Columbus: In Dry Dock Taking Shape

Chris Coates, Commercial Director. Gemma Watson, Customer Services Manager. Bob McGowan, Head of Customer Services. (CMV)

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’s Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet and new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam on Saturday 13th May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. She then sails to London Tilbury in early June for her Naming Ceremony and Launch Party on Thursday 8th June before commencing her CMV maiden summer season of ex-UK no fly cruises.

Chris Coates, CMV’s Commercial Director, who visited the ship this week in Rotterdam said, “After over a year of meticulous planning this impressive traditional cruise liner is coming back home to British waters where she was once adored by many passengers and proved a firm favourite with the UK cruise market. The extensive upgrade words are taking shape nicely and we are confident that our passengers will like what they see and the upgrades that we have implemented and Columbus will prove to be a great addition to our fleet”

A lot of the refurbishment and modification works have already taken place during her ballast voyage from Singapore. These ongoing works include re-livery and painting of the ship’s hull and superstructure and the adaptation of the existing child and teenage areas. These areas will be converted to suit CMV’s more mature market. They include a maritime themed Columbus Observation Lounge affording splendid aft ocean views, Trumps & Aces, a spacious Card and Bridge room, a Ship’s Library with a traditional country house style feel and a Crafter’s studio too. The casino has been scaled down and renamed Captain’s Club & Casino while the previously named Captain’s Lounge has been renamed Taverner’s Pub offering a selection of 4 popular draught beers and ales plus 15 other beers and a wide selection of wines and spirits.

Columbus entering dry dock. (Courtesy CMV)

After the initial days of welcome on-board events in Tilbury, Columbus will embark on a short three nights cruise 11 June, to Amsterdam and Antwerp, followed by a six nights voyage 14 June to the Norwegian Fjords. Columbus joins the CMV fleet that includes Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria taking CMV’s lower bed ocean fleet capacity to almost 5,000 berths.

TV presenter Angela Rippon is to be godmother of Columbus. She will rename the ship at a ceremony at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury June 8.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has also revealed a partnership with British tea brand Whittard of Chelsea, debuting on Columbus and Marco Polo.

The retailer, also known for its blends of coffee, plus china and confectionery — will supply ta range of tea and chocolate drinks, while gift collections will feature in the ship’s onboard boutique.

(Source: Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

Above is a slide-show of the new addition to Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet, formerly ‘Pacific Pearl’ for P&O Cruises Australia and before that P&O (UK) ‘Arcadia’.

I hope to cruise on this ship and write a review ASAP.



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3 Responses to “Columbus: In Dry Dock Taking Shape”

  1. Edwin Todd Says:

    Malcolm, she appears to have a large tonnage to passenger ratio but I am concerned that the public places are not significant enough for the number of passengers she will carry. Perhaps you could advise when you visit her.

  2. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Felipe, as soon as I manage to get on board I will post some images on my blog. watch this space! (Pls sign-up for notifications of new posts)

  3. Felipe Ordóñez de Rivera Says:

    As Arcadia she was an elegant ship, but since then she has suffered several humiliating reinventions. Hopefully CMV will restore her original style.

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