Following in from her inaugural winter season sailing ‘down under’ for UK based Cruise And Maritime Voyages, the popular, 1981- built Astor will be returning to German company, Transocean, for an extensive season of summer voyages, before returning back to CMV for a second season in the Antipodes next winter.
After her return from her winter cruising season, the 21,000 ton Astor will be sailing for the German market, primarily from the ports of Kiel and Bremerhaven. All told, Astor will offer a series of fourteen cruises between May and October.
These cover everything from a one off, one night party cruise to a spectacular, thirty seven day voyage to and from Germany to Quebec, via the scenic highlights of Greenland. This can be also taken as a fly cruise one way, either to or from Canada.
In between, the ship sails to the summer highlights of the North Cape and the Norwegian Fjords, and also undertakes a string of cruises up into the Baltic. A fourteen night trip in May will highlight the British Isles, taking the shapely, beautifully styled German stalwart to ports such as Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh and Harwich. A second, shorter, nine night itinerary at the end of August includes visits to Milford Haven, Southampton, and St. Peter Port.
There’s also a unique opportunity to sample the Astor on a two day, one night ‘party cruise’ in Hamburg itself, sailing on August 2nd.
On November 5th 2014, Astor reverts to Cruise And Maritime, and embarks passengers at Tilbury for an epic voyage ‘down under’ that finally terminates in Fremantle on December 13th. The Astor sails via Le Havre, Lisbon, Tenerife and Ascension Island, then continues on to Cape Town, where she is due to arrive on November 26th.
From there, the Astor swings out across the South Pacific via Durban, Reunion and Mauritius, before finally arriving in Fremantle. From the western Australian port, the ship then embarks on a second season of cruises to the highlights of the South Pacific.
Astor is also offering the option of disembarking in Cape Town on this voyage,offering a one off chance in recreating the elegant heyday of the famous Union Castle Line.
This busy little ship offers one of the most extensive and interesting schedules of any ship afloat in 2014. From the icy vastness of Greenland and the stunning beauty of Canada’s Saint Lawrence Seaway, Astor takes in the secluded splendour of small Baltic enclaves like Visby, and the eternal grandeur of St. Petersburg. Fold in the Canary Islands and the stunning tableau of Cape Town’s famous bay en route to brash, breezy Fremantle, and you have a globe trotting little adventurer that literally takes on the world.