Astor

Astor Review and Specifications

Specifications of Astor

Year built1987  /  Age : 31
Flag state Bahamas
Builder(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)
Building costUSD 65 million
OwnerGlobal Maritime Group Inc
OperatorCMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)176 m / 577 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage20704 gt
Passengers600 - 650
Crew300
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks7
Cabins289
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesFedor 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.

MS Astor cruise ship

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.

Cabins

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.

MS Astor cruise ship

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.

Astor wiki

  • 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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Astor Itineraries

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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice 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