If you’ve ever wanted to cruise with style, heritage and comfort, then traditional cruising is probably for you…which means that Cruise and Maritime Voyages is too.
Having only started in 2010, they’re still building on their reputation but believe us, they know a thing or two about giving their guests a perfect voyage.
From tailor-made on-board activities to home comforts and unmissable destinations.
They pride themselves on the fact that their small, intimate ships provide a real home-away-from home, with comfortable lounges and cosy rooms.
The smaller ship size also means that they can reach many ports that mega liners cannot, getting you to the heart of the destination, not hours outside of it!
Did you know? CMV began as a sales company selling cruises before they began to charter their own ships! This experience means that they really know what British passengers want from a cruise.
Meet the Fleet
Whilst the ships are older than others and don’t have the wacky features you may find on the new American ships, they have a lot of character, heritage and tradition whilst still being comfortable.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy your cruise…
They have all been refurbished, to allow you to sail on board a ship with history, whilst also having the modern comforts that you would want.
Cruise and Maritime have five small ships with a sixth on the way:
Magellan – A truly British experience with the warmest of welcomes for its 1,250 guests! The livery is seriously impressive and distinctive; you won’t miss her.
Marco Polo – With the capacity to hold up to 800 guests, this one is more of an intimate vessel with a real, classic feel. Her traditional, handsome profile is one for the photo album!
Astor – The small boat holds just 600 priveleged passengers and harks back to an era of cruising long gone till now. Guests can expect an intimate country house vibe from a highly attentive crew.
Columbus – A purpose-built vessel for deep sea ocean cruising and the ultimate scenic journey! Having been refurbished in April 2017 before her maiden season, she is set to exceed your expectations.
Our specialist cruise consultant, Gina, stepped onboard Columbus: “I can’t fault the public facilities on board this ship.
They were excellent. I particularly liked the Dome Observatory Bar, fantastic views, as expected and a great late night venue.
The ship is very easy to navigate around, with plenty of places to sit and take in the views.” Read more of Gina’s blog here!
Our consultant, Debbie, also stepped onboard Columbus: “Cruise and Maritime drinks prices are the most reasonable I have come across at sea.
The All-inclusive drinks package is just £17 per person per day!
This includes selected wines, beers, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks so is well worth considering…” Read more from Debbie here!
Astoria – This is Cruise & Maritime‘s ‘child free’ ship with a guest capacity of 550 guests. The ocean ship has been beautifully restored and features a traditional walk around promenade deck.
Vasco da Gama – This ship will join the fleet in April 2019, carrying 6,000 passengers and creating a sleek combination of contemporary decor and traditional style!
Our cruise consultant Dawn travelled on Marco Polo, and told us a bit about her trip: “I liked the intimacy of the ship, the staff were excellent, as was the food.” You can learn more about Dawn and her trip on the Marco Polo here.
Is There A “Typical” Cruise & Maritime Voyages Traveller?
CMV are great for those who want a smaller ship where you won’t need a map to find your room after a night venturing round onboard!
They typically appeal to people that want an uncomplicated, “real” cruising experience, with features like real wooden decking and traditional balconies.
In short, guests that want substance- not flash or pretence!
Cruise and Maritime suits couples, solo travellers or groups of friends. Three out of the four ships (the Magellan and Marco Polo) are all adult-only, meaning you can enjoy a peaceful holiday without the concern of travellers of all ages surrounding you.
Although on Magellan and Columbus, there are multi-generational cruises during the school holidays. Prices are hard to say no to with children’s starting at £99pp on some sailings, and are max £199pp on 15 night cruises.
Astor does accept children on-board, but has no children’s facilities.
CMV’s cabins are cosy and comfortable with décor that generally has a sense of heritage; something very reminiscent of cruise lines past. Take a look at look at what we mean below…
Our cruise consultant Liam visited the Magellan and told us: “The interior refurbishment was excellent, and for the size of ship everything was just perfect. No area too big that your got lost in, and not area too small you felt cramped. I think she will make excellent addition to the fleet!” You can read more about his adventures on Magellan here!
The entertainment onboard CMV is very laid back. No one is expecting you to abseil rock climbing walls or throw yourself into sky diving simulators! Instead you can relax and enjoy the traditional cruise entertainment.
As you would probably expect on any cruise, there are pools and hot tubs to enjoy! But, if you’re feeling a bit more active you can visit the fitness centre or jogging track (and don’t forget the spa and salon!)
One of our consultants Michaela said: “The Spa services on board were good offering a wide range of treatments with some great offers available.” You can learn more about Michaela here.
This includes plenty of lounges for you to relax in, aswell as a disco with a DJ and a library for you to browse for the ultimate peace and quiet on sea days.
CMV’s “additions programme” is a chance to learn something, with arts and crafts sessions (teaching anything from calligraphy to jewellery making).
“An Audience With” includes a celebrity detailing their life story whilst there is other guest speakers (who have included former bond girls).
Pub quizzes can be expected aswell as “a laugh on the ocean waves” with performances from comedians.
Cruise and Maritime also have something called CMV Club Class which is a series of organised game sessions; you can enjoy a game of bridge, backgammon, chess or another activity with your fellow passengers. Just ask a librarian to arrange it for you!
Feeling lucky? Then try your hand in a casino, or if you would rather relax with a cocktail, you can do so in one of the many bars available. Seriously though, the Captains Cocktail party when you arrive is also something you shouldn’t miss.
We asked our cruise consultant Alison what she thought of the entertainment on CMV and she said: “There is something for everyone with traditional ship entertainment that has dancers and singers. There are also live singers in bar areas and dance floors to enjoy!” You can learn more about Alison here.
Themed cruises are available and include comedy (with guests such as John Challis, Jeffrey Holland and Sue Hodge) or Gardening and Wildlife (with experts from the BBC including Andy Hamilton and Chris Baines.)
Although if you’d rather just sit with your feet up and watch the world sail by your cabin, then feel free!
CMV have recently announced that they now offer tea and coffee making facilities in all cabin grades aboard Columbus and Magellan.
Did you know? They are also one of the few lines to do overnight events and lunch events. This means you can get on-board and try the food, see the rooms and browse the facilities before committing yourself to a 14 night holiday aboard!
We asked our cruise consultant lauren about the entertainment on board and she said: “ the ship does feature facilities that you would come to expect such as card rooms, casino and show lounge – just on a smaller scale! There is even an on board Spa for those long sea days!” You can read more about her adventures here.
Each ship has at least two restaurants which includes The Waldorf Restaurant or the Kensington, as well as a buffet. Plus one of the best things about the buffet room is its panoramic ocean view!
Food is served in two sittings, as you might expect on a traditional cruise, or you can visit the buffet as and when you feel. These sittings give you the chance to get to know your table mates, and make some real friends during the cruise!
Did You Know? www.CRUISE.co.uk would recommend CMV’s full English breakfast, which is available all day from the buffet! We might have had it a few times when we were on-board…
Afternoon tea is also available, and comes with a fine selection of sandwiches, cakes and teas.
We asked our consultant Donald what he thought of the dining experience on CMV’s Magellan and here’s what he had to say:“We ate in main restaurant I found it to be very smart. It has a good lay out with a good choice on the menu – you would think you were on one off the bigger ships with the choice available!” You can read more from Donald here.
The currency on-board Magellan and Marco Polo is sterling, whilst on Astor it is Australian dollars.
If you can’t bear to be disconnected from home then don’t worry, all ships have available WiFi and cabins feature a satellite TV and phone.
Other handy and excited features your cabin will greet you with is dedicated steward service, music channels and console, safe, hair dryer and air con.
If you upgrade to a deluxe cabin you will also receive bathrobes, slippers, a fresh fruit bowl, wine and mineral water, an atlas, umbrella and complimentary CMV tote bag.
Room service is from 10am to midnight, and a laundry and ironing service is also available. If having a cup of tea in hand is important to you, then rest assured that self-service tea and coffee is open 6am to 10pm.
You will also have a Daily Programme delivered to you to let you know what is going on each day.
Did you know? If you have friends or family that are travelling with Cruise and Maritime then you can surprise them with flowers or wine delivered to their room, or even a spa treatment!
Dress codes are an important part of traditional cruising- and equally so on CMV. So if you don’t like dressing up like a movie star- they probably aren’t the line for you!
Formal nights ask for a bow tie and dark suit for men, whilst women fashion cocktail dresses or smart separates.
Some nights will be smart casual, but don’t be surprised if other guests still dress very smartly! Smart casual means a shirt without tie for men and dresses or trousers and blouses for women.
During the day dress code is casual- but pool wear should stay by the pool! You may be required to cover up at religious sites during excursions but you’ll be made aware of this in your daily planner.
Staff and Gratuities
Because of the small size of their ships, there is an impressive staff to passenger ratio. It means you can also really get to know the onboard staff- it’s likely your waiter will know your name by the end of the trip!
With plenty of bar staff onboard, you won’t have to deal with endless queues at the bars so getting that round of drinks in won’t be too much of a task.
The gratuities are £7 per person per day, which is reduced to £6 per person per day if you are sailing for more than 16 nights. The only exception is for the below ships:
-For Astor, the cost is $12.00 per person per night or $10.00 per person per night for cruises of more than 11 nights duration
-For Vasco Da Gama, the cost is €7 per person per night or €6 per person per night for cruises of greater than 16 nights duration
Like on any other cruise, if you aren’t happy with paying gratuities, you can simply have them removed!
Our consultant Gina said that: “The service from check in (which by the way was very quick) to being greeted upon arrival on board and escorted to our cabin by a steward was first class. I was impressed with the décor throughout the ship. The public areas were very nicely decorated -they have a bright modern & contemporary feel.” You can learn more about Gina here.
Have you sailed with Cruise & Maritime before? What has surprised you about this cruise line? Has anything from our introduction to the line swayed your thoughts? Leave us your comments below!
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