Formerly the Ocean Village, the medium-sized Columbus is due to be enhanced in April 2017 when she joins the Cruise & Martime Voyages fleet as their flagship.
- Ship in Detail
- Deck Plans
In June 2017 the current Cruise and Maritime flagship, Magellan will be deposed by the latest addition to the fleet – the 1,400-passenger Columbus. This will be the largest vessel in the company’s eclectic fleet which up to now has been exclusively for adults. The new ship will certainly push the envelope in terms of facilities and appointments. Whilst the vessel was originally christened by Audrey Hepburn in 1989 as Star Princess, British cruisers will be familiar with her when she was P&O Cruises’ Arcadia between 2003 and 2010. More recently the vessel became Ocean Village, the defunct P&O Cruises’ offshoot that offered ‘cruises for people who don’t do cruises’.
A top-to-toe makeover will be undertaken before she joins the CMV fleet and will include refurbishment to the cabins and public areas. The Teen’s Clubs will become the maritime-themed Columbus Lounge and Library, while the Shark Shack and Turtle Cove Children’s Centre will become a dedicated Bridge and Card Room area called Trumps and Aces, there will also be a Crafter’s Studio.
There will be 775 passenger cabins available in 17 different grades, ranging from Voyager Inner to Deluxe Balcony cabins and Junior Suites. Recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.
There are 11 passenger decks with plenty of lifts and corridors that are a lot wider than on other cruise liners of a similar size which gives it a very spacious feeling. The Waterfront Restaurant will offer open-seating at breakfast and lunch with traditional first and second sitting for dinner. Speciality restaurants will include Fusion, the Grill and Chef’s Table. The more casual Plantation Bistro will offer buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner, and when the weather is fine, the Alfresco Grill beckons.
Columbus will boast a choice of seven lounges and bars including the Captain’s Club; Connexions; Raffles; and Taverners Pub, as well as a Casino. There will be six entertainment venues including the three-deck high central Atrium, Dome Observatory and Nightclub as well as tiered Palladium Show Lounge with retractable stage providing a large floor for ballroom dancing. Facilities also include two heated swimming pools and large open decks with an outdoor film screen, plus a wellness centre and gym.
We are excited about this new ship and welcome the fact that in August there will be two multi-generational cruises on board Columbus giving passengers the opportunity to take their grandchildren to the Norwegian Fjords as well as to the Canary Islands and Madeira.
insideAverage Cabin Size 188sq ft/17.50sq m Located on Reception Deck 5, these air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. All these cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe. The majority can be converted to a double bed and some have a third and/or fourth berth.
outsideAverage Cabin Size 188sq ft/17.50sq m These ocean view cabins are with a picture window, are air conditioned and all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe, and are located midships on Upper Deck 10. The majority can be converted to a double bed.
balconyAverage Cabin Size 253sq ft/23.50sq m Located on Navigator’s Deck, the highest accommodation deck, there are 28 air conditioned De Luxe cabins with private balconies. They offer en-suite facilities with shower, wardrobe and ample storage space. The majority can be converted to a double bed and are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.
suiteAverage Cabin Size 372sq ft/34.50sq m These Junior Suites comprise of a sitting area and a private balcony. They have a double bed which may be converted to twin bedded, and a sofa bed may accommodate a third and/or fourth passenger. These suites are air conditioned and offer en-suite facilities with bath and shower above, large hanging and storage space, flat-screen television, hairdryer, trouser press, fridge and personal safe.
Year Entered Service 29/03/1989
Refurbished Date 01/01/2017
Ship Width 105
Cruising Speed 21
Total Decks 13
Total Lifts 9