CMV set to officially welcome Columbus to its fleet

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is scheduled to officially welcome Columbus as the new flagship of its fleet at a naming ceremony and launch party to be held in London Tilbury on June 8.

Columbus has been in dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard in Rotterdam since May 13.

She will arrive in London Tilbury in early June for the naming ceremony and launch party before commencing her maiden CMV northern summer season of ex-UK no-fly cruises.

Grant Hunter, CMV’s CEO in Australasia and Asia said “After more than a year of meticulous planning, we are excited that Columbus has finally joined our fleet and we are sure this traditional cruise liner will impress guests on her maiden cruise – a short 3-night itinerary scheduled for June 11.

“The extensive upgrade works are taking shape nicely and we are confident that our passengers will like what they see. With the addition of our upgrades, we are sure that Columbus will prove to be a great addition to our fleet.”

A lot of the refurbishment and modification works took place during her ballast voyage from Singapore. The 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 which will provide 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 and Casino, while the previously-named Captain’s Lounge has been renamed Taverner’s Pub and will offer a selection of four popular draught beers and ales, plus 15 other beers and a wide selection of wines and spirits.

After the initial days of welcome on-board events in Tilbury, Columbus will embark on a 3-night cruise departing 11 June, visiting Amsterdam and Antwerp. She will follow that with a 6-night voyage from June 14 to the Norwegian Fjords.

joins the CMV fleet that includes Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria, taking CMV’s lower bed ocean fleet capacity to almost 5000 berths.


SOURCE   Cruise and Maritime Voyages