Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
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  • Ship Specifications
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Refurbished: 2016
  • Length: 811ft
  • Width: 105ft
  • Decks: 13
  • Cabins: 775
  • Passengers: 1400
  • Crew: 170

A modern cruise ship with all amenities and facilities, Columbus began life as Star Princess before becoming the first P&O Cruises Arcadia. She was then converted to become Ocean Village, a trendsetter of 'cruises for people who don't do cruises', before being modified to operate P&O Australia voyages from Sydney. After a further refit, she returned to the UK as Columbus, the flagship of Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 28 De Luxe Balcony cabins and 36 Junior Balcony suites. Recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos. All accommodation is graded according to size and/or position within the ship. A high priority is placed on your comfort, and your cabin steward will ensure a high degree of service throughout your time on board.

At the Waterfront Restaurant you can opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful five course dinner. Breakfasts and lunches are generally served on an open seating basis. Two fixed time sittings are operated for dinner when your attentive waiting staff will welcome you each evening. Perhaps opt to dine at the Fusion or Grill speciality restaurants or sample the delights of a sumptuous dinner at the ‘Chef’s Table’. If you prefer something more casual, the Plantation Bistro is open every day for buffet style breakfast, lunches and dinner, and when the weather is fine, the Alfresco Grill beckons. A supplementary charge applies for specialty restaurants and Chef's Table.

Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges and bars including the Captain’s Club, Connexions, Raffles and Taverners Pub and Casino. There are also two speciality coffee and tea shops plus two deck bars. And, the spacious surroundings on board Columbus mean there is always a quiet corner to relax.

There are six entertainment venues including the impressive three-decked central Atrium, Dome Observatory & Nightclub and two-decked tiered Palladium Show Lounge where the talented Columbus show team and guest acts will perform for your enjoyment. The Palladium’s retractable stage provides a large floor for Ballroom dancing.

The maritime themed Columbus Lounge and Library affords fine ocean views and a place to truly relax with a good book. Trumps & Aces is a new dedicated bridge and card room seating up to 100 guests complimented with a separate Crafter’s Studio to meet the growing demand for arts and crafts. Work off a few pounds in the fully equipped gym and book yourself in for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment in the well-appointed Jade Wellness Centre. And, for a spot of retail therapy, there is a fine selection of shops at the central Atrium.

Columbus offers expansive deck areas and promenades with traditional wooden decking, ideal for viewing on our scenic cruises. When the weather is fine, there are two heated swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies and sporting events. Why not relax at the Ocean Terrace with a cocktail from the Club Oasis Bar or a bite to eat from the Alfresco Grill?

Junior Suite Balcony Cabin, 372 sq ft
De Luxe Balcony Cabin, 253 sq ft
Typical Outside Cabin, 188 sq ft
Typical Inside Cabin, 188 sq ft
  • Deck Plans
  • Please choose a deckplan:

  • Deck 14 Sun Deck
  • Cabin Categories
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    Cat 1
    Standard Twin Inner
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    Cat 2
    Standard Plus Twin Inner
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    Cat 3
    Superior Twin Inner
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    Cat 4
    Premium Twin Inner
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    Cat 5
    Superior Single Inner
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    Cat 6C
    Standard Twin Obstructed View
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    Cat 6BS
    Standard Single Obstructed View
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    Cat 6B
    Standard Twin Obstructed View
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    Cat 6P
    Standard Twin with Porthole
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    Cat 6
    Standard Twin Oceanview
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    Cat 7
    Standard Twin Oceanview
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    Cat 7S
    Standard Single Oceanview
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    Cat 8
    Standard Plus Twin Oceanview
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    Cat 8S
    Standard Plus Single Oceanview
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    Cat 9
    Superior Twin Oceanview
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    Cat 10
    Superior Single Oceanview
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    Cat 11
    Superior Plus Twin Oceanview
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    Cat 12
    Premium Twin Oceanview
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    Cat DL
    Deluxe Balcony
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    Cat JS
    Junior Suite