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Columbus Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Great value

Columbus Cruise Review by hilifta

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: undefined

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.

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Cabin Review

Cabin 1 5134

As noted above, holes in bulkheads left from the removal of the 3rd and 4th bunks is not acceptable. The reast of the cabin was good, and well laid out.

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Excellent tour. Large range of sites and good guide. Please note however, do not use schools busses, adults need more legroom.

Akureyri Highlights

Again, very good value. Very busy tour and thoroughly enjoyable..except for the midges. LOL

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Golden Circle

Quite disappointing. Gullfoss was great, geysers and the lava field were poor. Both very overated.

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Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

Another very good tour with some fantastic scenery. Very good value.

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