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Amy Johnson, Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise & Maritime Voyages have announced preliminary details of their first ever special fleet parade and regatta event which will be held in Rotterdam on Saturday 28th August 2021.

The entire fleet will join together for a special parade and regatta in Rotterdam as part of a unique maritime celebration of CMV’s traditional style of cruising, the introduction of two new ships, Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer, and to celebrate Cruise Port Rotterdam’s 25th anniversary. The classic and traditional ships will sail in convoy in both directions, up and down the Maas River for twenty-eight nautical miles.

Marco Polo has been chosen to spearhead the parade in recognition of being CMV’s first ever deployed vessel and her illustrious maritime career spanning over half a century. Following in her wake will be Amy Jonhson, Magellan, Columbus, Astor, Vasco da Gama and Ida Pfeiffer.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Group Commercial Director said, “This unique maritime celebration and event will bring together over 8,000 cruise passengers on board our fleet of seven cruise ships sailing from three British, two German and one French home port to Rotterdam, Europe’s largest commercial and growing cruise port. We were looking for a North European port with a rich maritime heritage and seafaring tradition, an impressive river transit to the heart of a city and the berths to support such an event. Rotterdam was the clear winner and we are delighted to be working with such a great team at Cruise Port Rotterdam.”

The ships will arrive early in the morning and remain in port all day, departing early evening. Complimentary shuttle buses will operate between the ships to transport local residents and tourists alike to view the ships and join in the fun and celebrations, with quayside folkloric events planned. Special celebratory events are also planned in the city of Rotterdam with complimentary shuttle buses available for the passengers.

Mai Elmar, Executive Director, Cruise Port Rotterdam, said, “Rotterdam is thrilled and honoured to receive all of CMV’s ships at once. We are so excited and cannot wait to see all of them in Admiral sailing on our river.”

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