Astoria

Astoria Review and Specifications

Specifications of Astoria

Year built1948  /  Age : 70
Flag state Madeira
BuilderAB Götaverken (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Building costUSD 150 million
OwnerGrand Circle Travel (Grand Circle Corporation)
OperatorCMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages)
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)160 m / 525 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage16144 gt
Passengers550 - 600
Crew200
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks8
Cabins277
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMS Stockholm, Volkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima, Caribe, Athena, MS Azores

Current itinerary of Astoria

Astoria current cruise is 10 days, one-way from Poole to Portsmouth. Prices start from USD 1399 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Sep, 2018 and ends on 25 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
15 Sep      Departing from Poole, England   
16 Sep 07:00 - 15:00     Portsmouth, England   
17 Sep 13:00 - 19:00     IJmuiden, Holland   
19 Sep 08:00 - 14:00     Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway   
20 Sep 09:00 - 17:00     Flam, Norway   
21 Sep 12:00 - 18:00     Geiranger, Norway   
22 Sep 10:00 - 17:00     Bergen, Norway   
24 Sep 08:00 - 13:00     Rotterdam, Holland   
25 Sep      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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.

NEWS: The shipowner Grand Circle Corporation announced that the cruise vessel leaves CMV's fleet in the end of 2018.

History - construction and 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).

CMV Astoria cruise ship

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”.

In July 2016, CMV announced that the ship leaves the fleet in 2018. Following the spring 2017 season for CMV (Tilbury roundtrips March 9 through April 27, 2017), the ship was chartered for 1 year by the French company Rivages du Monde.

All CMV 2017 bookings were “buy one get one free” cruise deals - if booked by the end of July 2016. On 2017 bookings made by August 31, 2016, were offered free or half-priced car parking at Port Tilbury, plus free cabin upgrades and up to GBP 1000 in onboard credit.

Cruise itinerary program

MV Astoria itinerary program is based on cruises departing from UK ports to European destinations, such as the Mediterranean, Iberia (Portugal and Spain), British Isles, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland. Departures are roundtrip from England (Hull and Tilbury-London).

  • During its last CMV (2-month 2016) season, the ship operated on roundtrips from Bristol (Avonmouth), following the winter docking in Greece. On March 11, the ship sailed up to Avonmouth. On March 21 started a 7-night "Scottish Islands and Emerald Isle" itinerary. On March 28 started a 15-night itinerary "Azores, Madeira and Portugal", visiting Leixoes (Oporto)Lisbon, La Coruna and two Azores Islands.

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. MV Astoria has a total number of 277 cabins (of which 9 Suites, 43 Balcony, 229 Oceanview, 49 Inside) in 17 grades. Each of the 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.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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. 

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 Circe's Casino or make up a table for a round of cards in the Card Room. Other Lounges & Bars include: Astoria Lounge, Captain’s Club (live music) and Aeolos Bar. Astoria also has a Beauty Salon, Sauna, Fitness Centre, swimming pool, Internet & Library, Auditorium (conference room), Chapel, boutique, and photo shop.

Astoria wiki

  • 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).
  • The ship's 1994 drydock refit and refurbishment cost around USD 150 million.
  • 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).

The following table shows the ship's last cruise for CMV UK. The 14 nights / 15 days itinerary (themed "Land of the Northern Lights") was roundtrip from England. Prices started from USD 1860 pp (double occupancy).

17 Oct      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
18 Oct 13:00 - 19:00     IJmuiden, Holland   
20 Oct 09:00 - 15:00     Bergen, Norway   
21 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Andalsnes, Norway   
23 Oct 10:00 - 19:00     Tromso, Norway   
24 Oct 09:00 - 19:00     Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway   
25 Oct 07:00 - 02:00     Alta, Norway   
28 Oct 07:00 - 13:00     Alesund, Norway   
29 Oct 09:00 - 15:00     Stavanger, Norway   
31 Oct      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Astoria Itineraries

The below listed Astoria 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 Aug 31 3 days, round-trip Rouen, Honfleur & River Seine Weekend Retreat Poole$449
2018 Sep 03 13 days, one-way from Poole to Portsmouth Poole$1919
2018 Sep 03 12 days, round-trip Grand British Isles Discovery Poole$1769
2018 Sep 15 10 days, one-way from Poole to Portsmouth Poole$1399
2018 Sep 15 1 day, one-way from Poole to Portsmouth Poole$149
2018 Sep 16 9 days, round-trip Majestic Autumn Fjordland Portsmouth$1269
2018 Sep 25 13 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St. Petersburg Portsmouth$1739
2018 Oct 08 9 days, round-trip European Rivers, Canals and Cities Portsmouth$1199
2018 Oct 17 14 days, round-trip Land of the Northern Lights Portsmouth$1859
2019 Mar 07 3 days, round-trip Springtime Break & River Seine Experience Poole$449
2019 Mar 10 13 days, round-trip Iceland & Northern Lights Poole$1919
2019 Mar 23 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Poole$1629
2019 Apr 03 10 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Islands & Lochs Poole$1479
2019 Apr 13 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Poole$1369
2019 Apr 22 11 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Poole$1629
2019 Aug 28 2 days, round-trip Rouen & River Seine Experience Portsmouth$289
2019 Aug 30 11 days, round-trip Weekend Summer Mini Cruise & British Isles Discovery Portsmouth$1549
2019 Aug 30 2 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Hull Portsmouth$289
2019 Sep 01 11 days, round-trip British Isles Discovery Hull$1599
2019 Sep 10 10 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Hull Portsmouth$1399
2019 Sep 12 8 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Hull$1159
2019 Sep 20 14 days, round-trip Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Hull$2029
2019 Oct 04 8 days, round-trip Autumn Fjordland Hull$1099
2019 Oct 12 13 days, round-trip Norway & Land of the Northern Lights Hull$1789
2019 Oct 25 11 days, round-trip Iceland & Land of the Northern Lights Hull$1519