Cruise & Maritime Voyages
In 2009, after the failure of the German company Transocean Tours, the British company Cruise & Maritime Services International formed a new holding, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, more-over known as CMV Cruises. The first ship of the company was the Marco Polo, a ship that was built in 1964 for Black Sea Shipping Company of the Sovjet Union. In 2009, she was chartered by Transocean Tours and CMV took over the charter for five years after this line went into bankrupcy. Marco Polo was placed in the British market, sailing summercruises from several ports in the UK in Europe and in winter she called in at more exotic destinations because of the weather in Britain that is not really favorable throughout the colder months. Transocean Tours also stayed in business with Astor, though the company was bought by the German company Premicon AG.
Below, Ocean Countess is sailing the Northsea canal in front of IJmuiden in CMV colours. She was originally built for the hollywood MGM studio's, but the contracts were taken over by Cunard Line during the building process. She entered service as Cunard Countess in the mid 1970's and sadly burned in Greece during rebuilding in 2014 after her CMV charter had ended.
The fleet of CMV was extended with the charter of Ocean Countess in 2010, which was replaced by the former Island Princess from february 2013 onwards. At the time, she was named Discovery.
During 2013, CMV took over the management for Astor and also for the fleet of rivercruiseships, Belvedere, Bellefleur, Bellejour and Sans Soucy, all operated by Transocean Tours from the German management company Premicon AG. The name of Transocean Tours was retained by CMV, also because the company retained its German speaking clientele and was dedicated to the German market. This was a good way for CMV to extend its business into the middle of Europe.
Also in 2014, the oldest large passengership in the world, Athena, was chartered from Portuscale Cruises. This company took over the fleet of Classic International Cruises and its vintage liners, mainly for the chartermarket. Athena was re-named Azores by Portuscale and chartered from january 2015 onwards to CMV after a charter to a German company, Ambiente, was ended prematurely due to low bookings. Discovery left the CMV fleet to be broken up and Ocean Countess had also left the fleet and burned later in Greece while being rebuilt. All this happened after CMV ended the charters of those ships. In december of 2014, also the Astor was bought by CMV. She was already sailing Australian cruises under the CMV brand in northern wintertime. She continues sailing under the Transocean name in European summer for the German market.
From 2015 onwards, CMV started a quite remarkable period of extentions to the fleet. In the beginning of that year, a new flagship was brought into service after the former Holiday of Carnival Cruise Lines was bought, untill then sailing for Iberocruceros as Grand Holiday. With 46.000 tons, she was the largest ship that has ever sailed for CMV and she joined Marco Polo and Astoria, that is the new name for Azores, as Magellan bringing the CMV fleet up to four ships. She was also the first ship in the fleet that started sailing in the new colours and of course the most modern, some 20 years younger then Marco Polo. In the 2017 season, CMV again took delivery of a larger ship, the Columbus, the former Pacific Pearl as she comes over from P&O Australia. She was of course built in 1989 as Sitmar Fairmajesty and she now gained the title of flagship of the CMV fleet. The ship sails from Tilburg, England, dedicated to the British market. Columbus again became the most modern ship in the CMV fleet and with over 63.000 tons also the largest. In the same year as Columbus entered service, CMV withdrew from the rivercruises market to concentrate totally on ocean-cruising and the rivercruisers were sold to other lines.
In march of 2018, CMV again bough a new ship, the 1992-built Pacific Eden from P&O Australia. She had been built as Statendam for Holland America Line and her new name was announced as Vasco De Gama, continuing the explorers-theme within the fleet. The ship will be used for both the Australian and the European market, for the latter she will be branded under the Transocean name based out of Kiel and Bremerhaven. Her first cruise is a lenghty 46-day voyage from Singapore to Bremerhaven, departing Singapore at the 24th of april in 2019.
From 2019 onwards, the company also taps also into another market outside of the European and Australian, when they open a local branch under the name of Cruceros Maritimos Vacacionales in Mexico. This branch will be totally dedicated to the Mexican market and for this, Magellan will be used. It is a cautious step for CMV, who are very eager to grow into other markets. For the new branch, Magellan will be based in Acapulco. When successfull, the company really turns into a world-wide operation.
Next to Transocean Tours and the CMV cruisefleet, the company also owns another rivercruiseship under the name of Vienna I for the Signature River Cruise brand.
Several other ships that have sailed for CMV have been placed elsewhere on the site
Ocean Countess (2010-2012) is placed under Cunard Line
Discovery (2013-2014) is placed under Princess Cruises
Astor (2014-now) is placed under the banner of Transocean Tours
For booking information, visit the CMV Cruises website