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
Arrive at London Tilbury where you will board Cruise and Maritime’s Columbus and sail onwards to Rotterdam.
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 4: Flam, Norway
Flam is a tiny village on the banks of Aurlandsfjord, and is set in beautiful surroundings. Visit the local church, one of the oldest in Norway, and enjoy the traditionally decorated walls. Cruise through the Naeroyfjord, a narrow but spectacular fjord surrounded by steep valleys and snow-covered peaks; Naeroyfjord has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. Along the way you'll see Gudvangen, an old Viking village, which will take your breath away with its dramatic and stunning scenery.
Day 5: Olden, Norway
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses.
Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Day 6: Geiranger, Norway
The ship then drops anchor at Geiranger on the shores of UNESCO World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord. Stroll into the village to view the church and sample reindeer and brown goat’s cheese in a local eatery. Enjoy a boat trip along the fjord for close up views of the famous Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls. Venture further afield to explore local farm life at the interactive Norwegian Fjord Centre or take a trip up to the scenic viewpoints at Dalsnibba or Eagle's Bend.
Day 7: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 9: London, Tilbury
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.