Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has announced preliminary details of the cruise line’s first special fleet parade and regatta event, which will be held in Rotterdam on 28th August 2021.
CMV’s seven ship fleet will come together for the parade, which is part of a maritime celebration of CMV’s traditional style of cruising, the introduction in 2021 of the latest classic ships to join the fleet – ‘Amy Johnson’ and ‘Ida Pfeiffer’ – and to celebrate Cruise Port Rotterdam’s 25th Anniversary.
The ships will sail in convoy in both directions, up and down the Maas River for 28 nautical miles.
The traditional ‘Marco Polo’ (22,080 gt, 800 guests) will lead the parade in recognition of being CMV’s first deployed vessel and her illustrious maritime career spanning over half a century.
Following in her wake will be CMV’s new flagship, ‘Amy Johnson’ (70,285 gt, 1,500 guests) followed by ‘Magellan’ (46,052 gt, 1,300 guests), ‘Columbus’ (63,786 gt, 1,400 guests), ‘Astor’ (20,606 gt, 570 guests) and sisterships, ‘Vasco da Gama’ (55,877 gt, 1,220 guests) and ‘Ida Pfeiffer’ (55,819 gt, 1,100 guests).
Chris Coates, CMV’s Group Commercial Director, commented, “This unique maritime celebration and event will bring together over 8,000 cruise passengers on board our fleet of seven cruise ships sailing from four British, two German and one French home port to Rotterdam, Europe’s largest commercial and growing cruise port.
“We were looking for a North European port with a rich maritime heritage and seafaring tradition, an impressive river transit to the heart of a city and the berths to support such an event. Rotterdam was the clear winner and we are delighted to be working with such a great team at Cruise Port Rotterdam,” he said.
Mai Elmer, Executive Director, Cruise Port Rotterdam said, “Rotterdam is thrilled and honoured to receive all of CMV’s ships at once. We are so excited and cannot wait to see all of them in Admiral sailing on our river.”