Published on Monday, June 30, 2014
Cruise & Maritime Voyages will introduce the 550-passenger classic cruise ship Azores to its fleet in 2015, replacing Discovery out of the UK.
Operating alongside Marco Polo, it will be dedicated to the British and English speaking markets as an adult-only product for cruisers aged 16 years and over.
Azores will operate year-round sailings from Bristol Avonmouth on 26 January 2015 with a 30-night CMV maiden voyage to the West Indies.
Azores will also be sailing from Hull and London Tilbury with programme highlights including; the Solar Eclipse & Northern Lights, Seville Fiesta, Summertime Gardens & Medieval Cities and a Scottish themed Edinburgh Festival cruise.
The Azores has been chartered from Lisbon based Portuscale Cruises on a long term basis.
All crewing and ship management services will be handled directly by CMV in line with the services provided by Marco Polo and Astor.
Azores has a main show lounge, an auditorium, nightclub, casino, bars and lounges, two dining venues and a marbled reception.
Of the 277 cabins, 85% have an ocean view and almost 20% are of a de-luxe standard, including nine balcony suites. All cabins also have a bath tub and mini bar.
Full details of the Azores programme, alongside Marco Polo and Astor, will be unveiled next week.
Discovery will continue to be used by CMV until October 2014.
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