Cruise & Maritime Voyages enter administration

Cruise ship Magellan at sea.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages, known as CMV, has gone into administration after failing to secure additional funding.

The British cruise line had celebrated 10 years of operation in 2019, and specialised in holidays on smaller and medium-sized cruise ships sailing out of Tilbury, near London. Prior to the pandemic, the outlook was good for the company, with a new ship due to join the six-vessel fleet in 2021, and 90% of its 2020 season sold. However, all sailings were suspended in March when the Covid-19 pandemic caused global travel restrictions, including UK Foreign Office advice against cruise travel.

Here at GTO magazine, we are very sorry to hear that Cruise & Maritime Voyages has not been able to survive the prolonged halt in travel caused by Covid-19. We had numerous dealings with them, including several Readers’ Events (see A Taste of the High Life on the cruise ship Magellan), and know that they had a good reputation amongst GTOs, with many repeat customers. Our thoughts are with the staff who have now lost their jobs

CMV mainly sold cruise packages, and customers who had one of these booked will have their costs covered by ABTA’s protection scheme. ABTA is the UK travel trade association for tour operators and travel agents. If a customer was due a refund for a cancelled package but hasn’t received that money yet, they should also be covered by the ABTA scheme, as will customers who had been sent refund credit notes.

CMV also sold a small number of flight-inclusive packages. These are protected by the CAA’s ATOL scheme.


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