Following on from this morning’s announcement by CMV of the acquisition of Columbus- the former Pacific Pearl- the line has released details of the ship’s inaugural 2017 season.
Seventeen round trip cruises from Tilbury are listed for the ship. Beginning on June 11th and concluding in December, they range in length from a three night, August Bank Holiday weekender to Antwerp and Amsterdam, to a full blown, forty three night round trip to the Caribbean, Central America and Cuba at the end of October.
The maiden listed revenue cruise is another three night weekender to the continent, sailing on June 11th. In addition, Columbus will sail six and seven night cruises to Norway, a trio of nine to twelve night cruises around the British Isles, a Faroe Islands voyage, and a pair of twelve night Baltic cruise itineraries.
In her inaugural season, Columbus will venture as far north as Iceland, and as far south as Madeira and the Canary Islands.
For foodies, the 1400 passenger Columbus will boast no less than five different eateries. The ship will have ten bars and lounges, with live evening entertainment featured across six of these.
Prior to joining Cruise and Maritime, the 63,786 ton Columbus will undergo significant refurbishment in a Singapore dockyard. The current, on boatd Teen Centre will be converted into the CMV signature, maritime themed Columbus Club and library, the creation of a dedicated Bridge and Card room- Trumps and Aces- and the refurbishment of many cabins. In a first for the line, some sixty four cabins and suites will have private balconies.
In all, something like seventy five per cent of the 775 cabins will offer an ocean view.
All things considered, the acquisition of Columbus represents something of a coup for CMV. The vessel- still well remembered from her days as Ocean Village- should prove very popular with passengers wanting a ship with a large entertainment handle in surroundings that are expansive and comfortable, rather than overwhelming.
Stay tuned for further details as they become public.