Cruise & Maritime Voyages, the UK’s newest privately owned cruise line, is planning to expand its operations into Western Australia.
The city of Fremantle, located on the Swan River and whose harbour serves Perth, will be the beneficiary of one of Cruise & Maritime home-ported ships, the Astor.
The Astor will travel to Western Australia in December 2013 and it is anticipated that the 620-passenger ship will be very well-received upon arrival. Indeed, there was some disappointment in the community after the cancellation of the cruise seasons from P&O and Classic International Cruises’ Athena. The decision to bring the Astor to Fremantle will bring a tourist boost to the local economy.
The Astor will sail from Fremantle during the summer on 15 cruises. On 5 November the cruise ship will sail from Rome to Western Australia and will then embark on an African cruise, leaving Fremantle on 1 April 2014. CMV has also announced that they will be setting up a sales office in Sydney.
“We are extremely pleased to be entering the Australian cruise market and to introduce a new era of luxury ocean cruises on a premium ship from Fremantle Port to the loyal WA cruising market…The success of the mid size traditional ship business model, since it was launched in 2004, demonstrates that this niche sector has a significant place in the Australian cruise industry.”
— Christian Verhounig, chairman and CEO of CMV
About the Astor:
The Astor was originally launched in 1987. It was most recently refurbished during 2010 and received a 14 million dollar enhancement. The Astor has already travelled to the east coast of Australia during 2011, and its great news that the ship will now be home-ported in Fremantle. Passengers onboard the Astor can take advantage of a wide range of exciting activities and luxury facilities. For instance, throughout the seven decks of the ship there are four restaurants, two swimming pools, five different lounges and even a golf driving range. The restaurants include the Waldorf Restaurant, the Romantic, the Toscana Dining Rooms and the more informal Club Bistro.
In terms of activities, there are some great options onboard, including various spas, and different outdoor and indoor pools. For those looking for some serious relaxation passengers can indulge at the massage parlour or in the saunas and whirlpools. And for something more active, if you want to stay fit, the ship offers volleyball, tennis, a jogging track and an entire fitness centre. But of course, most passengers choose a cruise for the level of relaxation it offers. The Astor contains a range of bars to suit every taste, from the Captain’s Club, the Sun Terrace, the Ubersee Club & Hanse Bar, and the Astor Theatre Main show Lounge. With pool rooms and a library onboard, there is no shortage of what to do on the ship. It’s easy to see why the arrival of the Astor in Western Australia is great news for potential passengers but also for the population of Fremantle.