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Farewell, CMV – the small British cruise line that offered a bargain way to sail

  • by Dave Monk
  • Posted on July 15, 2020 July 21, 2020

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Flagship: Columbus (Picture: CMV)

The six-ship line, which was due to expand by two more next year, was known for its ‘buy one, get one free’ offers, cheap short cruises and other discounts. It employed nearly 4,000 seafarers and shore-side staff and was due to carry almost 200,000 passengers in 2021.

But the coronavirus pandemic was a fatal blow to the line that sold low and sailed full.

CMV operated a fleet of veteran vessels – owned by Global Cruise Lines – which included the 74-year-old Astoria and Marco Polo, built in 1966, as well as Magellan, Astor and Columbus from the Eighties and the relatively new Vasco da Gama from 1993.

Due to join in 2021 were Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer, the new names for two ships bought from P&O Australia.

All the vessels, with the exception of Astoria – which was due to leave the fleet – were scheduled to join a special parade and regatta in Rotterdam on August 28, 2021.

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Favourite: Magellan was one of the loved ships in the fleet (Picture: CMV)

CMV hit the headlines recently when four of its ships, docked at the home port of Tilbury, and Marco Polo at Bristol were detained by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency over breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention. The company said the problems arose from the challenge of repatriating crew during the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown.

As with many lines, the company had its loyal repeat cruisers who enjoyed the traditional service and old-school ships, and were prepared to overlook the sometimes dated fittings and furnishings that survived major overhauls.

The line delighted in providing themed cruises featuring topics such as Eighties tribute bands, TV game show hosts or cricketers.

But it was the bargains that kept passengers coming back, with cruises often under £60 per person per night. A 120-night world cruise in January 2021 was originally offered at fares under £9,000.

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Newcomer: Amy Johnson was due to join the fleet next year (Picture: CMV)

CMV offered no-frills, great value-for-money cruises. But in the end the deals couldn’t sustain the cost of keeping up six ageing ships during a pandemic.

Administrators Duff & Phelps tonight announced that CMV had ‘ceased trading with immediate effect and its international sales offices in Australia, France, the United States and TransOcean Kreuzfahrten in Germany have also ceased trading’.

It added: ‘Administration is likely to result in the redundancy of the UK employees and an uncertain future for those employees in the wider group.’

Paul Williams, joint administrator, said: ‘The travel, tourism and wider hospitality industry has been engulfed with a devastating and unprecedented global pandemic of seismic proportions impacting very hard on CMV’s once thriving cruise business compounded by last week’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office advisory against cruise travel.’

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Memories: The pool deck on Columbus (Picture: Dave Monk)

The suspension of CMV’s worldwide cruise programme on March 13 had affected more than 50,000 British and international passengers, he added.

CMV chief executive Christian Verhounig said the line had a record trading year in 2019, but added: ‘The CMV journey has tragically been cut short by this unprecedented global pandemic. We could just not get the financing deal over the line in time to save this wonderful business.

‘We are truly sorry to our loyal and hard-working shore-side staff and seafarers, travel trade partners and suppliers who have all patiently stood by us, and to our valued passengers for the disappointment and further disruption to their cruising holiday plans.

‘On behalf of the CMV family, directors and shareholders, I would like to thank everyone for their great support and sincerely apologise for these circumstances which are directly related to Covid-19 and beyond our control.’

Details on how affected customers can make a claim can be found on the Cruise & Maritime Voyages website .  

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I am heartbroken. This company has made cruising affordable.

Just so sad that this has happened. The crew and employees worked tirelessly to make our cruising a pleasure and I feel devastated for the loss of jobs. It was like being part of a family.

I loved the fact that they kept older, smaller ships alive. I shudder to think of the fate of Marco Polo, Astoria and other classics that may likely end up being broken up for scrap! Farewell to a great line. R

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CMV. Not only offered great value for money, they actually operated ships that looked and felt like ships. Also, their ‘adults only’ policy was a great attraction. I hope all of the employees return home OK, and manage to find alternative employment. They worked so hard to make the cruises a success.

As someone who hate large crowd I really enjoy the smaller ship as not only did the staff make the cruises a delight but the passenger so frie rojomikendly. I shall miss magellan

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Five former CMV cruise ships put up for sale by auction

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Five former CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) cruise ships have been put up for sale by auction.

The sale comes just two months after the Essex-based cruise line entered administration , as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

CMV had a total of six ships in its fleet when it ceased trading in July 2020, and also had plans for two new ships to enter its service in 2021.

Now, five of CMV’s ships have been put up for sale by auction, with the sale being brokered by CW Kellock & Co.

The ships up for auction are Vasco Da Gama, Columbus, Astor, Magellan and Marco Polo. Each vessel reportedly being sold under a separate deal.

CMV’s 556-passenger ships Astoria is not currently for sale as the ship was always due to leave CMV’s fleet in October 2020.

Deadlines for the sale are between 8 October and 22 October 2022, but it is not known how much the ships will go for or the starting bid.

CMV’s newly purchased ships Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer are also not up for auction. The two ships were purchased from P&O Cruises Australia last year and were due to enter service in 2021.

Four of the ships are currently docked in CMV’s former homeport of Tilbury, Essex, and one is in Bristol Avonmouth.

The sale comes despite the news last month that a former CMV boss was making moves to try and bring the cruise line back.

Christian Verhounig bought the now-defunct cruise line’s customer database and booking systems in a bid to get things back up and running.

It was reported that a “number of assets” belonging to CMV had been sold to a new vehicle established by the former boss.

The sale included customer databases, computer systems, booking systems, office furniture and equipment, IT infrastructure and intellectual property, but not CMV’s six ocean vessels.

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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CMV Columbus cruise ship was launched in 1988 as "FairMajesty". As "Pacific Pearl", it was the smallest and oldest in the P&O Australia's fleet . The vessel was previously operated as part of Princess Cruises fleet under the name Star Princess (1989-1997). Pacific Pearl was last drydock refurbished in 2015 and transferred to CMV-Cruise Maritime Voyages in May 2017 as "MV Columbus".

In March 2016 was announced that CMV UK would increase its fleet's capacity by 25% (to 95,000 passengers in 2017) with the addition of Pacific Pearl (as Columbus). The former "Ocean Village 1" cruise ship was launched in 1989 and since then was operated by Princess Cruises. under the new name "MV Columbus", the passenger liner started its CMV service with year-round itineraries leaving from homeport Tilbury-London UK (maiden voyage June 9, 2017). The redesigned 1400-passenger CMV Columbus has 150 single cabins. It became fleet's flagship, joining the fleetmates Astoria (550-passenger), Astor (600-passenger), Marco Polo (800-passenger) and Magellan (1300-passenger). The adult-only Columbus offered 2 promo cruises in August 2017 for all age groups.

For CMV, the vessel (IMO number 8611398) was UK- flagged (MMSI 234890000) and registered in London. For SEAJETS, it was reflagged to Bahamas (MMSI 311000535). In April 2021, the 32-years-old boat was beached at Alang India for scrapping .

History - construction and ownership

SEAJETS Greece (Eaglepower Shipping Ltd/shipowner, 1989-founded) is a Cyprus-based shipping company that specializes in passenger and cargo ferry services exclusively in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea). Seajets' fleet includes mainly fast-ferries (14x high-speed catamarans, max capacity 2100 passengers + 600 cars) plus 3x conventional Ro-Pax vessels (max capacity 1300 passengers + 400 cars). Seajets operates from homeports Piraeus-Athens , Lavrion and Crete ( Heraklion and Rethymno ) inter-connecting 26 Cyclades Islands (Crete including) with 260 connections.

The 1817-passenger cruise ship for P&O Australia debuted in December 2010. The vessel was re-designed specifically for the Australian budget cruising market. It continued a number of innovations represented by the sisterships Pacific Dawn (Ambassador Ambience since 2021) and Pacific Jewel (scrapped as "MS Karnika" in 2021) but also introduced few, like the swim-up bar. All cabins are with new HDTVs with satellite programming. Cabins' bedding was upgraded. Other amenities include handheld hairdryers, mini-fridges, electronic safe boxes.

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After its launch and christening in 1989, MS FairMajesty’s shipowner Sitmar was acquired by the P&O company and the ship was renamed "Star Princess". In 2003, the shipowner Carnival Corporation created the brand "Ocean Village Holidays" and the ship was renamed “Ocean Village”.

During drydock 2003 refit (done by Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven Germany ) before the transfer from P&O UK, the ship was upgraded with a larger Casino Lounge, a buffet restaurant, a steel arch (over Lido Deck 12, for acrobatic shows). Some crew cabins were transformed into passenger staterooms.

The Ocean Village 1 ship operated Caribbean cruises from Barbados and Mediterranean cruises from Palma de Mallorca, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings. The second member in the fleet was named Ocean Village 2 (Pacific Jewel / MS Karnika).

In March 2016 was announced that Pacific Pearl was sold and would be farewelled to CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2017. A commercial arrangement was reached to transfer the vessel, as part of the CMV's ongoing fleet expansion and renewal program.

MS Pacific Pearl left P&O Australia in April 2017, after completing 294 cruises for the company. The older ship had to make room for P&O's newest additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden , as well as Pacific Explorer (former Dawn Princess) , which joined P&O AU in 2017. After the launch in December 2010, Pacific Pearl became New Zealand's first super-liner. The inaugural itinerary was an 8-night South Pacific itinerary from Auckland NZ .

On July 20, 2020, the CMV's parent company SQTL (South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd) was placed into administration / filed for bankruptcy . The UK-based company traded as "Cruise and Maritime Voyages" (trademarked brand). In June, SQTL-CMV entered into emergency talks with potential investors and lenders. Unfortunately, the company's efforts to secure funding and stay afloat during the Coronavirus crisis failed.

All CMV cruise ships were placed on the secondhand market and open for sale. In October was planned the vessels to be auctioned via the London UK-based company CW Kellock & Co Ltd (Ship Auctioneers, Brokers and Valuers). Biddings (deadline in brackets) opened for Vasco Da Gama (Oct 8), Columbus (Oct 12), Astor (Oct 15), Magellan (Oct 19) and Marco Polo (Oct 22).

  • (October 8) The 27-year-old CMV Vasco Da Gama was sold to Mystic Invest (Portugal) for USD 10,187 million.
  • (October 12) The 31-year-old CMV Columbus was sold to Seajets Ferries Greece for USD 5,321 million.
  • (October 15) The 33-year-old CMV Astor was sold to an undisclosed buyer (sales price USD 1,71 million) who intends to resell it for scrap metal.
  • (October 19) The 35-year-old CMV Magellan was sold to Seajets Ferries Greece for USD 3,431 million.
  • (October 22) The 55-year-old CMV Marco Polo was sold to an undisclosed buyer/private investors (sales price USD 2,77 million) who first offered the vessel for charter (cruiser or hotel ship) but in December sold it for scrap metal to Alang Shipbreaking India .

On November 19, 2020, CMV Columbus left London-Tilbury en route to Gibraltar UK . On December 7-13, the vessel remained at anchorage off Valletta Malta waiting for orders. Since December 23, it remains anchored in Saronic Gulf, off Port Eleusis (West Attica, Greece).

CMV Columbus ship's AIS transmitted for the last time on April 12, 2021 (at 11:20 UTC) showing the vessel at anchorage near Alang. Renamed to just "COLUS", the boat was Comoros-flagged (MMSI 620817000).

Cruise itinerary program

CMV Columbus itinerary program was based on UK cruises leaving roundtrip from Tilbury-London . Among the visited destinations and cruises were short breaks to Europe, British Isles, Madeira and Canary Islands, Iberia (Atlantic ports of Spain and Portugal, with Gibraltar UK ). Also roundtrip from UK (London) Columbus offered cruises to the Caribbean and South America, also visiting Havana Cuba . Columbus also operated roundtrips from Amsterdam Holland .

Decks and Cabins

Most CMV Columbus staterooms are 190 ft2 Oceanviews (total number 533). The total number of cabins is 775 (of which 36 Suites, 28 Deluxe Balcony rooms, 150 single cabins) in 23 categories. Of all cabins, only 8% are with a private balcony. The largest onboard accommodations are the Mini-Suites (370 ft2).

The boat has 13 decks , of which 11 passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The main dining room onboard CMV Columbus is called Waterfront Restaurant. In the center of the restaurant is the line's unique Chef's Table, which is set in an enclosed space that is surrounded by wine cabinets. Waterfront Restaurant serves traditional British and European cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A couple of mealtime options are available for dinner, while breakfast and lunch are open-seating.

Three additional restaurants complement the main dining room. The free-dining Plantation Bistro serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Grill is a fish & meat restaurant. Fusion by Chef Michael Shaji is the signature Indian restaurant.

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Follows the complete list of CMV Columbus restaurants and food bars.

  • The Waterfront Restaurant is the main dining room which operates with open-seating and a la carte menus (“Your Choice Dining”) for breakfast and lunch and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Part of the Waterfront Restaurant is the Wine Room. It serves the CMV line’s “Chef’s Table” dinner package.
  • Plantation Restaurant (with its own bar) is the Lido buffet restaurant.
  • The Luna room is an Asian-cuisine specialty restaurant annex (cover charges PP apply).
  • Salt Grill is a specialty restaurant (surcharges PP) run by celebrity chef Luke Mangan.
  • The Cafe Bar serves the pool area with light snacks and drinks.
  • Hemmingway’s Bar (portside lobby bar serving the foyer).
  • Raffles Bar serving specialty cocktails.
  • The Connexions Bar serves the two open-air Promenade deck areas.
  • Captain’s Club is an English pub bar with a nice selection of local and international beers.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

During the day, CMV Columbus cruise ship passengers can spend time in the Trumps & Aces bridge and card room, Crafter's Studio and the stylish library. The expansive 2-tiered Palladium Show Lounge is ship's main entertainment hub for the evenings. There is also Captain’s Club, Dome Observatory and Nightclub.

Jade Wellness Centre features a day spa, thermal suite, hair & beauty salon plus a fully-equipped gym. The ship is also home to a pair of heated swimming pools, a hot tub, and an outdoor movie screen. The 3-deck central atrium offers retail opportunities. There is also an internet cafe, shore excursions desk, guest services desk, cruise sales desk, photo & video gallery.

Follows the complete list of CMV Columbus lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • The Palladium Show Lounge is a 2-deck high theatre hosting large-scale show productions in the evenings with live music, magic and comedy performances by guest entertainers. The Palladium Bar serves the theatre and the foyer area.
  • The Dome – an indoor observation lounge.
  • Wellness Centre includes Thermal Suite (Sauna, Steam Rooms); Day Spa consisting of massage rooms (for reflexology, acupuncture, facials, scrubs), plus a couples massage room (with shower and 1 whirlpool).
  • Fitness Center consisting of a 2-leveled Gym (with modern equipment, has no windows) and a separate Aerobics Room (for Yoga and Pilates classes /at a surcharge). Personal trainers for Fitness, Pilates and Yoga classes can be provided.
  • Hair & Beauty Salon offers hair cutting-styling-coloring, manicure-pedicure, waxing, teeth whitening, botox, barber services.
  • Internet Center (inside Hemmingway’s) has 7 PC stations.
  • Photo & Video Gallery; Art Gallery.
  • The Taverner’s Pub & Casino offers off-shore gambling on roulette/blackjack tables and poker machines, and complimentary casino gaming lessons for beginners.
  • Tax & Duty-Free Shops / Shopping Galleria; PANDORA shop (luxury jewelry boutique).
  • The Oasis retreat, served by Oasis Bar (adults-only outdoor relaxation area).
  • Trumps & Aces club (kids 3-6 yo); Crafters Studio club (kids 7-10 yo).
  • V8 Simulators room has high-speed car racing simulators.

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CMV Columbus Wiki

MV Columbus was launched in 1988 as Sitmar FairMajesty. Initially ordered for Sitmar Cruises, in 1989 it was sold and entered service for Princess Cruises as Star Princess. From 1997 to 2003, the vessel (as MV Arcadia) was operated by P&O Cruises UK. In 2003 Arcadia was renamed to "Ocean Village", the sole cruise ship of Ocean Village brand, and later transferred to P&O Cruises Australia as "Pacific Pearl".

In 1997 (as P&O Arcadia), vessel’s flag-state/registry  was changed from Monrovia (Liberia) to London (UK). In November 2010, the vessel was drydock refurbished in Singapore (at Sembawang Shipyards) and renamed “Pacific Pearl”. The inaugural voyage started on December 22.

On March 3, 2016, P&O Australia announced that in March 2017 Pacific Pearl leaves the fleet, having completed 294 voyages for P&O, and carrying more than 500,000 passengers over a period of 5 years. On March 7, 2016, was announced that in June 2017 the ship will be transferred to CMV, renamed "MV Columbus" and becoming the fleet's new flagship.

Homeported in London-Tilbury , CMV Columbus targeted the adult-only (16-yo +) cruising market. Still, in August 2017 the ship operated two school holiday cruises for all age groups. Early booking deals on CMV Columbus offered special discount prices plus 25% single supplement promo on booking the ship's 150 single occupancy cabins . Group booking deals provided additional discounts. The addition of the ship in 2017 increased CMV UK's capacity by 1/4 (up to 125,000 passengers) adding ~95,000 new customers per year. CMV Columbus was operated as an adults-only cruise ship, with only selected itineraries themed for all age groups.

CMV Columbus cruise ship (Pacific Pearl)

The vessel entered drydock in Rotterdam in May 2017 for a 3-week refit. An amount of modification and refurbishment works previously took place during the transfer of the ship from Singapore. The refurbishment of the former P&O Cruises Pacific Pearl ship saw the kids and teen areas converted in order to suit the more mature passengers onboard. The 1,400-passenger Columbus gained a new livery with the painting of hull and superstructure. Technical aspects comprised maintenance of the main engines, thrusters, and generators as well as polishing of the propellers. Numerous pipelines and valves were maintained and modified or renewed. The work also included maintenance of tenders, lifeboats, and davits in addition to repair and cleaning of ship’s tanks.

On June 5, 2017, the ship arrived in Tilbury-London from Rotterdam , where was drydock refurbished by DSR (Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam). On June 8, 2017, was vessel's christening ceremony held at homeport Tilbury. The ship's godmother is Angela May Rippon - British TV journalist, newsreader, and presenter. On June 11 started the ship's Inaugural season with departing from UK roundtrip cruises.

Fun fact is that this CMV ship had a namesake - the 2010-launched "CMA CGM Columba". The vessel is among the world's largest container ships (capacity 11,388 containers) and operated by CMA-CGM Line.

Ship's relocation itinerary (16 days in length) was scheduled for March 27 (2017) leaving from Auckland NZ to Singapore (Southeast Asia). The last cruise for P&O Australia was the 4-day roundtrip from Auckland to Russell, Bay Of Islands NZ (March 23 to 27, see below).

CMV Columbus refurbishment 2017 review

During the ship's 3-week drydock refurbishment (May 13 -June 5, 2017, done in Rotterdam Holland at DSR / Damen shipyard) the Pacific Pearl vessel was transformed into the New Columbus. The list of modification works and changes done to the ship before entering the CMV's fleet, included:

  • Repainting was done to the hull and superstructure. New livery and the new shipowner's (CMV) logos and markings were added.
  • Redesigned were the existing youth areas / converted to adult facilities. This added the new "Columbus Lounge" (Observation Lounge & Library/aft on deck 14) and the new "Trumps & Aces" (kids area/aft on deck 11).
  • Most of Pacific Pearl's other venues were renamed, redesigned and extensively refurbished.

Columbus was CMV's first vessel to offer "Whittard of Chelsea" (UK brand) specialty tea and chocolate beverages, plus gift collections on sale at the onboard shop.

Technical maintenance works included main diesel engines, ship's propulsion units (thrusters, generators, and propellers were polished), pipelines and valves (some were modified or renewed), tender boats, lifeboats, davits (crane devices), fuel and water tanks (repair and cleaning).

CMV Columbus cruise itineraries 2020-2021 (CANCELED)

For 2020-2021, CMV scheduled a total of 69 voyages for the ship Columbus. Following the COVID-related suspension of voyages (since March 2020), the ship's itinerary program was scheduled for the period October 4, 2020, through November 9, 2021.

Most planned for 2020-2021 voyages were offered as roundtrips from both London-Tilbury and alternatively from Rotterdam. Among the scheduled and canceled CMV Columbus cruises were the following itineraries:

  • 15 days "Canary Islands Madeira"
  • 12 days "Hidden Baltic Treasures"
  • 19 days "Grand Canary Islands, Madeira Morocco"
  • 5 days "German Christmas Markets Antwerp"
  • 17 days "Christmas New Year Canaries Madeira"
  • 3 days "Spring Break to Rotterdam Antwerp"
  • 13 days "Grand British Isles Discovery"

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