Cruise and Maritime entered administration 20th July 2020. All future Cruise and Maritime bookings are cancelled. If affected, we will be in touch with you to advise how to reclaim any money that you are owed and to discuss alternative holidays. Please be assured that your money is protected. If you’re looking for a suitable alternative, we recommend Fred. Olsen Cruises or the brand-new Ambassador Cruise Line and their new Ambience cruise ship.
Cruise and Maritime Voyages are a popular, independent British cruise line, priding themselves on offering a traditional, leisurely cruising experience at great value for money. Sailing from convenient UK ports, their small-sized ships sail to an array of intriguing destinations, transporting guests across the globe in elegant luxury. With a winning combination of attentive service, exciting itineraries, delicious cuisine and engaging onboard activities and entertainment, a voyage with Cruise and Maritime is guaranteed to be a holiday like no other.
Thanks to the experienced and dedicated team of chefs on each cruise ship, CMV are delighted to offer guests with a fantastic choice of dining venues included in the price of their fare. For those who want to enjoy a sit down meal, the main dining rooms offer table service at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alternatively, guests who are looking for something a little more casual will be pleased with the buffet restaurant, complete with stunning ocean views.
As well as the main dining venues, each CMV ship has at least one speciality dining venue you can book a place at for a supplement. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion at sea or just for a change of atmosphere, the popular CMV speciality restaurants are:
To guarantee you get your place reserved, it’s best to book your speciality dining with us as part of your package rather than waiting till you get onboard to avoid disappointment.
In addition, special dietary needs are well catered when notified in advance such as vegan, halal and lactose free, while vegetarian options are a staple on the menu at each restaurant.
Evenings onboard a Cruise and Maritime ship can be as lively or as relaxed as you want it to. With a range of venues on offer, from those featuring live shows and music to others where you can simply enjoy a drink and some good company, make your nights just as memorable as your days. Highlights include:
Cruise and Maritime cruises are adult-only, with a minimum age of 16 years old at the time of sailing. The exception to this is a number of special multi-generational sailings which take place throughout the year during school holidays by popular request of their loyal cruise fans. This is the perfect time for grandparents to take the kids off the parents’ hands on a cruise holiday adventure, but it must be noted that there are no specified children’s activities or entertainment aboard.
Cruise and Maritime Voyages are renowned for offering great value programmes from 3 to 54 nights in duration, with a variety of itineraries around Europe. On these cruise itineraries you can discover the spectacular scenery of the Norwegian Fjords, the beauty of glorious St Petersburg and the richly diverse Baltic Cities, as well as the natural wonders of Iceland and the ever-popular cruises round the British Isles.
For those looking for a first-time cruise experience or quick break, mini-cruises or party-themed cruises to Dublin are a great option with Cruise and Maritime. Meanwhile, for those looking for an epic voyage, the famous annual world cruise and biannual repositioning cruises are very popular.
As well as a classic transatlantic crossing, as part of these epic world cruise and repositioning sailings it’s possible to book a fly cruise from the UK to a certain section of the sailing that takes your fancy, such as Dubai and the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal and a week in the sunny Caribbean.
In addition, on a smaller scale, fly cruises are also available for those booking a European cruise. With the option to fly to meet the ship in Amsterdam instead of travelling to Tilbury, this is extremely popular with guests making their way from the North and Scotland.
Cruise and Maritime are well-known for their enrichment activities that either immerse you more in the culture, history or cuisine of your destinations or are aimed towards a certain theme such as photography. These could take the form of expert guest speakers giving an eye-opening talk or an arts and crafts workshop where you can learn a new skill and make friends with people who have the same interests.
As well as a host of group activities, there’s plenty to do too in your free time at sea too. For those who want to sit back and relax, head to the pool, spa or library. Alternatively, why not enjoy a deck game of shuffleboard in the open air in a touch of friendly competition against other guests.
Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ fleet of six small and medium-sized ships are perfect for going to ports that are otherwise inaccessible for larger ships. This, coupled with fascinating enrichment presentations and craft workshops hosted by experts, make you experience every iconic port to the fullest.
Cruise and Maritime may give you a fantastic cruise as standard in their fleet of intimate adult-only ships, but there’s always the opportunity to treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation package. Be it a special occasion or just to make the most of your cruise, upgrading to Level One, Two or Three with Cruise and Maritime allows you to create the perfect cruise for you:
Solo travellers are also well looked after by CMV, with a good range of single occupancy cabins aboard each ship. As a solo cruiser you’ll often find fantastic rates for singles, as well as dedicated meet and greet events to make everyone feel truly welcome and at home. Benefits for those travelling alone:
We loved our cruise around Norway. The cabins were clean and comfortable. The steward attached to our deck was attentive and professional. The meals were outstanding, plentiful and tasty. Dinner in the restaurant at night was a fine dining experience . The hygiene of the ship was impeccable. Staff were continually cleaning banisters, door handles etc. The night time entertainment was amateurish but, in all honesty it was a small ship so it was to be expected. Ranauld, the excursion director did an admirable job ensuring people were able to get onto their choice of shore excursions. The booking of Shore excursions had proven to be particularly difficult as we had not been able to book shore excursions from Australia. Ranald went out of his way to meet each passengers Individual needs. In fact all staff were just so friendly, so obliging but always professional There was not a lot of daytime entertainment but the library was great, the daytime quizzes fun and other facilities adequate. Let’s face it this was a budget cruise but we were pleasantly surprised at the high standard. Yes, there were sometimes glitches when disembarking or lining up for dinner but these problems were quickly rectified . All in all, a great cruise. We were first time cruisers and we loved every minute.
Just returned from Northern Lights cruise on the Columbus. Sadly the departure was delayed by 1 day because of storms - unavoidable, but unfortunately resulted in 2 ports being missed out and replaced by 2 sea days. This had a negative impact on the cruise - a shame alternatives could not have been organised, especially as we then had to sail through a serious storm for over 2 days. The ship did cope well will extremely high winds and huge waves. However the rest of the itinerary was wonderful. Despite what other reviews say, the service and food were really excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation both speedy and efficient. The music in all 3 main bars was excepionally good and a real pleasure before and after dinner. The ship was very cold. It was a cruise to the arctic circle, but for 3 days we had thick ice on the INSIDE of the cabin window. No heating in cabin - and public areas were not warm. Complaints not resolved. Despite the negatives, we loved the ship and the trip as a whole.
We were very disappointed that we booked a cabin and found the beds cannot be converted to a double unless you book grade 12 or above. This is not shown or mentioned in CMV literature or on website. An old ship that has little soundproofing between cabins we found we were woken by revellers in the early hours each morning as they returned from late entertainment. Sadly we will be reluctant to travel again with CMV because the port of Bristol is a very convenient starting point for us.
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful ship nothing was to much trouble for the crew they were all brilliant. My husband is a chef and he said the food was beautiful. The captain is such a nice guy he has time for everyone of his passengers, if you guys are thinking of a cruise the COLUMBUS is the one. I can’t wait for my next cruise, I will become a cruise aholic for sure . I just love this ship, it’s just the right size to enjoy . I must stop as I will just keep talking about her. Thank you Tony fo my superb present, I adored it and need another one soon it must be the same ship .