Astoria made her maiden visit to Poole in summer 2018 (Image: Poole Harbour Commissioners)
Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astoria has kicked off the 2019 cruise season at the Port of Poole in Dorset, UK.
Set to call frequently throughout 2019 and 2020, the 160-metre-long Astoria was one of the first cruise ships to sail from the Poole’s new South Quay berth when it opened in May 2018.
The £10 million (US$13 million) deep-water quay can accommodate cruise ships of up to 220 metres in length that carry more than 1,000 passengers. It was built during the last phase of the Poole Harbour Commissioners’ seven-year expansion project, which was one of the biggest port developments on the UK’s south coast in recent years.
“Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astoria was a frequent visitor to the port in 2018 and we’re delighted that we’ll see her return for 2019 and hopefully for many more years to come,” said Jim Stewart, CEO for Poole Harbour Commissioners.
This year, the port will also help the Royal British Legion commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France. Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Boudicca will arrive in the port on 4 June and participate in various events before crossing the English Channel and arriving in Normandy on 6 June.
“As we head into our second cruise season, we are honoured to have been selected to be part of the Royal British Legion ‘Voyage of Remembrance’ for Normandy Veterans, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” said Stewart.
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