At just 20,600 GT, the 620-passenger Astor is an intimate cruise ship, joint operated by British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and its German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten. It mainly sails the waters of Northern Europe during the summer with TransOcean, and the winter months with Cruise & Maritime Voyages operating in the warmth of Australia. Built in 1986, it has a near-identical sister currently sailing as Saga Pearl II.
Despite her small size, Astor has everything you need to enjoy a leisurely cruise experience. Her spacious interiors and accommodation, make her a perfect ship to sail on long, exotic voyages. Although lacking a variety of onboard bars, Astor is more like a floating home, where the atmosphere is warm and friendly and striking a conversation with new people is a breeze. Astor is the perfect ship for destination-focused people, wanting a relaxed and sociable cruise experience.
Waldorf Restaurant (Deck 6, aft)At the aft of Deck 6 is the Waldorf Restaurant, the main dining room on Astor. Operating on two fixed sittings for dinner, sumptuous food is consumed here each evening. Most tables seat more than four people, emphasising a social affair, however several smaller tables for two and four are available, for a more intimate dining experience. The Waldorf is also open for a more formal breakfast and lunch.
Admiral's Restaurant / The Romantic & Commodore's Restaurant / Toscana (Deck 6, aft)Unlike other Cruise & Maritime Voyages ships, Astor features two speciality restaurants when operating in Australia. Admiral's Restaurant serves Asian dishes, as well as curries from India and stir-fries from Singapore and Malaysia. The Mediterranean-inspired Commodore's Restaurant offers classic Italian dishes. When operating for TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, Admiral's, renamed The Romantic, offers a formal dinner affair, with fine wines, and succulent cuts of meat. Commodore's is renamed Toscana, and continues to serve Italian cuisine.
Übersee Club (Deck 7, aft)The Übersee Club is the self-service buffet restaurant on Astor and feels very spacious. The buffet consists of two separate counters, one for cold and fresh items, such as salads, sandwiches and vegetables, and the other for hot dishes, such as stews, curries, potatoes and pasta. A small table hosts two cauldrons of soup and a bread basket. A dessert counter and coffee station is located on the opposite side of the buffet. Large sliding doors can be opened onto the large outdoor sun terrace, where guests can choose to dine al fresco. An outdoor grill, serving burgers and fries, opens on sunny days.
Astor Lounge (Deck 6, fwd)Almost all of Astor's facilities are situated on Promenade Deck 6, expect for its namesake, the promenade. Astor Lounge is the main show lounge onboard, and is home to production shows and guest entertainers. The warm, inviting colours of the seating, in addition to the large windows running the length of the show lounge, makes this venue not only a popular place in the evening, but also a fantastic place to spend the day. Several restricted sight lines and chairs that face away from the stage, were some issues we identified with the lounge, but overall the show lounge is a very good size for a ship of Astor's size.
Wellness Centre (Deck 4, mid)Located on Caribic Deck 4, the Wellness Centre is very impressive, considering the size of Astor. The large indoor heated pool, relaxing loungers, and refreshing sauna, are a great way to spend some time on a cold, overcast day at sea.
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