196 London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury) Senior Cruise Reviews

liked the itinerary British isles cruise for adults only the ship is great with lovely facilities but unfortunately some of the staff didnt have their heart in it, some couldnt speak english which I though was odd considering it sailed ... Read More
liked the itinerary British isles cruise for adults only the ship is great with lovely facilities but unfortunately some of the staff didnt have their heart in it, some couldnt speak english which I though was odd considering it sailed out of London and was a British Isles cruise. Also the meals were very ordinary to say the least but the bar had very reasonable prices and the entertainment was first class the cabins were excellent with plenty of wardrobe space and storage space., we particularly liked the itinerary as only one day cruising with 11 days in a different port/country every day.The embarking and disembarking went like clockwork no problems with that, As well as they had shuttle buses waiting in the ports that were too far away from the main town.city we where visiting Very nice touch, So over all it was mostly positive with but a few negatives {food and SOME service] Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
As first time cruisers we wanted to go from Tilbury (a port local to us) and do the British Isles Discovery 12 night cruise, booking direct with CMV (excellent advice and information provided to us by the CMV customer service agent). ... Read More
As first time cruisers we wanted to go from Tilbury (a port local to us) and do the British Isles Discovery 12 night cruise, booking direct with CMV (excellent advice and information provided to us by the CMV customer service agent). Right from the very beginning we could not fault a single thing. Embarking/disembarking was made so easy, effortless and hassle free due to the fantastic organisation by the London Cruise Terminal team and ALL CMV staff checking us in/out. We met some lovely people, enjoyed excellent cuisine throughout the different restaurants onboard (waiter led and self-service alike), the drinks were really varied (brands, etc) and all the staff were a credit to the company. Nothing was ever too much for our cabin steward and he always went that extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. Waiters, waitresses, bar staff, entertainment staff, ship's crew and officers were second to none - always making sure that we were catered for depending on our needs, tastes and, of course, our safety. We were due to visit St. Peter Port, Guernsey but due to rather high swells, the tender boats could not be used so we were informed that as safety is the captain's priority, we would not be going ashore - those who had booked excursions got refunds and the entertainment team put on extra activities as well as projecting a blockbuster film in the Palladium Lounge. Yes, it is always a pity when certain places can't be visited but if the captain reckons that it's not safe to do so, then so be it.... he has my backing all the time in such circumstances! All in all, l can honestly say that this is the best holiday l have ever had and l would recommend CMV's Columbus without a shadow of a doubt! Congratulations CMV and here's to my cruising with you more and more! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had been on Columbus to Iceland in 2017 and enjoyed its high standard of entertainment and food. Our cruise around the British isles in June 2018, gave us 10 ports in 7 countries in 12 days. The restaurant food, breakfast, lunch ... Read More
We had been on Columbus to Iceland in 2017 and enjoyed its high standard of entertainment and food. Our cruise around the British isles in June 2018, gave us 10 ports in 7 countries in 12 days. The restaurant food, breakfast, lunch and dinner were excellent and the buffet style cafe were of good quality and quantity. It's quite sad to see how greedy people are and how easily the waste so much. Shame on them. The ships senior staff were very professional and the serving staff friendly, and efficient. I don't quite understand the few complaints on food quality, we had no mediocre dishes. from the +160 our party of 3 enjoyed over the 12 days. The one problem we did have, was cruise shortening and came unforeseen. Despite the issue being unpredictable, CMV worked very hard for my guest and gave us every opportunity to sort out the issue to our complete satisfaction. So a big hearted thankyou to them. You only really know how good a company is when they have helped you through an unexpected crisis and allowed your cruise to continue. Columbus, we'll be back ............. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Destination combined with price governed our decision to book this cruise. Coming from New Zealand we also have to factor in airfares. We had previously cruised on Columbus when she was with P&O Aust as the Pacific Pearl, so we knew ... Read More
Destination combined with price governed our decision to book this cruise. Coming from New Zealand we also have to factor in airfares. We had previously cruised on Columbus when she was with P&O Aust as the Pacific Pearl, so we knew what to expect. For the most part the ship is still the same with just a few cosmetic changes noted. CMV, they were new to us. Prior to the cruise they were hopeless, getting information was like extracting teeth. Once the cruise began, no problems. Shore excursions, except for one, very good and very good value. We did six excursions. Food; not flash but acceptable. In the main dining area it was very good. Equal to HAL or Princess. Buffet, mmmm, could do better here. It is quite shabby in places. Biggest moan, late opening especially on port days. Should be open at least 1 hour earlier, we got sick of seeing the little sargeant major strutting around telling people "we don't open until 7.30am". Get your act together guys. Results was usually a crush of people in a shorter time frame. Entertainment; acceptable, but a bit amateurish. I did like the fact that the CD was not "in your face". On other lines the CD can be rather annoying. On CMV, we liked his approach. Our biggest whinge was our cabin. We were in a 2 berth inside. It was previously a 4 berth and the two extra bunks had been removed. But they left the holes in the bulkheads where the 2 bunks had been attached. It was an eyesore. This is very unprofessional. Loved the pax mix, loved the British SOH. Very enjoyable, VERY good value and would definately book again with CMV. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Having never cruised with CMV before, we drove toward Tilbury with some trepidation as the car radio warned of congestion on the M25 but as it happened we drove right up to the Terminal with time to spare. I decanted a ton of luggage, ... Read More
Having never cruised with CMV before, we drove toward Tilbury with some trepidation as the car radio warned of congestion on the M25 but as it happened we drove right up to the Terminal with time to spare. I decanted a ton of luggage, The Management and the Mother-out-Law, all of which was immediately gathered up by a lady porter and whisked into the Departure Hall as I drove back to the Long Stay Car Park. Got parked up (squeezed in very tightly) and boarded a nearly empty shuttle bus with only my hand luggage to worry about. The driver didn’t set off until the bus was full to capacity and that turned out to be the longest wait of the day. The embark procedures were very swift and within minutes we were onboard Columbus, located the M-o-Ls cabin on Deck 6 and were delighted to see she’d been upgraded from inside single to outside twin cabin. We then proceeded to deck 10 to locate our billet to find our cases already there. This was probably the quickest most efficient embark in our experience. Well done CMV. Our Cabin was of a reasonable size with large bed and room under for cases. Small tv on window wall, dressing table bearing the tea/coffee facilities which was a pleasant surprise as we thought there would be none, two chairs and a storage unit housing the fridge and space for the provided sun lounger towels. The en suite was accessed from a short corridor at right angles to the main passageway with a large chest of drawers and an open wardrobe. The shower unit was just large enough to avoid bodily contact with the shower curtain, the water was piping hot with good pressure and space for the usual products. For a 29 year old ship – not at all bad and no worse than any other comparable ship. The décor was plain and simple and easy on the eye. Small 4-drawer units either side of the bed provided more than enough storage for us. The cabin was very quiet and vibration free and the air con worked well. Access to the cabin is with your credit card size key which identifies which drinks package you have. We initially needed a stewards help to open the door as there was a slight knack to it and the same with the room safe. This is where the age of the ship shows as the door locks and the safe were pretty ancient and well used. The tv sound was not good – really crackly so we only used the tv for the navigation charts and forward view camera. Also the window was filthy on the outside but was cleaned on the penultimate day. Any other little niggles were sorted out by very obliging steward who said he was known as Oh Oh. The compulsory life boat drill was carried out before we set sail and was actually held under our designated lifeboat – much better than in a crowded theatre like on other lines. We pre-booked the VIP drinks package so set off to put it to the test. We chose VIP as it meant we would always have bottled water in the cabin, small bottles of water on disembarking and specialty teas and coffees. Ordinary tea or coffee isn’t good enough for The Management so she was pleased to be able to order decaff soya lattes or Camomile tea around the ship. Over the course of the week we sampled many excellent cocktails and the gin is Bombay Sapphire but you have to specify this otherwise you’ll get Gordons. Knowing you won’t get a huge bar bill at cruise-end is very liberating but with such reasonable bar prices, a light drinker would not need that package or could opt for a cheaper one. We dined 2nd sitting in the Waterfront Restaurant and found the food generally to be of a higher standard than we were led to believe and the presentation was excellent. Our waiters and drinks servers were lovely friendly guys and very efficient. No complaints at all. Alas the same cannot be said of the breakfast service in the MDR. We tried it on the first morning only and didn’t bother again until the last day. The service was haphazard and slow and the food quality was merely adequate. The only alternative was the smash 'n’grab or Plantation as its called. Food on offer was OK with reasonable variety. A bit crowded on sea days and we couldn’t always get a table at our favourite place - the open aft deck - but this is no different to most other ships we have been on. I don’t do lunch as I usually eat a reasonable breakfast but thought I’d give the afternoon tea a try. This is self-serve and therefore not a patch on say P&O. The sandwiches were pretty dry after being out for a while but tasty enough and there were some pretty colourful looking cakes on display but I resisted the temptation. On one occasion we tried The Grill (£7.50 supp with the VIP package) and it was very good. Huge 10oz Ribeye was superb and after the 3 courses we were very full. It wasn’t quite the sophisticated experience as say on Celebrity but very enjoyable and extraordinarily good value. There is also an Indian cuisine speciality restaurant but we didn’t have time to try that. The staff we met were all very friendly and professional and most of all helpful and keen to please. Mainly from the Asian sub-continent, Burma and E Europeans, they all spoke very good English and were a credit to CMV. The first port of call was Amsterdam. Here I will offer a warning. There was an Amsterdam Tourist office presence in the arrival hall with the usual maps and leaflets. We enquired about a canal cruise and were sold tickets for €20 each for a hop on-hop off trip, and given a map. We were told to pick up the boat at the adjacent canal landing stage. Soon enough a red hop on/off canal boat arrived (in the same livery as the red double decker tour buses you find in many ports) but we and several other people were turned away. We were advised to look for the pale yellow boats with a green band. Soon one such boat arrived – again we were turned away as this was for a pre-booked party. We realized we were in the wrong place and after sheltering from a fierce thunderstorm and wandering many alleys and canal under-passes, eventually found a basin with many boats. We sought out the correct liveried boat only to be told our tickets were not valid and were pointed toward an identical vessel across the basin. The M-o-L is 87 and we were heartily sick of all this traipsing about so returned to Columbus. Infuriatingly the Tourist people had by now de-camped to the next pier to enlighten the hordes descending from the MSC ship that had just docked. I am happy to report that after a full and frank discussion with the manager I got a full refund. After departing Amsterdam the ship felt somehow a little more crowded and it transpired that many new passengers had embarked, mainly Dutch and Germans who stay on after Tilbury as Amsterdam was the next port on the following cruise. Cunning marketing there, CMV! The journey back to the North Sea takes a couple of hours including passage through a large lock. There followed a sea day before arrival at delightful Eidfjord. The tour from there wasn’t cheap but we had a brand new Volvo coach and an excellent guide so probably worth it for a first-timer to Norway. To avoid turning this into a travelogue I will summarise by saying the weather in Norway at the 3 ports of call was fabulous, the scenery was fantastic, the sunsets sublime, the other ports of Flam and Bergen were beautiful, the Flam Railway was very interesting from this rail buff’s point of view and the whole cruise was just a delight. As a 29 year old ship Columbus has seen better days but her pedigree as a former P&O vessel amongst other owners is there to see. The inside areas feel open and spacious especially the 3 deck Atrium and the ambiance is relaxed and uncrowded. Although some of the décor is a little dated, the lighting has been improved in parts but could do with more work in other areas. The adjoining Taverners pub and the Connexions bar are very comfortable and sometimes busy and there are nice coffee bars including Cappuccinos on the Pool Deck serving good coffees and especially good Whittards Teas – all included on VIP but otherwise at modest extra charge. We only visited the Palladium theatre a few times but what we did see was very good and one of the regular performers, Chloe, has the most fantastic singing voice. The cruise theme was The 70’s and turns included The Rubettes and an Elvis impersonator. The last 2 night’s shows were performed in the Atrium so everyone could join in. There were a small number of young children on board and they were mainly to be seen in and around the pools and flocking round the performers at the Atrium shows. Credit to the parents here as they were very well-behaved and I think had a great time. Start em young as they say. The shows were mainly aimed at the British in content, showcasing Beatles songs and Queen songs for example so what the Dutch made of all this is not known. Blessed with such fantastic hot weather and with 2 sea days the pool deck was very busy but you would eventually find a lounger somewhere. Disembarkation was well flagged with leaflets in the cabins asking for cases outside by midnight and colour coded labels distributed. It actually ran ahead of schedule in our situation, everything went smoothly, cases found in the hall, shuttle bus waiting and the car started so all good. All in all a very good cruise, terrific vfm and I’m sure we’ll try CMV again subject to the itinerary. There are some exciting long voyages on their new ship Vasco da Gama coming up so who knows… Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We are seasoned cruisers but it was my first time on Cruise and Maritime. The cruise was wonderful. Good weather, great ports, superb excursions. A very comfortable & large inside cabin as well, Food in my opinion was excellent. So why ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers but it was my first time on Cruise and Maritime. The cruise was wonderful. Good weather, great ports, superb excursions. A very comfortable & large inside cabin as well, Food in my opinion was excellent. So why the rating. The following let the ship down. The ship was full, 1, insufficient seats in the buffet for people to have their meals at breakfast & lunch in a civilised, relaxed and orderly manner on sea days & excursion days.it was like a rugby scrum. You literally had to put something on your seat before getting food otherwise someone else would take it. you could not sit and chat after you finished as people would hover over you with their breakfast or lunch waiting to sit down. The restaurant was waiter served and I believe they could easily have made this part buffet as well as other cruise companies have done. 2, frequently no cutlery, mugs, glasses and plates and when this happened they were brought it was a few at a time hot from the dishwasher. Furniture too low to be comfortable 3,Cocktails Frequently the ingredients were changed to make them & cordial was added to mask the no/little alchohol added' I was told that i had to accept inferior products for them at standard prices e.g. cherry liqueur rather than cherry brandy . I sent one back 4 times before I got what i was supposed to have. For that to occur I stood and watched him make it. 4,Poorly equipped Shop no paracetamol, plasters limited toiletries' choice but plenty of olive oil, bubblegum and cigarettes. If I was Cruise and Maritime I would send some undercover management as passengers to go on this ship and I bet they would be amazed at what goes on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
we wanted to tour the British Isles. All the windows were fiithy, lifts out of order, toilets overflowed, corridors flooded, sunloungers black with dirt and torn. mattress on beds worn with dents in the middle. Connections lounge lovely ... Read More
we wanted to tour the British Isles. All the windows were fiithy, lifts out of order, toilets overflowed, corridors flooded, sunloungers black with dirt and torn. mattress on beds worn with dents in the middle. Connections lounge lovely with exception of seating, chairs so uncomfortable and you had to lay not sit in them. Food poor, not too good a selection. Main restuarant food tough,chewy and vegetables not cooked. In self service never enough mugs, racks always empty and coffee machine always breaking down. Ships engines broke down in Scotland and had to double back to get repaired. so we lost a day. Missed 3 ports of call due to bad weather. Have travelled on the Magellan and it was much much better. The entertainment was fantastic. Even the visiting comedians were very good. People very friendly on the cruise. Embarkation and dis embarkation was very well organised and orderly. Enjoyed the actual cruise but wish they had got their act together as it could have been fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit places we had never been to before, especially Skye, Mull and the Scilly Isles. Sadly, we didn't get to any of them. First of all, there was a technical problem with the ship which ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit places we had never been to before, especially Skye, Mull and the Scilly Isles. Sadly, we didn't get to any of them. First of all, there was a technical problem with the ship which necessitated us turning back from Orkney to Invergordon for a day, which meant that we missed our stops at Skye and Mull. As compensation we were offered the princely sum of £50 per cabin onboard credit. An insult! After our visit to Dublin the Captain then reported that he wasn't happy about the forecast for St Mary's in the Scilly Isles and took us to Cobh instead. When we reviewed the weather forecast for the day that we should have visited St Mary's it looked fine. We quite liked the ship: the entertainment by the singers and dancers was really excellent, probably the best we've ever had on a cruise; the service in the bars and at our table for dinner was also very good. Breakfast was a different story. The self-service bistro was always crowded and, as another reviewer has said, they frequently ran out of mugs, and usually at least one coffee machine was out of order. The plates by the salad bar were usually hot! The orange juice was watery. We had breakfast in the main restaurant most of the time, but that was rather a hit and miss affair. You could never be quite sure of getting what you had ordered and service was often slow - a marked contrast with the service from our waiters in the evening. Overall, we quite enjoyed our cruise, but I would have to think long and hard about choosing CMV again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We sailed on Colombus on a packaged back to back cruise. C804 & C805. Embarking on 6th May and disembarking on 30th May. We booked the cruise purely for the itinerary which was good and went to many ports we had not visited ... Read More
We sailed on Colombus on a packaged back to back cruise. C804 & C805. Embarking on 6th May and disembarking on 30th May. We booked the cruise purely for the itinerary which was good and went to many ports we had not visited previously (unfortunately 3 ports were missed (2 were replaced and 1 extra sea day added) on the first sector). We were told in was a low star ship and we totally agree. For us it was the worst cruise ever. It had supposedly been "refurbished" but we didn't see evidence of that. We were told that it still looked like the Pacific Pearl which it had been in a previous life. CMV make it a habit of buying old reject ships. In Australia we are used to getting the rejects but CMV go one further and buy the rejected rejects! The ports that we got to were good. Weather was excellent and the dance troupe onboard were first rate. Best dancing troupe we have experienced (we have done 23 cruises many back to back so even more). The singers were mostly good. Alex was very talented singer. One of the girls was a bit of a screacher! The entertainers bought onboard were all comediannes and were terrible. You would see better in a pub. Neither the first sector Cruise Director or the second sector one (Lee) were friendly or mingled with guests. Only saw them on stage or in buffet. Not good enough. The food. Well many were satisfied but many were not. Terrible service in restaurant. More interested in serving drinks then food. Food was bad. Really bad. All in all it was not a cruiseline I would EVER travel with again. We have done the best and now the worst. It was the first cruise we have ever come off feeling dissatisfied. Never had a bad cruise until this one. If you are not fussy (not bothered when the buffet area is shabby and unclean, wonky passageways, unhelpful staff, ugly ship, etc) then it may be for you. But if you prefer a better cruise go elsewhere because this company have NO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION at all. We requested to speak with Restaurant Manager and he never met with us but this was typical. No one cared. My suggestion there are better cruiselines out there. Stay Away. They are only interested in selling drinks and obviously market to the UK because they sail in and out of Tilbury and apparently that is convenient for the UK travellers. They also market to unsuspecting Australians! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
we left tilbury on the 31st March just back this morning. starting with the good cabin steward was great good drink selection friendly staff. boarding was fine got on quickly shown to our cabin which was very smelly of diesel and very ... Read More
we left tilbury on the 31st March just back this morning. starting with the good cabin steward was great good drink selection friendly staff. boarding was fine got on quickly shown to our cabin which was very smelly of diesel and very loud during the night didn't have a good night once. staff were friendly however could not understand English at all well and seem to just agree with you instead of helping you with your questions. when we arrived we decided I would like a drinks package lady told me 26 pound a day which I didn't think was bad however as I shared a cabin with my wife who don't drink and 2 kids I was told I need to buy us all a package even a alcohol one for my wife even though she don't drink so all in all with kids I was going to end up paying a extra 500 pound just for drinks for me as kids drink where free didn't make sense. on board entertainment was poor cruise director was rushing all over the place didnt give anyone time. captains dinner he wasn't even present at the waldorf restaurant. on to ports we where due in amsterdam Rotterdam Rouen St Peter's port Guernsey and Honfleur we only went 3 stops amsterdam Rotterdam and honfluer all others where cancelled so instead of going st Peter's port they took us to Portsmouth UK fantastic that was (not) they blamed it on bad weather however owing to strikes in France me and many others believe this was the cause. many where on the cruise just to visit st Peter's port so many angry people got offered 25% of there next cruise why would anyone book after this is beyond me. WIFI was the biggest joke you can buy Wi-Fi on board at a cost off £60 for 1 GB anyone who knows data usage can understand how much of a joke that is. It is a cruise for the over 80s only lots of wheelchairs and scooters over the place. After having many cruises with P and O in the past and now CMW I will be sticking with P and O you do get what you pay for Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had enjoyed a previous cruise on the Marco Polo, and wanted to see the areas covered by this cruise. The entertainment was an added bonus. We so enjoyed Nadia's attitude and spirit that we will be looking for whatever ship she ... Read More
We had enjoyed a previous cruise on the Marco Polo, and wanted to see the areas covered by this cruise. The entertainment was an added bonus. We so enjoyed Nadia's attitude and spirit that we will be looking for whatever ship she is on in the future when planning our next cruises. It is rare to find such a fine performer on a cruise ship. The shore excursions are well planned and organized, and the check-in process in Tilbury is much smoother and better organized than most other cruises we have taken. The ship itself is one of the smallest and oldest out there, but that gives it an ambiance that is sadly lacking in the newer ships, and makes the shipboard entertainment much more personal and enjoyable. Other cruise ships try to simulate the small-scale entertainment experience, but on the Astoria it is the real thing. We enjoying listening to the classical music in the lounge far more than a steady diet of pop music. Nadia's music reminisces of the days of Schubert and Mozart, where the music was fresh and original. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our sixth cruise, one of the previous ships also belonged to CMV, the Astor. The Astor was a lovely ship with the right number of passengers. We soon realised that most passengers on the Magellan had chesty coughs and bad ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, one of the previous ships also belonged to CMV, the Astor. The Astor was a lovely ship with the right number of passengers. We soon realised that most passengers on the Magellan had chesty coughs and bad colds, so we were furious that, after getting through the winter with just one cold, we fell for the bugs on this ship. Before embarking at Tilbury each passenger had to complete a health questionnaire. I don’t think people were entirely honest. Even on the excursion buses we were surrounded by unhealthy people so felt really uncomfortable. Our cabin was well appointed but the biggest problem was the air conditioning. Either it was too noisy or, on four occasions we had the smell of diesel oil. Just awful !! The same smell was evident in the lift area on Pacific deck 7. Because the air con was a problem we had to keep it shut meaning a stuffy air cabin. The Raffles Bistro restaurant was the worst food experience of any ship we had been on. There were too many people trying to eat there at popular meal times. If you could get near the food you could not find anywhere to sit. We ate in the Waldorf restaurant and the food and service were excellent. Staff around the ship were friendly and efficient and even tried to assist us with ingress of diesel in to our cabin. We booked this cruise at least six months in advance and paid full price for it. I think we can safely say that many of the passengers would not have paid the same ! On formal nights, for instance, people would turn up in T shirt and jeans when most of us would be in DJ. To add to the bad experience we have found out since getting home that this cruise is being advertised at Buy One and Get One Free ! This was a twelve day cruise and five of them were at sea. Too much ! The Scenic Reykjavik excursion was rediculous. Who wants to see a housing estate and a church that was closed ? The entertainment was good and the lectures were from experienced professionals. Having highlighted the good and the bad parts of this cruise we would not travel on the Magellan again, and especially out of Tilbury which was a logistical nightmare. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted a winter cruise to celebrate my 70th birthday. Having called into the co op travel agents in Lincoln ,this one was recommended to us by one of the cruise specialists.we couldn't have enjoyed it more! The staff on board were ... Read More
We wanted a winter cruise to celebrate my 70th birthday. Having called into the co op travel agents in Lincoln ,this one was recommended to us by one of the cruise specialists.we couldn't have enjoyed it more! The staff on board were all amazing and friendly- nothing too much trouble. I was ill a couple of days into the trip and needed to use the ships medical department. The treatment I got was first class and with a couple of days intensive treatment I was fit to enjoy the rest of the cruise. Food on board was delicious and plentiful and was presented in the first class restaurants as if in a top class hotel. There was a less formal restaurant but the food was excellent in there too. Entertainment was first class with terrific shows each night as well as many and varied day time activities. There was also a wide range on shore excursions ( not cheap as Norway is expensive) and we took advantage of a few of them which we thoroughly enjoyed. We made some good friends who we hope to cruise with again in the future with this line. Now, try as I might, I can't think of any negatives. There was an incident of burst pipes which I believe caused flooding to some areas but the staff worked so hard to sort the problem and did so quickly. I did overhear some guests complaining about various things but they all sounded quite trivial to me. I do feel that some folks complain for complaining X sake!! However, everyone is of course entitled to their opinion. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend cruise and maritime and the Magellan to anyone. Many thanks for a memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The itinerary for this cruise was very appealing - not many cruise ships sail up the Amazon, and the price was extremely attractive: 42 nights for under £2k (inside cabin), or around £2.5k (sea view). The boat is old, but having ... Read More
The itinerary for this cruise was very appealing - not many cruise ships sail up the Amazon, and the price was extremely attractive: 42 nights for under £2k (inside cabin), or around £2.5k (sea view). The boat is old, but having cruised on some of the biggest ships, I found that the Magellan is small enough that you soon get to know your fellow travellers, and many of the crew (who were generally very helpful and friendly). We had force 9 storms in the Bay of Biscay, and the ship pitched and rolled, but strangely enough very few people seemed to suffer drom sea sickness. I found the gentle movement of the boat in heavy seas quite relaxing! Unfortunately an earlier review draws attention to the problems with coughs and chest infections on this ship. We suffered the same problem. In fact we heard that 13 people died on this trip (unconfirmed, as the cruise companies naturally do not want this publicised), but we certainly saw hearses driving up to meet the ship in some ports, and enough rumours circulating around the ship to suggest the numbers were well into double figures. The medical centre seemed to be out of its depth and unable to cope - it is a private practice, so money seems to be the overriding motivation for them. We heard of passengers being lumbered with bills for thousands of pounds after their travel insurance companies declined their claim. It is interesting to note that the medical centre ran out of cough mixture after less then two weeks, and there is no on-board pharmacy, so buying even basic medication from them will result in extortionate charges being added to your onboard account. Entertainment was OK - we appreciate its difficult to do 42 consecutive shows on a limited budget. The entgertainers are very talented, and do their best. Lauren (Assistant Cruise Director) is particularly outstanding, and Tony (Cruise Director) did a great job of whipping up the entertainment, but he is now off to Australia to join the Columbus. There were some dodgy old-school stand-up comedians from the UK who should probably have retired years ago! Service in the restaurants was, I thought, outstanding. The food was a bit variable, but generally very adequate, with a good choice. The ship is kept very clean, so I think the infection problem is probably something to do with the ductwork - most people I met suffered coughs and sore throats, and I suspect germs are cirulating through the old piping. The on-board accounting system is outdated - posting an account under your door every two weeks, without even an envelope, is ludicrous. The staff at reception were sometimes a bit stroppy about dealing with errors (and there were a few.....). Cruising the Amazon was interesting, but at times a bit false. Boca da Valeria is a fake village where you will be greeted on arrival by scores of kids demanding money to take photographs of them posing with various animals. We saw a half dead catfish plonked on a table for all to see. Horrible. The 'indigineous tribespeople locals' (ha ha) will happily offer to take you up river to see where they really live for a fistful of dollars...... The rest of the itinerary was great, though the ship-bought excursions are very expensive, and you will do far better buying locally organised tours at the ports. But overall this ship has a good atmosphere, all the facilities you need and, if you stay healthy, you will have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because it enabled us to fulfill our dream of travelling around the world which we never thought we would be able to afford. Embarkation wasn't easy but with so many people to process it was as good as it could ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it enabled us to fulfill our dream of travelling around the world which we never thought we would be able to afford. Embarkation wasn't easy but with so many people to process it was as good as it could be. We were thrilled to bits with our cabin which was bigger than expected had a picture window and a really big shower. Even when we had to change cabins due to a mysterious noise that was keeping us awake, we moved to one of the same standard.The ship itself was small enough to be 'cosy' but big enough to feel that you had space to move around and all public areas were comfortable and pleasant to be in. The food was excellent in the Waterfront restaurant and in the Plantation Bistro it was as good as you would expect in a self-service style area. The service given by the crew in all areas was very good, on the whole nothing was too much trouble. We didn't experience all the entertainments/activities but the ones we experienced were good and we heard good reports of many others. We went on quite a few shore excursions, some were excellent and others were not so but that is down to the excursion company used. For the one really bad one CMV negotiated a 50% refund for us. The organisation by the shore excursions team left a little to be desired but it's not a job I would like to do. We went to some wonderful ports but could have done with not docking in some places on a Sunday when everything was closed. Disembarkation ran smoothly and we were off the ship earlier than anticipated. I would have no hesitation in recommending CMV as a cruise company if only for the great value for money and we loved the Columbus. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Now this was an extremely memorable cruise for all the wrong reasons. I am in fact lucky to be alive I feel after spending three weeks on board over Christmas 2017 on a trip to Cape Verde and up through the Canary Islands, Tenerife and ... Read More
Now this was an extremely memorable cruise for all the wrong reasons. I am in fact lucky to be alive I feel after spending three weeks on board over Christmas 2017 on a trip to Cape Verde and up through the Canary Islands, Tenerife and Madeira. These were all places I was keen to visit and me and my elderly mother of 88 flew to London from Australia to join this cruise. We are not cruise novices at all. In fact I have been on all the major cruise lines and before this I only had cause to whinge about the most mundane things. From the get go we were not impressed with the Magellan but I became increasingly alarmed as more and more people succumbed to an horrific form of pneumonia. Apparently there were dozens of people lying around on drips in the ship's hospital. Out of our table of 7 people, 4 became incredibly ill and I assume it was rampant through the air conditioning system which was turned too high. I just sadly waited my turn and then it hit me too, but fortunately after we'd seen Madeira so I only missed Porto. However I have never been sick on a cruise ship and now I associate the Magellan with death and destruction. I was so glad I had the foresight to bring some penicillin along just in case. I had no idea that ships could be riddled with lung infections. I always thought it was gastric infections. But I never heard of one person suffering from a gastric infection on this ship at least. I didn't go to the hospital but I instead became a prisoner in the cabin which was undoubtedly just as bad only cheaper! I couldn't sleep because if I laid on my side I could hear all the fluid whooshing around in my chest and I coughed and coughed all day and night. And along with the other awful ship noises (this ship is incredibly noisy and I kept thinking someone was knocking on my cabin door when there was in fact no one there) I heard lots of other people hacking away in their cabins too.. I am grateful that it was me who got the pneumonia and not my 88 year old mother as that would have been the end of her. However, she does have wonky legs and I would at a guess say that these old ships have not such good stability as it rocked and rolled a hell of a lot. Well the ship became so buffeted by the seas that my mother fell over in the cabin twice and hurt herself badly. I heard that people were continually falling down stairs etc and on the last day at sea someone was airlifted off after a fall. I totally blame the instability of the ship for that. The cruise itself, was a total nightmare. I hadn't done any sort of research prior because I had some sort of insane hope that cruise lines were all more or less the same. Well they are not. This bunch CMV buy up out dated cruise ships and then send them out to work for them. The cruise ship we were on was built in 1985 and used to belong to Celebrity. When they turfed it, this company took it over and now they run cruises all over the world in it. They had lousy entertainment. They had a couple of comedians, and their dance troop, while all excellent dancers, came from the Ukraine. (cheap labour). That was the sum total of the entertainment. They had dug up a guest lecturer on astronomy who was big on knowledge but not a good presenter. They showed one movie in the movie theatre on the second day and then not another one for a week, and from then on they seemed to make sure we were all on excursions when they showed the next movies. And you'd think that maybe there could be some solace by watching TV in our rooms. But they never got any reception and if they did, they had organised to have the most horrible channels as I guess they didn't pay for them in exchange for showing advertisements. One station was called 'men's movies' and showed all the 1950 cowboy style movies. They seemed to have two channels running 'The Chase' but mostly there was no signal. They had a station which seemed to show an awful lot of Babylon 5 which was a series from the early 1980s and then there was the channel that showed Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Car rebuilds....obviously because it's free for them. There was no channel that showed movies that normal people want to see. Even a crime channel would have been better than those! And the food. Oh yes. It is almost impossible to find much to compliment there. Normal cruise ships always have a German, Austrian or Swiss Executive chef. Seems that they are the only ones who know how to run a kitchen. The staff on this nightmare ship were ALL Indians. The normal cut for Atlantic salmon is in a cutlet and with the grain. This looks good and keeps the flesh moist. That's even how they sell it in the fish shop. But this ship had invented a new cut. They cut the salmon like a slice of ham and across the grain so that they could no doubt get more from the entire fish. When I ordered it I could not believe my eyes and of course it was totally dry and inedible. On the first day I went to afternoon tea and I took what was supposed to be a 'roast beef' sandwich. I took one bite and nearly vomited. It seemed to be full of foamy stuff. I looked inside and I guess the best description of the mess was that it was cat's food in a frothy mix. Totally repulsive. And their cakes were just a classic. They seemed to think that all cakes are the same - ie with a thin sponge layer, topped with an inch of cream and then topped with another sponge layer and more cream. This was their recipe for Tiramisu, Black Forest Cake and dozens of other cakes. In fact they had a chocolate buffet one day which sounds good but was just like that. Every cake was decorated differently but they were all exactly the same inside. And on the first day I ordered Eggs Benedict and nearly fainted when I saw what came. It was horrible. Slices of white bread topped with hard poached eggs. Apparently most people returned them to the kitchen saying they were an abomination and that gave them a week to learn the real recipe as they served Eggs Benedict every Monday. So I knew it was safe to order Eggs Benedict the following Monday and I was right as they now were on a proper bun and lightly poached and with Béarnaise Sauce. As for the bread on the tables....all ships I've been on had seed buns of different styles and shapes in a basket at night. This ship had those white round rolls you buy in supermarkets. The staff for the most part were surly.. There were a few bright sparks amongst them but they were for the most part a sour and dour lot. In fact one morning in the breakfast restaurant I came in and plonked at the same table as my mother. A most officious woman ordered me to get up and join the table that was being filled by them at that moment. When I refused to move, she sternly told me to get up and go to where she was ordering me. They seem to be robotic with no common sense whatsoever. You might also meet some most unusual passengers on this cruise ship. You have been warned! The Magellan is now on its way to the Amazon and I don't have to use my crystal ball to know that the sick bay is already full of people with pneumonia as it would take a cleansing team from every hospital on earth to get the germs out of their air conditioning system. But hey! Microbes have a right to live too. Maybe the ship is owned by Jains! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The cruise had an appealing itinerary together with the opportunity for Christmas in a warmer climate. The cost was at the lower end. I believe we had value for money. The Magellan visited Amsterdam, Vigo, Lisbon, Cape Verde, Tenerife, ... Read More
The cruise had an appealing itinerary together with the opportunity for Christmas in a warmer climate. The cost was at the lower end. I believe we had value for money. The Magellan visited Amsterdam, Vigo, Lisbon, Cape Verde, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madeira and, Leixoes (for Porto). We were allocated cabin 5078, adjacent to reception. It was quiet and in mid ships comfortable. In fact although there were up to 6m swells, the ship was reasonably stable. We dined in the Waldorf restaurant at the early sitting 5:45. We found the food good and the service friendly and quick. We had always finished the 5 course meal by 7,00. The waiters were friendly and always willing to help if needed. Even when fruit was not available for dessert, he was able to produce some. The shows in the evening were of a variable standard. 3 comedy acts were mediocre. The musical shows of dancers and vocalists were generally good although we disliked one of the vocalists. The daytime activities were unappealing. The lectures were either about astronomy or 50s singers. Although there was a bridge room there was nothing organised and so we managed it ourselves. There were not even enough cards available and I had to purchase some from the shop. The service was generally good. Occasionally it took some time to order and receive drinks in the evening and at shows. The ports were mostly excellent. The biggest disappointment was Cape Verde. Really not worth the 4 sea days there and back. Our biggest disappointment was the port information (mostly limited to the shore excursions) and the shore excursions on offer were unappealing and looked poor value. We did similar things ourselves at much lower cost. We were fortunate with the weather and the Christmas and New Year celebrations were good. Free wine and bubbly were supplied. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Cuba was on the 'To Do' List and this was our 4th CMV Cruise so we knew it would be a cruise that we would enjoy in comfort rather than luxury. The friendliness of the crew is a real bonus - when we arrived at the Terminal, our ... Read More
Cuba was on the 'To Do' List and this was our 4th CMV Cruise so we knew it would be a cruise that we would enjoy in comfort rather than luxury. The friendliness of the crew is a real bonus - when we arrived at the Terminal, our Cabin Steward from our August 2016 cruise outside and came over to greet us. Even better was the fact that he had been promoted to Supervisor, responsible for our group of Cabins on Deck 5 and he made a point of 'warning' our Cabin Steward about us - it was like renewing a friendship and that same happy atmosphere continued with our new Cabin Steward, Pandit. Customer Service was really good across all aspects of the cruise operation. Some Passengers commented that a couple of staff were surly/uncommunicative but my experience was that the individuals had limited English and were avoiding detailed communications where possible. All other staff were very friendly and more than happy to share a joke or banter whenever time allowed. Embarkation was really quick - we arrived about an hour earlier than our time slot but were booked in after a wait of 5 minutes or so. Disembarkation is always frantic, and, with a 4 days pre-Xmas cruise to follow our 46 night cruise, we had to leave the cabin at 07:00 and lug our bags up to the Palladium Show Lounge before carting them down again (we chose Express Disembarkation for a fast departure). Disembarkation is always frenzied and we had to wait until almost 10:00 before we could leave - tedious waiting around but a small price to pay for such a good cruise. Dining is either in the Waterfront Restaurant (Open seating for Breakfast and Lunch, 18:30 and 20:30 Sittings for Dinner) or the Plantation Bistro. There are also a small Grill Restaurant and a revolving themed Indian/Japanese/Chinese offering in a cordoned-off area of the Bistro. We did not try the Grill or the Oriental Cuisine offerings. The Bistro is self-service and for picky eaters like me, this is ideal - there is always a combination of food available. In addition, Salmon and Chicken was available on request. My wife had to make a switch to a low salt diet midway through the cruise and this was accommodated seamlessly. Even when we chose to eat in the Bistro, the Serving Staff fetched the low Salt Meal from the Waterfront Restaurant and served it at our Bistro Table. The service was superb and always delivered with a smile. Desserts were a little limited - Fruit Crumble and Custard and creamy, sugary blancmange style sweets were the mainstay. Fresh fruit, typically Pineapple and at least 2 flavours of Melon were available at all times. The Bistro has seating and formica-style tables that is more 'Luxurious Works Canteen' than upmarket restaurant. The decor is lifted by Stencilled Bon Mots on the Windows - 'Life is Short, Eat Dessert First' etc. Menus are repeated every 4-7 Days. For a picky eater like me, this was a bonus since I knew that a suitable offering was never too far away but several cruisers moaned about the repetitive nature of the menu. Entertainment is the usual twice-nightly show in the Palladium Show Lounge. Dance/Musical productions of a decent, safe level, delivered with energy, rather than innovation, were the order of the day. The Guest Comedians were pretty dire - one comedian had his heyday in the early 1970s and was still delivering material from that era - toe-curling mother-in-law jokes and non-pc material. Afternoon Dance Classes were available and the Salsa (in advance of the Cuba visit) were really popular and resulted in lots of laughter from the participants. The only criticism is that the programme was haphazard so Salsa was followed by Line Dancing and then by Ballroom Dancing etc at random intervals. This made it difficult for Beginners to consolidate their learning and subsequent Sessions were missed by the participants. Lectures were patchy in quality and variety - probably the weakest aspect of the Entertainments Programme. The 46 nights cruise meant that Lecturers were working outside their specialisms and the latter part of the cruise Sessions were a 'Read from the Slide' exercise. The Physical Exercise Programme was very well operated. Doreen's Morning 'Mile with a Smile' laps around Deck 14 took place at 08:30 exactly on every Sea Day, and finished with a challenging 10 minutes Stretching Class. This was followed at 09:00 precisely by Doreen's Zumba Classes that were very well attended. The only criticism is that attendance at both Sessions meant missing breakfast or a very early meal! Afternoon Stretching Classes of 45-60 minutes with Oleg were very popular and were not for the faint-hearted! Everyone benefited from these 'Easy Effort' (they weren't!) classes. Shore Excursion Presentations were pretty poor - the Presentational Skills were dreadful and focused more on selling the Excursions, reading out Tour Details from the Slides. The actual Shore Excursions were well organised and quite reasonable value for money. We took excursions in Ponta Delgada, Uzmal (Mayan Ruins at Progreso), Altan Ha (Mayan Ruins at Belize) and Panama City. At other ports of call, we wandered and explored or visited the Caribbean Beaches. Some of our best moments were meetings with local people on our DIY wanderings. Cuba was the star turn after the bureaucracy of Passport Control and Havana is a safe, welcoming place. We visited a street Bar and I was encouraged to dance with the Band in front of the Diners/Drinkers - after an 8 minutes 'performance' I realised just how unfit I was! In Tobago, a Police Officer suggested a couple of Bars to visit and even accompanied us to the premises! The Cozumel visit on a Sunday (port shops closed), followed by Belize on Monday (Public Holiday - all shops closed) was not a triumph. The cruise was one of the best we have experienced, especially when the price paid is taken into account - we paid more for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in a budget hotel than the nightly cost of the cruise. At the cruise nightly price, economies have to be expected and these are evident in the menu, the range of entertainment and the padding out of daytime activities by (chargeable) Craft Classes. Good quality service, safe (if unspectacular) budget entertainment, friendly and efficient staff and a great range and variety of destinations in comfortable surroundings - all at a nightly price lower than a budget hotel. We will certainly take another CMV cruise - it's only a question of waiting for the itinerary that matches our Wish List. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Was a bit surprised at some of the reviews for the Magellan cruise to the fjords. We were cruise virgins so did not know what to expect but must say we are well pleased with our experience. Surprised at some of the moans ie. no ... Read More
Was a bit surprised at some of the reviews for the Magellan cruise to the fjords. We were cruise virgins so did not know what to expect but must say we are well pleased with our experience. Surprised at some of the moans ie. no orange juice after breakfast - you could always get that from the bars if needed. No kettles in cabins - excellent idea for health and safety as tea and coffee stations available 24 hours around the ship. Does it hurt to walk a few steps for your morning cuppa???? The lifeboat drill has to be done and although tired from our travels to the ship hubby and I still managed to get a laugh out of this very important exercise. Whilst yes, we are on holiday I think it doesn't hurt to step into the shoes of the crew who we think did an excellent job catering for everyone with cheery smiles and a can do attitude. As for worrying about the older and less mobile passengers from where I was standing (excuse the expression) they seemed to cope very well. Most of them I would think were cruise veterans and knew the score anyway. All in all - very good value and we are looking forward to booking our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruise Review. CMV Columbus CD712. 4th - 13th September 2017 Having served at sea or been involved with the Marine industry all my working life I believe I am a reasonable judge of ships and companies and believe this review to be a ... Read More
Cruise Review. CMV Columbus CD712. 4th - 13th September 2017 Having served at sea or been involved with the Marine industry all my working life I believe I am a reasonable judge of ships and companies and believe this review to be a good representation of this our fourteenth cruise. Our first time with CMV, a choice made because of the itinerary, started well with an efficient boarding having used the long term car park. On boarding the vessel all seemed well and our balcony cabin was up to expectation however I soon began to feel that this was not a happy ship. This was clarified at our first meal, breakfast on the Tuesday morning. The table had been laid in a haphazard manner and the staff seem to be lacking in direction, items such as butter knives, teaspoons missing and lack of coherent service caused, we suspect, by the table being released too early for second occupation. The staff appeared harassed. Emergency stations and lifeboat drills were unlike any previous drills encountered, both in the Royal and Merchant Navies with a confusion as to who should be where in the seating arrangements for the life boats (Muster station A). I am not sure whether following each other in the manner of a first world war blinded soldier queue would have worked. Too long and confusing! My intuition that all was not well with the ship came a following evening when we went to first dinner sitting. We queued up back along deck 7 for about fifteen minutes before being let into the dining room, no problem but where were the waiters ? fallen over board ? on strike ? ten minutes or so later they all turned up and someone in middle management declared the restaurant open. No explanation. This is the point that showed that there was a top down communication problem on the vessel which was only to get worse. It is in the interest of any management to quickly stem shipboard rumours, so was it a strike, were their cuts in the wages, had the crew been paid ? all supposition but bad for the company reputation. A simple apology and an excuse for say a "late running staff meeting" would have been suffice. At this point I will put in a good word for the entertainment dancers, singers and band, we did think they did a good job and the variety and skill level was very high. A pity about the Palladium seating arrangements low seats behind high seats !. Why do people get there over an hour before the show to get the best seats? We were very impressed with the standard of food and its presentation, both in the Waterfront and Plantation restaurants. All goes well with the Itinerary, and the tendering (go around and try that again snotty! ) then the weather changes and there is a second attack of poor communication. This time it is in the atrium as we all collect for our excursion buses in Kirkwall. A large mass of people on different tours gathered together and just one member of staff trying call the groups as required. Did anyone think of giving the poor girl a hand held mic?. As we left for our bus my wife suggested to a gangway officer why did you not form us in us into groups and lead us out when required like the larger cruise ships, his response, "we always do it this way" (flash back to Titanic Exhibition). We fully understand the crew are not responsible for weather or any outside influences but again CMV let itself down through poor management and communication. This poor communication problem is finally highlighted on the final day as a set of events outside of the control of the ship's Master could have been better handled. Bad weather had delayed the ship and correctly, advice from the shore side authorities had recommended the vessel lay off and delay arrival. No problem there, we could all understand that the sea state was poor and all travel arrangements need to change at short notice and a plan B instigated. In these instances a company is judged, as noted, by the poor reputation gained by British Airways recently due to poor communication. At some point at about 0100 the bridge was aware of the planned change so why were passengers not told about the delay by about 0700 when we departed our cabins as previously required, only to return later. We went to our embarkation point in the atrium at the correct time and were seated beside the reception desk. Our full marks to the reception staff for fending off so many complaints about communications, but where was any authority? The only answer they could give was they we are awaiting the bridge to give an announcement. This came at about 0900 with a full explanation but why not an early comment from on high? We eventually arrived alongside at 1500. In conclusion the hands on crew were friendly, its food was good and the Palladium production crew did a fine job. We rate this cruise as three star Public relations can either make or break a company and in this instance I think CMV let itself down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We wanted to see Scotland and this was a fantastic opportunity at a competitive price to get a taste of what it all about and travel in luxury. Getting on and off the ship was first class and well organised,to be honest most of the ... Read More
We wanted to see Scotland and this was a fantastic opportunity at a competitive price to get a taste of what it all about and travel in luxury. Getting on and off the ship was first class and well organised,to be honest most of the issues that were few were caused by guests going to their designated areas too early causing congestion. The ship is not new but very well organised with a multinational crew who are all very helpful and go out off their way to help you, the crew also make sure you are safe and keep you informed of weather conditions, the lifeboat drill was well organised but very slow due to the mature clientele on the ship. The food in all the restaurants was superb, all to a good standard with excellent service and plenty of choice. Entertainment was okay and too a reasonable standard, but certainly not west end standard as described in some reviews. The daily activities were fun and varied and again good for the mature clientele on board. Service, all the staff did a fantastic job and went out of their way to be helpful. Ports and shore excursion's were excellent and good value, well organised with lots of interesting information. We did not travel with children and too be honest I don't think their is enough to keep them entertained, particularly if its too cold to use the outdoor pools. We will be returning again and really enjoyed our experience, we were a little nervous When I read some of the previous reviews , but we had no complaints the team did a great job and are a credit to this beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I was invited by friends to join them on this cruise, and I was interested to visit the Scottish islands. Embarkation was comfortable, straightforward, and well organised. I had a nice twin cabin on the 9th deck with a great view from the ... Read More
I was invited by friends to join them on this cruise, and I was interested to visit the Scottish islands. Embarkation was comfortable, straightforward, and well organised. I had a nice twin cabin on the 9th deck with a great view from the picture window, it was a nice quiet room with ensuite facilities and plenty of hanging/storage space. I was glad I packed a 4-way extension lead as there is only one power outlet, for charging phone, camera, and tablet. There was plenty of information available about each days activities from a news letter left in the room each day. All the schedules were kept and there was plenty to do, with guest speakers, quizzes, and fitness classes during the days at sea. The evening entertainment was first class with some very talented singers, and dance routines, plus there was a piano/violin duet in the late evening following the show. Food in the restaurant was very good with plenty of choice, the breakfast buffet would benefit from better quality sausages, and the porridge was runny but all in all it was great. I opted for the drinks package for convenience and value, although the unit prices are not excessive it is easier in a group to order drinks this way. Another way to save money is to buy large bottles of water on the first excursion to keep in the room, rather than buy the more expensive bottles available in room. The islands were very interesting and picturesque, and I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose this cruise because I'd wanted to see Shetland for ages. Embarkation was extremely smooth and fuss free, as was disembarkation a week later. I thought Columbus was really beautiful. My cabin (single, inner) was very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I'd wanted to see Shetland for ages. Embarkation was extremely smooth and fuss free, as was disembarkation a week later. I thought Columbus was really beautiful. My cabin (single, inner) was very nice indeed; clean, comfy and very roomy, there were twin beds and plenty of room for two. I usually ate in the buffet because I prefer not to take too long over meals, especially being solo. I thoroughly enjoyed the talks from the antiques experts. I hadn't expected to like the evening entertainments because it's not usually my thing, but the ones I went to were excellent, especially the last night's version of Queen music. Cabin service was very good indeed, my cabin was always in tip top condition. I enjoyed all four shore excursions, although I think they are a bit pricey. Some people do their own thing but it's harder on your own. I really only have three very small caveats. One is the price of the photos you get taken the whole time. I know there's no obligation to buy them, but what a waste! Another is the almost over-attentiveness of the waiting staff; If I wanted a drink I'd ask! Lastly I wish there had been more than one complimentary tea and coffee station. I only drink tea, and it was four decks and the length of the ship away! Surely there would be room for two or three? Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Having read previous negative reviews, it was with some apprehension when we embarked on a 7 day cruise to the Fjords.I do not believe that the problems experienced then are now appropriate.We had a suite which was to an excellent standard ... Read More
Having read previous negative reviews, it was with some apprehension when we embarked on a 7 day cruise to the Fjords.I do not believe that the problems experienced then are now appropriate.We had a suite which was to an excellent standard and although the bathroom was original it was entirely satisfactory.The cabin steward looked after it and us very well. The main restaurant,the Waterfront,is pleasant but since the waiters tell you were to sit at breakfast we chose to have breakfast served in our cabin.I do not appreciate being forced to seat with 4 other people.The intention was to fill the table for 6 first. The dinner was excellent in both choice,quantity and presentation and certainly the food served was hot.The Junior Head Waiter was attentive but the Maitre D' and Senior Head Waiter chose not to come down to our level! Overall,Columbus is an excellent ship with good facilities. Overall the entertainment was limited and not of our liking-mostly singing and dancing. CMV had chosen to permit children on this cruise and whilst this posed us personally no problem we suspect this was not the view of everyone,particularly since it was not clear when we booked. Our real complaint is with the port of Tilbury.It is a working port and not primarily a Cruise Terminal.We did not like at all having to see our luggage thrown on a trailer [and off] and being transferred to the ship by double decker bus.Back to Southampton and Dover for us! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Always wanted to do a Baltic cruise and with going on the Magellan a few years ago and enjoyed it we thought we would go on the Columbus.We could not find much fault with the cruise at all.Embarkation was quick cabin was good with plenty ... Read More
Always wanted to do a Baltic cruise and with going on the Magellan a few years ago and enjoyed it we thought we would go on the Columbus.We could not find much fault with the cruise at all.Embarkation was quick cabin was good with plenty of storage,clean and spotless.Food was excellent in the restaurant plenty of choice,bistro buffet was good also plenty of choice for everyone.Entertainment was not that good but it was enjoyable.And we went to quite a few of them.All the staff are very friendly and helpful and work very hard and made our holiday.This ship was great for us not to big,but ever so friendly,would definitely go again on this ship fantastic.There are other dining experiences you can try at a charge but we did not try them.Grill Indian infusion and the Chefs Table,all the bars were good with entertainment.Daily activities for you if you want,Spa and massage too.The only problem was if you wanted WiFi you were charged but we couldn't get it so we were refunded and a few other customers had the same problem. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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