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Cruise & Maritime Voyages is Britain’s leading independent cruise line, expanding further having recently acquired their newest ship to their fleet; Vasco da Gama.

Sailing into Tilbury, London for the first time on Thursday June 6, following completion of her spectacular maiden voyage from Singapore, the occasion was celebrated with a special Gala evening, a chance to share Cruise and Maritimes pride of place in the industry with the Commercial Director Chris Coates, followed by talks from head of department staff and a taste of onboard entertainment.

The evening was completed by a feast of delights freshly prepared by expert on board chefs and ShowTime continued into the night with a magnificent musical production in the Hollywood show lounge and a chance to dance the night away in the panoramic Dome nightclub.

Throughout the evening was a splendid chance to look around at Vasco da Gama’s glamourous traditional décor and spectacular facilities which include the two-tiered ‘Hollywood’ show lounge, The Dome, with its panoramic seascapes, a choice of five lounge bars, three main Restaurants which offer flexible sittings for dining and two swimming pools. The main pool has the benefit of a retractable roof.

My visit proved this new addition promises to continue to offer the tradition of Cruise and Maritime’s affordable lavish cruises.

The new ship will be deployed and dedicated to both the German and Australasian cruise markets. During the northern summer (May-October) the ship will operate under CMV’s

German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten and during the Australian summer season (December-March) from Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide, offering a more traditional scenic cruise experience. However UK customers can choose to sail on either the Southbound to Australia or Northbound to Britain journeys, offering remarkable voyages at great value.

Vasco da Gama further adds to cruise and Maritime’s already highly expansive portfolio of cruise voyages on offer for all seasons, including themed cruises and a chance to visit some of Europe’s finest Christmas Markets.

Tanya Mancini

Bowled over again by CMV’s cricket cruise

If the current One Day World Cup cricket has been enjoyable then a treat is in store. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is delighted to offer another Cricketing Legends Themed cruise sailing onboard Columbus from London Tilbury 3 November 2019. Cruising on a South Norway Discovery & Oslo itinerary, Columbus will cruise Oslofjord and call at Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger. Fares are available from £419pp, included in the current Buy one, get one half price offer.

During the Cricketing Legends Themed cruise, passengers can enjoy a special cricket theme programme headed up by TV presenter Nick Hancock, host of ‘They Think It’s All Over’. On Board Cricket themed events include; watching big screen cricketing highlights, the Question of Cricket Challenge – Butcher v Gooch, an audience with Graham Gooch and Roland Butcher, and a chance to informally meet some cricket legends. Nick Hancock will be joined on board by Team Butcher; Roland Butcher, Paul Downton, Paul Grayson and Team Gooch; Graham Gooch OBE, Ray East and Jack Shantry.

Columbus sails on a six-night South Norway Discovery & Oslo itinerary, cruising through Oslofjord (Norway), calling at Oslo (Norway), Kristiansand (Norway), Stavanger (Norway) and returning to London Tilbury. Highlights of this Nordic cruise include; calling in Norway’s capital Oslo, located at the head of the Oslofjord, the city is an engaging mix of old and new with its medieval Akershus Fortress, modern City Hall and cutting-edge Opera House.

Kristiansand sits on Norway’s southern tip, a small 17th-century town with a marina, museums and shops. And, in Stavanger, echoes of its proud maritime heritage live on, its’ 18th-century old town has one of northern Europe’s best-preserved communities of wooden houses.

Optional excursions during Columbus’ South Norway Discovery & Oslo cruise include the chance to explore Oslo and visit the Cathedral, Parliament House and National Theatre, all found in the city’s main thoroughfare, Karl Johans Gate, which runs through the centre up to the attractive Royal Palace. The marvellous Viking Ship Museum and Kon Tiki Museum tell of Norway’s rich seafaring history, or passengers can visit the remarkable Vigeland Sculpture Park. Calling in Stavanger provides the opportunity to take one of the most popular excursions from Norway’s fourth largest city, a visit to the Iron Age Farm at Ullanhaug, giving a fascinating insight into life in the area 1,500 years ago.

The fare quoted is based on two people sharing a twin inner cabin and includes delicious full board cuisine, afternoon teas and late-night snacks, Captain’s Cocktail Party, complimentary tea & coffee 6am to midnight, big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, daytime activities and leisure facilities, guest speaker and arts & crafts, porterage of luggage, port to cabin and port taxes. For greater convenience CMV operate an automatic tipping system on board, so instead of worrying how much and when to tip, an amount of £7pp per night will be debited to the passenger’s on-board account.
Latest prices and full details can be found at www.cruiseandmaritime.com
Reservations & new booking enquiries: www.cruiseandmaritime.com or call 0844 998 3858

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