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Cruise & Maritime - Introduction

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is a UK-based cruise line bringing you all the tradition and charm of a country house. Their mid-size ships become a home away from home for guests, with a lot more conveniences than you’d find in your own living room! A good 95% of passengers rated their cruise experience as either good or excellent, thanks to the emphasis on friendly service.

Popular Routes

Sailing from a choice of 11 UK ports from Bristol to Newcastle, CMV take you around Europe and beyond. Popular routes cover the spectacular landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltics and Russia, as well as Iceland. If you prefer a warm weather cruise, opt for a tour round the Canary Islands or Mediterranean. Passengers can also venture further afield on longer sailings, with itineraries covering South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. And for the ultimate adventure, try the Columbus’ Grand Round the World Cruise.

You can also tailor your itinerary to enjoy the company of like-minded passengers. The Marco Polo and Astoria are child free ships, and multi-generational family cruises are available on the Columbus and Magellan.

Dining Options

Traditional cuisine sits next to international flavours on the mouth-watering menus at sea. This includes starters, soups, salads, seafood, pasta grilled steaks and more. Five-course meals are the order of the day at dinnertime. Of course, you’ll be able to start your day with a full English breakfast, tuck into a traditional roast and enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea experience! Seating is open for breakfast and lunch, so you can dine when you wish within the allotted time periods. Dinner includes two sittings to choose from. There are also specialty dining options as well as a buffet, including the following.

  • Fusion – Take a taste tour of India with flavourful spices and fresh produce.
  • The Grill – Take your pick of prime Dry Aged cuts of beef, prepared to order.
  • Admirals’ Salon – This stylish restaurant offers an Asian fusion menu.
  • Commodore’s Salon – Enjoy all of the sun-kissed flavours of the Mediterranean.

On some ships, you can also enjoy a VIP dining experience at The Chef’s Table, where you’ll be hosted by the onboard Executive Chef. Start with sparkling wine cocktails and canapes along with a private tour of the galley, before progressing to a spectacular nine course menu with wine pairings. The Chef will be on hand to answer questions and share techniques every step of the way.

Drinks Packages

There are four service packages to choose from onboard, including CMV Value, CMV Plus, CMV Premium and CMV VIP. Upgrade to CMV Plus to receive unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, or CMV Premium and VIP to receive all-inclusive bar drinks and house or premium wines at dinner. Make sure your stateroom is fully stocked with the beverages of your choice by pre-ordering a drinks package. For example, the Wine Lovers Package includes a selection of white, red and rose wine along with bottles of mineral water while the Welcome Onboard Package greets you with fresh flowers and sparkling wine.

Entertainment

Glamorous cabarets, sophisticated classical interludes and blockbuster musical shows are all part of the entertainment package on a CMV cruise. The evening kicks off with a pre-dinner drink before your dining experience, and afterwards you can get comfy in the Show Lounge where you’ll be able to take in the evening’s programming. The entertainment team puts on a lively song and dance show accompanied by a live orchestra. Guest acts add local flavour and variety, with guests welcome to hop onto the dance floor to take part in the cabaret and ballroom dancing.

Not ready for bed yet? A late-night DJ spins tracks well into the evening. If you prefer a more low-key evening of entertainment, relax and enjoy classic interludes in the lounge, laugh along to a comedy act, or play a hand of cards with newfound friends.

Amenities and Activities

Spend your days at sea swimming in the outdoor pool, enjoying a good book or working up a sweat in the gym. Recreational facilities include a spa and pool area with plenty of sun loungers, and there’s always room to walk around the deck to keep fit and enjoy the fresh sea air. Visit the onboard beauty salon to try out a new look, or simply relax and admire the sea views. Activities include lectures from guest speakers, available on cruises of five nights or longer. These cover a wide variety of interests, including science, history and culture. Do you want to return home with a newfound skill? Arts and crafts classes are also available on longer cruises, giving you the chance to try your hand at beading jewellery, making mosaics, or trying your hand at calligraphy.

  • Cabin Features

Spacious passenger cabins are designed for comfort, giving you plenty of space to stretch out. The majority have an ocean view, including superior and premium balcony cabins and suites. Some are designed with inter-connecting doors, making them the perfect fit for families. All cabins include air conditioning, and offer a radio, telephone, television and personal safe. You’ll have a cabin steward at your disposal should you need any assistance during your stay.

Service Charges

You won’t have to worry about tipping staff members individually on a CMV cruise. Instead, tipping is automatically calculated on your behalf according to industry standard. This amounts to £7 per person per night, which is automatically added to your onboard account for your convenience. You can tip more or less than this suggested amount, depending on your preferences.

Dress Code

You can check the Daily Programme during your stay for specific dress code suggestions. CMV is a traditional cruise line, so most evenings will be smart casual. There are usually two formal gala nights on cruises lasting at least six nights, which have a more formal dress code. Gentlemen can sport a smart dinner jacket or lounge suit, while ladies can wear their favourite evening or cocktail dresses for these occasions. For smart casual evenings you can dress to impress in a suit or smart jacket with trousers. Ladies can wear cocktail dresses or smart casual trouser suits for evening dining and entertainment.