She will also be the oldest! Astoria was orginally launched in 1948, known then as Stockholm. The ship is famously known by many ship fans for sinking the ocean liner Andrea Doria. The two ships collided in the Atlantic Ocean in 1956. Now in her 69th year of service, Astoria is the oldest cruise ship curing the world's oceans.
The main reason I booked this cruise was because Astoria is due to leave the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet in May 2017. It is not yet clear what might happen to the ship currently. So taking no chances, I wanted to cruise on board this classic ocean liner before it was too late!
I'm now counting down the days until I board Astoria and set sail with Cruise & Maritime Voyages once again! (I'll be cruising with them yet again in June 2017, on the maiden voyage of their new flagship, Columbus!)