Cruise & Maritime Voyages is proud of its particular British style of cruising that is perfectly attuned to the tastes of its customer base.

The traditional Columbus lounge on-board Cruise and Maritime's Marco Polo

Marco Polo – Columbus lounge

Entertainment, drinks and food are British through and through as part of the line’s determination to provide a good, solid product that ticks the right boxes rather than some of the more ambitious all-singing, all dancing models of its rivals.

With prices sitting more at the lower end of the market, CMV is all about offering value for money.

The exterior of Cruise & Maritime Voyage's Marco Polo cruise ship

Cruise and Maritime Voyages – Marco Polo

The cruise line launched in 2010 and has since gone from strength to strength, increasing the size of its fleet with newer ships that have not only helped to modernise its brand, but boosted its standing in the market.

The oldest ship – Marco Polo – which was built in 1965 is still a stalwart and has a strong following among customers, but the last few years have seen CMV add Magellan, which formerly sailed for Carnival Cruise Line; and more recently Columbus, which was previously P&O Cruises’ popular ship Arcadia before sailing for its offshoot Ocean Village.

A whirlpool on the pool deck of Cruise and Maritime's Magellan cruise ship

Magellan – the pool deck

Adding larger and newer ships to the fleet has massively extended CMV’s reach, turning it into a global operator with the introduction of world cruises.

It is a process that started when the line introduced the first of its new ships, Astor, which joined in 2013 and spends around six months each winter sailing in Australian waters, with southbound voyages from the UK to Australia departing each October and returning the following March.

Buffet dining on-board Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo

Marco Polo – dining

However, closer to home, CMV has built on its base at the Essex port of Tilbury and added a network of departure ports around the UK, ranging from Bristol Avonmouth and Newcastle to Dundee and Cardiff.

Sailings in Northern Europe have been bolstered by CMV’s winter series of Northern Lights cruises and festive Christmas market cruises, while themed voyages have been another success story with an increasing range of interests that include gardening, comedy and crafts.

A Deluxe Balcony Ocean View cabin on-board Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Columbus

Deluxe Balcony Ocean View cabin

The arrival of Columbus – the line’s new flagship – has sparked Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ first family cruises with multi-generational sailings aimed at customers wanting to bring their grandchildren on-board.

It is yet another string to CMV’s expanding bow, and if you would like to experience it for yourself, why not find your perfect sailing, below?

Sara Macefield
Sara Macefield is an award-winning travel journalist of more than 20 years standing, and has spent the last decade writing about the cruise industry – exploring the world's oceans and rivers on ships of all sizes. Having notched up more than 100 cruises, her most memorable trips have been to Alaska with its superb wildlife, and sailing along Burma’s remote Chindwin River to villages far off the tourist track. She writes regularly for The Times and Daily Telegraph and has written for the Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Express and Woman & Home Magazine.

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