5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We have just returned from the Baltic Cities Cruise on the Columbus and in my view (bearing in mind I am not an experienced cruiser) the cruise was excellent. Calling in at 8 ports and spending two days in St Petersburg. My only ... Read More
We have just returned from the Baltic Cities Cruise on the Columbus and in my view (bearing in mind I am not an experienced cruiser) the cruise was excellent. Calling in at 8 ports and spending two days in St Petersburg. My only criticism is I would have like more time in Stockholm and Helsinki. As for the ship, I thought it was very good. We were upgraded to an outside cabin having paid for an inside cabin on a 241 basis. The cabin was on the Reception Deck (Deck 5), was large, comfortable with good storage for clothes. The shower was hot and powerful. There was a TV and tea and coffee making. The cabin was very quiet, we heard no noise from other cabins The food at dinner was good with a choice of five dishes. The portions were not large but were sufficient. We toured the kitchens which were spotless. We were told that there are 1200 different dishes so none are repeated on any one cruise. We had breakfast in The Plantation Restaurant on Deck 12 which is self service. The was a wide choice of dishes both hot and cold. I can recommend the omelettes which are cooked while you wait. Sometimes it was difficult to find four places together (we were travelling with friends). You could also have afternoon tea here. There are sufficient bars on board (6 or 7). The price of most of the drinks are cheaper than my local. There is generally entertainment in most bars with some very good performers, some not so good, but you have the choice. The young entertainment team had a dodgy start but their shows improved as the weeks went on and became very enjoyable. The theatre is not well laid out with poor sight lines. There are plenty of daily activities an the single travellers (140) on our cruise are well looked after with special meetings. I would have no hesitation in cruising on Columbus again if the right destinations were on offer. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
First time cruisers. Cruise and Maritime “Columbus” to Baltic. May 2018 What a marvellous experience. All our first timers uncertainties were completely dispelled by our cruise. The atmosphere on the ship was very relaxed and ... Read More
First time cruisers. Cruise and Maritime “Columbus” to Baltic. May 2018 What a marvellous experience. All our first timers uncertainties were completely dispelled by our cruise. The atmosphere on the ship was very relaxed and friendly, both passengers and staff. It was also very efficient so that we were completely relaxed. Initial embarkation and at all our eight port visits went quickly and smoothly which meant that we could enjoy all the trips ashore. Life on board was enjoyable with plenty to do and it was easy to find places we liked to be, mostly out on deck in our case. We would have preferred some more good talks on history, geography and national culture - this seems not to be a focus for this company. Our cabin was very comfortable and our steward, Gede, looked after us very well. Food was generally very good, particularly for the evening formal meal. It was served amazingly quickly by two very friendly waiters and were we very lucky in having four good companions at our table of six. There was a good range of food at breakfast in the “Plantation” cafeteria although it could be quite busy and a bit of a scrum, not something we experienced anywhere else. Above all, the ports we visited were all wonderful and made for an outstanding holiday. We mostly did our own thing ashore exploring the various towns but went on the small group two day organised tour in St, Petersburg which was excellent and an organised trip round Stockholm with visit to the Vasa museum, also superb. Our favourite ports were Stockholm and Helsinki although all destinations were enjoyable. We were hugely lucky with weather - mostly very sunny and calm seas throughout. Our only real criticism is that we felt we needed far more information before the cruise about the trip, life on board and travel arrangements much earlier than we received it. This, combined with a rather dull website with clunky navigation, meant that we were not as well prepared as we would have like to be. However, this is a relatively minor criticism in what was a great holiday. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise for the worldwide destinations. However, the whole four month experience was life changing. The reception staff were great, especially Mimi. The ship was very clean. I liked the hot tub and the loungers were ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the worldwide destinations. However, the whole four month experience was life changing. The reception staff were great, especially Mimi. The ship was very clean. I liked the hot tub and the loungers were comfortable and there were plenty available. The entertainment team were very talented. Especially Alex Kemp, Joshua Marlow and Freya Brown, who jelled very well on and off stage. I especially liked being in the choir, meeting fellow singers and benefitting from choir leader, Josh Marlows fast knowledge and talent. It was great fun and I learnt new skills. Joining the quilting club was a good move. I made a quilt to hang on the wall and also, several memory cushions. I liked the choice of buffet meals or restaurant service. Waiters Ewhyan and Simon were attentive and prompt with serving. All activities were well subscribed to, including pilates, art classes, creative writing, choir, and dance classes. Shore excursions to India and China were memorable. The hotels used were top quality. I loved climbing the Great Wall of China and visiting the Taj Mahal. Miss Pam Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
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
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I can't believe the moaning about this cruise by earlier contributors. What were they expecting? 5* service and amenities at 3* prices? Get a life! I have to say that almost everyone I met on board - and I met a great number ... Read More
I can't believe the moaning about this cruise by earlier contributors. What were they expecting? 5* service and amenities at 3* prices? Get a life! I have to say that almost everyone I met on board - and I met a great number over 4 months - all agreed how wonderful the cruise had been and, from some, that they were already looking forward to their next one with CMV. The cabin (I had a solo on Deck 10) was more than adequate with 2 single beds, two chairs (one a comfy armchair, the other a desk type), a long desk, plentiful drawers, hanging space, a fridge, a safe and a small, but perfectly good, bathroom with shower. The cabin steward was polite and helpful at all times. I ate in both the restaurant and the buffet. There was always at least 7 dishes on offer for both lunch and dinner as well as cold food. They catered for vegetarians and vegans too. OK, the puddings could have been a bit more imaginative but the staff in both places could not be faulted. It is totally unreasonable to bring up their wages as one other reviewer did. Those I spoke to were very happy with their wage level, given that it was almost 3 times what they would earn in similar positions in their own countries. They couldn't have been more welcoming and attentive if they had earned 10 times as much. Nobody forces you to go on the ship's shore excursions and you know the prices in advance of the cruise. If you think they are too expensive then don't go but book your own privately. I went on 20 of Columbus's trips and enjoyed them all. The entertainment was,admittedly, variable in quality; the permanent ship's singers and dancers were excellent; the visiting artistes less so. The 45 minute lectures which took place during sea days were invariably interesting and the speakers well received. I paid £39 for 1 GB of internet and I never understood how people had difficulty with it; my android phone picked it up without too much difficulty 99% of the time. All in all I was more than happy with my experience and would certainly repeat the exercise providing the prices stayed at a reasonable level. Some contributors seem ready to complain about any little thing. Did they bring these "complaints" to ship;s staff at the time? As for cleanliness throughout? I found it spotless! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Did the Christmas Cruise to Hamburg, Amsterdam, was excellent. The ship Columbus was great. I didn’t do the drinks package this time but have booked the Christmas cruise 2018 and have done the drinks package. It is very good value ... Read More
Did the Christmas Cruise to Hamburg, Amsterdam, was excellent. The ship Columbus was great. I didn’t do the drinks package this time but have booked the Christmas cruise 2018 and have done the drinks package. It is very good value especially for cocktails and spirits etc. Highly recommend it. There is entertainment in some of the bars and in the main reception area you can listen to some excellent pianists. You can also have your photo taken by a professional photographer and then see them on the wall. You can pamper yourself in the spa with a massage, facial, jacuzzi etc. That done then go to top deck and have a lovely cream tea or sandwiches and cakes. The food is amazing and the staff work really hard from one meal to another. I am really looking forward to the next cruise and hope it will be as amazing as the last one. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We wanted to find out more about Britain and feel that we had circumnavigated our homeland. The cruise gave us all that and through the varied excursions provided lots of interest including the Bayeux Tapestry, the Guinness Brewery in ... Read More
We wanted to find out more about Britain and feel that we had circumnavigated our homeland. The cruise gave us all that and through the varied excursions provided lots of interest including the Bayeux Tapestry, the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast and the Orkneys. The quality of the food and the choice offered was first class as was the entertainment in the well appointed modern Show Lounge. The outside cabin on deck 10 was of more than adequate size and particularly good for storage space. All the staff and crew were pleasant and friendly and seemed happy in their work. The best time to judge the performance of the service team is when things go wrong and on the last day we were delayed getting back to Tilbury by bad weather. The staff responded well by extending access to cabins, providing a full restaurant service and laying on extra entertainment - all this while trying to get the ship prepared for the next intake of passengers. Most important, the PA announcements were clear, informative and frequent. I think the policy of allowing discretion for guests to remove the service/gratuities charge could be revisited as many guests seem to deduct it for no reason. Alternatively, it should be rolled into the overall charge with no discretion. A super cruise and great value. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
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
12 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My first ever cruise and I chose a 3 nighter. We had a day in Amsterdam and a day in Antwerp. The ship is just amazing. It is so clean everywhere. We had a room with a view! and a kettle. The room was spotless with plenty of storage ... Read More
My first ever cruise and I chose a 3 nighter. We had a day in Amsterdam and a day in Antwerp. The ship is just amazing. It is so clean everywhere. We had a room with a view! and a kettle. The room was spotless with plenty of storage space. The food was amazing with plenty of choice at every single meal. You can either go to the restaurant and be served or you can go for a buffet. Either are just as good. You can always get a hot drink day or night. The staff are all so friendly and nothing is to much for them. They are all so polite and they never seem to stop. There is plenty to do on board in the evening. There are the bars, the disco and the entertainment. There is a well stocked library, a gym, hairdressers and health centre, not forgetting the shopping. There are two pools and ample chairs and sun loungers to relax in during the day. Even with all the people onboard, it never felt cramped. I thoroughly enjoyed my first cruise and I would go on the Columbus again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We were looking for a no fly cruise to celebrate our friends 60th birthday, don't usually go in August but being a one off this fit the bill, it was just a lovely cruise, cabins were clean and well maintained by our steward, the food ... Read More
We were looking for a no fly cruise to celebrate our friends 60th birthday, don't usually go in August but being a one off this fit the bill, it was just a lovely cruise, cabins were clean and well maintained by our steward, the food was excellent in the Waterfront dining room, didn't feel the need to use the other choice restaurants. The ports of call had enough interest based on the length of time in ports, it certainly didn't disappoint, we were a bit unsure as to what to expect based on some reviews read prior to departure, all the staff worked very hard and a very good team effort from all concerned, the entertainment was decent, some shows were better than others but overall the team did a good job, nice to see the Captain and his crew out and about on the ship and all very friendly, the highlight was Seven steps big band for the entertainment, exceptional talent from all the band. Christopher Gee and Mel Harvey were funny. Female violinist was excellent. The only gripe for me was if you sat up on deck 8 to watch a show in the palladium, anything beyond the front row is very difficult to see anything, the glass and rail is very off-putting, I know the need for Health and safety but there should be better view from up on that deck and the need to clean the glass that you have to watch the show through, but that would be my only issue, Columbus only do a couple of cruises with kids on and this was one of them, overall they were well behaved and respectful of other passengers. The ship felt welcoming and a very good enjoyable cruise, nice mix of cruisers, even the Bay of Biscay was like a mill pond. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
‘Columbus’ sailed to Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Lisbon from Tilbury on 11th August and whilst I’m sure that there will be those that will find something to moan about, if you cruise with CMV and expect a ‘Cunard’ ... Read More
‘Columbus’ sailed to Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Lisbon from Tilbury on 11th August and whilst I’m sure that there will be those that will find something to moan about, if you cruise with CMV and expect a ‘Cunard’ standard, then you will be disappointed. I found the whole experience far exceeded my expectations and my previous experiences with P&O. Whilst there was not perfection in all areas, overall, it was excellent and definitely value for money. This was a multi-generational cruise and there will no doubt be those who will complain about there being children on-board. However, this change was advertised over 12 months prior to sailing and there was surely the option to cancel or rebook on another cruise if this was unacceptable. The CMV coach transfer from Victoria was professionally organised and embarkation smooth and efficient with the luggage being delivered by a happy, smiling Cabin Steward within 10 minutes of entering the twin inner cabin on Deck 10. There’s no point in going on a cruise and spending all day in the cabin, so provided it is clean, comfortable and of a reasonable size, that’s acceptable. This inside cabin was just that and a minor problem with the shower was sorted out within 10 minutes after notifying the excellent Cabin Steward, Puta Sukma who replaced the towels and consumables at least twice a day and kept it spotless. It was traditional in style and provided adequate hanging and storage facilities. The Safety Drill on the first evening was well organised, most people realising its importance. The cleaning and maintenance staff worked extremely hard throughout the day and night to maintain the initial impression that it was a clean and well maintained ship. Bar and lounge staff were friendly and attentive, as were the staff in the dining areas. great dining companions on Table 208. The presentation and quality of the food in the Waterfront Restaurant surpassed some fine dining restaurants and an enjoyable 7 course dinner could be taken each evening. If desired, breakfast and lunch could be taken here too. The Plantation Bistro provided variety and convenience for breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course there was the ‘mandatory’ afternoon cream tea and constant access to tea and coffee throughout the day. Breakfast was indeed a time when everyone could find something to satisfy and included fruits, cheese, cold meats, pancakes and of course all the items for a ‘Full English’. The Fusion Restaurant in the evening provided an interesting alternative, at cost, as did The Grill. There was certainly no shortage of food available and you could have breakfast in the cabin if you wished! Not sure when (or if) members of the entertainment team managed to sleep, as they seemed to be constantly hosting, organising, performing or accompanying excursions. As the cruise progressed, so did the standard of the shows culminating with two super offerings on the final two evenings. Themed party evening were organised and during one a demonstration of the making (and consumption) of paella and sangria proved very popular! There were exceptional performances from the dancers, singers Jordana and Angelina, the classical duo of Tatiana and Lana, not forgetting Maria the aerial performer. The Palladium Show Lounge is poorly designed as the safety barrier restricts the view from the circle on Deck 8, so getting a seat downstairs is preferable. The Dome Nightclub was popular and well attended, providing for young and old until the early hours. Some of the quiz session were good and some quite hilarious. And then there was Tony Parkins the Cruise Director…enough said! Berthing in all ports was convenient to the town and complimentary transfers were provided. There was a reasonable selection of shore excursions and sufficient time in each port to do an excursion and have free time. If you prefer to have everything planned / organised, then a shore excursion is the (expensive) answer, but using local transport can be less expensive and gives you flexibility. Comprehensive port information was always provided the evening prior to berthing. Berthing at Lisbon was delayed by 90 minutes due to thick fog, but a modification of the itinerary allowed for passengers to have the same length of time on-shore. In all other ports the ship arrived and departed according to the published schedule. This was a multi-general cruise on a ship that has no specific child-friendly areas or facilities and there were some who were obviously not aware that children would be on board. Admittedly there were some children who could perhaps have been better supervised (by their parents), but they were in the minority and their presence added to the vibrant atmosphere on board. Every day ‘Sailor Sam’ and team managed to organise a tremendous range and variety of activities with few resources for these younger guests and it was delightful to see parents and grandparents getting involved too. Disembarkation at Tilbury was efficient, but seemed very a slow process due to the ship requiring final clearance and all the luggage taken off. Passengers had to leave their cabins by 8am, the luggage having been collected the night before and stored ready for transfer to shore. Express disembarkation for those who wished to carry their own luggage was possible 15 minutes after berthing at 10am, whilst regular disembarkation started at 11:20 and again was smooth and trouble free with, surprisingly, no further Passport or Customs inspections. Had it not been for road closures in London, the return transfer to Victoria would have arrived by noon, as it was, the journey only took just under an hour and a half. Two pools which were almost always in use, large sun decks, hot tubs, quiet areas, the elegant Raffles Bar (and much more) with a constant programme of activities, demonstrations and tours all combined to make this a memorable, eventful and enjoyable two weeks in the sun on calm seas. This was 14 days of sun, fun and superb food. Magnificent ship, enchanting ports, exceptionally hard-working, friendly crew, excellent entertainment team and shows, wide variety of kids activities. None of this would have been possible without the tremendously hard-working staff who didn’t always get it right, but couldn’t be faulted in their efforts to please. Best cruise I've had for years. Magnificent. Well Done to all on 'Columbus'. CMV will certainly have my custom in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise for a few reasons one it was to an area we have always wanted to visit, the port of Tilbury is near to where we live and the price was very competitive. Having read the previous reviews we do wonder if we were on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a few reasons one it was to an area we have always wanted to visit, the port of Tilbury is near to where we live and the price was very competitive. Having read the previous reviews we do wonder if we were on the same cruise? It was quite clear on the on booking with CMV that it was a multi generational cruise also on the adverts a child price was quoted. It is not difficult to work out that if they quote a child fare then there will be children on the cruise! We did not have any problem with the children's behaviour they were all very well behaved unlike some of the elder passengers who one would have thought they had never seen scones, jam and cream at tea time judging by the arguments about queuing to get a helping and the large portions taken and then wasted. It did not spoil our holiday but tended to make us delay getting our tea till after the rush. Despite the ship sailing at full capacity there was always plenty of room and seats available in the bars, open decks and entertaining areas. We were second sitting for dinner and used to meet up with friends in the Taverner's Bar after our meal and never had a problem getting seated. We are only making these comments to correct the negatives in the other reviews. Overall we had a wonderful cruise and the only minor fault was that the entertainment could have been better and it would have been nice to see the entertainment staff around the ship more especially the cruise director. We would certainly recommend CMV cruises to others and in particular MV Columbus. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I had never dreamt I would ever be going on a cruise. One lazy Sunday morning a year ago my husband was reading the Radio Times and spotted a Baltic cruise. We booked it there and then. And for the next year waited eagerly, wondering just ... Read More
I had never dreamt I would ever be going on a cruise. One lazy Sunday morning a year ago my husband was reading the Radio Times and spotted a Baltic cruise. We booked it there and then. And for the next year waited eagerly, wondering just what wanders awaited us. Well the day finally came and I don't mind saying I was slightly worried as the reviews I had read where all about blocked toilets, cold food and staff that didn't quite cut the muster. WELL. We didn't encounter any of these things. In fact quite the opposite. Toilet worked as it should. Food SO good that by the end of the 12 days a few of my items of clothing that had fitted before boarding no longer fit!!!! Although it could be something to do with the fab cocktails too. The bars where amazing and the Mai Tai was particularly deliciouse!! All the staff so very friendly and professional. We had a few Spa treatments which where amazing and the gym was well stocked. Yes I used the gym and ran round deck 14 and still my clothes shrunk!!! I can't gush enough about this ship and her crew. We truelly had the best holiday of our llives!!! Overall we are so pleased we stumbled upon this cruise. Very happy memories where made xx Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise as it fell in perfect time for school holidays, no children, smaller ship, local port and we wanted to see St Petersburg. We have sailed on Marco Polo a few years back so knew we were not getting a 5 star ship. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it fell in perfect time for school holidays, no children, smaller ship, local port and we wanted to see St Petersburg. We have sailed on Marco Polo a few years back so knew we were not getting a 5 star ship. Embarkation was a dream and ahead of schedule did not use car parking as friend dropped us and picked us up. We were on Columbus in June for the overnight stay, dinner and show when there was certainly a few teething problems. Our cabin had no air conditioning which was the one I had booked for our cruise, it was one night so put up with it. I rang CMV on the Monday to put my feelings across and was told I had been upgraded for cruise from partially obscured Deck 8 to Full view Main Deck 6 (6231). Cabin was spotless and the attention to cleaning was exemplary. We had a table for 4 in Waterfront Restaurant and food was Excellent, table service spot on. Breakfast and lunch in Plantation Bistro was sometimes very busy but wide range of food available. Noticed in Taverners Pub there are draught beer pumps ( Shepherd Neme double stout, Murphys Stout and Fosters Lager not in the menu and £4.90 a pint when I asked. When we were in the Palladium Show lounge I asked for the Double Stout and a waiter was promptly dispatched to the Taverners and returned quickly with my pint, outstanding service Entertainment had been mediocre when we were on the ship in June and walked out after 5 minutes as I am a musician I felt let down. What a difference a month makes and I was gobsmacked how the entertainment had improved. Went one night to We Will Rock You night and I was blown away by the vocals on Bohemian Rhapsody, I actually got emotional!! There were a few shows in the Atrium and these were outstanding with a young lady singing Puccini and took the roof off. Shore excursions were on time and orderly, we chose to go our own way which suited us. We used the ship excursion in St Petersburg due to it being Russian Navy Day and am I glad we did. Thousands of people lining the river looking at the warships and submarines all lined up. We loved Estonia and got a surprise of a cavalcade of black limos with the usual security men with mandatory sunglasses and earpiece and usual firearms. It was Karen Pence wife of the Vice President of the USA and we were lucky to get close up pictures of her on her walk. One day there was a deck party with BBQ and suckling pig and line dancing, excellent!! I could go on for hours about this wonderful cruise and saw nor heard any of the conditions of earlier cruisers. The only thing I find if you are paying for a suite costing thousands of pounds don't come on a 3 star cruise ship and expect 5 star luxury. We found disembarkation a breeze and we found the whole package excellent and it was a fabulous holiday, brilliant value for money Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinery and the price was competitive . Embarkation was easy and straightforward. Suitcases are left with the porters in the terminal and they are delivered to your cabin. I was on Deck 10 in a single ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinery and the price was competitive . Embarkation was easy and straightforward. Suitcases are left with the porters in the terminal and they are delivered to your cabin. I was on Deck 10 in a single inside cabin. There were two single beds and ample drawers and hanging space with lots of hangers. The cabin was huge in comparison to other cruise cabins I have been in. My cabin was kept spotless by a very friendly and helpful steward. Food was very good with lots of variety. The Waterfront is the MDR and is waiter service. There is a self service buffet on deck 12 which can get very busy. There is a lot of choice. The entertainment team are fantastic with great shows of a high standard. There are several entertainment venues around the ship which were all excellent. Lots of quizzes , crazy golf game, a type of bowls and other games led by the entertainment team who worked their socks off! The ship is kept spotless and any problems are quickly resolved. I would definitely recommend a cruise on the Columbus and look forward to sailing on her in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose the cruise because it had an interesting itinerary calling at a new port most days. Bad weather meant that this had to be slightly altered but that was inevitable and at no time were the sea conditions rough.The ship was very ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it had an interesting itinerary calling at a new port most days. Bad weather meant that this had to be slightly altered but that was inevitable and at no time were the sea conditions rough.The ship was very clean and well maintained. We had sailed with the line before and did not want to go on one of the huge cruise liners. Excellent food and service in the restaurant. The cabin was clean and comfortable and we were well looked after by the steward. Plenty of choice of entertainment in the evenings. We found the staff helpful. There was a wide choice of shore excursions with good local guides who were able to give us a lot on information about the places they lived and answer questions. I would choose to travel with CMV again especially as they are now starting to operate from Portsmouth which is more convenient for us. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We just returned from a wonderful experience onboard CMV's Columbus through the British Isles. This was my 68th cruise and Cruise & Maritime Voyages was my 15th cruise company to experience. As a note of interest, in 1993 my 16th ... Read More
We just returned from a wonderful experience onboard CMV's Columbus through the British Isles. This was my 68th cruise and Cruise & Maritime Voyages was my 15th cruise company to experience. As a note of interest, in 1993 my 16th cruise was on the same ship, when it was cruising as the Star Princess. The other couple we traveled with had been on that cruise as well, and we all agreed that the Columbus was in great shape, still providing an excellent cruise experience for it's passengers. The reason we chose this cruise is because of many intriguing facets of the CMV experience: > CMV serves primarily a senior, United Kingdom market, with only a small percent of passengers from North America and other areas of the world. We were 4 of less than 10 American passengers among the ~1300 passengers aboard. For us, this was one of the highlights of the cruise. We found our fellow passengers to be very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed conversing with the "locals" as we journeyed through the British Isles. > CMV lives up to their goal of providing a "more traditional and leisurely style of cruising aboard classic-style cruise ships", as stated in their brochure. For years we have been impressed with the extraordinary features and activities that are offered on the main-stream, large ships that are common to the North American market. However, many times we have heard, and experienced, a feeling of "that was great, but it sure is different than the classic cruising of the past". CMV provides that classic cruising experience, while still offering great amenities aboard their ships. > CMV has great itineraries that visit some ports that are not often offered on the big-ship itineraries. Many of the UK passengers we met had not even been to the parts of the UK we were visiting. In addition, CMV offers numerous itineraries throughout the world, including an around the world cruise. > CMV offers very competitive pricing for their cruises. The ship itself is in great condition, after having recently been refurbished when turned over to CMV. There are some areas that show evidence of the ship's 27 years and ownership by different companies, but nothing that takes away from the cruise experience. The pools were in good condition, although the weather for us was not conducive to a lot of swimming. I do wish that there were more hot tubs on deck, but that's a personal preference of mine. Our cabin (Category 8, ocean view) was large in comparison with most ocean view cabins we've had. The shower was large and worked well, plenty of pressure and hot water. We were very impressed with the dining aboard. Dinner meals were for the most part excellent, even surpassing some of the recent experiences we have had on the mega-liners. We ate at the Indian Fusion specialty restuarant and experienced some new Indian dishes that were unusually good. The buffets at breakfast and lunch were good, with some interesting items that Americans may not be familiar with, but they were fun to try! Service throughout the ship was very efficient and friendly; no long waits for food as was reported in early sailings for the Columbus. We enjoyed the shows we experienced, much the same as on the mega-ships. The lounge acts were exceptionally good; there was a trio playing popular hits from the 70's and 80's in one lounge, a guitar player playing acousitc hits in another lounge, and a classical duo (piano & violin) that were excellent. There were a couple of comedians that we missed, but I heard from others that they were good. The violinist and and an opera singer were highlighted in the final production show the last night...we all commented that the show was one of the best we've seen at sea! We decided to take an excursion in almost every port and throughly enjoyed all but one. The ports we visited were: > Antwerp...we did a walking tour excursion and although it was raining most of the tour, the guide was great and the information provided was very informative, > Honfleur...we chose the visit to a cheese factory and Deauville. The beach resort of Deauville was great, but we did not enjoy the visit to the cheese factory...just wasn't for us. We would have preferred to have spent time in the town of Honfleur itself. > St. Peter Port, Guernsey...we chose the Coast & Countryside tour of the island and enjoyed it greatly. > St. Mary's, Isle of Scilly...we did 2 excursions here; the Island Sea Safari and the St Mary Island tour. The Sea Safari (zodiak-type boat with only 9 passengers) was an hour adventure to see some wildlife. We saw Sea Lions, Puffins and many other species of birds. The guide and boat pilot were great! The island tour was also only one hour, but very informative. We had plenty of time to walk around the beautiful port of St. Mary and visited the Star Castle Hotel, which is an old castle converted to a hotel over looking the bay of St. Mary. > Dublin; we took the Highlights of Dublin tour in the morning. Malcolm was our guide and he was very knowledgable. We visited the famous Temple Bar for my first Guiness!, and had fish & chips at a neighborhood Pub > Belfast; our morning tour was the Belfast City Tour and Titanic Museum. Our tour guide was Colin who was entertaining as well as informative. His discussion of the recent history in Northern Island, the "Troubles" as the Irish call them, was very interesting. The Titanic Museum was quite an experience and surpassed our expectations...we could have used more time there. > Greenock; we took the bus transfer to Edinburgh and spent our day there walking around, having lunch and shopping. Need to go back there! > Unfortunately, our Captain cancelled the ports of Tobermory (Isle of Mull) and Portree (Isle of Skye) due to predicted high surf and dangerous tendering in Portree. Instead, we stopped in Invergordon and had an extra sea day. We just did some walking around and shopping in Invergordon; many took excursions or the transfer to Inverness. > Our last port was Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands...what a beautiful place!! We took the Scenic Orkney tour and saw a great deal of the countryside and ocean cliffs. There were no kids on our cruise. CMV is mostly adults-only, with only a few sailings where children our allowed onboard. I have read reviews about problems with embarkation and debarkation. We experienced no problems whatsoever. The building where we checked in was the main terminal for the Port of Tilbury in the old days. It is a classic, old building that has many historical pictures hanging on the walls, showing the busyness of the port from past days. There were huge hanging baskets of beautiful flowers adorning the front of the terminal building. We really enjoyed the experience at Tilbury. We would definitely cruise with CMV again and are currently looking at a couple of itineraries that interest us. We thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the cruise caters to the United Kingdom market and loved the interaction with the "locals". Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise based in price and itinerary. This was our first ever cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smoothly. The crew, entertainment, food, cabin service were excellent. The enthusiasm of the entertainers was ... Read More
We chose this cruise based in price and itinerary. This was our first ever cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smoothly. The crew, entertainment, food, cabin service were excellent. The enthusiasm of the entertainers was amazing. The shows were so professional. The service in the restaurant could not be faulted and the meals extremely well presented and tasty. The Cabin steward could not do enough to be helpful, the cabin was spacious and the shower of a good size. The ports we called at were lovely and again embarkation and disembarkation were run smoothly. All the waiters in the bars were attentive and professional. The drinks package was good value for money as were the gratuities. The on board entertainment other than the shows was of a good variety to suit all tastes. We were so impressed we have booked another cruise with this company on this ship in 2018. Read Less
Columbus Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 3.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 2.0 3.0
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.7

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