by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com
Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced that its Columbus will leave Tilbury on her first CMV world cruise on Thursday, January 5, 2018.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Columbus (Courtesy CMV)
This vessel was launched as Sitmar Cruises’ Fair Majesty in 1988 before becoming Princess Cruises’ Star Princess in 1989 and P&O Cruises’ UK-based Arcadia (II) in 1997-98.
Before heading for the P&O Australia fleet as Pacific Pearl in 2010 she traded in the Mediterrean as Ocean Village. As P&O’s Arcadia, this ship had served as a replacement for the longstanding P&O flagship Canberra.
Announcing the new programme, Lisa Jacobs, head of trade sales at CMV said: “People dream that when they win the lottery they will take a World Cruise. Now they can without that windfall – CMV has made the wish possible with our buy one get one half price deal.”
P&O Cruises’ Arcadia (II) 1997-98
The World Cruise includes four continents, three oceans, 40 ports of call including Tahiti, Auckland, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, and the enlarged Panama and Suez canals. Shorter sector options will also be be available.
Columbus’s departure marks to the day the 20th Anniversary of this ship’s inaugural world cruise as P&O’s Arcadia in 1998.
Ms Jacobs said: “Built for deep sea ocean cruising, we believe that Columbus is the ideal ship for this epic circumnavigation of the globe. Her expansive lounge and deck areas offer the perfect surroundings to escape the winter in style and comfort.”
The world cruise is available from £8,275 per person in double occupancy – the equivalent of around £68 per day – when booked by 30 November 2016. The cruise is available in North America, in $US, through The Cruise People at CruiseShipCenters tel 647-299-7447.
There are free twin cabin upgrades for early bookers. This fare is based on two people sharing a twin cabin and includes delicious full board cuisine, afternoon tea and late night snacks, Captain’s cocktail parties, deck parties, self service tea and coffee between 6 am and midnight, big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, daytime activities and leisure facilities, Guest speakers and arts & crafts, porterage of luggage port to cabin and port taxes.
A total of 150 cabins are also available on board Columbus for solo travellers, with a 25% single supplement on the equivalent category for twin share prices.