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Registered Owner: Islands Cruises Transportes - Portugal - Beneficial owner since 2013: Sociedade de Consultores Maritimos Lda (SCMA),  -Portugal - Operator: during charters Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)-UK or Rivages du Monde -France

Gross Tonnage: 16.144 - Refits: 1948/2008/2013 - Passengers lower beds: 492 - All berths: 580 - Passenger decks: 7 - Length 160,10 m. -  Beam 21,04 m. - Propulsion: 2 Wartsila diesel engines Type: 16V32 - Total power: 10.700 kW. - 2-Controllable Pitch propellers - Max.Speed: 19 knots - Classification: RINA - Flag: Portugal

 Original build  as oceanliner "Stockholm" at Gotaverken-Sweden in 1948 - Yard no.611 -for Swedish- America Line.  Converted in cruise ship in 1994 as Italia-I at Varco Chiapella-Italy.

Former names : Stockholm(1948-1960) - Volkerfreundschaft (1960-1985)  - Fridtjof Nansen (1985-1993) - Italia-I (1993-1994) - Italia Prima (1994-1998) - Valtur Prima(1998-2002) - Caribe (2002-2005) - Athena (2005 - 2013) - Azores since Sept.1-2013 - until march 1- 2016) - Astoria until present

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) today June 25 - 2014 announced it will be chartering the Azores to replace the Discovery starting next year.The first voyage will sail 30 nights, from Avonmouth, to the Caribbean, departing Jan. 26.-2015. The Azores joins the Astor and Marco Polo sailing for the CMV brand.
Due to the problems with Portuscale Cruises the survival of the company and the ships is uncertain. The one thing that is sure is that Portuscale’s  Azores, which previously operated as the Athena, has been bareboat chartered by Cruise & Maritime Voyages for two and a half years until October 2017.

April 2015 CMV is to sub - charter cruise ship Azores summer 2016 onwards to Rivages du Monde, the Paris based specialist cruise and tour operator.CMV also confirm that Azores will be re-named Astoria when she completes her UK summer 2015 season.
In 2016, Astoria will commence her French business on May 11 under the Rivages du Monde brand as a home market.Operating 14 North European,Greenland,Adriatic and Mediterranean sailings from Le Havre,Dunkirk,Ostende Bordeaux and Marseille. 


Acquired by Classic Int. in 2005 from NINA Cia di NAVIGATIONE - ITALY - renamed Athena.Sept. 17 - 2012 Ship arrested in Marseille for outstanding fuel bills and labour issues. Classic International Cruises  activities are stopped due to bankruptcy. Ship is property rights of bank.
Febr. 2013 Portugeuse bank Montepio has sold 4 of 5 of CIC's cruise ships to  Portugeuse entrepreneur Doctor Rui Alegre. Athena get new name: AZORES.  Company no longer exists due to financial problems.
  Passenger space ratio all berths: 27.83

Sailing as Caribe for defunct Festival Cruises

Sailing as Athena




May 1-2014 German operator Ambiente Kreuzfahrten is leaving the market – this time for good.
The owner of the Ambiente brand, Berlin-based FFR Ferien-, Freizeit- und ReiseService GmbH, has announced it is terminating its cooperation with Portuscale Cruises and cruises on Azores on September 5, 2014, citing dissatisfying bookings as the reason for withdrawal. Azores will depart on her last voyage for Ambiente on August, 29-2014. Ambiente/FFR and Portuscale Cruises agreed a long-term cooperation last year. According to Ambiente, some teething troubles and slow bookings had been anticipated, but the results achieved so far are way behind all expectations.





Charter to CMV name Astoria

Charter to CMV name Astoria

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