The Astor, a state of the art 620-passenger capacity cruise ship is going to be based out of Fremantle for the next three summers starting 2013-14. The owners of the ship, who were in Australia recently, left confident of their move, knowing full well that they have taken the right decision. Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) UK had recently announced that the cruise ship Astor will be stationed in Fremantle for the next three summers. A total of 15 itineraries have been prepared for the first season itself.
Mr Christian Verhounig, Chairman and MD of CMV UK and a member of the group that was in Australia mentioned that the company is impressed with the kind of response that the Australian travel industry has shown. It is both heartening and encouraging and beyond doubt validates their decision to bring the Astor to the Australian waters to be stationed for the next three summers.
He also mentioned that already there is a buzzing anticipation revolving around the arrival of the ship in December. He also gave indications that his team has spoken with a number of key figures from the Australian tourism sector and that the mood of the tourists is that they are happy to see a fantastic cruise ship, way above what is currently available in Australia, to be based for the first time in these waters.
Along with Mr Verhounig Mr Alexios Tsokos, CEO CMV USA; Mr Nicolas Tragakes, Chairman of Global Maritime Group and Mr Verhounig were also present to witness the launching of operations of the CMV Australia office.