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Cruise Ship Information
MS Astor is a cruise ship owned by the Germany-based Premicon, under charter to the Germany-based Transocean Tours.[2][8] She was built in 1987 under the name Astor by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel in West Germany for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service.[4][9]
In 1988 the ship was sold to the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company and renamed Fedor Dostoevskiy[7][10] (some sources spell the name Fedor Dostoyevskiy,[6] Russian: Фёдор Достое́вский), but spent her time under charter to various West German cruise lines. In 1995 she reverted to the name Astor. Since 1996 she has been under charter to Transocean Tours.[1]
On 28 November 2008, an attempted pirate attack on the Astor in the Gulf of Oman was prevented by the German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.[11]
Today she operates for Cruise & Maritime Voyages on voyages in Europe, South Africa and Australia.
Atmosphere on board
ASTOR is a stylish fully stabilised and air-conditioned cruise liner with capacity for 620 guests. She has seven passenger decks. Her wide range of public facilities include the very impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative more informal experience, the stylish Übersee Club Bistro.
There are five lounge areas - the theatre style ASTOR Lounge, for some truly sparkling entertainment from the highly acclaimed show-team; the elegant Captain's Club, a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist; the intimate Hanse Bar which leads onto the stylish Sonnen (Sun) Terrace Bar, with wonderful panoramic ocean views; and the Poolside Bar where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink.
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. There is an outdoor swimming pool, two whirlpools and, in keeping with her heritage, a traditional walk around promenade deck. There is a very good selection of comfortable modern cabin accommodation from Standard to De Luxe with 70% of cabins having an ocean view with individually controlled air-conditioning. An outstanding feature of ASTOR is the sports deck where you can enjoy volleyball, half court tennis, table tennis, jogging track, big board chess, golf practice and yoga.
Past Passenger Programs
This cabin has floor to ceiling windows, leading to a private terrace overlooking the ships bow, lounge room with sofa, separate bedroom with king size double bed, walk in wardrobe and private bathroom facilities, DVD player, fridge and Mini Bar facilities (charge applies). ASTOR Suite benefits include all the Senator and Deluxe Suite benefits plus Tea/Coffee making facilities, 50 cm flat screen TV, Towelling, Bathrobe and Slippers for use onboard and enhanced bathroom amenity pack. Complimentary Cabin Breakfast, Fresh fruit replenished throughout the cruise, bottle of champagne and mineral water on arrival, a world class atlas for easy reference and use of CMV golf umbrella for taking ashore, a bookshelf of novels for holiday reading, confirmed dining and restaurant seating requests, confirmed shore excursion reservations as well as a complimentary hire from the ship's DVD library.
Fitness And Spa
Join the fitness team on the Sun Deck for a jog or a walk, yoga or an early game of deck chess. Learn a new skill from one of the arts & crafts specialists. Relax by the pool & enjoy drinks on Sun Terrace with the view of the ocean & the Captains Club.
Food & Dining
Whether you are cruising in the Baltic Sea or the Caribbean it is guaranteed that nothing whets the appetite like sea air. You'll therefore have even more reason to anticipate the feast of daily culinary delights freshly prepared by expert chefs. Opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurelyfive-course lunch and enjoy a delightful dinner in convivial company each and every day of your cruise. Our carefully constructed menus add a daily spice of variety to a blend of traditional fare and international specialities that will inspire the most jaded of palates. 
Add in the morning boullion, afternoon teas, the late night snacks and the traditional shipboard occasions such as the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and the pleasures of the table will surely tempt you from the moment you sit down to dinner on your first night aboard until that final breakfast as you prepare to disembark. 
Whilst breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the restaurant on an open seating basis, two fixed time sittings are operated for dinner in the evening.
There are generally two 'formal' or gala nights planned on each cruise when many gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, although a lounge suit is quite acceptable. The ladies on these occasions have a chance to dress up and often opt for evening or cocktail dresses. On evenings proposed as 'informal', a suit or smart jacket and trousers, with or without a tie, for the men is suggested and the ladies have further opportunities to look elegant in a cocktail dress, trouser suits and stylish co-ordinates. A 'casual' recommendation often covers evenings spent in port or when a special event such as a deck party is scheduled. In these cases, the choice of dress is left entirely to you
Entertainment
On board Astor, enjoy a wide range of very comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to make your voyage a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience with outstanding service from the attentive crew.
Fellow Passengers

Tipping
All gratuities on Astor cruises are included in the fare. On Discovery and Marco Polo: £5 per passenger night is automatically charged to your shipboard account (£4ppn for cruises over 16 nights).
Our recommendation
Just returned from a national holidays trip to Ostend. Have stayed at this hotel previously and although it is a little tired you cannot fault the place for the cost of the holiday. Food was basic in the evening but there was plenty. Breakfast was continental but made a good start to the day. Rooms were spacious and clean. Overall a good base for a trip to Belgium