About this holiday
The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.
Once the site of an annual Viking gathering, Tórshavn is today one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world. It sits on the southern tip of Streymoy, one of eighteen islands in the Faroese archipelago. Tinganes is the old part of the town where characteristic, red wooden buildings with turf-covered roofs cluster on a narrow peninsula. It juts into the natural harbour around which the modern town has been built. The Faroe Islands have a wild and dramatic landscape, which is a magnificent backdrop to optional excursions showing how islanders live on this remote and unspoiled archipelago.
Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour. Hay’s Dock, once the centre of Shetland’s fishing and boat building industries, is home to the marvellous Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland the extraordinary archaeological site of Jarlshof tells the story of some 4,000 years of human history on this remote archipelago with a wealth of wildlife.
Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. The small, yet modern town is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields featuring in optional excursions along with the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness. Other popular options include the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster.
CMV are delighted to announce the introduction of the impressive Columbus to their fleet in 2017. This splendid medium-sized cruise ship will offer the same traditional cruising style that CMV is known for.
Combining spacious surroundings and friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine, Columbus is the perfect choice for those looking for comfort and a wide range of on board facilities. However, she still retains a feel of intimacy and personal attention when compared with the ‘mega’ resort style ships built today.
At 63,786grt, with a draft of 8.20 metres and overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built
for deep sea ocean cruising and CMV believe is ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise programme they
operate. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and will be upgraded further in April 2017 before the start
of her maiden CMV season.
Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 64 deluxe balcony cabins and junior suites. Following the successful
trial on board Magellan, and recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.
A cruising holiday is simply like no other, combining the fascination of lazy days at sea, great food and entertainment,
making new friendships, ever-changing vistas and visiting new places. It gives a unique sense of exploration and
discovery experienced in the civilised comforts of today. Where else can you find a holiday where you will visit lots of
different places and your hotel moves with you. No packing, no hassle, no worries.
Enjoy the on board facilities like the pool, whirlpools, spa and fitness centre, and activities, deck games and lectures.
However, you may prefer to just relax, read, or do absolutely nothing at all. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included
together with afternoon teas and late night snacks. And at night, enjoy a production show, relax to music in one of the
lounges or dance the night away.
Your Trip at a Glance
Day 1 London Tilbury (United Kingdom)
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (United Kingdom)
Day 4 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
Day 5 Lerwick, Shetland Islands (United Kingdom)
Day 6 Invergordon, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 London Tilbury (United Kingdom)
In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports,
alternative arrangements will be made where possible.
CAT 3S Superior Single Inner
These air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample
hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.
CAT 7S Standard Single Ocean View
These ocean view cabins on Main Deck 6 are with a picture window. All these air conditioned cabins offer private
en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television,
hairdryer, fridge and personal safe. The majority can be converted to a double bed.
The following single cabins are available at a supplement: Category 8S Standard
Plus Single Ocean View (Decks 8 & 9) Category 9S Superior Single Ocean View (Deck 10).