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Established in 2009 and based in Tilbury, Cruise and Maritime Voyages are one of the newest ocean cruise lines but have already built up a remarkably loyal following in their relatively short lifespan.

Popular for their adult-only, no-fly cruises from regional ports around the UK, Cruise and Maritime are much loved by those looking for an enriching and relaxing, classic cruise. CMV’s small and medium-sized ships mean a warm atmosphere and attentive service, where all the small details and guests’ special needs can be attended to result in a luxurious cruise experience.

Attracting a friendly crowd onboard their six cruise ships, who enjoy lively socialising and relaxing tranquillity in equal measure, guests will find a perfect balance between the feel of a grand country club and a cosy home away from home. All this combined results in Cruise and Maritime bringing the best of traditional British cruises and ensures countless cruisers come back to their favourite ship again and again.

In addition to being some of the friendliest ships at sea, with many cabins reserved for single occupancies along with hosted events, Cruise and Maritime are extremely popular with solo cruisers.


Cruise and Maritime Ships

Cruise and Maritime’s fleet of six unique cruise ships all have their own history, creating a slightly different feel when onboard each characterful ship. Whichever ship you decide to cruise on, you’re sure to find the same service, features and wide variety of destinations that make a CMV cruise so special.

CMV Fleet Highlights  Joined Passengers
Marco Polo Classic Ocean Liner 2010 800
Astoria Regional UK ports 2013 550
Vasco Da Gama Europe and Australasia 2019 1220
Columbus Flagship of the fleet 2017 1400
Magellan Previous flagship
2015 1250
Astor Europe and Australasia 2013600

Marco Polo is a classic-looking ocean liner ideal for grand voyages and small enough to create a real sense of community onboard. Well known for her adult-only and party cruise sailings which see cruisers return time after time, guests onboard Marco Polo can truly unwind and cruise the world in peace and comfort. In spite of her relatively small size and capacity, Marco Polo boasts plenty of dining, social and entertainment venues, including outside pool area and luxurious spa facility.

Astoria was built as a traditional ocean liner for transatlantic voyages but now sails as an intimate, adult-only cruise ship sailing from regional British ports such as Poole, Portsmouth and Hull. This makes her a popular ship for those looking for no fly cruises around the British Isles and Northern Europe.

Columbus is the current flagship of the CMV fleet and a much-loved, mid-sized ship due to her extensive variety of onboard entertainment areas, as well as famous World Cruise itineraries. Whether you cruise the sunny Canary Islands, round the British Isles or to the popular European Christmas markets, with Columbus you are sure to disembark for the final time with a host of new friends and great memories from your time onboard this famously friendly ship. Enjoy fantastic meals in the main restaurant or treat yourself to a supplementary dinner at the Fusion Indian or Grill restaurants. Afterwards, take in a show in the main theatre, socialise with a pint or a cocktail in the pub or lounge bar and then head to the casino or nightclub to see the evening out in style.

With spacious interior venues yet a cosy atmosphere, Magellan remains an extremely popular Cruise and Maritime cruise ship. With three main dining venues, including a buffet option, as well as a supplementary Fusion restaurant, you’re sure of a fine meal whatever your mood or occasion. Meanwhile, you’ll find plenty of entertainment throughout the day and night, with plenty of deck space and pool areas as well as a magnificent triple-tiered show lounge.

Joining the CMV fleet in 2019, Vasco da Gama joins Astor to sail between Europe and Australasia. Still fresh from a refit and refurbishment in 2015, Vasco da Gama is a medium-sized cruise ship that offers the best of both worlds when it comes to mod-cons, luxury and classic British cruising. The highlight of this already popular addition to CMV is the main swimming pool area which boasts a retractable roof. This social hub is the place to be during the daytime for a dip, lounge and friendly cocktail whatever the weather.


Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Cruise Destinations

A proudly British cruise line, Cruise and Maritime are a fantastic option for those looking to cruise the British Isles, stopping off in wondrous destinations such as the Scottish Hebrides, Dublin on a mini-cruise, and London. The fleet's small size is also a factor in making Cruise and Maritime's cruise itineraries so special and unique as they are able open smaller ports and shallower areas to you that larger cruise ships simply cannot access.

Many CMV cruise ships have home ports in the UK and Ireland for fantastic no-fly cruises from a regional port near you:

  • Magellan: Liverpool, Dublin, Dundee, Newcastle, Cobh, Bristol, Tilbury
  • Marco Polo: Tilbury, Bristol, Rosyth (Edinburgh), Newcastle, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Bristol
  • Columbus: Tilbury
  • Astoria: Hull, Poole, Portsmouth
  • Astor: Tilbury

No-fly Cruises and Fly Cruises with Cruise and Maritime

Cruise and Maritime are famous for their no-fly cruises from the UK. However, select fly cruise destinations and itineraries are available. Popular cruise destinations with Cruise and Maritime voyages include:

  • No-Fly Cruises- British Isles, Northern Europe, The Mediterranean, World Cruise,Transatlantic, Repositioning
  • Fly Cruises- Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Australasia, India, Cruise and Stay

Cruise and Maritime No-Fly Cruises

For many cruisers, Cruise and Maritime Voyages are best known for their sailings from many regional ports throughout the British Isles. Standout departure ports include Liverpool, Tilbury, Hull, Bristol and Edinburgh-Rosyth. From here, CMV guests can cruise all over the world, from the wider British Isles and North Western Europe to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and beyond.

The most popular Cruise and Maritime destination has to be their sailings around the British Isles, stopping in at many fascinating coastal cities and tourist spots, as well as taking in the gorgeous British scenery from the white cliffs of Dover to the misty isles of the Scottish Hebrides.

For those looking to venture further, there are many popular sailings to northern Europe such as Holland and Belgium, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, Fjords and even the Baltic Sea, to visit St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Gdansk.

For the truly adventurous, an epic world cruise taking in no less than 120 ports of call simply can’t get any better than onboard the classic Columbus. Departing from Tilbury, the grand voyage begins with a traditional transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean before journeying through the legendary Panama Canal and onwards to New Zealand and Australia across the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, Columbus travels north to Japan before heading down the coasts of far East Asia and on to India before sailing through the famous Suez Canal and back home via the Mediterranean.

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life on land and enjoy long sea days relaxing before stopping off at exotic ports of call, the biannual repositioning cruise with either Vasco da Gama or Astor is a must.

Cruise and Maritime Fly Cruises

Although Cruise and Maritime specialise in no-fly cruises, it is possible to join one of their longer sailings for a certain section as a fly-cruise package.

A popular example is flying to the Caribbean to join Magellan in March on her journey through the Panama Canal on to Mexico. Alternatively, you could join Columbus on part of her world cruise in a region of the world that most takes your fancy, or otherwise Astor and Vasco da Gama during their repositioning cruises twice a year between Tilbury and Australia. In this case, Dubai is a particularly popular leg for flying in and joining the journey.

In addition, for those from the North and Scotland, there is no need to travel down to Tilbury – on certain cruises you are able to fly direct to Amsterdam, or Rotterdam from 2020, and join the cruise from there. Also, for those looking to extend their cruise into a wider holiday, cruise and stay and tailor-made packages are also available.

Cruise and Maritime Service

As a premium cruise line, you’ll find a fantastic level of luxury as standard across the Cruise and Maritime fleet where the attentive staff are always ready to cater to your needs and go the extra mile. With CMV, the following standard amenities and services are provided with your fare.

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Steward with optional cabin breakfast service
  • TV, phone and Music console
  • Aircon, safe and hairdryer

Laundry and ironing, and room service till midnight are also available with a small charge.

What’s more, for those wanting to really push the boat out and indulge in a little pampering or celebrate a special occasion during your cruise, you can do so by upgrading your accommodation- and therefore service. Cruise and Maritime have three elevated levels of cabins and service on the following ships whereby you will receive:

Level One: De Luxe Balcony Cabin (Columbus), Junior Suite (Magellan), De Luxe Cabin (Marco Polo), Balcony Cabin (Vasco Da Gama)

Level Two: Junior Suite (Columbus and Marco Polo), De Luxe Suite (Magellan and Vasco Da Gama)

Level Three: Royal Suite (Magellan), De Luxe Suite (Marco Polo), Royal Penthouse Suite (Vasco da Gama)


Level One Level Two Level Three
Priority embarkation
Bathrobe and slippers
Bottled water, tea and coffee
Fresh fruit and wine on arrival
Binoculars and umbrella
Chargeable Mini bar 
Level 1’s benefits plus
Laundry service
Canapés daily
DVD library access
Level 1 and 2’s benefits plus
Ironing service 
Book and magazine Library

For more information about the various Cruise and Maritime cabin and service options, please see the ships’ Cabin Detail pages.


CMV Columbus Club

Cruise and Maritime are proud to say that over 40% of their passengers are returning guests. As a result, no matter which cabin or suite you choose, returning guests can take advantage of CMV’s Columbus Club membership.

Columbus Club has four categories (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond) which you qualify for depending on the total number of nights you’ve spent on a CMV cruise. The more nights you accumulate, the more added benefits you receive.

  • Silver- 1-20 nights: Complimentary CMV magazine for all the latest news and releases. 
  • Gold- 21-99 nights: Priority boarding and disembarkation, exclusive Club cocktail party, Club badge and 5% pre-cruise and onboard discounts.
  • Platinum- 100-199 nights: First pick on unreleased sailings, priority dinner seating, captain’s table invite and bottle of champagne. Plus 5% future cruise discounts and 7.5% pre-cruise and onbaord discounts
  • Diamond- 200+ nights: Welcome fruit bowl, flowers and canapés, 10% future cruise and services discount. Plus 10% dicounts both pre-cruise and while onboard.

Accessibility

Cruise & Maritime Voyages have limited accessibility for those with limited mobility and those in wheelchairs.

Please notify your Planet Cruise agent of any special assistance you may require at the time of booking.


*Reviewed and approved by CMV January 2019

What's included

  • Onboard lectures
  • Club classes for cards, chess and other activities
  • Traditional British and international cuisine
  • Captain's cocktail parties
  • Afternoon teas and snacks
  • Evening entertainment

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Cruise and Maritime Complimentary Dining

With cruise and Maritime, full board dining comes as a standard of your fare. This gives you plenty of choice as well as exceptionally high-quality cuisine and accompanying wine options. In addition, as well as vegetarian dishes served on every menu as standard, all special dietary needs are catered for in advance if prearranged such as halal, vegen and lactose-free meals.

  • All meals including five-course dinners
  • Afternoon teas
  • Relaxed buffets
  • Late-night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee

In addition, during cruises lasting more than six nights, there is a welcome and farewell cocktail party as well as special events for singles cruisers.


Cruise and Maritime Speciality Dining

As well as a great amount of choice when it comes to complimentary dining, Cruise and Maritime also boast fantastic speciality dining venues for those looking to treat themselves or celebrate a special occasion. At these restaurants a supplementary charge applies.

  • Fusion- Indian cuisine on Columbus, Magellan, and Marco Polo
  • The Grill- Prime cuts on Columbus
  • Admiral’s Salon- Pan-Asian dishes on Astor
  • Commodore’s Salon- Mediterranean cuisine on Astor
  • Captain’s Table- the ultimate VIP dining experience on Columbus, Magellan and Vasco da Gama. A nine-course taster menu along with selected wines and a cocktail and canapés reception.

Dress Code

The following guidelines are recommended depending on the occasion when cruising with cruise and Maritime.

European Class Women Men
FormalLong dress and closed-toe shoes. Suit and polished shoes. Covered buttons or bow tie.
Informal Cocktail dress or trouser suit. Smart, jacket, trousers and shoes. Tie optional.
Casual Smart cardigans/jumpers, jeans/chinos, shirts/blouses and trainers/shoes.

Gratuities and Drinks Packages

Cruise and Maritime passengers automatically have a £7pp added to the price of their cruise per night. For sailings lasting more than 16 nights, this is then reduced to £6.

Cruise and Maritime have four different packages to choose from, each with varying benefits such as speciality dining discounts, included gratuities, and drinks packages. You have until seven days before your departure date to book these deals but it’s recommended you do so as soon as possible.

The additional packages are CMV Value, Plus, Premium and VIP. All of which include gratuities and the following highlights.

  • CMV Value- Welcome bottle of wine and guaranteed dining times 
  • CMV Plus- Welcome bottle of wine, guaranteed seating and soft drinks package
  • CMV Premium- The above plus all-inclusive alcoholic drinks and wines with your meal
  • CMV VIP- The above plus premium drinks and speciality coffess, VIP party invite and half-price speciality dining

What's more, in testament to both companies' dedication to tradition and the finer things in life, Cruise and Maritime Voyages have partnered with ACAIA, whose award-winning virgin olive oil from the Greek island of Lesvos takes pride of place at each of CMV ships' dining tables.

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Cruise and Maritime Multi-generational Cruising

Cruise and Maritime are celebrated for their adult-only cruise ships where you can unwind during a child-free cruise experience. With no children’s activities or facilities onboard, Cruise and Maritime focus instead on relaxing getaways, enriching experiences and adult-focussed entertainment.

Normally with a minimum age of sixteen years at the date of sailing, on a handful of cruises throughout each year Cruise and Maritime open up their ships to the whole family, with no age restriction. Although no official kids’ entertainment is provided, these multi-generational cruises in the school holidays prove popular with families looking for quality time together.

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