20704 gt|
|Passengers||600 - 650|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Former names||Fedor Dostoevskiy|
Review of Astor
Launched in 1987, MS Astor currently operates for Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The vessel was built in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), in Kiel Germany, ordered by the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation. The vessel was planned to be part of the fleet of South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for voyages from Southampton to Cape Town. MS Astor is a property of the German company Premicon.
History - construction & ownership
The 20,704-ton, 600-passenger cruise ship Astor was sold to the Soviet Union company Black Sea Shipping just a year after entering service, and her name was changed to Fedor Dostoevskiy. The cruise ship was transferred to the Soviet Union firm and was chartered to West German cruise lines. The vessel was renamed again Astor in 1995 and in 1996 remained under charter to Transocean Tours.
Whilst onboard Astor, guests are recognised by name, so they are able to enjoy familiarity which is not offered by many cruise lines. Astor provides fine cuisine, comfortable accommodation, and outstanding experience.
On November 28, 2008, in the Gulf of Oman, pirates made an attempt to seize the vessel. The attack over Astor was stopped by the German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Cruise itinerary program
For the past ten years CMV Astor has cruised in Europe during northern summer, predominately for the demanding market of Germany. Previously, during Round World voyages, Astor has visited East Coast Australia, and now the vessel is of such high standard, ready to homeport in Fremantle.
MS Astor has a total of 289 cabins (of which 42 Suites, 3 Balcony, 198 Oceanview, 91 Inside) in 16 grades. Astor provides a very good selection of modern cabin accommodation - from Standard to De Luxe and 70% of cabins have ocean view and individually controlled air-conditioning. All comforts of home are offered. All cabins onboard Astor are serviced twice a day and there is nothing but enjoy the holiday, while CMV take care of you. Standard, superior, premium categories provide a wide range of cabin features that are standard, but if you book a Senator Suite, De Luxe Suite, or Astor Suite you take advantage of amazing extra benefits. Treat yourself to upgrade and enjoy extra space and added value benefits complimentary.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The Waldorf Restaurant is too impressing and offers traditional fixed time, two sitting dining option. The alternative is the more informal, but also stylish Übersee Club Bistro, along with Commodore's and Admiral's. All meals are included in Astor cruise fare - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, 5-course dinner, even late night snacks. Cruise and Maritime Voyages cruising is really value for money. The moment guests board Astor they are tempted by culinary delights. More casual or a la carte buffet for breakfast and lunch - you choose. Food is among the highlights of cruising with CMV Astor, and her chefs won’t disappoint you. Evening meals start with an appetiser followed by delicious soup - with lots of options to choose from, meal is among the most difficult decisions of CMV cruise.
Astor main courses range from seafood, rack of lamb, escalope of veal, beef medallions, chicken chasseur, Asian stir fries, Italian pastas, traditional roasts - all available for guests to savour. Vegetarian meals are available to tantalise taste buds, featured on every menu together with health-conscious dishes - if you are able to resist temptation. Light salads to refresh are offered before you finish meals - fresh fruit, international cheese platter, or delicious desserts, including English trifle, apple strudel, blueberry cheese cake, Baked Alaska, Peach Melba, strawberry tart, crème caramel, or the famous among cruisers Astor chocolate mousse. The variety onboard Astor is endless. In all Astor bars Australian draught beer is also offered. Fine European and Australian red and white wines collection is available to complement guests’ meal.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Astor is a fully stabilised and air-conditioned stylish four-star cruise liner with seven passenger decks. Five lounge areas are available onboard Astor - Astor Lounge, theatre style for truly sparkling entertainment; Captain’s Club, perfect for pre-dinner cocktails with resident pianist; intimate Hanse Bar leading on the stylish Sun Terrace Bar with wonderful panoramic views; Overseas Club.
Other Astor facilities include the Library & the Card Room, internet café, and a shopping arcade with a jeweller, photo shop, boutique, perfumery, Oasis Wellness Centre, with hairdressing & beauty treatments, ocean view fitness & exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool, sauna and massage facilities. An outdoor swimming pool and two whirlpools with traditional walk around promenade deck are offered too. Another outstanding feature onboard Astor is the sports deck so you can enjoy a jogging track, volleyball, table tennis, big board chess, half court tennis, golf and yoga. The ship also has a Conference Room and a gallery.
- MS Astor cruise ship was built in 1987 by a German shipbuilding company for the Marlan Group (Mauritius-based corporation). The ship was ordered by Safmarine (South African company) as a passenger ocean liner serving the route between UK and South Africa (Southampton - Cape Town).
- In 1988, ms Astor was sold to Black Sea Shipping Company (Soviet Union company), renamed to Fedor Dostoevskiy, and operated under charter by various cruise line operators from West Germany. The vessel was operated under charter by Transocean Tours since 1996. The last ship owner is Global Maritime Group (shipping company).
- CMV Astor is among the World Cruise ships, operating once per year an Around The World voyage. On its world itineraries, the ship visits ports in Africa, Asia, Australia, also small islands in Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
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The below listed Astor cruise prices on 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2018 Oct 15||54 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Fremantle||London Tilbury||$8609|
|2018 Oct 15||50 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Adelaide||London Tilbury||$7969|
|2018 Oct 15||47 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Sydney||London Tilbury|
|2018 Oct 15||43 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Auckland||London Tilbury||$6859|
|2018 Oct 16||53 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Fremantle||Amsterdam||$8449|
|2018 Oct 16||49 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Adelaide||Amsterdam||$7809|
|2018 Oct 16||46 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Sydney||Amsterdam||$7329|
|2018 Oct 16||42 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Auckland||Amsterdam||$6699|
|2018 Nov 27||11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fremantle||Auckland||$1759|
|2018 Nov 27||7 days, one-way from Auckland to Adelaide||Auckland||$1119|
|2018 Nov 27||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$649|
|2018 Dec 01||7 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle||Sydney||$1119|
|2018 Dec 01||3 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide||Sydney||$479|
|2018 Dec 04||4 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle||Adelaide||$649|
|2018 Dec 08||2 days, round-trip Christmas Party Weekend||Fremantle||$369|
|2018 Dec 10||5 days, round-trip Festive South West Escape||Fremantle||$849|
|2018 Dec 15||2 days, round-trip Christmas Party Weekend||Fremantle||$339|
|2018 Dec 17||11 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise to Bali||Fremantle||$1989|
|2018 Dec 28||1 day, round-trip In Port Celebration||Fremantle||$189|
|2018 Dec 29||4 days, round-trip New Year Celebration||Fremantle||$829|
|2019 Jan 02||4 days, round-trip Coastal Adventure||Fremantle||$679|
|2019 Jan 06||5 days, round-trip South West Escape||Fremantle||$849|
|2019 Jan 11||3 days, round-trip Weekend Party Cruise||Fremantle||$509|
|2019 Jan 14||11 days, round-trip Bali Holiday Cruise||Fremantle||$1749|
|2019 Jan 25||4 days, round-trip Australia Day Weekend||Fremantle||$709|
|2019 Jan 29||5 days, round-trip South West Escape||Fremantle||$849|
|2019 Feb 03||5 days, one-way from Fremantle to Adelaide||Fremantle||$799|
|2019 Feb 08||3 days, round-trip Weekend Coastal Experience||Adelaide||$529|
|2019 Feb 11||7 days, round-trip Tasmanian Explorer||Adelaide||$1229|
|2019 Feb 18||3 days, round-trip Coastal Experience||Adelaide||$529|
|2019 Feb 21||7 days, round-trip Tasmanian Explorer||Adelaide||$1229|
|2019 Feb 28||4 days, round-trip Weekend Coastal Experience||Adelaide||$709|
|2019 Mar 04||50 days, one-way from Adelaide to Bremerhaven||Adelaide||$7959|
|2019 Mar 04||49 days, one-way from Adelaide to London Tilbury||Adelaide||$7799|
|2019 Mar 04||6 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle||Adelaide||$959|
|2019 Mar 10||43 days, one-way from Fremantle to London Tilbury||Fremantle|
|2019 Mar 10||19 days, one-way from Fremantle to Cape Town||Fremantle|
|2019 Mar 30||23 days, one-way from Cape Town to London Tilbury||Cape Town|