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.
In the beginning of 2015, also a new flagship was brought into service, the former Holiday of Carnival Cruise Lines, untill then sailing for Iberocruceros as Grand Holiday. With 46.000 tons, she is 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 in 2015, 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 will also take delivery of the Columbus, when the fleet will be even more extended with the Pacific Pearl as she comes over from P&O Australia. She was of course built in 1989 as Sitmar Fairmajesty and she will gain the title of flagship of the CMV fleet. The ship will be sailing from Tilburg, England, dedicated to the British market. Columbus will be the most modern ship in the CMV fleet when she starts her sailings, and with over 63.000 tons also the largest.
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 or will sail 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
Columbus (from 2017) is placed under P&O Cruises as Arcadia (III)
For booking information, visit the CMV Cruises website