November 15, 2019 - From May 1, 2020, MS ASTOR will no longer operate for TransOcean cruises. The well-tried cruise ship, popular with regular German customers, bears the name “Jules Verne” from then on. It's just thate ship of the newly founded cruise company CMV France based in Marseille. Before that, MS ASTOR will complete a 128-day trip around the world from Hamburg to Bremerhaven in winter 2020/2021.
MS ASTOR entered service in 1987. Between 1988 and 1995 the ship was named Fedor Dostojevskiy; it has been running under its original name since 1996. The 176 meter long classic car has a capacity of 578 passengers with double occupancy. The British operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has been behind the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand since 2013. The company operates several classic cruise ships.
MS ASTOR in Norway
The management of TransOcean Kreuzfahrten announces that details on the further development of the TransOcean family will be communicated shortly. What is certain is that MS ASTOR will again be offering its regular customers cruises under the TransOcean brand in summer 2020. This is followed by a 128-day trip around the world. It begins in Hamburg and ends in Bremerhaven. Before MS ASTOR leaves the German market forever at the end of April 2021, fans can expect a special nine-day farewell cruise. One can (still) speculate about the goals of this trip.
The MS VASCO DA GAMA, which was recently renovated for 2,5 million euros, will serve as a replacement in the future. The ship, designed for 1.150 passengers and measured at 55.820 GT, joined the CMV fleet this year. It previously operated for P&O Cruises Australia under the name "Pacific Eden". In the summer season it is used by TransOcean cruises. It goes without saying that German will then be offered as the language on board. Other CMV cruise ships are the MS COLUMBUS and the MS MAGELLAN.
MS MAGELLAN in Hamburg
English is the language on board on these ships. All CMV cruise ships stand for classic cruise experiences. You deliberately avoid the hustle and bustle of modern large ships.