Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched its summer 2018 programme with a new preview brochure having sold 90% of its 2017 capacity.

The preview, now on sale, features 100 worldwide cruising itineraries and for next year the company is offering ‘buy one get one free’ fares on all summer cruises when booked before May 31.

The company’s commercial director, Chris Coates, said: “Our aim is to reward early bookers so we have issued a preview brochure much earlier. Since adding Magellan and Columbus to the fleet we have increased the number of passengers travelling with us. They in turn re-book and recommend the traditional British cruise experience to their relatives and friends. “The new programme is predominantly with no flying involved. Many more people are wishing to cruise from closer to home rather than waste a day out and back at crowded airports, and the new brochure makes the decision easy with a choice of nine UK departure ports.”

The line’s new fleet addition, Columbus - which joins the fleet this June - will sail from Tilbury throughout 2018, while Astoria is set to return due to popular demand. Nine British departure ports are featured with Harwich, a new addition in 2018 and fares are available from £379 per person for a six-night European Cities cruise.

In addition to the BOGOF fare deals, 150 twin cabins will be set aside on Columbus and Magellan for the benefit of solo travellers with a 25% supplement on the twin share price. Next year the company is also offering a choice of eight multi-generational cruises so guests can take their children and grand-children, with child fares from £99.

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