Astor to sail into the sunset for farewell season
After six years of cruising from Fremantle and Adelaide and carrying more than 115,000 guests, Astor will sail Australian shores with Cruise & Maritime Voyages for the last time in March 2019.
Agents can take advantage of CMV’s ‘Extend your Escape’ (back-to-back) offers for travellers experiencing the boutique ship between December 2018 and March 2019 with destinations including Kangaroo Island, Bali, Hobart, Busselton (in the Margaret River region) and Geographe Bay.
Back-to-back cruises are popular with CMV’s clientele and one particularly loyal passenger has booked nine consecutive voyages on Astor this season according to Dean Brazier, Managing Director of CMV Australia.
“We believe our guests keep returning because of the intimate atmosphere and personalised service on our ships, and our new offer provides the ideal opportunity to see more of Australia for less.
“In the upcoming season a guest could sail from Fremantle to Adelaide via Esperance for five nights before heading off on a three-night cruise sampling the delights of Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. They could then sail around Tasmania to experience its natural wonders, history, and culinary attractions for an additional seven nights.
“Summer is arguably the best time to cruise these destinations with plenty of opportunities to cool off at some of Australia’s most pristine beaches,” said Mr Brazier.
Guests booking any back-to-back voyages for Astor’s 2018/19 Australian season until 31 August 2018 will receive a bonus 20% off already reduced fares (for new bookings – example further below). Three-night cruises start from just $679 per person twin-share with the second guest traveling for half price.
Astor – fun facts and figures (based on conclusion of 2018/19 season on 10 March 2019)
· Number of guests sailed: 115,343
· Number of consecutive voyages one guest has cruised: 9
· Number of nights sailed aboard Astor by one guest: 497
· Nautical miles sailed in Australian waters: 129,036
· Number of afternoon teas served: 2,867
· Number of birthdays and anniversaries celebrated on board: 482
· Amount of prawns served on board: over 13,000 kg
Example of Extend your Escape offer:
Two guests might cruise on the Tasmanian Explorer (7 nights) voyage from $4,038 per cabin as well as the Coastal Experience (3 nights) from $1,738 per cabin (ordinarily $5,776 per cabin for both voyages combined).
With the Back to Back Bonus 20 percent discount as well as the existing 20 percent off and the second guest travelling half price, guests would only pay $1,942 per cabin for the Tasmanian Explorer and $838 per cabin for the Coastal Experience.
In comparison with the original fares, guests save a minimum of $2996 per cabin for this combination of cruises.
CMV’s new ship Vasco da Gama will join the fleet from April 2019 and will begin its first Australian season in December 2019.
For further information visit CMVAustralia.com or agents can contact their local CMV Sales Representative.
Terms & Conditions: Fares shown are cruise only, per person twin-share, in AUD and include all savings, discounts, port and government charges (including GST when applicable). Inclusions are indicative only and may be subject to change. ^Offers are valid for new bookings only made from Monday 25 June until Friday 31 August and can be combined with current 20 percent + Buy One Get One Half Price promotion. Applicable to voyages A903 to A920 inclusive. Bookings must be consecutive and discount may apply to two or more cruises. Offer is not combinable with Columbus Club discounts. Same cabin on both voyages not guaranteed. On “Buy One Get One Half Price” offer, both 1st and 2nd passenger must be booked together and travel in the same cabin to be eligible. Prices and availability correct as at 20/6/18. Prices differ for triple or quad share. Prices are governed by the CMV terms and conditions. Offer can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Gratuities not included. Non-refundable deposit required within 5 days of conﬁrmation, balance due 90 days prior to sailing. Amendment/cancellation fees and booking conditions apply. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. E&OE. For all terms and conditions that apply, please visit CMVAustralia.com.
CMV benefits for agents
Cruise & Maritime Voyages enjoys a strong relationship with its trade partners with:
· fully commissionable cruise fares including taxes and port charges;
· dedicated Sales & Business Development Managers based all over Australia; and
· a local Marketing & Reservations team based in Adelaide.
About Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is Australia’s leading independent cruise line, offering a traditional, boutique cruise experience and exceptional value. Next year marks the company’s 10th anniversary and over the past decade the cruise line has become known for its relaxed, convivial ambience, exacting standards and high levels of attentive personal service aboard each of the five small to mid-sized ships. This is reinforced by a customer satisfaction rating of 95 percent.
CMV has been operating for six years in Australia with its charming Astor winning the hearts of cruise lovers around the region and its new ship Vasco da Gama to launch in 2019.
Nosing into smaller harbours off-limits to many others, CMV offers a range of exciting itineraries around Australia out of Adelaide and Fremantle, as well as through Asia, South America, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, visiting Iceland, Greenland, the Baltics, Norwegian Fjords, Northern Lights, British Isles and more.
CMV’s global fleet comprises Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, and from April 2019, Vasco da Gama.
More about Astor
Known for her classic styling and warm, country-club ambiance, the intimate Astor carries just 600 guests in 289 staterooms and has built an enviable reputation for traditional boutique cruising in both Australia and Germany. At 21,000 tonnes, she noses into harbours off-limits to many of the larger ships and offers sensational cuisine and a range of beverages in four dining venues and two lounges. As well as an indoor and outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a gym, state-of-the-art spa and an expansive sports deck. Guests can also relish spectacular cabaret-style entertainment in the Astor Show Lounge, relax in the onboard library or indulge their competitive side in the Card Room.