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CMV Cruises latest cruise ship

Discussion in 'Other Cruise Lines' started by Neil, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Neil

    Neil Deckhand

    The ex P & O Cruises 1990 built 63,786 grt cruise ship ' Arcadia ' is joining the fleet of the UK operated CMV Cruises fleet in May 2017 as the ' Columbus ' !

    It appears she may have been chartered and not bought as happened with the ' Magellan ' which had been part of the Carnival Cruises fleet and still retains her winged funnel which looks magnificent in her new CMV Cruises colour scheme.

    A check of arrivals at the Australian port of Sydney for February 2020 shows the ' Columbus ' back operating regular cruises from that port under her present name of ' Pacific Pearl ' !

    In 2020 P & O Cruises UK will get their large new 160,000 grt cruise ship and it is possible that the last two smaller older cruise ships they operate,' mv Oriana and Aurora ' , which were built when P & O Cruises was British owned, could leave their fleet.

    Already the present ' mv Oriana ' is listed on a ship brokers website for sale at US $ 200, million so it is possible that she could be bought and join the other CMV Cruises UK operated cruise ships.

    As the Carnival group do not seem bothered to whom they sell their old cruise ships it would be great if CMV Cruises did buy her as a replacement for what appears to now be the chartered ' Columbus ' and then operated her on the UK market with either her present name or use an earlier P & O UK operated cruise ship name such as ' Chusan ' or ' Himalaya ' from when the company was British owned !

    Picture of the new CMV Cruises ship ' Columbus ' below and the present P & O Cruises 1995 built 69,840 grt ' mv Oriana ' . The P & O Cruises ' Aurora ' is 75,152 grt and entered service in 2000 !

    07.02.2017 Columbus- new.jpg
  2. jant

    jant Deckhand

    hi neil, we re booked on a around uk in sept on the discovery,,,,, i agree it would be wonderful to see the oriana with cmv!

  3. Neil

    Neil Deckhand

    Hi John

    Even though I remain a shareholder in Carnival, from the days of when it bought P & O and Princess Cruises and we had P & O shares from the profit sharing scheme then run I do not like the cut backs that Carnival now make on the UK based P & O ships ! ( The number of the old P & O shares we held were divided by 50% and then issued again as Carnival shares or we could have sold the original P & O shares to the new owners of P & O ! ) In the Carnival UK office in Southampton they have someone who was once one of my junior assistants and who now visits and travels on the UK operating Carnival Group owned ships, P & O, Princess, and Cunard, looking at ways to increase their earnings by cutbacks or extra charges !

    All the CMV cruises are about 25 % cheaper than a same length one on P & O plus their single supplement is also a lot lower. I know their ships are older and only three star but I think they offer far better value for money and have friends at the Royal College of Surgeons in London who now will only go on CMV and not P & O.

    Being older cruise ships you will get the odd problem but that was the fun of cruising back in the 1960's and 1970's ! Then there was no floating holiday theme parks with a hotel attached which is what I call these new mega cruise ships which are also too big to visit many ports so you are trapped on board and spending more money and making more profit for the ship's owners !

    CMV also drydock their own ships every year for maintenance where as P & O and most other larger companies now go from three and five years between drydocks information of which can be found on some of the other companies own websites !

    What is not generally known is that behind the CMV Cruises company all their own ships have a Greek ship owner who looks after his fleet of classic cruise ships ! lol

    Picture attached of their ' Marco Polo ' which having been built in 1965 as an atlantic service liner, operating between Europe and Canada, celebrated her 50 years in service in 2015 with two sold out round trip cruises to Canada from the UK having last visited there in 1989 !

    Recent picture of her attached.
    14.02.2017 marco polo.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017