by Kevin writing for cybercruises.com
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), has announced that it would be adding the 1,400-berth Pacific Pearl from P&O Cruises Australia to the its cruise fleet, to begin cruise operations on Friday June 9, 2017 as their Columbus.
Pacific Pearl (Photo credit John Wilson at Shipspotting.com)
Under the line’s explorer theme, the Columbus will be dedicated to the British cruise market and sailing year round from London Tilbury and providing a more traditional scenic British cruise experience.
She will carry mainly British passengers accommodated in 775 cabins, including 150 singles, and will become the newest flagship of the CMV ocean fleet, where she will join the 1,300-berth Magellan, 800-berth Marco Polo, 600-berth Astor and 550-berth Astoria.
Columbus will also be directed at the adult-only (16 years plus) market although in summer 2017 she will operate two selected August summer holiday sailings for all age groups. The ship was launched in 1989 and christened by actress Audrey Hepburn on March 23.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Columbus (Courtesy CMV)
Christian Verhounig, CEO and Chairman of CMV said: “The successful introduction of Magellan in 2015 has encouraged our Group to accelerate their mid-term growth plans and the addition of Columbus to the fleet is another important milestone in achieving our longer term growth objectives”.
He added, “the strategic development of the Group’s presence in the UK and wider international markets will increase our overall capacity to 125,000 passengers in 2017.
“We are proud of the CMV brand’s growing international recognition and remain confident in continuing to successfully build our business as a strong value based ‘independent’ alternative and deliver profitable returns for both our trading partners and stakeholders”.
Chris Coates, commercial director said: “We are really pleased to welcome this fine ship to our fleet which we believe will be very well suited to our core British market, who appreciate and value the many benefits of cruising on smaller to mid-sized more traditional vessels of this type.”
“The introduction of Columbus and her past association and popularity with the British cruise market as Arcadia and then Ocean Village, will increase 2017 berth capacity by 25% to 95,000 passenger nights.
Having already sold over 85% of capacity for 2016 and with 17,000 people turning 50 every week in the UK, we remain confident that Columbus will satisfy the growing demand for our product”.
The 2017 summer programme will go on sale at the end of March