Posts Tagged ‘Columbus’

CMV – 2018 Programme

March 15, 2017

Columbus (Courtesy CMV)

We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2018 programme with a new preview brochure. The preview is on sale now and contains 100 worldwide cruising prospects.

For 2018, we are offering Buy One Get One Free fares on all summer cruises included in the new programme when booked before 31 May 2017. Our new fleet addition Columbus, which joins the fleet this June, will sail from London Tilbury throughout 2018, meanwhile Astoria is set to return due to popular demand. Nine British departure ports are featured with Harwich a new addition. The introduction of Cobh (Cork) will no doubt please Irish passengers. Fares are available from £379pp for a 6 night European Cities cruise.

Chris Coates, Commercial Director at CMV 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. The new CMV brochure makes the decision easy with a choice of nine UK departure ports .’

Among the exciting range of new itineraries is a voyage on Marco Polo that includes a journey into the White Sea and a visit to Murmansk. Astoria has an eye-catching cruise that includes the Scottish Lochs and Glens, and Magellan will be sailing the Mediterranean. Details of the Columbus Round the World cruise in January 2018 are highlighted along with CMV’s most popular choices; the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Cities & St Petersburg, British Isles and Iceland and in the winter time, the Canaries & Madeira, Amazon & West Indies and the Land of the Northern Lights.

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 modest 25% supplement on the twin share price. This year the two multi-generational cruises introduced on Columbus have been well received. In 2018 CMV are offering a choice of eight multi-generational cruises so guests can take their children and the grand-children. Child fares from £99.

(Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

Web site:

Magellan Review: HERE

Marco Polo Review: HERE

Reviews of the rest of  CMV fleet – See menu right.

Astoria To Leave CMV’s Fleet

July 2, 2016
Azores, Liverpool, Aug 2015.

Astoria, Liverpool, Aug 2015.

2017 will be the Farewell Season for Astoria, which will sadly be leaving the CMV fleet.

She will only be offering UK cruises in March and April 2017. These are mainly from Tilbury, but surprisingly there are several departures from Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

To mark her farewell, CMV have introduced a trio of added value offers in addition to their ‘Buy One Get One’ Free deals. Early booking is strongly recommended.

I cruise on her in 2015 when she was called ‘Azores’, yet still operated by CMV. Carrying just 555 passengers, she is CMV’s smallest and oldest ships.

She is  a lovely ship with interiors that are in great condition for her age.

I have heard her called “the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger vessel” although I am not convinced that is true. Never the less, being built in 1948, she’s a lot older than most!

Here is my Astoria REVIEW

CMV cruise dates/fares:  HERE

Malcolm says: CMV will be having a new addition to their fleet in 2017, see below:

CMV To Get Ex-P&O Vessel

(Courtesy CMV)

(Courtesy CMV)

Good news for British small ship lovers:

Under CMV’s explorer theme, Columbus will be dedicated to the British cruise market homeporting year round from London Tilbury and providing a more traditional scenic British cruise experience.

At 63,786grt and with an impressive space ratio, she will carry about 1400 mainly British passengers accommodated in 775 cabins (including 150 singles) and will become the proud new flagship of the CMV ocean fleet operating alongside Magellan (1300pax), Marco Polo (800pax), Astor (600pax) and Astoria (550pax).


The ex-Pacific Pearl will be 28 years old when it joins the CMV fleet . However she is young in comparison to Marco Polo which is 51 years old, this year (2106) and Astoria 68. Columbus and will go into dry dock in May 2017 for up-grading.

Columbus will also be targeted to the adult only (16yrs plus) market although in summer 2017 will be operating two selected August summer holiday sailings for all age groups. The ship was originally launched in 1989 and christened by Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn on 23rd March.

Christian Verhounig, CEO and Chairman of CMV explained, “The successful introduction of Magellan in 2015 has encouraged our Group to accelerate their mid-term growth plans and the addition of Columbus to the fleet in 2017 is another important milestone in achieving our longer term growth objectives”.

He added, “The strategic development of the Group’s presence in the UK and wider international markets will increase our overall capacity to 125,000 passengers in 2017. We are proud of the CMV brand’s growing international recognition and remain confident in continuing to successfully build our business as a strong value based ‘independent’ alternative.”

Chris Coates, Commercial Director commented, “We are really pleased to welcome this fine ship to our fleet which we believe will be very well suited to our core British market who appreciate and value the many benefits of cruising on smaller to mid-sized more traditional vessels of this type. The introduction of Columbus and her past association and popularity with the British cruise market spanning 13 years, will increase 2017 UK bed night capacity by 25% to 95,000 passengers. Having already sold over 85% of capacity for 2016 and with 17,000 people turning 50 every week in the UK, we remain confident that Columbus will satisfy the growing demand for our product”.

(Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

Ship Tour HERE

Malcolm says: ‘Columbus’ is the former P&O Cruises Australia ship ‘Pacific Pearl’. She has been part of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet since 2010. However she has had a number of reincarnations: Ocean Village (2003-2010), P&O: Arcadia (1997-2003), Princess Cruises: Star Princess (1989-1997) and built as Sitmar: Fair Majesty (1988). Arcadia and Ocean Village were particularly popular wit Brits.

I was not expecting more CMV expansion. The addition of Columbus will make a fleet of five ships – bigger than Fred Olsen’s fleet. CMV must be doing something right. They are NOT five star, but I’d suggest the key to their success it due to the combination of smaller-friendly ships, regional ports and some good fares.

At nearly 64,000 gross tonnes Columbus will be CMV’s biggest ship, eclipsing Magellan at around 46,000 gt. In fact when she was built in 1988 she would have been regarded as a mega-ship. However Columbus will not carry so many more passenger than Magellan, so is a little more spacious.

Magellan Review: HERE

Marco Polo Review: HERE

Astor Review: HERE


Meet Columbus

April 1, 2016

An alternative to todays many mega-ships:

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’.

Her 2017 itineraries have now been published: HERE

I hope to cruise on this ship and write a review  ASAP. If CMV are reading a free cruise would speed the whole process up!


(Reviews of CMV’s Marco Polo, Magellan and Astoria can be found, menu right)