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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.

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Included dining

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.

Speciality dining

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:

  • Fusion- Indian cuisine onboard Columbus, Magellan and Marco Polo
  • The Grill- classic steakhouse onboard Columbus and Vasco Da Gama
  • Admiral’s Salon- Asian fusion onboard Astor
  • Commodore’s Salon- Mediterranean dishes onboard Astor
  • The Chef’s Table- a 9-course taster experience onboard Columbus, Magellan and Vasco da Gama

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:

  • Sinatra’s- lounge bar, perfect for a relaxing drink.
  • Tavernier’s- the atmosphere of a traditional British pub no matter where in the world you are.
  • Palladium Show Lounge- Main theatre onboard Columbus with a retractable stage for ballroom dancing.
  • Scott’s Bar- the nightclub on Marco Polo where cruisers can finish the night off in style.
  • Captain’s Club- piano bar on Marco Polo and Astoria, the perfect soundtrack to your evening.

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.

No-fly Cruises

Specialising in no-fly cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages offer sailings from regional departure ports across the UK, such as cruises from Tilbury, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff and Dundee.

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.

Fly Cruises

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.

Enrichment programs

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.

Recreation

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.

CMV Cruise Ships

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.

  • Vasco da Gama- joining the CMV fleet in 2019, guests can look forward to a solarium-style indoor pool area with retractable roof, making this the lively hub of the ship during the day from the sunny Mediterranean to the stunning Fjords.
  • Columbus- flagship of the fleet and popular for her extensive choice when it comes to dining and entertainment aboard.
  • Magellan- celebrated as the friendliest ship at sea, you’re sure to make great friends and have a wonderful time with like-minded guests.
  • Astor- dividing her time between Europe and Australia, segments of her twice-yearly repositioning cruises are extremely popular.
  • Astoria- a classic ocean liner sailing from many regional UK ports, this CMV cruise ship is ideal for those who want a reminiscent cruise experience with all the modern additions Cruise and Maritime’s discerning guests have come to expect as standard.
  • Marco Polo- the longest serving ship with CMV, Marco Polo has built up a loyal following thanks to her fantastic mix of intimate atmosphere and wide range of venues.

Upgrade your Cruise and Maritime Experience

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:

  • Level One- when you upgrade to Level One you will find yourself in a De Luxe Balcony Cabin on Columbus, Junior Suite on Magellan or De Luxe Cabin on Marco Polo. Including these more spacious and high-end accommodations, you will also receive priority embarkation, an atlas, binoculars and umbrella for your use as part of your upgrade as well as tea and coffee facilities, a chargeable mini-bar, fresh fruit and wine when you arrive, bathrobes and slippers, and bottled water.
  • Level Two- by upgrading to Level Two, you stay in a Junior Balcony Suite on Columbus, De Luxe Suite on Magellan, a Junior Suite on Marco Polo or De Luxe Junior Suite on Astoria, and De Luxe Suites on Vasco da Gama. In these cabins you will find, in addition to the benefits listed in Level One, canapés every evening and a laundry washing service, as well as access to the ship’s DVD collection.
  • Level Three- upgrading to Level Three will see you staying in a Royal Suite on Magellan, De Luxe Suite on Marco Polo, Senator & Astor Suite on Astor, the De Luxe Balcony Suite or Owner's Suite on Astoria and the Royal Penthouse Suite on Vasco da Gama. Not only do you get to stay in the finest accommodation onboard these fantastic CMV ships, in addition, you will also receive a laundrette and ironing service, reading materials and guaranteed seating choice at dinner.

Solo travellers

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:

  • special events for solo travellers to meet each other
  • a limited number of cabins set aside for single occupancy with up to 50% saving

Customer reviews for Magellan

  • Magellan
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 22 Sep 2019

We booked a mini cruise sailing to Dublin and the Scilly Isles, The Scilly isles destination was cancelled due to bad weather which was very dissapointing as this was the main reason why we had booked. The ship called into Cork instead - not quite the same!!! On the first night every one was told to make their way to the Waldorf restaurant - long queues quickly formed around the serving stations caused by food trays running low on food and having to be replaced - this caused the queues to come to a standstill. Many people gave up and settled for a starter salad instead (better than nothing I suppose) - this was of course when the salad station could be reached - it was being blocked by the snaking queue of passengers around the restaurant. A couple sharing our table could not get a bottle of wine due to lack of wine waiters.

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  • Magellan
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 19 Sep 2019

Recently returned from Norwegian Ffords cruise . Embarkation at Liverpool swift . Ship clean staff very helpful nothing to much trouble them . Found the food to be of excellent quality and plentiful . Entertainment not up to much . Comedian and Magician excellent but the rest was very mediocre. Shops on board poor with prices much more expensive than high street with some perfume 3 times the high times the high street price. But I didn’t book cruise to shop. Would definitely use again

  • Magellan
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • 19 Sep 2019

Found the ship a little dated but extremely clean and tidy, food in the restaurants was excellent but very little choice in the buffet. Most of the staff friendly and welcoming but was most disappointed with the entertainment, found the comedian out of his depth and unable to communicate with the audience and most people left the show, found the other performers very amateurish but was thoroughly entertained by Rustie Lee. On the plus side all the 3 main male singers, the cruise director his assistant and Liam had excellent voices and were wasted among the rest of the cast.

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