MS Astor | Urban Highlights – From Bremerhaven to Rouen

IMG_7253It is a sunny September morning as I leave my home for the airport, heading for Bremen. I have just returned from a rotation to Los Angeles the day before, and while the vibrant images of my excursion into Joshua Tree National Park are still buzzing inside my head, my body and mind are both quite excited (while at the same time being pretty exhausted) to what lies ahead of me: An invitation by German cruise operator and subsidiary of CMV Cruise & Maritime Voyages, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, to spend three nights aboard the classic cruise liner MS Astor. Continue reading

MS Astor | TransOcean Kreuzfahrten & Cruise and Maritime Voyages | An Introduction

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MS Astor Facts & Figures

Length: 176,25m   Beam: 22,60m   Draft: 6,10m   Capacity: 578 passengers   Crew: 278   Operator: CMV Cruise & Maritime Voyages / TransOcean Kreuzfahrten   Flag: Bahamas   Language: German/English   Currency: EUR/Australian Dollars

The first time I met MS Astor was during the birthday celebrations of the Port of Hamburg back in 2011 . I had two ship visits that day and was running late, but apart from only catching a few glimpses of the Grand Dame of cruise ships (as TransOcean Kreuzfahrten refers to her), I have made only positive memories during my very short stay onboard. At that time, MS Astor was fully sailing for the German cruise market under the TransOcean brand and had just emerged from a multi-million dry-dock refurbishment. Continue reading