New for 2017, the remarkable Columbus ship becomes the flagship for Cruise & Maritime Voyages' impressive fleet. She has been purpose built for deep-sea ocean cruising, taking you to some of the world's most beautiful destinations, whilst still providing the traditional cruise style that Cruise & Maritime is famous for. She offers a luxurious stay on board with a total of 775 passenger cabins including 64 deluxe balcony cabins, exquisite junior suites to suit larger groups and families, and 150 comfortable cabins reserved solely for the solo traveller.
Named after the explorer, Columbus boasts world-class elegance, impressive style, high-end service, and delicious culinary delights. Be entertained in the dazzling three-decked central atrium area with the Dome Observatory providing stunning seascapes and scenic panoramas, and the tiered Palladium Show Lounge where the talented Columbus show team perform. Five dining venues are scattered across the twelve passenger decks with three fine dining restaurants and two speciality coffee shops. Relax on the top deck by the two heated swimming pools and savour light bites from the Alfresco Grill.
Set sail on magnificent Columbus and experience the friendly, attentive and personal service of a smaller, more intimate ship alongside the impressive on board facilities, tempting dining venues, and exciting entertainment of a larger cruise ship.
A wide choice of dining options are available on board Columbus. Choose the Waterfront Restaurant for a hearty full English breakfast as well as tasty lunches and delicious five-course gala dinners. Visit both the Grill and Fusion speciality restaurants and treat yourself to gourmet cuisine, or book a table at the exclusive Chef's Table for an exquisite dining experience.
Enjoy the warm weather on deck at the Alfresco Grill or enjoy casual dining at the versatile Plantation Bistro for a lavish buffet with international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On board Columbus, guests can enjoy a varied menu of refreshments day and night. The ship features eight distinct lounge bars and two welcoming deck bars including Raffles, Connexions, The Oval Pool Bar, and the British-themed Taverners Pub & Casino. Club Oasis Bar is perfect for enjoying a cocktail in the sun, while Captain's Club is an ideal venue to sip an after-dinner drink. You also have two speciality coffee and tea shops serving hot drinks and snacks.
Columbus offers plenty to keep guests entertained regardless of time or taste. Enjoy whirlpools, two heated swimming pools, a modern gym, and an arts and crafts studio throughout the day. Sit back and watch popular films and sporting events on the large outdoor screen, or head to Trumps & Aces for a game of cards with friends. There's a selection of shops to visit at the Central Atrium, as well as a peaceful library at Columbus Lounge. You can truly unwind at Columbus' professional wellness centre, which offers massages, beauty treatments and hairstyling.
There are six on-board entertainment venues including Dome Observatory & Nightclub and the stylish three-decked Atrium. Head to the two-decked, tiered Palladium Show Lounge for an entertaining night featuring live music, performances and dancing from Columbus' professional show team and guest acts. There's also a retractable stage, which provides a large dancing floor for guests.
Day 1: London Tilbury, UK
Arrive in London Tilbury and embark on board Columbus.
Day 2: Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is your next port of call. See the city's oldest harbour, Oude Haven, before taking a look at the 'glass palace' of Van Nelle Fabriek — an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the ever-changing exhibitions at the Kunsthal and the expansive collection of Dutch and European art at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Ride to the top of Euromast observation tower for 360-degree city-wide views, stop by Miniworld Rotterdam to view the city in miniature, or pop into the Kubuswoningen cube house and museum.
Day 5: Leixoes, Portugal
Port of Leixões is the main harbour serving the city of Porto in northern Portugal. Famous for being associated with the shipping of port wine, it's also a great starting point for on-shore excursions.
The small city of Leixões is home to a sandy beach, old fortifications, and several bars and restaurants scattered around its port area. The historic centre of nearby Porto is an UNESCO World Heritage site and home to an 18th-century cathedral and a 19th-century palace. Enjoy tours and tastings at local vineyards or stroll around Porto's Ribiera Square, found along the Douro River, to find charming cafes and restaurants.
Day 6: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 8: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 9: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Arrive in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. Explore the impressive Santa Ana Cathedral, Plaza de Santa Ana, Palacio Regental, and the Bishop's Palace in Vegueta - the oldest part of the city. Spend the day sunbathing on Playa de Las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, or enjoy live Canarian folk music and dancing at Pueblo Canario. Relax in the idyllic surroundings of Parque Doramas or enjoy a leisurely coffee on Plaza Cairasco. Discover national treasures dating back from Roman times at El Museo Canario. Admire the indigenous flora and fauna at the Jardin Botanico Viera y Clavijo, travel to the famous Maspalomas dunes or join a trek to the Bandama Caldera.
Day 10: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the island's best kept secrets. Santa Cruz De Tenerife, known locally as Santa Cruz, is a bustling centre of culture and activity. Visit the Museum of Man and Nature and discover the evolution of the Canary Islands. Alternatively, head to the award-winning Loro Parque wildlife park and come face-to-face with amazing animals and exotic birds. Head down to the Downtown Santa Cruz shopping district and enjoy a superb range of shops and tapas bars. Soak up the sun on the golden sands of La Teresitas beach or hike around the surrounding mountains and savour the picturesque views.
Day 11: Arrecife, Lanzarote
Today the ship drops anchor at Arrecife on the Canarian island of Lanzarote. Two splendid castles form the backdrop to the harbour - the 15th-century Castillo San Gabriel and 17th-century Castillo San Jose. The beautiful golden sands of Playa de Reducto are the perfect place to spend a few hours sunbathing. Venture inland to explore the lunar landscapes of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains, Cesar Manrique's unique Jardin de Cactus on the outskirts of Guatiza, and Jameos Del Agua cave.
Day 12: Agadir, Morocco
Sitting at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains alongside the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco; the southern coast resort of Agadir is a vibrant place to visit. Spend time hiking to the hilltop Kasbah to gaze at the medieval architecture and catch a bird’s eye view of the city, which was destroyed by an earthquake and received a modern re-build in the sixties. Wander the avenues lined with palm trees and high-rise hotels which contrast with traditional minarets and bustling bazaars. Visit the beautiful stretch of beach for a peaceful afternoon's sunbathing and swimming. Get up close to the crocodiles at Crocopark east of the city or go on a birdwatching trip amongst the pink flamingoes, ducks, herons, and cormorants at Souss-Massa National Park.
Day 13: Casablanca, Morocco
The Moroccan city of Casablanca blends old and new in glorious style. Discover a vibrant mix of local bazaars and temples infused with a French colonial twist. Take in the sights of this marvellous city and visit the Hassan II Mosque, the bustling Medina and Central Market, Cathedral du Sacre Coeur, and the idyllic Place Mohamed V. Stroll along the beachfront Corniche and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Travel to the nearby sleepy seaside city of Mohammedia and further afield to the ancient port of Safi.
Day 14: Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a vibrant slice of Britain at the heart of the sunny Mediterranean. From its helmet-wearing policeman and fish and chips to familiar stores such as Marks & Spencer, this place truly feels like home. Take a cable car up to Europa Point to meet the famous Barbary macaque tailless monkeys and admire all of Gibraltar. Explore the labyrinth of the Great Siege Tunnels and St Michael's Cave inside The Rock. Enjoy a stroll to the Moorish Castle or discover the 100 Ton Gun at the Napier Magdala Battery beside Rosia Bay. Indulge in VAT-free shopping on Main Street and uncover local artisan shops and Gibraltar Crystal Factory on Casemates Square.
Day 15: Cadiz, Spain
The ancient port city of Cadiz lies on a peninsula on Spain's south-west coast. From its bustling harbour to its Moorish-style old town, Cadiz is awash with things to see and do. Explore Museo de Cadiz and Museo de las Cortes de Cadiz, or visit the cathedral to see more of the city from its Toree de Poniente. Soak up the sunshine on Playa de Caleta beach and escape to Parque Genoves. Relax with a plate of fried fish on Plaza de Flores, before shopping in the adjacent Mercado Central de Abastos. Venture further afield and experience flamenco and fiestas in the tree-lined streets of Seville or uncover the art of sherry making in Jerez.
Day 17: Vigo, Spain
Spain's Atlantic coastline is home to the Galician town of Vigo and its many attractions. Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and Plaza Constitucion in Casco Vella, before admiring the views from Castro Fortress. Immerse yourself in culture at Museo do Mar de Galicia, Museo Municipal de Vigo, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Discover the El Sireno sculpture at Porta do Sol or go shopping on Rua do Principe. Watch the fisherman at O Berbes and spend some time on Playa de Samil beach. Venture further afield to Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra or even take a boat trip around the Cíes Islands.
Day 20: London Tilbury, UK
Disembark in London Tilbury and make your way home.