World’s Oldest Cruise Ship To Leave Cruise & Maritime Voyages
It’s farewell, but not goodbye to Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astoria.
In an era of 5,000-pax cruise ships featuring things like roller-coasters, bumper cars and surfing simulators, it’s amazing that Astoria is still sailing at all.
The 550-passenger vessel was built in 1948 as a transatlantic ship named Stockholm. CMV has now announced that it will sail its farewell season out of Tilbury, UK in March and April 2017, culminating with a 10-night round-Britain itinerary.
But there’s still some life in the nearly 70-year-old girl. A spokesman for CMV says that following the spring season Astoria will sail under charter with the French cruise line Rivages du Monde.
The news follows the March announcement that CMV will add P&O Cruises Australia's Pacific Pearl -- renamed Columbus -- to its fleet in June 2017.
Previously named Azores, and undergoing a $150 million refit in 1994, Astoria joined the CMV fleet in January 2015.