Had mixed feelings about Columbus. The ship looked tired and in need of a bit of painting on the outside. Inside there were a number of design faults such as the need to walk through cabin areas to get to reception.
The food was generally excellent, the entertainment varied from the very good to the very ordinary. The staff were pleasant but at times I felt we were being ripped off with the ridiculous cost of excursions. The cost for two people to be taken by coach from Greenock to Glasgow was £58. By local train (four an hour into Glasgow) it cost £14.40.
The information whilst on board was poor (no description over the public address about where we were) and we felt fobbed off on a number of occasions. On asking for a weather forecast we were told to consult the daily bulletin which we had already read. On complaining about the temperature in the main dining room we were told it took about two hours for the air conditioning to kick in. This was quite obviously nonsense as at no time did we have any air conditioning and on one evening two members of our table of eight had to go out to get some air.
Cabins perfectly acceptable. Decent shower and comfortable beds.