Take a tour inside CMV’s Columbus

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages must find a special woman to take charge of the christening of their latest ship next June. The vessel, which will be re-named Columbus, already has an illustrious history and an impressive list of godmothers.

Launched in 1989, the ship was originally christened Star Princess by actress Audrey Hepburn. In 1997 the vessel was transferred to P&O Cruises to replace the much-loved Canberra. Following a refit at the Harland & Wollff yard in Belfast, she was re-named Arcadia by Betty Boothroyd, who was Speaker of the House of Commons.

Fast forward to 2003 when Arcadia was transferred to a P&O off-shoot, Ocean Village. The ship was christened Ocean Village by TV presenter Ulrika Johnson.

Another transfer, in 2010, took the ship to P&O Australia, where she was re-named Pacific Pearl by the Olympic board-sailing champion Barbara Kendall, from New Zealand.

Some famous shoes to fill for whoever is chosen to be godmother at the ceremony in Tilbury.

Before starting service with CMV the 1,400-passenger Columbus will be tweaked to cater for a British adult-only market. Its Teen Club will be replaced by a library and lounge, and the children’s centre is to be converted into a bridge and card room, and a separate craft studio.

Columbus, with 775 cabins (including 150 singles) joins Magellan (1,300 passengers), Marco Polo (800) and Astoria (550).

Here’s a taste of what the ship will look like. There’s more details in Cruise & Maritime’s online brochure.

Palladium Theatre

Palladium Theatre

Captain's Club

Captain’s Club

Cappuccinos

Cappuccinos

The Grill

The Grill

The Dome

The Dome

Plantation Bistro

Plantation Bistro

Raffles

Raffles

Waterfront restaurant

Waterfront restaurant

Twin cabin

Twin cabin

Balcony suite

Balcony suite

Oasis Bar

Oasis Bar

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:24+00:00 14 March 2016|Cruise news|1 Comment

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.

One Comment

  1. Michael 8 July 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    john, we travelled on Ocean Village 1 & Ocean Village 2 many times. Even on the last voyage on O.V2 . We made many friends on the staff who were there every time we sailed with them, and miss it more than any ships we have sailed on since. The atmosphere on board was so friendly, it was like a home from home. Superb food, is the new Columbus the first or second of the Ocean Village ships. It seems to look like the 2nd. We were given to understand that P& O sold them as it was loss making, but ran them to get people into cruising, which it certainly did.
    We have since been on several of NCL ships as they are casual style. They are good, but don’t have the intimate friendly atmosphere which Ocean Village had.
    Sincerely, Michael Lilley

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