C&M Columbus

C&M Columbus

They say ships pass in the night, this is the seventh ships for C&M and it is not new. Built in France in 1988 she was launched as the Sitmar Fairmajestey. It was at one time the Arcadia for P&O, she has also been the Star Princess (re-christened by Audrey Hepburn) and the Ocean Village when Carnival had a brand for adult customers who preferred more casual cruising, she then became the Pacific Pearl in Australia. She has been around the world in various disguises, hit ground in Alaska when Star Princess, but has been a very successful ship. Now the MV Columbus, she had a full refurbishment and then before being put into service had another refurb to ensure Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ specifications. The big change is quite intuitive, respecting it is a classed as a smaller ship nowadays, she gives special importance to single travellers making 150 new single cabins. These are not smaller cabins but cabins made for single occupancy and it reduced the ship’s previous capacity from 1,800 to an expected 1,400 passengers. There are 20 categories of cabin most being Superior Single, Superior Twin and Superior Twin Plus. There are also inside Twin and Inside Singles and there are Junior Balcony Suites.

Cruise and Maritime’s home port is Tilbury on the Thames east of London. They also sail from Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol which is not often referred to as a cruise terminal but is a wonderful city. C&M have a straightforward, unpretentious style of cruising aboard their two modest ships. A warm, friendly service with a real ‘home from home’ atmosphere is assured. There are the traditional formal nights, cocktail parties and gala dinners. If someone has a great film of this ship, and a first hand love of it, please let us know at [email protected]

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