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Cruise Wonderland >> Virtual Ship Tours >> Astor


Entered Service 1987 January 14th (as Astor <II> for Safmarine)
1997 April 21st (as Astor for Transocean Tours)
 

Astor is a small cruise ship constructed in Germany in the mid-1980s. In her early years, she was owned and operated by various companies. From 1996 onwards she has been under long-term charter and operation by the German Transocean Tours (which later became Transocean Kreuzfahrten since late 2009).

The ship has a contemporary and nicely balanced profile with a large square funnel, whereas the interior decoration has a perfect mix between traditional and modern style. There is good amount of public rooms and open deck. The high passenger space ratio creates a spacious and relaxing onboard environment. Her worldwide itineraries are well-packaged and destination-intensive.

Providing European-style hotel service, Astor is suitable to German-speaking mature passengers who love cruising on a traditional but less formal cruise ship, with comfortable and pleasant surroundings, nice food, and good value of money.

On 1st June 2010, Astor re-entered service for the new Transocean Kreuzfahrten after a major refurbishment in Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven. Major changes include addition of 11 inner suites and 3 balcony suites (2 Senator Suites and 1 Astor Suite), as well as renewal of many cabin facilities.

Astor has a close sister, the former Astoria (entered service in 1981) of Transocean Tours. They were built by the same shipyard, and have very similar design and facilities, despite the fact that Astor is slightly larger and 12 meters longer than Astoria. The two vessels were together under the banner of Transocean between 2002 and 2009.

Builder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel (Germany)
Original Cost US$65 million
Registry Nassau, The Bahamas
Gross Tonnage 21000 tons
Length x Beam x Draft 176.3 x 22.6 x 6.1 (m), 578.1 x 74.1 x 20.0 (ft)
Speed 16.5 knots
Passenger Decks 7
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
289 (91, 195, 3)
Passengers
(Standard Occupancy /
Full Occupancy)
578 / 618
Total Crew 278, International
Navigation Officers Russian
IMO Number, Call Sign 8506373, C6JR3
Sister Ships Quest for Adventure (Spirit of Adventure)
History 1987-1987: Astor <II> (Safmarine)
1987-1988: Astor (Marlan Corporation)
1988-1990: Fedor Dostoevskiy
                (Transocean Tours)
1990-1995: Fedor Dostoevskiy
                (Neckermann Seereisen)
1995-1996: Astor (Aquamarin Cruises)
1996-2009: Astor (Transocean Tours)
2009- : Astor (Transocean Kreuzfahrten)

(Unless otherwise specified, information about Astor in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in February 2011. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to Transocean Kreuzfahrten in organizing the ship tour for us.)

Click on different decks to view the details:
Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9


Deck 3 (Caribic Deck)
Deck 3 is the lowest passenger deck. There are the Wellness Centre, the Hospital, as well as the tender stations.

Wellness Oase (Sauna / Massage / Pool / Friseursalon / Kosmetiksalon):
The Oasis Wellness Centre is composed of the sauna, an indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, hair salon and beauty salon. Services such as massage, wellness therapies, facials and hairdressing are provided.

Hospital:
Medical consultation by German doctors is provided at the Hospital, located aft of Deck 3.

Tender-Boote:
Passengers embark the tender boats through the tender stations on Deck 3.


Deck 4 (Baltic Deck)
Deck 4 is a cabin deck which houses inside and outside cabins.

Bügelzimmer:
The Ironing Room is situated amidships of Deck 4, where irons and ironing boards are provided. There are no washing machines but laundry services (Wäscherei) are available onboard. A tailor (Schneider) on the ship also provides service to the crew and passengers.

Innenkabinen:
There are 80 Inside Cabins on Deck 4 and Deck 5, which can be divided into 3 categories: 2 four-bed cabins (Category 1) and 78 two-bed cabins (Categories 3 and 4). The four-bed cabins are ideal for families, and each has a lower bed, one upper bed and two sofa beds. All cabins are equipped with writing desk and chairs, flat-screen TV, radio, telephone, safe, minibar, air conditioning, shower bath and water closet, bathrobes, towels and hair dryer.

Außenkabinen:
167 Outside Cabins are divided into 5 categories: 4 four-bed cabins (Category 2) and 163 two-bed cabins (Categories 5 to 8). They are located on Deck 4, Deck 5 and Deck 7 respectively. Each cabin has all the facilities and items same as those in an inside cabin.

Innenkabine

Außenkabine

Baltic Deck Hallway


Deck 5 (Atlantic Deck)
Deck 5 is another cabin deck with inside cabins, outside cabins, inside suites and outsides. The Reception, the Concierge and the Shore Excursions Office are also on this deck.

Rezeption / Concierge / Ausflugbüro:
Positioned amidships of Deck 5, the Reception is open 24 hours daily for answering guests' inquiries, whilst the Concierge provides various services for guests, such as limousine booking, tickets for local museums, travel tips or restaurant recommendations. The Shore Excursions Office is next to the Reception and handles tour bookings at every ports of call.

Innensuiten:
The 11 Inside Suites (Category 9) are on Deck 5 and Deck 7, and each has a size of 26
m2 with living area. They were introduced on the ship after the refurbishment in 2010. Other than all the features in lower-category cabins, suite guests also have the "suite service package", which includes preferred check-in and check-out at all German ports, prepaid postcards, fresh flowers, slippers, as well as petit fours and canapés on arrival.

Außensuiten:
28 Outside Suites (Categories 10 and 11) are situated amidships of Deck 5 and forward of Deck 7. They have same sizes as inside suites and have magnificent sea views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rezeption & Ausflugbüro

Concierge

Atlantic Deck Forward Elevators


Deck 6 (Promenaden Deck)
The Promenade Deck is composed of public rooms, including the main restaurant, entertainment lounge, a club, shops, library and card room.

Astor Lounge:
The Astor Lounge is the principal showlounge on the ship which is situated forward of the deck. This single-level venue is a theatre or a dance stage at night, which features fascinating entertainment programmes, such as concerts, performed by ship's orchestra, ensemble, experienced singers and dancers. In the daytime there are usually lectures given by guest speakers on different fields of study.

Bibliothek:
Positioned at the port side and near the forward staircase, the Library is a quiet room with a rich collection of books.

Karten-Spielzimmer:
The Card and Games Room at the starboard side, opposite to the Library, is a place for playing various card and board games.

Astor Lounge

Bibliothek

Karten-Spielzimmer

Galerie:
The Gallery is the hallway connecting the forward and aft end of Deck 6. It surrounds the Captain's Club and a number of shops. The port side is designated as non-smoking area and the starboard side as smoking area.

Boutique / Parfümerie / Juwelier:
Fashion items and logo merchandise can be purchased in the Boutique, whereas Perfumery and Jeweller sell perfumes, cosmetics and jewellery respectively.

Promenaden Deck Forward Staircase Galerie Galerie
     
Boutique Parfümerie

Juwelier

Foto:
Photographs of passengers and scenery at ports of call are displayed in the Gallery and sold in the Photo Shop, which is at the starboard side forward of the Gallery. Video production services are also available.

Internet:
The Internet Centre is situated at the port side forward of the Gallery. It provides Internet access for passengers.

Bord-Reisebüro:
Booking for next cruise on Astor can be made in the Onboard Travel Agency located at the port side aft of the Gallery, and early-bird discounts can be received.

Foto

Internet

Bord-Reisebüro

Captain's Club:
The midship Captain's Club is a lounge decorated in nautical theme. With the classical furniture and live piano music, the lounge is a comfortable place for evening gatherings. There are often small-scale performances as well.

Waldorf Restaurant:
The main restaurant is located aft of Deck 6. À la carte dining is offered here in open seating for breakfasts and lunches, and in traditional seating for dinners. All the restaurants and bars on Astor are non-smoking.

Admiral's Salon & Commodore's Salon:
Both salons on the two sides of the aft staircase are part of the Waldorf Restaurant. They can be reserved by groups for private parties. At dinner time they are specialty restaurants (the Admiral's Salon offers Romantic Dinner, while the Commodore's Salon becomes Ristorante Toscana for Mediterranean cuisine) without surcharge but prior reservation is needed.

Captain's Club

Captain's Club

Waldorf Restaurant


Deck 7 (Boots Deck)
The Boat Deck houses the buffet restaurant, the outdoor pool, the Promenade and a conference centre. Accommodations on this deck include the Premium Suites (Senator Suites and Astor Suite, both added in 2010 after the ship's refurbishment), inside and outside suites, and outside cabins.

Promenade:
The non-wrap-around teakwood Promenade lies under the lifeboats. It is an ideal place for sunbathing at both port and starboard sides.

Konferenz Zentrum:
The Conference Centre is located near the suite area. It is a suitable venue for holding conferences or organizing small-scale activities.

Promenade

Konferenz Zentrum

Boots Deck Forward Elevators

Übersee Club:
The completely modernized Overseas Club is a self-service buffet restaurant positioned aft of Deck 7. It offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day in a casual, open-seating style with flexible dining time.

Pool:
Surrounded by a small Lido Bar and numerous deck chairs for sun lovers, the outdoor Swimming Pool is located behind the buffet restaurant. Bavarian brunches (Bayrischer Frühschoppen) with complimentary beer and sausages, as well as evening barbecue parties, are often offered in this area.

Übersee Club

Pool

Pool Deck

Senator-Suiten:
The 2 Senator Suites are on the forward end of Deck 7, one at the port side and another at the starboard side. Each of them is 48
m2, having separate living and sleeping area and a balcony. In the bathroom there is the bathtub as well as underfloor heating. Guests in the Senator Suites receive the "Premium Suite service package" which include all the privileges in "suite service package", plus exclusive concierge service, priority in table reservation in the restaurant, personal invitation to Captain's reception, high-quality cosmetics in bathroom, selection of chocolates, coffee machine and personalized stationery in the suite.

Astor-Suite:
The largest room on the ship is the Astor Suite which is in between the two Senator Suites. This 59
m2 exclusive suite also has separate living and sleeping area, and the "Premium Suite service package". From the private terrace with large glass windows, guests can enjoy the forward sea view which is the same sight as the Captain.


Deck 8 (Brücken Deck)
The Bridge Deck consists of the Fitness Centre and a bar, and the wheelhouse at the forward end.

Fitness-Center:
The oceanview Fitness Centre at the starboard side aft provides fitness facilities and aerobic equipment for passengers.

Hanse Bar:
Named after the Hanseatic League, the aft-looking Hanse Bar has direct access to the outdoor deck through the large, sliding glass doors. With comfortable and elegant lounge seating, the maritime-themed bar is especially popular with passengers during happy hours for drinks and late night snacks.

Sonnen-Terrasse:
The Sun Terrace overlooks the Pool one level below, and has excellent amount of open space for relaxing, sunbathing or having a drink from the Hanse Bar.

Brücken Deck

Brücken Deck

Fitness-Center

     

Hanse Bar

Sonnen-Terrasse

Sonnen-Terrasse


Deck 9 (Sonnen Deck)
The Sun Deck is the highest deck on Astor with outdoor sporting area.

Sportbereich:
The midship Sports Deck is a multifunctional court (enclosed in nettings) for a number of sport activities, such as tennis, volleyball, basketball, football and table tennis.

Spielbereich:
Located under the funnel, the aft Play Area is for playing shuffleboards and large international chess game.

Jogging Kurs:
The Jogging Track surrounds the top deck and is a good place for endurance training in the mornings.

Spielbereich

Spielbereich

Spielbereich


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