Just returned from a 7 night Norwegian Fjords cruise on the Columbus. Had a great time and only after we had sailed did I realise it was also a 70’s cruise.
Well, that meant we also had “The Rubettes”, yes the original group who sounded exactly the same as they did originally, not a tribute act and who were absolutely brilliant plus Lynn Paul appearing on board, along with tribute nights by the ship’s theatre company, who were also very good, featuring ABBA and Queen and also appearing was Elvis. So, with that sort of entertainment on top of the spectacular scenery, that really made it memorable. Also, we had Angela Rippon on board as a passenger I think and as she was also in our lifeboat, we knew we would be okay if the ship went down.
Also, the weather was superb, calm seas and really warm weather all the way (32 degrees C in Flam - phew!).
We had cruised on the Magellan but not been on the Columbus before but found her to be equally as good and not too big, very presentable décor, good comfortable cabins, firm but comfy mattress and very efficient Aircon in the cabin.
The food was fine, although, in the buffet, a very limited selection of things to have with your salad and the same each day, although with fine weather and the opportunity to eat outside on deck, it was fairly easy find a table, which was a bonus.
The main dining room is not so open plan and more dark wood and “club like” than you usually find, which I particularly liked and the food in general was well up to standard and fairly typical of what you normally get on a cruise. Our only significant criticism is that the breakfast and lunch meal times in the dining room were really short and finished quite early, with breakfast finishing at 9.00 am and lunch at 1.00 pm, so much so that we never made it to either in time.
These were small things though and didn’t affect our enjoyment of the cruise.
Well done CMV, we’ll be cruising with you again.