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Columbus Cabins

3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
212 reviews
3 Awards
Editor Rating
Sue Bryant
Cruise Critic Contributor

There are 15 categories of cabin, from compact insides that sleep four to spacious balcony mini-suites. Colour schemes are neutral, with splashes of grey, orange, brown, olive and cream, overlooked by innocuous art. The overall effect is comfortable without being startling (some of the striped carpets aside!). Some of the wooden cabinets and some bathrooms are showing their age, as is expected on a ship of this vintage. However, the beds are comfortable, noise insulation good and storage plentiful -- all very big plus points that aren't a given on a cruise ship. Cabins are fitted with British three-pin sockets.

Although all cabins are designed for at least double occupancy, 150 per cruise, across all categories, are set aside for singles, making CMV one of the most single-friendly cruise lines. There are 64 balcony cabins, too. All cabins can be configured as twins but a handful have fixed beds so can't serve as doubles -- be careful when booking.

All cabins have a safe, hairdryer, minibar and flat screen TV showing more than 20 channels, including BBC World and Channel Four (although reception was poor on my short cruise). There's also an armchair, small table and a vanity with a stool in each cabin.

Bathrooms are small, although they have reasonable storage space. The showers have curtains. Toiletries are very basic -- a small soap and a shower gel dispenser in the shower -- unless you're in the top category (junior balcony suite), in which case a selection of shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers are provided.

Twenty cabins across varying categories interconnect. There's good choice for those with mobility issues, too; four standard twin ocean views and six standard plus twin ocean views are equipped for wheelchair users.

Interior: Four categories of interior cabins serve as twins or doubles and two are set aside for single occupancy. These inside cabins span decks 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 and vary in size from 148 square feet for the smallest single to 188 square feet. They actually feel spacious, thanks to a curtain along one wall with clever lighting to give the illusion of hiding a window -- although those that can take four passengers would certainly feel cosy at full occupancy.

Oceanview: There are nine categories of oceanview cabins for double occupancy and four for singles. They're all 188 square feet, apart from the smallest single, category 6BS, at 146 square feet. When choosing oceanview you're paying for location and the window. Categories 6B and 6C have their view partially obstructed by lifeboats, while 6P, low down on deck 4, only have a porthole as opposed to a larger window. Category 9 cabins 10302 and 10307 also have obstructed views. The only oceanview cabins to come with a kettle and tea making facilities are those in category 12, premium twin.

Balcony: All the balcony cabins are on deck 11. The forward section comprises 28 deluxe balcony ocean view cabins, measuring a generous 253 square feet with around 37 square feet of balcony. The balconies have blue plastic flooring and space for two chairs and a table. Extra perks include a kettle and tea bags.

Minisuite: The 36 top category junior balcony suites, also on deck 11, are extremely spacious at 372 square feet with a balcony of 37 square feet. The almost square shape of the cabin makes it feel really light and airy. These junior suites have a sofa and table, as well as multiple sets of drawers and a walk-in closet complete with bathrobes. Extra perks include a trouser press, upgraded toiletries, a fruit basket, and canapes served every evening.

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