Astor Cruises Down Under

MSAstorThe Cruise and Maritime Voyages ship Astor is the latest vessel to base herself in Australia during the summer cruise season, which, in Australia, begins in December each year.

Unlike most other cruise ships, Astor will be based in the West Australian port of Fremantle.

“Her 15-cruise itinerary will have her roaming far and wide, both around the Australian coastline and journeying to Asia.”

The Astor has seven passenger decks and is a premium, fully stabilised and air-conditioned cruise liner with a maximum capacity of 620 guests.  Although smaller than some of the behemoths that are based on Australia’s East Coast, she is an ideal size to service Western Australia.

The reason for that is because Perth, for which Fremantle is the main port, is the world’s second most remote capital city, after Honolulu.  Despite Western Australia being three and a half times the size of Texas, it has a population of just two and a half million.

On board facilities are very good.  She has five lounge areas comprised of the theatre style Astor Lounge, which promises some truly sparkling entertainment from the highly acclaimed show-team.  Then there is the elegant Captain’s Club, which is a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails complete with the resident pianist to entertain. For additional choice, Astor also has the intimate Hanse Bar which leads onto the stylish Sonnen (Sun) Terrace Bar, which has wonderful panoramic ocean views.  Of course, the ship also has the obligatory and casual Poolside Bar.

Other facilities include the ship’s Library, the Card Room, an internet café, a shopping arcade featuring a boutique, jeweller, perfumery and the Wellness Centre, which offers hairdressing and beauty treatments, an indoor swimming pool, ocean view fitness and exercise equipment, and sauna and massage facilities.

“With dining being an important facet of the cruise culture, Astor boasts the impressive Waldorf Restaurant.”

The Waldorf offers traditional cruise two sitting, fixed-time dining options. Alternatively, passengers can opt for the more informal experience of the sun-drenched Übersee Club Bistro.

Guests are accommodated in their choice of 247 cabins, 39 suites or 3 premium suites.

Because the early part of the Australian cruise season falls within school holidays, Astor has also included a Kids Club on selected cruises which fall within the school holiday period.

The Astor Kids Club will also be run by qualified staff, who will be flexible in developing their daily programs, depending on the ages of those who are making the most of the offering.  Which guarantees there are plenty of chances for the youngsters to commandeer areas of Astor for their own enjoyment, without influencing the entertainment and relaxation opportunities of the other guests.

“Astor normally cruises the highly competitive European waters and has recently undergone a major renovation, making her a very welcome addition to the Australian cruise scene.”

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