Cruise & Maritime Voyages review
A comfortable budget experience geared toward adults.
This cruise line offers easy getaways at a decent price, but those expecting brand new vessels may not enjoy the experience.
Number of ships
|Target demographic||Adults, Singles|
|Number of ships||6 ships|
|Contact options||Phone, Email|
|Payment options||Visa, Mastercard, American Express|
|Deposit required||Deposit at checkout|
|Deposit required||No price matching|
|Room service||No free room service|
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Cruise & Maritime cruises are no-frills cruises aimed at retired folks and seniors. This is traditional, leisurely-style sailing that’s not meant to deliver a theme park experience. If you have an open mind — and the price is right — these voyages can hit the spot. But if you’re hoping for glitz, glamour and a rousing time with lots of young people on board, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
For entertainment, expect small-scale theatrical productions, cabaret-style shows, expert lectures and enriching classes. Food is mostly British cuisine, with some round-the-world restaurant options too. Online reviews say it delivers friendly service, though this can vary from ship to ship.
The key point here is value. Cruise & Maritime offers convivial getaways to bucket list destinations worldwide — without many bells or whistles.
As a primarily British line, Cruise & Maritime departs mostly from ports in the UK and Ireland. But it also launches from world cities around the globe. Here’s where you can kick off the adventure:
- Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Belfast, Bremerhaven, Bristol, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Cobh, Dublin, Dundee, Fremantle, Greenock, Harwich, Hong Kong, Hull, Liverpool, London, Mombasa, Newcastle (UK), Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Ringaskiddy, Rosyth, Rotterdam, Singapore, Sydney
Cruise & Maritime sails mostly around Europe, Africa and Oceania, with themed itineraries and world cruises available too. Here’s where you can go:
- Africa, British Isles, Canary Islands, India, Panama Canal, World Cruise
What’s included on my Cruise & Maritime cruise?
Here’s what’s included in your fare:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks and afternoon tea
- Self-serve non-specialty coffee and tea from 6 a.m. to midnight
- Evening entertainment and daytime activities
- Guest speakers and onboard enrichment classes
Gratuities, Wi-Fi, shore excursions and alcoholic drinks aren’t included in the base fare. However, you can buy a special Cruise & Maritime upgrade package that includes these extras.
How much are gratuities on Cruise & Maritime cruises?
If you don’t purchase an upgrade package, Cruise & Maritime automatically charges gratuities to your onboard account to be paid after you disembark. For cruises that last less than 16 days, you’re charged £7 (about $7.70) a person, nightly. On cruises that last 16 or more nights, gratuity drops to £6 (about $6.55) a person, daily.
Are kids allowed on Cruise & Maritime cruises?
Kids are only allowed on two Cruise & Maritime ships — Astor and Vasco de Gama. Otherwise, passengers must be at least 16 at time of sailing on the following ships:
- Marco Polo
But even on Astor and Vasco de Gama, you won’t find much in the way of kids programming or teen clubs — except on special multi-generational itineraries.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Cruise & Maritime
Still trying to decide whether Cruise & Maritime is worth your money? Weigh benefits and drawbacks:
- Low fare, compared to similar cruises on the market.
- Intimate atmosphere on medium-size ships.
- Value packages let you upgrade to an all-inclusive experience.
- Cabins are relatively spacious.
- Afternoon tea included in your fare
- Guest speakers, enrichment classes
- Wide range of itinerary lengths, from two to more than 40 nights.
- Ships can feel tired and outdated.
- Fewer onboard activities and entertainment options than larger cruise lines
- No US departure ports