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CMV Astoria

Former names: MS Azores, Athena, Caribe, Valtur Prima, Italia Prima, Italia I, Fridtjof Nansen, Volker, Volkerfreundschaft, MS Stockholm

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CMV Astoria Review and Specifications

Specifications of CMV Astoria

Year built1948  /  Age : 72
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
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMS Azores, Athena, Caribe, Valtur Prima, Italia Prima, Italia I, Fridtjof Nansen, Volker, Volkerfreundschaft, MS Stockholm

Current itinerary / position of CMV Astoria

CMV Astoria current cruise is 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal. The itinerary starts on 25 Mar, 2020 and ends on 06 Apr, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
25 Mar 20:30    Departing from Poole, England hotels
27 Mar 12:00 - 20:30    Kiel Canal, Germany
28 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Wismar, Germany
29 Mar 08:00 - 16:00    Bornholm Island, Ronne, Denmark
30 Mar 09:00 - 16:00    Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
31 Mar 08:00 - 19:00    Klaipeda, Lithuania
01 Apr 06:00 - 20:00    Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland
03 Apr 06:00 - 18:00    Fredericia, Denmark
04 Apr 05:30 - 14:00    Kiel Canal, Germany
05 Apr 09:30 - 15:00    IJmuiden, Holland
06 Apr 12:00    Arriving in Poole, England hotels

Review of CMV 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 the sinking of Andrea Doria ship.

NEWS: The shipowner Grand Circle Corporation announced that the cruise vessel leaves CMV's fleet at the end of 2018. However, in April 2019, CMV announced ship's 2020 "Baja California and Mexican Riviera" itinerary program from homeport Puerto Penasco. In January 2020, CMV announced that ends the charter deal for Astoria in October 2020.

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 7-day "Scottish Islands and Emerald Isle" itinerary. On March 28 started 15-day itinerary "Azores, Madeira and Portugal", visiting Oporto-Leixoes, Lisbon, La Coruna, and two Azores Islands.

Astoria ship's 2020 itinerary program is based on turnarounds (roundtrip itineraries) to Baja California and Mexican Riviera ports leaving from homeport Puerto Penasco Mexico. CMV's 12-day itinerary "Treasures of the Seas of Cortez” visits as call ports Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalía, Guaymas (San Carlos). With Astoria's deployment, CMV targets almost exclusively the Arizona-US market due to homeport's proximity to Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma.

In mid-July 2019, CMV offered free roundtrip bus travel to Puerto Penasco from USA (Phoenix and Tucson) plus USD 200 OBC/onboard credit for all Sea of Cortez cruise bookings made by July 30. Promo sales also included onboard gratuities and free drinks (house beer and wine by the glass at lunches and dinners). CMV Astoria cruise prices started from USD 1600 per person (double occupancy cabin rates).


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 cozy 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 favorite 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 photoshop.

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MV Astoria was launched on September 9, 1946. The vessel was built for 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 the sinking of the latter - just 5 years after its launch.

In January 2015, Cruise Maritime introduced Astoria to its fleet. The 550-passenger vessel Azores was renamed to Astoria, replacing in the CMV fleet MV Discovery (scrapped in 2015). The ship was chartered from Portuscale Cruises (long term charter agreement) as fleet’s second UK-homeported liner (together with Marco Polo). As a chartered vessel, all its management services and crewing were handled directly by CMV. Astoria's inaugural cruise was a 30-night itinerary from Plymouth England, starting on January 26, 2015 (roundtrip UK to Caribbean). For summer 2016, Astoria was chartered to Rivages du Monde (Paris City-based French travel company). CMV chartered the ship for spring and fall cruises from the UK, which continued for 5 years. For CMV, Astoria serves as an "adults only" ship (allowing 16-year-old-plus passengers only) and dedicated to the English speaking market. Ship's 1994 drydock refit and refurbishment cost ~USD 150 million.

In March 2016, after the drydock in Piraeus-Athens (Greece), the liner started a new itinerary program with roundtrips out of Bristol England to Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and also UK ports (British Isles itineraries).

The following table shows ship's last cruise for CMV UK. The 13-night/14-day itinerary (themed "Land of the Northern Lights") had prices starting from ~GBP 1430 pp / EUR 1680 pp / USD 1860 pp (double occupancy).

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

In December 2019, CMV homeported the Astoria ship in Puerto Penasco (Sonora Mexico), targeting almost exclusively the Arizona USA market. Shipping operations were scheduled to start on December 7 with 11-day Baja California and Mexican Riviera itinerary ("Treasures of the Seas of Cortez”).

Date / TimePort
07 Dec 17:00Departing from Puerto Penasco, Mexico
09 Dec 05:00Topolobampo, Baja California Mexico
11 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Mazatlan, Mexico Riviera
12 Dec 09:00 - 19:00Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico
13 Dec 09:00 - 20:00La Paz, Baja California Mexico
14 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Loreto, Baja California Mexico
15 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Santa Rosalia, Baja California Mexico
16 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Guaymas-San Carlos, Mexico
18 Dec 07:00Arriving in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

CMV Astoria Mexico prices started from USD 1350 per person.

CMV Astoria Itineraries

The below listed CMV 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
2020 Mar 12 13 days, round-trip Iceland & Northern Lights Poole
2020 Mar 25 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Poole
2020 Apr 06 11 days, round-trip Easter Scottish Lochs & Emerald Isle Poole
2020 Apr 17 9 days, round-trip Fjordland Splendour Poole
2020 Sep 27 12 days, round-trip Hidden Baltic Treasures Hull
2020 Oct 09 9 days, round-trip Autumn Fjordland Hull
2020 Oct 18 13 days, round-trip Norway & Land of the Northern Lights Hull

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by RobinP
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14 days, round-trip from Poole, England
Departure date: 11 Mar 2020
Having filled in ALL my details for our cruise I was surprised to see today that my details were red flagged as “not complete”. Yet checking all appeared complete. Phone lines were clogged so on further investigation of the “Manage My Cruise” webpage discovered that my passport issue date was not...