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Cruise & Maritime Voyages review

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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.

6 ships

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Details

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
Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
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.

Update: Cruise & Maritime has ceased operations

In July 2020, Cruise & Maritime declared bankruptcy, and all future cruises were canceled. To learn how to claim a refund, get in touch with your travel agent or ABTA.

If you’re looking for a similar European river cruise experience, we recommend Avalon Waterways or APT. Both offer a relaxed atmosphere, curated daily itineraries and good overall value.

Departure ports

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

Destinations

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:

  • Columbus
  • Magellan
  • Marco Polo
  • Astoria

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:

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Ships can feel tired and outdated.
  • Fewer onboard activities and entertainment options than larger cruise lines
  • No US departure ports

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