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Columbus Taking Shape In Rotterdam Ahead Of Maiden Voyage


Cruise & Maritime Voyages Columbus, the latest and largest addition to the fleet and new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam on Saturday for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. 

The ship has been undergoing small modifications during its voyage from Singapore to Rotterdam, and now maintenance, rebranding, and extensive refurbishment works will take place in dry dock.

To cater to Cruise & Maritime’s mature demographic, the children’s club will be replaced with the Columbus Observation Lounge, offering stunning views overlooking the aft of the ship, Trumps & Aces, a spacious Card and Bridge room, a Ship’s Library with a traditional country house style feel and a Crafter’s studio, perfect for arts and crafts. 

The casino is being reduced in size, and will be part of the Captain’s Club lounge. The existing Captain’s Club lounge will be renamed Tavener’s Pub, offering a selection of 4 popular draught beers and ales, plus 15 other beers and a wide selection of wines and spirits.


Chris Coates, CMV’s Commercial Director, who visited the ship this week in Rotterdam said, “After over a year of meticulous planning this impressive traditional cruise liner is coming back home to British waters where she was once adored by many passengers and proved a firm favourite with the UK cruise market.”

Columbus will be named in London Tilbury on June 8, ahead of a series of overnight events. The ship will embark on its maiden voyage – a three night cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp – on June 11. 


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Jordan Bailey
21-year-old travel journalist, Jordan, has been reporting on cruise news since 2011. Since taking his first voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in 2009, Jordan has now been on over 50 cruises. He currently studies Journalism at Southampton Solent University.
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