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Cruise & Maritime Voyages Overview
British-owned Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) operates a mixed fleet of ships, all acquired from other cruise lines. It specializes in ex-U.K. departures, which include everything from mini-breaks to wintertime voyages to Northern Norway in search of the northern lights.
Who goes on CMV cruise ships?
CMV attracts a mixture of people. The low-priced mini-breaks from U.K. ports attract a mixed age group, mainly of people curious to try cruising with little financial risk. Longer cruises by nature appeal to an older crowd. Some ships are only sold to the German or Australian markets and so are different. The ships are not particularly family-friendly, but multigenerational groups are encouraged during school holidays.
Do I have to dress up on CMV cruises?
To an extent. There are "formal" nights, but these are interpreted in varying ways. Many people on CMV are first-time cruisers and have no interest in black tie but will make an effort in the evenings. Others are experienced cruisers and still enjoy dressing up. The rules are not strictly enforced, although turning up at dinner in shorts or a track suit is frowned upon.
What are the most popular activities on CMV?
The most popular activities are all fairly familiar cruise staples, from sunbathing and drinking at the bar to gym classes, spa treatments, table tennis, card games and occasional craft classes. Most people are onboard to have a good time, rather than focus on cultural enrichment.
Is everything on Cruise & Maritime Voyages free?
No. You will pay extra for drinks, specialty dining, tips, spa treatments, shore excursions and laundry.