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Appetite strong for CMV's latest addition

Appetite strong for CMV's latest addition

The 1400-passenger cruise ship Columbus is still a little over eight months away from setting sail under the CMV banner for the first time, but she already has a strong fan base.

Earlier this year, Cruise and Maritime Voyages announced that it had purchased Columbus and that she would be soon joining its growing ocean cruise fleet. And while her first itinerary (3 nights Amsterdam & Antwerp Break, from London Tilbury) is not scheduled until June 2017, interest in that trip, and her other early voyages, has been strong.

Columbus will be based in London (Tilbury) with various itineraries, varying in lengths and destinations, before she embarks on a World Journey in early 2018.

She will visit Australia, arriving into Sydney in late February 2018. There are some sectors of that trip available for those who want to see what the fuss is about.

Columbus' addition to CMV's fleet increases the company's UK capacity to 95,000 and its global ocean carryings to 125,000 guests.

Of her 775 passenger cabins, 75 per cent have ocean views and there are also 64 De Luxe balcony cabins. Also, 150 cabins have been allocated for single travellers.

The ship underwent an extensive refit in August, 2015 and offers five dining options, two specialist coffee and tea shops, two desk bars and seven lounge bars, including a British Pub.

She also boasts six entertainment venues, including the three-decked central Atrium and two-decked Palladium Show Lounge.