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CMV announces a new programme of sailings from Poole & Portsmouth in 2018

CMV announces a new programme of sailings from Poole & Portsmouth in 2018

Cruise and Maritime Voyages  is to add a further  seven UK sailings on board their 550 passenger Astoria from the South coast Port of Poole & Portsmouth International Port for a late summer and autumn 2018 programme featuring ten cruising holiday options.

Chris Coates, Commercial Director at CMV said “our strategic focus is to continue broadening the range of regional programmes and sailings from around the British Isles and we are delighted to add the south coast ports of Poole and Portsmouth to our portfolio. Local departures, convenience and bringing cruising closer to home is proving a big hit with our customer base and we now offer the most comprehensive choice of 16 different departure port options across the British Isles. Market demand from the southern counties has steadily increased in recent years and this new initiative is also responding to positive regional growth”.    

CMV has scheduled three departures from the Port of Poole plus two open jaw cruise combination options with return coach transfer options back from Portsmouth to Poole. The programme includes:

31 August 2018  for a  three nights weekend cruise to Rouen in France with an exciting navigation of the River Seine and the chance to watch the Bournemouth International Air Show*, 3 September for 12 nights cruise on a Grand British Isles Discovery voyage visiting 10 ports of call from £884pp, and Saturday, 15 September for a  special overnight Captain’s Gala Cruise to Portsmouth including a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. Fares start from £75pp.

Jim Stewart, Chief Executive, Poole Harbour Commissioners said “I am delighted that Cruise and Maritime Voyages has decided to use the new cruise berth in Poole in 2018. We look forward to working closely with CMV and are confident that Poole will become a key cruise port for the company going forwards. Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and is widely recognised for its spectacular natural beauty and the wide range of exciting tourism sites including the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, historic castles, stately homes and beautiful villages and towns close to the harbour.”

From the famous maritime city of Portsmouth Astoria will operate four different cruises. 16 September for 9 nights to the Norwegian fjords from £634pp, 25 September for 13 nights to the Baltic cities & St Petersburg from £869pp, 8 October for a 9 night European rivers & canals cruise from £599pp, 17 October for 14 nights Astoria goes in search of the Northern Lights in northern Norway from £929pp. 

Mike Sellers, Port Director at Portsmouth International Port said “This really is a case of our wonderful facilities and location selling themselves. We were delighted to meet representatives from CMV and show them how Portsmouth International Port could make its UK based cruises even more special for passengers. We’ve built a reputation for offering bespoke services to cruise operators with small and medium sized ships.  Astoria will feel right at home here, and her passengers will have the best start and end to their holidays as they cruise past the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Old Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard.”

 

New Pullman Express Coach Service

For even greater convenience, CMV has introduced a new Pullman Express Coach Service to Poole and Portsmouth offering 30 different regional pick ups across Dorset, Hampshire & Sussex from Lyme Regis in the west right along the coast to Hastings in the east. Also included is a service from London Victoria. Prices start from just £20pp.

On site port parking conveniently adjacent to the cruise terminals is also at both ports from £11 per night.

CMV’s new 3,500 passenger capacity south coast programme goes on sale on Wednesday 12th April 2017 with ‘Buy one get one Free” Early Booking Fares valid until Friday 30th June 2017.     

Fares quoted are per person including the buy one get one free discount offer based on the lead in twin share inner cabin excluding gratuities at  £5pp per night debited to the passenger’s on board account. Subject to availability. T’s and c’s apply. *Subject to final confirmation from organisers.

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