CMV Columbus

Former names: Pacific Pearl, Ocean Village 1, Arcadia, Star Princess, Sitmar Fair Majesty

CMV Columbus current position

CMV Columbus current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 36.00931 N / -6.76805 W) cruising en route to GIBRALTAR. The AIS position was reported 12 minutes ago.

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Specifications of CMV Columbus

Year built1989  /  Age: 31
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Building costUSD 210 million
OwnerSeajets Greece
OperatorSeajets Cruise Line (Seajets Ferries Greece)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)245 m / 804 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage63786 gt
Passengers1546 - 1855
Crew700
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks12
Cabins773
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesPacific Pearl, Ocean Village 1, Arcadia, Star Princess, Sitmar Fair Majesty
Christened byAngela Rippon

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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 would increase its fleet's UK 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 ship 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 was UK-flagged (MMSI number 234890000) and registered in London.

History - construction and ownership

The 63,786-ton, 1,817-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 (MS Satoshi since 2021) and Pacific Jewel (Karnika since 2019) 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.

CMV Columbus cruise ship

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 (sales price USD 2,77 million) who intends to resell it for scrap metal.

On November 19, 2020, CMV Columbus left London-Tilbury en-route to Gibraltar UK.

Cruise itinerary program

CMV Columbus itinerary program is based on UK cruises leaving roundtrip from Tilbury-London. Among the visited destinations and cruises are 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 offers cruises to the Caribbean and South American ports, also visiting Havana Cuba. Columbus cruises also include roundtrip itineraries from Amsterdam Holland.

Cabins

Most Columbus cruise staterooms are 190 ft2 Oceanview cabins (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).

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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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, 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 (CANCELLED)

For 2020-2021, CMV scheduled a total of 69 voyages for the ship Columbus. Following the Coronavirus-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 and Rotterdam. Among the scheduled and cancelled CMV Columbus cruises were the following itineraries:

15 days "Canary Islands Madeira"

Date / TimePort
04 Oct 15:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
05 Oct 08:00 - 16:30Rotterdam, Holland
09 Oct 12:00 - 21:00Gibraltar, UK
11 Oct 12:00 - 20:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
12 Oct 08:00 - 23:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
13 Oct 07:00 - 14:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
14 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
16 Oct 08:00 - 13:00Lisbon, Portugal
19 Oct 09:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

12 days "Hidden Baltic Treasures"

Date / TimePort
19 Oct 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
20 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
22 Oct 08:00 - 16:00Copenhagen, Denmark
23 Oct 08:00 - 21:00Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
24 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Bornholm Island, Ronne, Denmark
25 Oct 08:30 - 18:00Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
26 Oct 09:00 - 20:00Klaipeda, Lithuania
27 Oct 06:00 - 15:00Gdynia-Gdansk, Poland
29 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Skagen, Denmark
31 Oct 07:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

19 days "Grand Canary Islands, Madeira Morocco"

Date / TimePort
01 Nov 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
02 Nov 09:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
05 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
06 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Lisbon, Portugal
08 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
09 Nov 12:00 - 10 Nov 20:00 (overnight)Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
11 Nov 08:00 - 14:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
12 Nov 07:00 - 14:00Agadir, Morocco
13 Nov 08:00 - 22:00Casablanca, Morocco
14 Nov 12:00 - 23:30Gibraltar, UK
15 Nov 07:00Cadiz, Spain
17 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Vigo, Spain
20 Nov 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

5 days "German Christmas Markets Antwerp"

Date / TimePort
10 Dec 17:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
12 Dec 08:00Hamburg, Germany
14 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Antwerp, Belgium
15 Dec 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

17 days "Christmas New Year Canaries Madeira"

Cruise Theme: New Year cruise

Date / TimePort
20 Dec 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
21 Dec 09:00 - 14:30Rotterdam, Holland
24 Dec 12:00 - 19:00Lisbon, Portugal
27 Dec 08:00 - 22:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
28 Dec 08:00 - 19:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
29 Dec 12:00 - 19:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
30 Dec 07:00 - 21:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
31 Dec 16:00 - 01:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
03 Jan 07:00 - 18:00Vigo, Spain
06 Jan 07:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

"Grand Round the World Cruise 2021" was offered as a roundtrip from London (120-days) and Rotterdam (121-days) - for its itinerary see below.

3 days "Spring Break to Rotterdam Antwerp"

Date / TimePort
06 May 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
07 May 08:30 - 19:00Antwerp, Belgium
08 May 08:00 - 20:00Rotterdam, Holland
09 May 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

13 days "Grand British Isles Discovery"

Date / TimePort
09 May 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
10 May 08:30 - 20:00Amsterdam, Netherlands
12 May 07:00 - 18:00Invergordon, Scotland
13 May 08:00 - 19:00Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
14 May 07:00 - 18:00Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
15 May 07:00 - 19:00Isle of Skye, Uig-Dunvegan-Armadale-Portree, Scotland
16 May 07:00 - 20:00Isle of Mull, Craignure-Fionnphort-Tobermory, Scotland
17 May 08:00 - 18:30Belfast, Northern Ireland
18 May 12:00 - 19:00Cobh-Cork, Ireland
19 May 07:30 - 20:00Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, England
20 May 07:30 - 19:00Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
21 May 05:15 - 15:00Honfleur, France
22 May 07:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

7 days "South Norway Viking Experience"

Date / TimePort
22 May 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
23 May 08:00 - 15:00Rotterdam, Holland
25 May 08:00 - 18:00Kristiansand, Norway
26 May 08:00 - 17:00Oslo, Norway
27 May 08:00 - 17:00Skagen, Denmark
29 May 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

7 days "Majestic Fjordland"

Date / TimePort
29 May 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
30 May 07:00 - 14:00Rotterdam, Holland
01 Jun 08:30 - 17:00Flam, Norway
02 Jun 10:00 - 17:00Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
03 Jun 10:00 - 16:30Bergen, Norway
05 Jun 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

36 days "Grand Baltic Cities, Round Britain Iceland Experience"

Date / TimePort
05 Jun 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
06 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
08 Jun 08:00 - 16:00Copenhagen, Denmark
09 Jun 08:00 - 21:30Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
11 Jun 10:00 - 17:00Tallinn, Estonia
12 Jun 07:00 - 13 Jun 19:00Saint Petersburg, Russia
14 Jun 08:00 - 14:00Helsinki, Finland
15 Jun 07:00 - 14:00Stockholm, Sweden
17 Jun 08:00 - 13:00Aarhus, Denmark
19 Jun 09:00 - 16:00London-Tilbury, England
20 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
22 Jun 07:00 - 18:00Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
23 Jun 07:00 - 19:00Isle of Skye, Uig-Dunvegan-Armadale-Portree, Scotland
24 Jun 07:00 - 19:00Isle of Mull, Craignure-Fionnphort-Tobermory, Scotland
25 Jun 07:00 - 14:00Belfast, Northern Ireland
26 Jun 11:00 - 20:00Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, England
27 Jun 08:00 - 19:00Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
28 Jun 06:00 - 16:00Honfleur, France
29 Jun 08:00 - 16:00London-Tilbury, England
30 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
02 Jul 07:00 - 17:00Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
03 Jul 09:00 - 17:00Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
04 Jul 12:00 - 18:00Seydisfjordur, Iceland
05 Jul 09:00 - 19:00Akureyri, Iceland, Lake Myvatn
06 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Isafjordur, Westfjords Iceland
07 Jul 07:00 - 20:00Reykjavik, Iceland
11 Jul 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

2 days "Weekend Amsterdam Mini Cruise"

Date / TimePort
03 Sep 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
04 Sep 10:00 - 18:00Amsterdam, Netherlands
05 Sep 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

7 days "Autumn Fjordland"

Date / TimePort
30 Sep 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
01 Oct 08:30 - 16:30Amsterdam, Netherlands
03 Oct 07:00 - 15:30Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
04 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Flam, Norway
05 Oct 07:00 - 16:00Bergen, Norway
07 Oct 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

14 days "Norway - Land of the Northern Lights"

Date / TimePort
22 Oct 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
23 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Rotterdam, Holland
25 Oct 08:00 - 16:00Bergen, Norway
26 Oct 08:00 - 16:00Andalsnes, Norway
28 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Tromso, Norway
29 Oct 08:30 - 19:00Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
30 Oct 06:00 - 02:00Alta, Norway
02 Nov 07:00 - 15:00Alesund, Norway
03 Nov 09:00 - 16:00Stavanger, Norway
05 Nov 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

The last planned by CMV cruise for Columbus was a 21-day voyage themed as "Grand Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco".

Date / TimePort
08 Nov 16:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
09 Nov 08:00 - 14:30Rotterdam, Holland
12 Nov 12:00 - 19:00Lisbon, Portugal
14 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
15 Nov 12:00 - 16 Nov 20:00 (overnight)Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
19 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
23 Nov 08:00 - 23:00Casablanca, Morocco
25 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Porto-Leixoes, Oporto, Portugal
26 Nov 07:00 - 18:00La Coruna, Spain
29 Nov 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

CMV World Cruise 2021 (CANCELLED)

In early-June 2019, CMV announced "Grand Round the World Cruise 2021" (booking code C106). The 120-night itinerary was planned as a roundtrip from Port Tilbury (January 6, 2021). The voyage featured 34,770 NM (40,000 mi / 64,400 km) of navigation and visiting 38 seaports in 24 countries on 5 continents. Signature destinations included the Caribbean, Panama Canal (transition), South Pacific Ocean, Australia New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean, South Africa, South America (Brazil).

Date / TimePort
06 Jan 17:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
07 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Rotterdam, Holland
10 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
13 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
20 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Bridgetown, Barbados
21 Jan 08:00 - 18:00St Georges, Grenada
24 Jan 07:00 - 14:00Cartagena, Colombia
25 Jan 09:00 - 23:00Colon, Panama
26 Jan 04:00 - 19:00Panama Canal
05 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia
07 Feb 19:00 - 08 Feb 21:00 (overnight))Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
09 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
10 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Huahine Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
12 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands NZ
16 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
20 Feb 07:00 - 22:00Auckland, New Zealand
23 Feb 07:00 - 24 Feb 19:00 (overnight))Sydney, NSW Australia
27 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
01 Mar 05:00 - 20:00Yorkeys Knob, Queensland Australia
05 Mar 09:00 - 20:00Darwin, NT Australia
08 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
11 Mar 07:00 - 22:00Singapore
12 Mar 09:00 - 20:00Malacca, Malaysia
13 Mar 06:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
15 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Phuket, Thailand
19 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
21 Mar 08:00 - 20:00Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
25 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles
28 Mar 07:00 - 29 Mar 18:00 (overnight))Mombasa, Kenya
03 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Durban, South Africa
04 Apr 12:00 - 18:00East London, South Africa
06 Apr 06:00 - 07 Apr 13:00 (overnight)Cape Town, South Africa
11 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Tristan da Cunha Island, Edinburgh, St Helena UK
16 Apr 06:00 - 23:59Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19 Apr 08:00 - 23:59Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
21 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Recife, Brazil
27 Apr 09:00 - 18:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
01 May 07:00 - 21:00Casablanca, Morocco
03 May 07:00 - 14:00Lisbon, Portugal
06 May 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

Prices started from GBP 9000 per person (double occupancy cabin rates). Alternatively, the World Voyage was offered as a 121-day roundtrip from Rotterdam (Jan 7 through May 8).

CMV World Cruise 2020

In 2019, CMV offered on Columbus company's (and industry's) first "best-priced world cruise" (2020 voyage). Early booking fares started at ~USD 100 pp per night for the 120-day itinerary - or just USD 12,700 for the entire voyage (interior cabin price based on double occupancy). All bookings made by March 30 (2019) also received up to USD 3000 in OBC (onboard credit per person). Next table shows the itinerary as destinations, ports and port times.

120-day "Grand Round the World Cruise 2020" roundtrip from Tilbury

Date / TimePort
06 Jan 19:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
07 Jan 12:00 - 20:00Rotterdam, Holland
12 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
20 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Cartagena, Colombia
23 Jan 12:00 - 23:00Colon, Panama
24 Jan 04:00 - 19:00Panama Canal
03 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia
05 Feb 19:00 - 06 Feb 20:00 (overnight))Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
07 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
12 Feb 07:00 - 23:00Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
14 Feb 07:00 - 23:00Suva, Fiji
18 Feb 05:45 - 16:00Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
19 Feb 08:00 - 22:00Auckland, New Zealand
21 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Wellington, New Zealand
25 Feb 07:00 - 21:00Sydney, NSW Australia
28 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Hamilton Island, Queensland Australia
01 Mar 05:00 - 20:00Yorkeys Knob, Queensland Australia
05 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Madang, Papua New Guinea
12 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Yokohama, Japan
14 Mar 08:00 - 20:00Kagoshima, Japan
17 Mar 06:00 - 22:00Tianjin, Beijing, China
20 Mar 08:00 - 20:30Shanghai, China
23 Mar 07:00 - 20:00Hong Kong, China
25 Mar 07:00 - 23:00Halong Bay, Vietnam
28 Mar 06:00 - 23:00Saigon, Vietnam
30 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia
31 Mar 11:00Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand
03 Apr 07:00 - 21:00Singapore
04 Apr 12:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
05 Apr 09:30 - 19:00Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia
09 Apr 07:00 - 22:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
11 Apr 06:00 - 17:00Cochin, Kochi, India
13 Apr 08:00 - 22:00Mumbai, Bombay, India
21 Apr 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
22 Apr 09:30 - 22:00Aqaba, Jordan
24 Apr 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal
25 Apr 07:00 - 20:00Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
27 Apr 13:00 - 19:30Piraeus, Athens, Greece
01 May 14:30 - 18:30Gibraltar, UK
05 May 08:00Arriving in London-Tilbury, England

For Columbus World Cruise 2020, CMV for the first time offered free flights (fly-cruise deals) from several Canadian and US port cities (for embarkation). By October 2019, voyage's lowest pricing was USD 14,000 pp (interior) and USD 18,670 pp (oceanview), inclusive of taxes and port fees.

CMV Columbus inaugural cruise itineraries

The below tables show ship's Inaugural Cruise itineraries (maiden voyages) for CMV by destination. All listed prices are the cheapest rates per person (pp) and based on double occupancy (inside cabin rates).

MV Columbus' "Inaugural Cruise" for CMV was on June 11, with the following 3 nights / 4 days short-break itinerary (roundtrip UK to Holland and Belgium). Prices started from USD 590 pp.

Date / TimePort
11 JunDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
12 Jun 09:00 - 17:00Amsterdam, Holland
13 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Antwerp, Belgium
14 JunArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's "grand maiden voyage" was 12 nights / 13 days, roundtrip UK to Iceland and Northern Isles. Prices started from USD 2540 pp.

Date / TimePort
29 JunDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
01 Jul 07:00 - 13:00Invergordon, Scotland
02 Jul 09:00 - 16:00Kollafjordur, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
03 Jul 12:00 - 18:00Seydisfjordur, Iceland
04 Jul 09:00 - 19:00Akureyri, Iceland
05 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Isafjordur, Iceland
06 Jul 07:00 - 22:00Reykjavik, Iceland
09 Jul 08:00 - 17:00Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland
11 JulArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's "Canaries maiden voyage" was 14 nights / 15 days, roundtrip UK to the Canary Islands and Madeira. Prices started from USD 2740 pp.

Date / TimePort
11 AugDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
15 Aug 10:00 - 19:00Gibraltar, UK
17 Aug 09:00 - 21:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
18 Aug 08:00 - 23:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
19 Aug 07:00 - 14:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
20 Aug 08:00 - 18:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
22 Aug 07:00 - 14:00Lisbon, Portugal
25 AugArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's "British Isles maiden voyage" was 9 nights / 10 days, roundtrip themed "British Isles Discovery". Prices started from USD 1900 pp.

Date / TimePort
04 SepDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
05 Sep 09:00 - 20:00Honfleur, France
06 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Guernsey, Channel Islands
07 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales
08 Sep 11:00 - 22:00Dublin, Ireland
09 Sep 08:00 - 19:00Belfast, Northern Ireland
10 Sep 07:00 - 17:00Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
11 Sep 10:00 - 18:00Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
13 SepArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's "Norwegian Fjords maiden voyage" was 7 nights / 8 days, roundtrip themed "Majestic Fjordland". Prices started from USD 830 pp.

Date / TimePort
25 SepDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
27 Sep 12:00 - 17:00Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
28 Sep 10:00 - 18:00Flam, Norway
29 Sep 11:00 - 18:00Geiranger, Norway
30 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Bergen, Norway
02 OctArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's first "Transatlantic cruise" (the UK to the Caribbean) was 46 nights / 47 days, themed "Cuba, Central America & Caribbean Experience". Prices started from USD 8060 pp.

Date / TimePort
29 OctDeparting from London-Tilbury, England
30 Oct 14:00 - 21:00Amsterdam, Holland
04 Nov 08:00 - 20:00Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
11 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
12 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Tortola Island, Road Town, BVI
13 Nov 12:00 - 20:00La Romana, Dominican Republic
15 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Ocho Rios, Jamaica
17 Nov 12:00 - 21:00Havana, Cuba
20 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Progreso, Mexico
21 Nov 12:00 - 19:00Cozumel, Mexico
22 Nov 09:00 - 19:00Belize City
23 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Roatan Island, Honduras
25 Nov 09:00 - 17:00Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
26 Nov 07:00 - 14:00Colon, Panama
27 Nov 09:00 - 20:00Cartagena, Colombia
29 Nov 08:00 - 23:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
30 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
02 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Bridgetown, Barbados
08 Dec 12:00 - 20:00Horta, Faial Island, Azores
11 Dec 07:00 - 13:00Lisbon, Portugal
14 DecArriving in London-Tilbury, England

The ship's first "World Cruise" was 71 nights / 72 days, from Australia to the UK. Prices started at just USD 8850 pp.

Date / TimePort
24 FebDeparting from Sydney, NSW, Australia
28 Feb 07:00 - 20:00Yorkeys Knob, Queensland, Australia
04 Mar 09:00 - 18:00Darwin, NT Australia
07 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia
11 Mar 12:00 - 22:00Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines
15 Mar 12:00 - 20:00Shanghai, China
20 Mar 07:00 - 20:00Hong Kong, China
23 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Da Nang, Vietnam
25 Mar 07:00 - 23:00Saigon, Vietnam
27 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Koh Samui Island, Thailand
28 Mar 09:00 - 28 MarLaem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand
31 Mar 07:00 - 21:00Singapore
01 Apr 12:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
02 Apr 08:00 - 19:00Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia
06 Apr 07:00 - 22:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
08 Apr 06:00 - 18:00Cochin, India
10 Apr 08:00 - 22:00Mumbai, Bombay, India
14 Apr 06:00 - 17:00Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
15 Apr 13:00 - 20:00Muscat, Oman
22 Apr 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
23 Apr 09:00 - 21:00Aqaba, Jordan
25 Apr 05:00 - 17:00Suez Canal
27 Apr 09:00 - 20:00Piraeus, Athens, Greece
29 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Valletta, Malta
02 May 08:00 - 14:00Gibraltar, UK
06 MayArriving in London-Tilbury, England

P&O Pacific Pearl ship review

  • Cabin grades number: 22
  • A total number of cabins: 773 (of which 36 Suite, 28 Balcony, 176 Inside rooms).
  • Dining Rooms: Waterfront Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: Plantation Restaurant (buffet), Salt Grill (by Luke Mangan), The Grill (lido BBQ), Wine Room (wine & Chef’s Table), Luna (Asian).
  • Lounges & Bars: Marquee (theater), Dome (observation & nightclub), Charlie’s (lobby), Marquee, MIX (cocktails), Orient (pub), Connexions (promenade), Players (casino & sports), teen & kids lounges (Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ, HQ+), poolside bars (The Cafe, NZ Natural /ice cream).
  • Entertainment - adult-only retreat (Oasis), Aqua SpaFitness, Casino, Promenade (deck 7), outdoor movie LED screen, 2 pools, 4 jacuzzis, duty-free shops, deck games (chess, shuffleboard, golf putting).

P&O Pacific Pearl ship started its carrier under the name "Star Princess". She was operated by Princess Cruises from 1989 to 1997. Then for six years (1997 to 2003), the vessel was operated as "Arcadia" by P&O UK, and for another seven years (2003 to 2010) as "Ocean Village I" (by the Ocean Village line /former Carnival brand). In 2010, the ship was finally transferred to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, named "Pacific Pearl" and homeported in Sydney.

Vessel's design is similar to the P&O AU fleet mates Pacific Dawn (CMV Amy Johnson since 2021) and Pacific Jewel (Karnika since March 2019). Pacific Pearl's godmother was Barbara Anne Kendall - boardsailor, a medalist from 5 Summer Olympic Games.

Pacific Pearl used to cruise mostly on roundtrip Australia and New Zealand itineraries departing from Sydney and Auckland. On its South Pacific Islands routes ("Pacific Island Hopper") the ship visited Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Santo, Tonga), also Papua New Guinea. On cruises to Queensland include stops at Willis Island (the Coral Sea, beyond the Great Barrier Reef). On short breaks, the ship sailed exclusively to Mooloolaba ("Sunshine Coast", located about 60 ml / 100 km north of Brisbane) or to Moreton Island (the world's 3rd largest sand island).

Pacific Pearl's Cruise to Nowhere deals was on specially themed Australian roundtrip voyages (with no additional ports of call along the route). These short breaks were usually themed "Food and Wine", "Music" (various styles/performers), "Comedy", "Sports". P&O Australia "cruises to nowhere" prices are also inclusive of all special activities and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

MS Pacific Pearl - dining

The primary dining venue on Pacific Pearl was the Waterfront (Deck 7 aft), which looks more like a contemporary restaurant, rather than a traditional dining room. The line recruited its first ever celebrity manager, Luke Mangan, to add his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill (steakhouse and seafood restaurant with an a la carte priced menu).

Follows the complete list of Pacific Pearl restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Jewel is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days)
  • The Luna room (Asian-cuisine banquets; features Japanese and Thai specialties)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via a partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
  • The Pantry (self-service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
  • Chef’s Table (14-seat private dining room, located in the Wine Room / gourmet private dining and tour of the galley)
  • New Zealand Natural (ice cream bar)

MS Pacific Pearl - entertainment

Pacific Pearl was created for family fun. The atrium was converted into a multipurpose cafe lounge, bar, and retail shopping space. The vessel had an awesome 2-level amusement venue, The Marquee. Daytime activities included karaoke, bingo, and trivia. The pool deck's big LED screen proved to be a huge hit and was largely used for broadcasting full-length concerts, live sports, movies, shows. Evening entertainment was standard cruise ship fare, with a mix of guest entertainers and Broadway-style production shows. For kids, innovative activity clubs included Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ (teens facilities).

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

  • Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • Charlie’s Bar; The Orient bar (English pub); MIX (specialty cocktails bar); Connexions Bar; The Cafe
  • Essentials Store; Tax & Duty-Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewelry); Aqua Hut (snorkeling equipment)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, for large-scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theater hosted Jackpot bingo games and trivia quizzes)
  • Wine Room (boutique winery)
  • The Big Screen (outdoor LED screen for movies, show programs, sports games)
  • The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor, full-service bar; transforms into a disco nightclub in the evenings)
  • Players Bar & Casino
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery & Shop); Art Gallery; The Lounge (Internet computers)
  • The Oasis (adults-only relax

CMV Columbus User Reviews

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Medically fraught

by Ray Wyatt
1 Review written
8 days, round-trip Majestic Fjordland
Departure date: 26 Aug 2019
At her first dialysis session on Deck 11 during the first morning of our cruise my wife had difficulty breathing. This is a reasonably common problem among dialysis patients and it is easily fixed by providing a small amount of oxygen from a cylinder. But the head dialysis nurse refused to do...

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