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Exploring Columbus.

I was lucky enough to be invited on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages Columbus naming ceremony on the 8th of June. My invitation not only included an overnight stay but a plus one too. I was able therefore to bring my cruising novice husband along for his thoughts.
We arrived at Tilbury Docks to an imposing sight as she awaited us, grand but not ugly, large but not oversized. Getting on board was stress free and all done with a smile by the staff, even with the increased security measures.
Once on board we were greeted by the amazing atrium, instantly the ship felt classy and the newness of her refurbishment was obvious.

We were on the lower deck for our cabin in a 3 berth, which was clean and tidy and the bed quite firm but I felt a little lack lustre compared to the rest of the refurbishment. However knowing there was much to explore we didn’t hang around.
We set off with our colleague Yvonne from Ponders also to see what this ship had to offer, stopping off at some show cabins enroute

seeing a wheel chair accessible cabin which offered plenty of space and an easy access bathroom, to a single cabin which was simple but offering lots of storage. Our first stop after that was afternoon tea in the Plantation restaurant, a buffet feast awaited us, beautifully decorated food art was on display throughout

We were off again, this time we wandered through to the Indian restaurant on board, you have to pay extra to eat in here,(Approx £15pp) but the ambience and waiters in themed attire really made it feel like you would be going out to eat.

Through to the pool area on deck with sun loungers galore and a massive big screen, this felt very much like the hub of the ship in terms of relax by day by the pool and remain entertained at night. With a coffee bar and ice cream bar not a few steps away, you really didn’t seem to need much else.

As we explored further – the ship continued to feel classy, the Taverners Bar a classic pub type feel to it,  hosting comfortable seating, cruising artefacts and just the sort of area I could see myself whiling away a couple of hours at the end of the evening.

Through to another bar, this seemed a little more modern in terms of its styling, still a relaxed approach, yet attention to details was evident in the décor with a photo gallery wall, decanters for light shades, it felt thought about.

As time was becoming tight we decided that we would head back via the Gym and Spa areas, oh how I wish I had longer, from relaxation rooms, to a couple’s room with its own hot tub, to pedicures, hair salon and Thai treatment room. If your sole purpose is to relax on holiday then you won’t go far wrong on board Columbus these facilities looked lovely, the gym was large and spacious with plenty of your essential equipment for a holiday workout. 
I would definitely be booking myself in, if I was on board for longer.

After this we were getting a little short on time so it was back to the cabin to get changed… oh for air conditioning buttons – it was a little warm, but again we weren’t in the cabin long before we made our way to the main theatre area for the official naming ceremony to begin. Enroute we noticed the Casino area but had no time to explore. As we entered the main theatre I noted how large it felt.
With Angela Rippon completing the honours of Naming Columbus followed by some stellar entertainment of World Champion Latin Dancing and Classical singing, if this is the standard of entertainment they strive for on-board you will be entertained.

We then made our way to the Waterfront restaurant for Dinner, I had a prawn cocktail for starter, followed by a Lemon sole based main and of course the Baked Alaska tradition for desert. My husband who certainly enjoys his food was most impressed, as was I, everything was tasty, on time and more importantly hot! The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed and fun but also intimate, due to the design and layout.

After Dinner we headed back to the Taverners Pub for just that experience of relaxing in a comfortable area with a little light guitar entertainment gently in the background to keep the mood perfect.
After a reasonable night’s sleep, we all met up for breakfast, again the service was on point and the breakfast menu offered quite an array from your traditional full English to lighter bites.
A very surprising experience I would say on board Columbus, I think I was expecting less and she delivered more which is always a nice surprise.

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Written by Sarah Glew – Marketing Director, Ponders Travel


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