Next year the much loved Astoria, formerly known as Azores, will be leaving the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. Launched in 1946, she's the oldest cruise ship still in service. I have been keen to book a cruise on Astoria for a little while, but when I heard she was leaving I just had to go ahead and get booked.
In 2017 Astoria will offer a range of cruises from London, Tilbury, ranging from a 2 night mini cruise to 14 night cruises to the Northern Lights. Gavin and I are booked on a 3 night cruise which departs on 09 March 2017 and is the first cruise in the farewell season.
On our 3 night cruise we will visit Amsterdam and Antwerp, which Gavin and I have now visited quite a few times in recent years, but we love both cities and are very much looking forward to returning.
Although neither myself or Gavin have not yet cruised on Astoria we did visit her as Azores whilst she was still operated by Portuscale Cruises, just before she joined Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Our Cruise Ambassador, Jordan Bailey from Cruise Capital has cruised on her twice, so we know what's in store.
Astoria is by far not the most impressive and certainly not the largest ship, in fact she will be the smallest Gavin and I have yet cruised on. However, we want to experience this classic ocean liner, as this might be the last chance we will get.
I'm sure we will have a very enjoyable cruise experience nevertheless and we're confidence Cruise & Maritime Voyages will take good care of us again. Maybe we'll see you on board too?
Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!