Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ 550-passenger Astoria is set to leave the British cruise line’s fleet after the vessel completes a short 2017 micro-season.
The cruise line has announced that the world’s oldest passenger cruise ship still in service will leave the fleet after its final cruise in April 2017, a 10-night round-Britain itinerary from Amsterdam to London Tilbury.
It is unclear what fate lies ahead for the 12,000 GT ship, launched in 1946. The ship will once again be chartered to French tour operator, Rivages Du Monde from May until September 2017. Whether the ship will be sailing with another operator after September 2017, or if Astoria will be heading for the scrapyard is still unknown.
To mark the farewell of the ex-ocean liner, Cruise & Maritime Voyages is offering buy one get one free fares, up to £1,000 onboard credit per cabin, a complimentary one category upgrade, plus free or half price parking at the port of Tilbury for bookings made between July 1 and August 31, 2016.
Astoria will operate 8 sailings with the cruise line between March 9 and April 27, 2017 from London Tilbury, with the option of also joining the ship in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.