Cruise and Maritime Voyages will not renew the charter contract for Astoria as it prepares to welcome two new ships to its fleet in 2021.

The 550-passenger vessel – formerly called Azores – joined the CMV fleet in January 2015 when it was renamed Astoria (pictured).

Astoria’s final season includes four cruises from Poole in March and April, plus three sailings from Hull in September and October.

In November, the line announced it was to acquire two ships to add to its fleet in 2021.

CMV will take delivery of P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn on March 2 and Pacific Aria on May 2, 2021.


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Chris Coates, CMV’s group commercial director, said: “Although we will be sad to say farewell to Astoria, especially as she has built up a strong and loyal following, we are excited at the prospect of Pacific Dawn (to be renamed) joining the fleet in 2021 and another traditional-style ship for the British cruise market.”

Last year CMV chief executive Christian Verhounig said the line was “firmly on course” to carry 200,000 passengers in 2021.