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UK Cruise Line (CMV) Collapses Due to 'Seismic Proportions' of Pandemic

21st July 2020
A "body blow" for British cruisers as Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) falls into administration. AFLOAT's photo in Dublin Bay of CMV's first cruiseship, Marco Polo entered service for the UK based operator a decade ago using regional ports throughout Britain as embarkation locations. The much admired veteran vessel with an elegant profile began as a Soviet era cruise-liner, proved popular with British clientele offering domestic cruises and overseas, but was also a familar sight calling to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh) in recent years. In addition running Festive Season and New Year mini-cruises from the UK calling to Dublin and Cobh.  Afloat also featured Marco Polo on a the North Sea Hull-Harwich mini-cruise (see: Cruise Liners -2018) Another fleetmate Magellan in more recent times 'homeported' out of the Irish capital and Cobh for the domestic market. A "body blow" for British cruisers as Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) falls into administration. AFLOAT's photo in Dublin Bay of CMV's first cruiseship, Marco Polo entered service for the UK based operator a decade ago using regional ports throughout Britain as embarkation locations. The much admired veteran vessel with an elegant profile began as a Soviet era cruise-liner, proved popular with British clientele offering domestic cruises and overseas, but was also a familar sight calling to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh) in recent years. In addition running Festive Season and New Year mini-cruises from the UK calling to Dublin and Cobh. Afloat also featured Marco Polo on a the North Sea Hull-Harwich mini-cruise (see: Cruise Liners -2018) Another fleetmate Magellan in more recent times 'homeported' out of the Irish capital and Cobh for the domestic market. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

A UK cruise operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has gone into administration, with the “global pandemic of seismic proportions” being blamed for its demise.

The line, writes The Telegraph, which has six ships in its fleet and was founded in 2010, has “ceased trading with immediate effect”, according to administrators Duff & Phelps. It comes after concerns were raised last month that the company was in desperate need of additional funding – which it said it was “confident” of securing.

There are no passengers on board any of CMV’s vessels, with all operations paused since March. It has been due to resume sailing on August 25. All future bookings have been cancelled.

Customers who had trips booked can find out how to get their money back on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ website. The company mainly sold cruise packages, which are protected by ABTA, and a smaller number of flight-inclusive packages which are protected by ATOL.

For much from the newspaper click here. 

In addition Afloat adds a link to CMV website which announced its news of administration (yesterday, 20 July) and advice for clients of the operator click here

The classic cruiseship once a former Soviet era liner, was a frequent caller to Irish ports over the last decade and of recent years fleetmate Magellan which 'homeported' out of Dublin Port and Cork (Cobh) catering for the Irish marketplace.

Published in Cruise Liners
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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