CRUISING WITH CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES
Cruise & Maritime Voyages offers exceptional value cruises aboard the exquisite Marco Polo and accomplished Ocean Countess.
Traditional Cruises of Distinction
For many years Cruise & Maritime have specialised in providing "Ex-UK" "No Fly" cruising holidays aboard smaller and medium sized classic and more traditional style ships. They believe these vessels, offer a more leisurely and friendly 'home from home' style of cruising and maritime experience and are accessible to a much wider choice of interesting and remote ports of call.
It was from here that the origins of Cruise & Maritime Voyages began in realising that many seasoned and first time British cruisers alike from our seafaring nation, indeed, still prefer the more traditional cruising experience. However, if you are looking for vast shopping malls and atriums, swimming pools with large flumes, ice skating, and even rock climbing options, the Cruise & Maritime Voyages cruising experience is not for you. These features plus many more can be found on one of the newer breed of mega resort style ships where you will be in the company of up to 3,500 passengers.
The Cruise & Maritime emphasis will be very much on attaining high levels of customer satisfaction and attentive and friendly service standards and will strive to ensure that their passengers return home with many fond memories.
The Ever Popular Marco Polo
Over recent years the 800 passenger, 22,000 tonnes Marco Polo has built up a strong following and reputation on the British market offering a fine tradition of destination cruising offering a great value cruising experience. Marco Polo is positioned as a 'child free' ship operating exclusively for adult passengers with her home port at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury.
The Ocean Countess
Cruise & Maritime are proud to welcome the 800 passenger, 17,500 tonnes Ocean Countess to the fleet following a £3 million refurbishment programme. She began service as the popular Cunard Countess and at the time became one of the best-known ships to sail the Caribbean Sea and a favourite on the British market. Ocean Countess will operate year round sailings from eight different British ports including London Tilbury, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh Leith, Greenock, Liverpool, Plymouth and Falmouth bringing cruising closer to home and added convenience for many new and past passengers.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES LIFE ON BOARD SHIP
The start of your cruise holiday is important too and should be a stress-free experience that allows you to step on board suitably relaxed and ready to be pampered and waited on during the days ahead. As the programme sails out of the UK, your cruise starts conveniently from a British port.
Your check-in formalities will take place in the relaxed atmosphere of a passenger terminal and whilst a little queuing is inevitable, (we are British, after all!) you will soon have your personalised Cruisecard in your hand and be making your way along the gangway into the Reception Foyer. Here stewards will assist you with your hand baggage and show you to your cabin, your home from home for the days to come.
Year Round Choice Onboard Cruise & Maritime Ships
You will be joining English-speaking passengers; sterling is the currency for all pricing on board and the cuisine and entertainment and enrichment programmes are created specifically for the British cruise passenger.
Dining Onboard Cruise & Maritime Ships
Whether you are cruising in the Baltic Sea or the Caribbean it is guaranteed that nothing whets the appetite like sea air. You'll therefore have even more reason to anticipate the feast of daily culinary delights freshly prepared by expert chefs. Opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely five-course lunch and enjoy a delightful dinner in convivial company each and every day of your cruise. Their carefully constructed menus add a daily spice of variety to a blend of traditional fare and international specialities that will inspire the most jaded of palates.
Add in the morning boullion, afternoon teas, the late night snacks and the traditional shipboard occasions such as the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and the pleasures of the table will surely tempt you from the moment you sit down to dinner on your first night aboard until that final breakfast as you prepare to disembark.
Stylish Entertainment Onboard Cruise & Maritime Ships
For many passengers, it is dinner in the evening that is the focal point of the day, and to start your evening you might opt for a pre-dinner drink and enjoy your favourite melodies. Following your meal the show team would enjoy the pleasure of your company as the artists display their talents in a snappily choreographed revue or colourful floorshow – all you need to do is just sit back and enjoy. The speciality acts and guest entertainers complement the show team to ensure that your evenings go with a swing.
If however it is quieter pleasures that you prefer, how about a liqueur and good conversation; a few hands of cards; or making up a table for a syndicate quiz. Of course there are also acres of deck to take that romantic stroll. And whenever you decide to call it a night, the welcoming haven that is your cabin is just a short walk away.
Discover and Explore with Cruise & Maritime Ships
Discovering new places, touring fascinating cities, or witnessing breathtaking scenery are the highlights of any cruise holiday. To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, they have created a programme of optional shore excursions designed to show you the highlights of each port of call and to maximise your time ashore. The shore excursion programme will be forwarded to you approximately two months before you sail.
Lecture programmes Onboard Cruise & Maritime Ships
All cruises are accompanied by a specialist giving informative lectures or practical sessions on a range of fascinating subjects. These may include Norway experts, maritime historians, a Tai Chi expert, a retired New Scotland Yard detective, arts and crafts, and just in case you need one - a stress consultant!
Bring a friend and save more with Cruise & Maritime Ships!
A limited number of selected cabin grades offer accommodation for a third or fourth passenger to share with two full fare paying adults. Bring a friend and you could make substantial savings.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES DRESS CODE
During the day, attitudes are very relaxed and informality is the key.
Casual clothing is quite sufficient during the days at sea and for time spent ashore. On certain shore excursions and at some religious sites, discretion should be used so as not to cause inadvertent offence with inappropriate clothing. Advice will be given on board in such cases.
Every day, the Daily Programme suggests, as a guide, a mode of dress for that particular evening's events. For Marco Polo and Ocean Countess, there are generally two 'formal' or gala nights planned on each cruise when many gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, although a lounge suit is quite acceptable. The ladies on these occasions have a chance to dress up and often opt for evening or cocktail dresses. On evenings proposed as 'informal', a suit or smart jacket and trousers, with or without a tie, for the men is suggested and the ladies have further opportunities to look elegant in a cocktail dress, trouser suits and stylish co-ordinates. A 'casual' recommendation often covers evenings spent in port or when a special event such as a deck party is scheduled. In these cases, the choice of dress is left entirely to you.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES DINING OPTIONS
The maitre'd and his attentive waiting staff will welcome you to the elegant Waldorf Restaurant where you can opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely five-course lunch and enjoy a delightful dinner every day of your cruise.
Onboard Marco Polo Cruise Ship
Marco Polos' wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering two sitting dining or the more informal Marco's Restaurant. There are five lounge areas including the theatre style Marco Polo Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities. Out on deck, there's a swimming pool, three whirlpools and a traditional walk around promenade
As a casual alternative, the light and airy Marco's Restaurant is open every day for buffet style breakfast, lunches and dinner. Here informality is the key and you can feel free to drop in without any ceremony. The Pool Deck lends itself particularly well to al fresco meals so a buffet breakfast or lunch from Marco's can be served up with a complimentary ocean view!
Onboard Ocean Countress Cruise Ship
On board public facilities include the comfortable Holyrood Show Lounge, the Tower Piano Bar on Lido Deck with its panoramic views, well-stocked library and card tables, and by contrast Hamptons is the place to be for late night entertainment. Ocean Countess offers traditional two sitting dining in the Kensington Restaurant and as an alternative, enjoy a light lunch at the Boat House on Restaurant Deck or by the pool on Lido Deck (subject to weather). There is a shopping gallery, gym with sauna and spa, and massage, hairdressing and beauty facilities. Ocean Countess offers extensive deck areas, a generous size heated swimming pool, two whirlpools and a pool bar.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES TIPS & GRATUITIES
According to international custom in the hospitality industry, tipping is accepted as recognition of good service. For your greater convenience Cruise & Maritime operate an automatic tipping system so instead of worrying how much and when to tip, an amount of £5.00 per person per night (£4.00 per person per night for cruises of more than 16 nights duration) will be debited to your on board account
You have the chance to adjust the amount to be charged to your account in order to reflect your level of satisfaction and this can be done by contacting the Reception Desk accordingly.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES SPECIAL OCCASIONS
It's a Celebration
Surprise your loved one with a gift of a beautiful floral display in their cabin, a selection of fine wines or a relaxing spa treatment. Celebrate a special birthday or just spoil them, or indeed yourself, by ordering an indulgent package of goodies that can be arranged on the date of your choice. Full details will be sent with your pre-sailing information around two months before you sail.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES CHILD-FREE
Please note that Marco Polo is child-free and therefore for the enjoyment of adult passengers only (16 years and above at the time of sailing). There are no dedicated recreational facilities for children aboard Ocean Countess, but nevertheless accompanied children and teenagers under the age of 18 at the date of sailing are of course welcome aboard and, when occupying a third or fourth berth in a cabin with two full fare paying passengers, travel at a beneficial rate as shown under the Fares box on each cruise page. Children and teens under the age of 18 at the date of sailing but occupying a twin cabin with just one accompanying adult are charged at the full adult fare.
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES SPECIAL NEEDS
A cruise is quite unlike a land based holiday and the ships of the Cruise & Maritime fleet are not ideally suited to prospective passengers in wheelchairs or those who have limited mobility. It should be noted that the layout of the ship could considerably restrict such passengers' movement around the vessel and indeed preclude access to some of the ports of call, where gangway conditions are not conducive or passengers are conveyed ashore by tender.
Passengers with mobility limitations, or who have special needs, that are accepted for travel must be accompanied by at least one able-bodied companion who will be responsible for general care and assistance throughout the cruise
The services of the qualified medical staff are available to you on board in the event of 'mal de mer' or an emergency. It should be noted that the NHS does not cover treatment on the ship and there is a scale of charges for surgery visits and medical treatment. Such charges are usually claimable under your travel insurance policy, less any excess amounts.
The Companies regret that it cannot accept bookings from passengers who will be twenty-eight weeks pregnant or more by the end of their cruise. Please note that a failure to disclose a specified medical condition may additionally invalidate your travel insurance.