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Columbus Ocean Cruises

Following a multi-million pound refit in 2015, Columbus has become the latest addition to the CMV ocean fleet.

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.

South Norway Discovery & Oslo Cruise
Sail through stunning Oslofjord - Time to explore Oslo, the Norwegian capital - Meet some of cricket's greats, including Graham Gooch and John "JK" Lever
Best seller
  • 7 days from: £649pp
  • Was: £919pp
  • Tilbury
  • 03 November 2019
  • Columbus
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Grand Baltic Cities and St Petersburg Cruise
Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at eight unforgettable ports - Two days in fascinating, historic St Petersburg
  • 15 days from: £1319pp
  • Was: £2199pp
  • Tilbury
  • 28 July 2019
  • Columbus
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Canary Islands and Madeira Cruise
The green-clad mountains of Madeira - Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at seven unforgettable ports
  • 16 days from: £1019pp
  • Was: £2249pp
  • Tilbury
  • 11 August 2019
  • Columbus
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Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at eight unforgettable ports - The contrasting islands of Orkney and the Scillies
  • 13 days from: £1119pp
  • Was: £1859pp
  • Tilbury
  • 03 September 2019
  • Columbus
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British Isles and Cities Discovery Cruise
Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at eight unforgettable ports - The contrasting islands of Orkney and the Scillies
  • 11 days from: £729pp
  • Was: £1449pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 October 2019
  • Columbus
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Canary Islands and Madeira Autumn Cruise
Calling at seven unforgettable ports - Exploring three delightful Canary Islands - Lazy days relaxing on board
  • 16 days from: £1089pp
  • Was: £2179pp
  • Tilbury
  • 16 October 2019
  • Columbus
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Grand Round The World Cruise 2020
Calling at a host of exotic ports - Some of the world's most astounding sights - Lazy days relaxing on board
Best seller
  • 121 days from: £8999pp
  • Was: £17999pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 January 2020
  • Columbus
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Grand British Isles Discovery
Calls at a series of unforgettable ports - The glorious scenery of the Scottish Islands and Scillies - Lazy days relaxing on board
Best seller
  • 12 days from: £1389pp
  • Was: £1849pp
  • Tilbury
  • 08 May 2020
  • Columbus
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Grand Canary Islands, Madeira & Morocco Cruise
Exploring Madeira's lovely capital, Funchal - Lazy days relaxing on board - The black-sand beaches of Lanzarote
Best seller
  • 20 days from: £1999pp
  • Tilbury
  • 01 November 2020
  • Columbus
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Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cruise
Calling at nine unforgettable ports - Lazy days relaxing on board - Welcoming the New Year in Madeira
Best seller
  • 18 days from: £2909pp
  • Tilbury
  • 20 December 2020
  • Columbus
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London to Auckland Cruise
Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at a series of unforgettable ports - Cruising west across the Atlantic and Pacific
  • 45 days from: £3549pp
  • Was: £7099pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 January 2020
  • Columbus
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London to Hong Kong Cruise
Cruising westward to the Far East - Lazy days relaxing on board - Calling at a series of unforgettable ports
  • 78 days from: £6209pp
  • Was: £12419pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 January 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
Best seller
  • 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 - Spectacular entertainment on board
  • 4 days from: £449pp
  • Tilbury
  • 06 May 2021
  • Columbus
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