Aerial panorama of downtown Rotterdam. 
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands.

Join Columbus for this unique sailing. All seven CMV ships will join together for a special regatta in Rotterdam. This is part of a celebration of CMV’s traditional style of cruising and celebrates Cruise Port Rotterdam’s 25th Anniversary. CMV’s traditional ships will sail in convoy up and down the Maas River before Columbus continues to Norway's Fjordlands.

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Embark CMV Columbus to start this amazingly special cruise.

Once on board, explore the ship, enjoy dinner and perhaps watch a show in the Theatre as you make your way towards Rotterdam for this special event.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS Dinner included

The entire CMV seven ship fleet will join together for a special parade and regatta today. This unique maritime celebration and event will bring together over 8,000 cruise passengers onboard the fleet of seven cruise ships sailing from four British, two German and one French home port to Rotterdam.

The CMV ships will be arriving in Rotterdam between 0900-1000hrs, stay in port all day and depart early evening between 1700-1800hrs. View the ships and join in the fun and celebrations, with quayside folkloric events planned. Special celebratory events are also planned in the city of Rotterdam with complimentary shuttle buses available for the passengers.

The iconic Marco Polo (22,080grt, 800 guests) has been chosen to spearhead the parade in recognition of being CMV's first-ever deployed vessel and her illustrious maritime career spanning over half a century. Following in her wake will be CMV's new flagship, Amy Johnson (70,285grt, 1,500 guests) followed by Magellan (46,052grt, 1,300 guests), Columbus (63,786grt, 1,400 guests), Astor (20,606grt, 570 guests) and sisterships, Vasco da Gama (55,877grt, 1,220 guests) and Ida Pfeiffer (55,819grt, 1,100 guests).

 

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

At Sea

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, with some 500 inhabitants, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers including Europe’s royals attracted by the salmon fishing in the Flåm River. Today’s visitors are drawn to Flåm for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

From a small farming village that was relatively isolated in the 1800’s, Geiranger has grown into one of Norway’s most popular tourist resorts. It sits at the head of the stunningly beautiful Geirangerfjord against a backdrop of splendid mountain scenery. From Geiranger steep mountain roads snake their way up to dizzying heights and panoramic views that are quite literally breathtaking. Snow dusted peaks, wild tumbling waterfalls, lush green valleys and dramatic gorges stretch as far as the eye can see with their reflections in the mirror-calm waters of the incredible Geirangerfjord far below.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Stavanger is today the ‘Oil Capital of Norway’. It is a vibrant, modern city with Gamle Stavanger at its core. The picturesque old part of Stavanger has gently sloping cobbled streets lined with small, white wooden houses built at the end of the18th and early 19th centuries. The city’s Anglo-Norman style cathedral was built in 1125, the same year Stavanger was officially founded. One of the most popular excursions from Norway’s fourth largest city is a visit to the Iron Age Farm at Ullanhaug giving a fascinating insight into life in the area some 1,500 years ago.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

At Sea

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

After our arrival back into Tilbury this morning, enjoy breakfast and then disembark CMV Columbus.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS Breakfast included

CMV Columbus

The impressive Columbus cruise ship joined the Cruise & Maritime fleet in June 2017. This splendid medium-sized cruise ship enjoys a sterling reputation on the British cruise market and will offer the same traditional cruising style that CMV is known for.

CMV are very proud to announce preliminary details of their first-ever special fleet parade and regatta event which will be held in Rotterdam on Saturday 28 August 2021.

The entire CMV seven ship fleet will join together for a special parade and regatta in Rotterdam on Saturday 28 August 2021. This is part of a unique maritime celebration of CMV's traditional style of cruising, the introduction in 2021 of the latest classic ships to join the fleet Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer, and to celebrate Cruise Port Rotterdam's 25th Anniversary. CMV's classic and traditional ships will sail in convoy in both directions, up and down the Maas River for twenty-eight nautical miles.

The iconic Marco Polo has been chosen to spearhead the parade in recognition of being CMV's first-ever deployed vessel and her illustrious maritime career spanning over half a century. Following in her wake will be CMV's new flagship, Amy Johnson followed by Magellan, Columbus, Astor and sisterships, Vasco da Gam) and Ida Pfeiffer. This unique maritime celebration and event will bring together over 8,000 cruise passengers onboard their fleet of seven cruise ships.

The CMV ships will be arriving in Rotterdam between 0900-1000hrs, stay in port all day and depart early evening between 1700-1800hrs. Join in the fun and celebrations, with quayside folkloric events planned. Special celebratory events are also planned in the city of Rotterdam with complimentary shuttle buses available for the passengers.

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. However, 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. NB: Supplementary charge applies for speciality restaurants and Chef's Table.

Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges and bars including the Captain’s Club and Casino, Connexions, Raffles and Taverners Pub. 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 Observation Lounge 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 Library. A new Crafter’s Studio will 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.

Standard Single Inner and Ocean View Cabins
These air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. Ocean View cabins have a picture window and all cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, and personal safe.

What’s included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)

Note: 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.

What’s extra:

  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking approx. £77 (not bookable within a week of departure)
  • Coach Transfers London Victoria/Tilbury £25 (not bookable within a week of departure)
  • Insurance

NB: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

 

Useful Information

Baggage Restrictions

With Ex-UK Cruise Only bookings there are no luggage restrictions. We do ask that each bag does not exceed 23kg for health and safety reasons for our porters. As there are no separate Baggage Room facilities aboard our ships, it should be noted that all baggage must be stored within the cabin. Under bed storage is available in most cabins for suitcases not exceeding 23cms depth. 

Passports
A passport is essential for all cruises, including mini cruises and sailings around the British Isles and Republic of Ireland and all British Citizens, must hold a full ten-year passport. Many countries, including most of those visited during the winter cruise programme and on the Astor cruise schedule, require visitors to hold passports that have at least six months validity beyond the return date of the cruise. It is the responsibility of holders of non-British passports to check with the relevant consular authorities of the countries to be visited to ascertain if there are any specific restrictions or requirements for their planned itinerary. Any passenger arriving at the departure port without a passport, or with the incorrect documentation, will not be allowed to embark. Such circumstances are not covered by insurance and no refund claims will be entertained.

Dress Code
During the day, attitudes are very relaxed and informality is the key. Casual clothing is quite sufficient during the days at sea and for time spent ashore. On certain shore excursions and at some religious sites, discretion should be used so as not to cause inadvertent offence with inappropriate clothing. Advice will be given on board in such cases. Every day, the Daily Programme suggests, as a guide, a mode of dress for that particular evening’s events. Generally, there are two ‘formal’ or gala nights planned on each cruise when many gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, although a lounge suit is quite acceptable. The ladies on these occasions have a chance to dress up and often opt for evening or cocktail dresses. On evenings proposed as ‘informal’, a suit or smart jacket and trousers, with or without a tie, for the men is suggested and the ladies have further opportunities to look elegant in a cocktail dress or trouser suits and stylish co-ordinates. A ‘casual’ recommendation often covers evenings spent in port or when a special event such as a deck party is scheduled. In these cases, the choice of dress is left entirely to you.

Electrical Appliances
All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket to allow small appliances such as electric shavers, electric rollers and hair-stylers to be used. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer. It is advisable to bring a UK three pin to European round two-pin universal adapter (all cabins on Columbus have UK 3 pin sockets) in order to access electrical supply in the cabins. For safety reasons, irons and water heating devices are not permitted to be used on board. Astor and Columbus both have an ironing room facility for those passengers who wish to iron their own garments.

Medical
The services of our qualified medical staff are available to you on board in the event of ‘mal de mer’ or an emergency. It should be noted that the NHS does not cover treatment on the ship and there is a scale of charges for surgery visits and medical treatment. Such charges, which are usually claimable under your travel insurance policy, less any excess amounts, must be paid in full prior to your final disembarkation. Seasickness tablets are available from Reception at a nominal charge.

On Board Payments
All prices on board Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo are quoted in Sterling. A cashless system is in operation for all of your onboard purchases. An account is opened for you at the start of your cruise and you sign a debit when purchasing goods and services on board. This is charged to your shipboard account and a final invoice is presented at the end of the cruise itemising all charges. This can be settled by Travellers’ Cheques, which incur a 3% transaction fee, or by MasterCard or Visa credit cards, or by Visa debit cards, and of course, cash. It is not possible to use personal cheques to settle onboard accounts. The Reception staff also offer a facility to purchase small amounts of certain foreign currencies for use in some of the ports of call. Please note that in payment of your onboard account an extra charge may be levied by your issuing bank for using your credit/debit card. Please note that we do now accept Pre-Paid Credit Cards (showing the VISA or Mastercard symbol) on our vessels.

Optional excursions
These will be available to view on Cruise & Maritime’s website 8 weeks prior to departure and are subject to availability.

Duty-Free Sales
The onboard shops are open daily when each ship is at sea, but local customs regulations do not permit the sale of duty-free goods whilst a ship is in port. It should be noted that liquor and tobacco products purchased will only be delivered to your cabin on the last day of the cruise. Drink and tobacco may, of course, be purchased throughout the cruise from the ships’ bars at the listed shipboard prices.

Electrical Appliances
All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket to allow small appliances such as electric shavers, electric rollers and hair-stylers to be used. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer. It is advisable to bring a UK three pin to European round two-pin universal adapter (all cabins on Columbus have UK 3 pin sockets) in order to access electrical supply in the cabins. For safety reasons, irons and water heating devices are not permitted to be used on board. Astor and Columbus both have an ironing room facility for those passengers who wish to iron their own garments.

Embarkation/Disembarkation Arrangements
The embarkation procedures at UK ports normally commence four hours prior to the published sailing time. At final disembarkation, you should allow approximately 90 minutes from the scheduled arrival time before disembarkation will commence. The full embarkation and disembarkation procedures and timings will be confirmed when tickets and cruise documentation are dispatched, usually 14 days prior to sail date.

Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and 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. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
27 Aug 2021 03 Sep 2021 7 All Ages £859 Call to book

What’s included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)

Note: 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.

What’s extra:

  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking approx. £77 (not bookable within a week of departure)
  • Coach Transfers London Victoria/Tilbury £25 (not bookable within a week of departure)
  • Insurance

NB: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

 

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