A temporary goodbye to cruise but hopefully not for long at Bristol Port
Sadly Cruise and Maritime Voyages went into administration in July, but after a period of uncertainty in which some feared the scrap yard for the 55-year-old vessel, she was sold at auction for $2,7M to UAE company, Highseas Ltd.
Built in 1965 for the Soviet Union’s Baltic shipping line, she was modified into a cruiser in 1993 and became regarded as one of the star ships in the CMV fleet, popular with holidaymakers and at Bristol Port in particular, for Christmas Lunch and Dinner evenings, giving a one-day-only taste of cruising.
She set sail with the cruise team and cruise volunteers from the local area, historical enthusiasts and the Seafarers Mission team waving her off. As the crew waved back, atmospheric classical music could be heard coming from the speakers and fading gently as she disappeared out of the lock and into the Bristol Channel for the final time.
Bristol Cruise Terminal looks forward to the return of the cruise industry when the go ahead is given.