The 20,606 gross ton ASTOR joins the CMV fleet in November 2013 and will operate alongside the 800 passenger flagship MARCO POLO and 700 passenger DISCOVERY, both operating ex-UK sailings from eight British ports. Discovery also operates an autumn Mediterranean fly cruise programme. Astor’s inaugural 10,000 capacity programme will increase CMV’s overall 2014 global capacity to almost 62,000 passengers.
Astor has a fine pedigree and excellent reputation currently operating European summer cruises on the German market. She is managed and marketed by the Munich based Premicon Group that also overlooks a fleet of 22 premium river vessels operating on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube also presenting new marketing opportunities between Premicon and CMV.
Astor was originally launched on the British market back in 1987 as a five star luxury ‘soft adventure’ product and since her inception has undergone a number of refits including a recent £14 million upgrade in 2010. She will be positioned as a premium four star product and has 289 cabins including 42 suites with 70% of accommodation comprising an ocean view. There are a wide range of beautifully appointed lounges, seven passenger decks, traditional wooden decks and also an extensive sports deck with a wrap around jogging track and attractive wellness centre with a heated internal pool.
Waldorf Restaurant: open sitting for breakfast and luncheon and evening dinner two sitting fixed time dining.
Ubersee Club Bistro: for a more informal dining experience.
Romantic & Toscana Dining Rooms: themed dining options for special occasions.
Astor theatre style main Show Lounge, Captain’s Club, Ubersee Club & Hanse Bar plus the Sun Terrace, Poolside Bar, Card Room, Library, Internet Café, Boutique, Jewellers & Gallery Arcade.
Outdoor and heated indoor swimming pool, Wellness Centre with a Beauty and Hairdressing salon, massage and sauna, two whirlpools.
Fitness Centre and a well quipped Medical Centre.
Sport Deck with a volleyball court, half tennis court, mini golf range, big board chess and yoga area, a jogging track.