CMV adds new ship Azores to its fleet

CMV adds new ship Azores to its fleet

Ex-UK specialists Cruise & Maritime Voyages is to add a new ship to its fleet after the departure of All Leisure Group’s Discovery.

The 550-passenger Azores, will join CMV’s Marco Polo with sailings from Bristol, Tilbury and Hull for what the company describes as an English speaking, adult market.

It’s first sailing will be a 30-night voyage to the West Indies from Bristol Avonmouth.

CMV's Chris Coates & Rui Alegre
Chris Coates & Rui Alegre agreeing terms

The ship has been chartered from Portugal-based Portuscale on a long-term contract.

Chris Coates, commercial director of CMV commented: “Azores is an excellent, upgraded addition to our cruise fleet and has been affectionately and very well maintained by her owners.

“We are confident that Azores will prove to be a real winner with our dedicated growing number of loyal customers and will also attract new clients seeking smaller ship alternatives and regional ex-UK no fly cruise options.”

The vessel underwent a $150mn renovation in 1994 and now has nine balcony suites and 85% ocean view cabins.  Twenty percent of the 277 cabins are deluxe.

Rui Alegre chief executive officer of Portuscale Cruises added: “I’m a strong believer in developing close and long-term business partnerships.

“I’m very pleased to have concluded a charter with CMV and look forward to working closely with their team in successfully establishing Azores on to the British market.

“Azores is a beautiful ship and has been operating very well in achieving high levels of customer satisfaction. I am proud that she will be carrying CMV passengers next year and for many years to come.”

Cruise & Maritime is currently 95% booked up for its 2014 programme.

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