The oldest cruise ship on the seas is retiring


The MV Astoria is the oldest cruise ship currently sailing, and Cruise and Maritime Voyages embraces the story of its vintage vessel. It employs an on-board historian to offer lectures about the ship’s fascinating past.

And now it appears that 2020 might be the storied ocean liner’s final season.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages said it will not renew its contract to use the ship and that this will be its farewell season. Astoria started 2020 with three brand-new Sea of Cortez sailings from Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and it will finish the year with trips from England in March, April, September and October. 

Commissioned by the Swedish America Line in 1944, the ship originally was named the MS Stockholm and was the largest cruise ship built in Sweden at that time. It made its maiden voyage on Feb. 21, 1948, sailing from Gottenberg to New York. 


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