Where Is the Astor Cruise Ship Now?

By Anna Duncan

The Astor Cruise ship is a mid-sized cruise ship owned by Transocean Tours and chartered to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV). It was built in 1988 by the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland and originally operated for Costa Cruises under the name “Costa Classica”.

The Astor has 11 decks, three swimming pools, two jacuzzis, a fitness center and a spa. It also has six bars and lounges as well as several restaurants, including the main dining room, an Italian restaurant, a buffet restaurant and an al fresco grill restaurant.

The ship also features a casino, library, Internet cafe and duty-free shops. It can accommodate up to 800 passengers in 463 cabins.

The Astor has been serving passengers since its first sailing in 1988. Since then it has travelled to many destinations around Europe such as France, Italy, Spain and Greece as well as the Canary Islands and Norway. In 2014 it made its first voyage to Australia before being renamed the Astor later that year.

Since then the Astor has been sailing around Europe during the summer months before heading back to Australia during winter offering cruises to destinations such as New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. In 2016, it was announced that CMV had extended its charter until 2021 meaning passengers will be able to enjoy cruising with the Astor for at least another four years.

Where is the Astor Cruise Ship Now?

The Astor Cruise Ship is currently sailing around Europe for CMV offering cruises to destinations such as Norway, France and Spain before heading back down under for winter cruises in Australia as well as other South Pacific islands like New Zealand, Vanuatu and Fiji. The ship will be operating under CMV’s charter until at least 2021 meaning passengers can enjoy cruises with this mid-sized cruise liner for at least another four years.