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Columbus Cruises

This much-loved cruise ship has been serving the British market since 1989, when she was christened by Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. Now sailing from her home port of London Tilbury, she offers a number of thrilling voyages close to home, throughout Europe and across the world.

As her name suggests, Columbus is a true explorer of the seas. Choose from a range of cruises to destinations in Europe, or travel across the world on a four-month Grand Round The World Cruise – which you have the opportunity to join for the entire cruise, or at a number of far-flung ports en route for specific sectors of the journey.

Staying true to the CMV brand, Columbus cruises are normally entirely child-free. There are, however, two designated summertime sailings that will operate as ‘all-age cruises’ for all the family to join. When on board, the wide range of dining options, bars and leisure facilities, as well as the services of CMV’s friendly and attentive crew, ensure that you'll enjoy a relaxed, unforgettable holiday.

Ship Facilities

  • Restaurants x5
  • Bars x7
  • Wellness Centre, Gym and Spa
  • Show Theatre
  • Dome Observatory and Nightclub
  • Shopping Complex
  • Casino
  • Card Room
  • Craft Studio
  • Internet Centre
  • Library
  • 24-hour Reception
  • Medical Centre

COLUMBUS BY DAY

Begin your evening with a pre-dinner drink at one of Columbus’s many lounges and bars. Perhaps sip a cocktail while listening to soothing piano music at the Captain’s Club, enjoy a pint of ale at British-themed Taverner’s Pub, or savour a crisp wine at Connexions Bar.


Your evening dining options range from formal dining in the main Waterfront restaurant to casual dining at the more relaxed Plantation Bistro. Other options, available at a supplement, include the semi-private Chef’s Table in the Waterfront Restaurant, the Asian-influenced Fusion and the Grill, which specialises in fish and meat. Chefs can tailor dishes for those with special dietary requirements (with prior notification), and there will always be a healthy option on offer for the calorie-conscious.


Following dinner, your evening entertainment begins at the 700-seater Palladium Show Lounge, where the ship’s troupe of musicians, dancers and comedians (plus the occasional celebrity guest) will take to the glittering main stage. Elsewhere, practice your card skills at the Trumps & Aces bridge and card room, try your luck at the casino, or dance beneath the stars at the dazzling Dome Observatory nightclub.


When you’re looking for some down time, there are plenty of ways to relax on board. Indulge in a spa treatment, enjoy a swim in one of the two heated swimming pools, recline on a sun lounger or settle down with a book in the Lounge & Library. On the top deck you’ll also find a big screen, which shows major sporting events and movies.

COLUMBUS BY NIGHT

 Begin your evening with a pre-dinner drink at one of Columbus’s many lounges and bars.  Perhaps sip a cocktail while listening to soothing piano music at the Captain’s Club, enjoy a pint of ale at British-themed Taverner’s Pub, or savour a crisp wine at Connexions Bar.


Your evening dining options range from formal dining in the main Waterfront restaurant to casual dining at the more relaxed Plantation Bistro. Other options, available at a supplement, include the semi-private Chef’s Table in the Waterfront Restaurant, the Asian-influenced Fusion and the Grill, which specialises in fish and meat. Chefs can tailor dishes for those with special dietary requirements (with prior notification), and there will always be a healthy option on offer for the calorie-conscious.


Following dinner, your evening entertainment begins at the 700-seater Palladium Show Lounge, where the ship’s troupe of musicians, dancers and comedians (plus the occasional celebrity guest) will take to the glittering main stage. Elsewhere, practice your card skills at the Trumps & Aces bridge and card room, try your luck at the casino, or dance beneath the stars at the dazzling Dome Observatory nightclub.

Christmas and New Year Canaries, Madeira Cruise
Enjoy sunshine cruising and on-board celebrations - Spend Christmas Day at Sea - See Funchal’s famous New Year fireworks
  • 17 days from: £1539pp
  • Was: £2799pp
  • Tilbury
  • 21 December 2019
  • Columbus
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Whitsun Fjords Cruise
Early summer in the glorious fjords - Calls at four unforgettable ports - Lazy days relaxing on board
Best seller
  • 8 days from: £1129pp
  • Tilbury
  • 26 May 2020
  • Columbus
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British Isles Discovery Cruise
Summertime visits to seven fascinating ports - Exploring remote islands, country lanes and historic cities - Long sunlit evenings relaxing on board
Best seller
  • 11 days from: £1629pp
  • Tilbury
  • 09 July 2020
  • Columbus
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Majestic Fjordland Cruise
See the fjords in their summer glory - Four delightful ports of call - Two lazy days at sea
Best seller
  • 8 days from: £1129pp
  • Tilbury
  • 19 July 2020
  • Columbus
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Summertime in the Fjords Cruise
See the fjords in the summer glory - Four wonderful ports of call - Two lazy days at sea
Best seller
  • 8 days from: £1129pp
  • Tilbury
  • 21 August 2020
  • Columbus
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Amsterdam & Antwerp Bank Holiday Weekend Cruise
Good food and great entertainment on board - The elegant, enchanting "diamond" city of Antwerp - Amsterdam’s canals & cobbled streets
Best seller
  • 4 days from: £469pp
  • Tilbury
  • 28 August 2020
  • Columbus
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Canary Islands & Madeira Cruise
Cruise south to autumn warmth and sunshine - Spend lazy days at sea relaxing - Calling at seven unforgettable ports
Best seller
  • 16 days from: £2179pp
  • Tilbury
  • 04 October 2020
  • Columbus
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Columbus 2021 Grand Round the World Cruise
A four-month epic voyage - Discover more than 35 stunning ports of call - Enjoy lazy days at sea
  • 121 days from: £17999pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 January 2021
  • Columbus
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Spring Break to Rotterdam & Antwerp Cruise
Antwerp's pretty, cobbled streets - Rotterdam's lively, ultramodern Markthal - Lazy evenings relaxing on board
  • 4 days from: £449pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 May 2021
  • Columbus
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