Save our ships! Sign & declare your loyalty to cruising on the MS Marco Polo & MS Astoria after the pandemic.

Save our ships! Sign & declare your loyalty to cruising on the MS Marco Polo & MS Astoria after the pandemic.

The MS Astoria and MS Marco Polo are at serious risk of being scrapped. These sturdy, classic liners are up for auction as Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), have gone into administration.

Available at bargain prices, prospective owners need to know how loyal the cross-section of passengers on these ships are. Dedicated passengers book these historic liners time-and-time again rather than the floating-Vegas tower blocks that are modern cruise ships.

Hosting sold-out cruises from UK ports, CMV attracted passengers who would book specifically for these vessels, not once but multiple times each year.

Buying these liners is an opportunity not to be missed but those in the market need to know just how many steadfast customers are waiting to book.

Sign the petition as an indication of your support to book on these ships to whoever purchases them at unbeatable prices.

The current estimated auction sale price for each ship is in the £3 million to £6 million range. Both ships are ready for operation right now.

Declaration of interest: We desperately don't want these liners to disappear. We were looking forward to a future of a great many cruises on them.

Updates

Peition closed - Still actively wish to save MS Astoria

23.02.2021 at 17:22

I've closed new signatures today as the spammers finally found this URL and the petition software in use provides no protection against such abuse.

I shall continue to update the news section on this petition site with information about the MS Astoria when more information is available.

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20 Jan 2021 - Update

20.01.2021 at 17:00

Astoria

I've been unable to determine the status of the MS Astoria (originally the SS Stockholm).

The last site of her was being towed by two tugs from Tilbury (UK) to Amsterdam (NL). The port at Amsterdam records the Astoria's arrival. There is no listing for departure.

Marco Polo

Sadly the much loved MS Marco Polo (originally the Alexandr Pushkin) has been scrapped in Alang, India. Here a two URLs for additional information for those interested:

Article: Historic Ocean Liner That Sailed for CMV Heads to Scrapyard

https://maritime-executive.com/article/historic-ocean-liner-that-sailed-for-cmv-heads-to-scrapyard

Map of last AIS position on beach in Alang. But also many, many lovely photos:

Last position, satellite view:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:369075/zoom:14

MS Marco Polo entry at Marine Traffic:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:369075/mmsi:308693000/imo:6417097/vessel:MARCO_POLO
Marco Polo - Conflicting information

10.01.2021 at 00:20

Here is the latest information I've found regarding the MS Marco Polo. The information is conflicting, nonetheless here it is.

- Offshore Solutions Limited have a webpage on their site advertising the MS Marco Polo as available to long term charter. (Similar to how CMV was using the ship.) The URL is below if you would like to copy and paste it and view the page for yourself:

https://www.unlimitedoffshore.com/post/beautiful-classic-cruise-ship-now-offered-for-charter

- The Marine Traffic site indicates the MS Marco Polo's 'reported destination' as ALANG which is where ships are broken up. As if this writing, she is at the HAVNAGAR anchorage which is about 16 NM north of ALANG Here's the link to information at the Marine Traffic site:

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:369075/zoom:10

Comments (224)

peter stephenson 17.02.2021 at 21:57
hope
Roger Slate 19.01.2021 at 16:42
should be kept like old steam trains, a proper ship, not floating block of flats, was looked after, got to have breakfast and dinner with the captain, also went on the bridge, 2015 on its 50th year.
Roger Slate 19.01.2021 at 16:34
what a shame , should be treated like old steam trains, need to be kept
Nicholas Wiltshire 19.01.2021 at 03:54
It’s probably too late, but we must do our best to save the last ocean liners on earth. Once Marco Polo is gone, only 8 shall remain.
mr s l archer 16.01.2021 at 19:11
mv marco polo super ship,been on it once on a 7 day cruise to northern europe going to amsterdam,bruges,antwerp,rouen & honfleur,a super holiday on a lovely ship, (not a pontoon with hotel rooms on it)a proper cruise liner
Sean Wilson 15.01.2021 at 22:31
'The MP' was a very special lady indeed. I sailed on her twice as a passenger - from Tilbury to Iceland & The Faroes in summer 2011 with my partner, and to the top of Arctic Norway in March 2012 with my grandparents for their 70th birthday celebrations. we all had a ball as they say. Marco Polo was such a sturdy, elegant and beautiful ocean liner with a rich history and a loyal following. I was so impressed with her that I pushed and pushed the ship's company that by the second cruise was glady offered an interview and got a job on her! working in the summer and autumn of 2012 after an intensive week long safety at sea training programme in Gravesend, and then having the pleasure of travelling to some interesting places and meeting so many wonderful people - both crew and guests alike. memories and friends for life. the MP turned heads at the many ports she visited. she oozes warmth and character, is small but roomy, older yet classic. and those teak decks and raked bow: just wow. truly the last of a kind and what we would most certainly call a happy ship. oh what I would do to be able to sail on her just one last time. may God bless you, dear grand old lady of the seas, and all who sailed on your prowess. 56 years on the high seas, but no longer meant to be as she is now beached at Alang awaiting scrap. please God an investor can foresee the demand for this vessel after the pandemic. love to all of my cruise friends wherever in the world you are
Jane Hall 12.01.2021 at 20:17
Please save this ship. I will pay to go on it again!
David Butchart 12.01.2021 at 12:16
A ship not a floating block of flats. Marco Polo is a beautiful ship.
Louise Lowrie 12.01.2021 at 12:14
Want to save the Marco Polo. A beautiful cruise ship that looked like a ship not like the monstrosities they are building now.
David Robert Grant 10.01.2021 at 10:50
Good luck in saving these classic ships.
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