Cruise and Martime Voyages (CMV) new flagship, Columbus, has arrived into Tilbury for the first time after her refit work in Rotterdam was completed.
The 63,786grt ship will be hosting various events over the next few days, prior to her maiden three night cruise on Sunday. She will be named by Angela Rippon on Thursday with guests being invited from all spectrums of the travel industry to witness the event.
Columbus at 811ft long and with a beam of 105ft, will be able to accomodate 1400 passengers in 775 cabins, with 150 being allocated for single occupancy. She is the largest cruise ship in the Cruise and Maritime Voyages fleet.
Originally ordered for Sitmar, she was to be named Sitmar FairMajesty. However with the takeover of Sitmar Line by Princess Cruises, the ship was transferred whilst still under construction to Princess Cruises and in 1989 she emerged as Star Princess.
In 1997 she was transferred over the Princess Cruises then parent company, P&O Cruises and was re-named Arcadia. She was seen as a replacement for then recently retired Canberra which had left the fleet to head for the breakers yard.
2003 saw her change liveries and lines again but this time she was transferred to a new cruise line created by P&O Princess to attract a younger clientiele of passengers who ‘don’t do cruising’, called Ocean Village. Her name was also changed to Ocean Village and her time was split between sailing in the Med and the Caribbean throughout the year.
Her nomadic career continued in 2010 when she was again transferred to another Carnival Corporation brand, P&O Cruises Australia where she was renamed Pacific Pearl. She would prove to a popular ship for the Australia and New Zealand Market and completed 294 cruises for the company, carrying 500,000 passengers in her near 7 year spell with the company.
It was announced in Spring 2016 that Pacific Pearl would be leaving the P&O Cruises Australia fleet due to a planned fleet renewal programme for the cruise line and shortly afterwards it was announced that Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) would be the new home for the popular ship, with cruises departing in summer 2017.
And so, 6th June 2016 represents another milestone for the well travelled ship, with her arrival as Columbus into her new homeport of Tilbury.
Another exciting new chapter in the history of Cruise and Maritime Voyages too!
Columbus’s maiden three night voyage on Sunday will take her to Amsterdam and Antwerp and our editor, Anthony, will be on board for the cruise. So please keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook page.
We wish Columbus every success in her new home.
Featured Image and main image: London International Cruise Terminal Facebook Page
Sources: P&O Cruises Australia, Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV)