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This was our second cruise on Columus and we have done many cruises with CMV so knew, in general, what to expect. Plus points All staff encountered very friendly Cleaning – constant, especially restrooms and lifts Cabins – good size and plenty of storage, comfortable beds Premium Drinks package – good value Food, overall, was of a good standard The Grill (speciality dining)– excellent We found the evening shows enjoyable and of a reasonable standard Boarding was quick and efficient Could be improved Insufficient sun loungers – deck space is available to cater for more (including on the Promenade Deck). This was a ‘multi generational cruise’ so we had more passengers than is the norm. A lot of ‘reserving’ of beds was in evidence – always difficult to police by the crew. The weather, throughout the cruise, was very good so being in the open was extremely popular. Connexions Bar – too many of the seats are on the low side (difficult for seniors to get out of) Chef’s interpretation of some ‘classic’ dishes was open to question. Sightlines in The Palladium Theatre are often poor and there are a lot of individual chairs (whole rows of them). Anyone not aware of this could be in trouble if leaning back. One forward lift was ‘Under Maintenance’ for the entire cruise but, in reality, had been out of service for months – it didn’t appear to cause any problems though. Other observations Afternoon Tea is available only in the Plantation (buffet area). Breakfast service in the main restaurant (Waterfront) could be a bit slow which, in turn, led to the buffet area being very busy at times. Waterfront Restaurant layout is unusual, slightly raised in the central area, with lots of booth type tables and bench seating. This makes it impossible for the waiters to serve you in the correct manner. Daily information sheet has a ‘suggested’ Dress Code only and the suggestion is not enforced – smart casual was acceptable all the time.

An enjoyable experience overall cruising to the Canary Islands

Columbus Cruise Review by TeeHeeHee

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Trip Details
This was our second cruise on Columus and we have done many cruises with CMV so knew, in general, what to expect.

Plus points

All staff encountered very friendly

Cleaning – constant, especially restrooms and lifts

Cabins – good size and plenty of storage, comfortable beds

Premium Drinks package – good value

Food, overall, was of a good standard

The Grill (speciality dining)– excellent

We found the evening shows enjoyable and of a reasonable standard

Boarding was quick and efficient

Could be improved

Insufficient sun loungers – deck space is available to cater for more (including on the Promenade Deck). This was a ‘multi generational cruise’ so we had more passengers than is the norm. A lot of ‘reserving’ of beds was in evidence – always difficult to police by the crew. The weather, throughout the cruise, was very good so being in the open was extremely popular.

Connexions Bar – too many of the seats are on the low side (difficult for seniors to get out of)

Chef’s interpretation of some ‘classic’ dishes was open to question.

Sightlines in The Palladium Theatre are often poor and there are a lot of individual chairs (whole rows of them). Anyone not aware of this could be in trouble if leaning back.

One forward lift was ‘Under Maintenance’ for the entire cruise but, in reality, had been out of service for months – it didn’t appear to cause any problems though.

Other observations

Afternoon Tea is available only in the Plantation (buffet area).

Breakfast service in the main restaurant (Waterfront) could be a bit slow which, in turn, led to the buffet area being very busy at times.

Waterfront Restaurant layout is unusual, slightly raised in the central area, with lots of booth type tables and bench seating. This makes it impossible for the waiters to serve you in the correct manner.

Daily information sheet has a ‘suggested’ Dress Code only and the suggestion is not enforced – smart casual was acceptable all the time.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 5207
Spacious with ample storage plus a refrigerator and safe. Would have benefitted from an additional chair (as opposed to a chair and stool that were provided) and, overall, a little dated but perfectly OK. Comfortable beds and a good size shower with adequate pressure. Decent storage to either side of the main mirror above the washbasin.