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Cruise and maritime

Having just returned from my first Cruise & Maritime cruise my first words would be wow. I boarded with trepidation as I’d heard so many mixed reviews of this cruise line but from the quick and efficient check in to the glitzy atrium in my favourite colour purple my first impression certainly exceeded expectations

My cruise was sailing from Tilbury and around the Scottish Isles on Cruise & Maritime’s new flagship Columbus.

Our first stop was our cabin, and I was mightily impressed with the size even though it was only an inside. The storage space was unbelievable with so many drawers in the wardrobe area and the main cabin, the bathroom a reasonable size too my only gripe was that there was only 1 plug socket.

With the weather being so nothing like when we left Manchester our first port of call was a cheeky glass of prosecco in the swim up bar to cool off before catching a few rays in the unusual British heat.

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The food in the main restaurant was fantastic, just as good as what I’ve eaten on Royal Caribbean or Celebrity. My only disappointment at breakfast was the lack of fresh bread, it was mainly standard sliced, which I guess really was a good thing as bread is my downfall on a cruise or any holiday. Lunch was served until 3, on many occasion we got back too late for lunch but afternoon tea was served from 3.30 -4.30 with an array of cakes and sandwiches. Waiters walked round the ship with a selection of canapes about 10.30 incase you fancied a little something extra

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My highlight was being invited to the Captains dinner on the first formal evening. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before being introduced to the Captain and the Hotel director, a photo opportunity later and we were taken into the private area of the Chefs table in the main restaurant for dinner. There were some amusing conversations as the Captain was Greek and hotel director Italian so you can imagine the competition

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The theatre was always full for the shows and there was plenty of entertainment onboard, the cruise was actually an Antiques Legends theme which included many a celebrity including Henry Sandon and Caroline Hawley and you could have your treasures valued

The service onboard was good, not as good as other cruises I’ve been on but nothing to complain about. Our cabin steward was eager to please and always on hand when required.

All in all this was an excellent cruise, a wonderful itinerary and a fabulous cruise, I’ve never really thought about cruising with this cruise line before, in fact it was a customer of mine that brought this to my attention by booking this same cruise and I am so thankful to her as I had a brilliant holiday and would definitely cruise with Cruise and Maritime again

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My cruise was sailing from Tilbury and around the Scottish Isles on Cruise & Maritime’s new flagship Columbus, launched in June this year she has previously belonged to Princess cruises, Ocean Village and P&O. Following a huge refurbishment she has come to life with modern décor whilst still regaining the traditional style that Cruise and Maritime are known for and for which their loyal passengers love.

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The largest of their fleet Columbus is almost 64,000 tonnes, carries 1400 passengers and has 11 passenger decks. The cruise line has listened to what their passengers want, this ship has 64 balconies and junior suites, and 150 cabins for single occupancy which is much appreciated by passengers. Its nice that they do cater so much for solo travellers as much as couples, which is why Cruise and Maritime have such a large following. I met many people that cruise with them regularly.

With 1 main restaurant the Waterfront, Plantation buffet and 2 speciality restaurants, Fusion a mix of Asian Indian cuisine and Grill specialising in steak, plus the alfresco grill open daily for burgers, afternoon tea and the speciality coffee bars featuring cakes and pastries you can be sure never to go hungry.

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There are 7 lounges and bars onboard, Raffles is a classy affair overlooking the main atrium and is the perfect start to your evening. The Dome is the late night bar with music and dancing, the oldies can really teach the young a thing or two. My favourite bar was the Oasis bar at the aft of the ship on deck 8, the back has tiered sunbathing areas with comfy loungers spanning over 5 decks, deck 8 is also where the jacuzzi’s are located, we spent a goregous afternoon in the jacuzzi, glass of fizz whilst watching the ship sail from Invergordon

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Indoor bars included Connexions and Taverners pub, located next to each other but both with a very different feel, these featured resident singers every night which was a lovely way to spend your evening after dinner

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The spa and fitness centre I was told were both very good, neither of which I visited, one minute you are on your first day planning everything and what there is to do, the next its your last day and you realise you haven’t even seen half the ship. The atmosphere onboard is so relaxed that you think you have all the time in the world, I think this is where Cruise and Maritime have really hit the spot, they are a friendly professional cruise line that really do cater for all ages. Although the majority of passengers were older we met a few guests that were younger, some on their first cruise and they loved it. It’s taught me not to always believe what you hear, to try something different and make the most of every opportunity that opens to you.

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For the first time ever, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will offer sailings departing from Wales

For the first time ever, in 2017 Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be sailing from Wales. They have announced their 800 passenger-ship Marco Polo will offer a number of cruises from Cardiff.

The Stunning Cardiff Bay
The Stunning Cardiff Bay

The sailings will include the Norwegian Fjords, plus Spain, Portugal & France voyages. There will be a special summer cruise from Cardiff which will be the Gardens & River Seine.

Due to the popularity of the Cardiff sailings, the line are hoping to be sailing from wales in 2018 also.

The latest, largest of their fleet is the 1,400 passenger-ship Magellan, which will offer sailings from Newport. Sailings will include a mini-cruise to Dublin, Norwegian Fjords and also European Medieval cities.

The Norwegian Fjords
The Norwegian Fjords

For the Carry-On fans, why not sail the Magellan for their special Carry On themed cruise on the 20th May 2017.

With Cruise & Maritime offering the no-fly cruises from Cardiff, this is sure to boost the cruise sector in Wales, which means we could hopefully be seeing more cruise lines sailing from the port.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

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The British based cruise operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, has announced this week the addition of their newest ship, Columbus, which will be dedicated to the British cruise market, with her home port year round from London Tilbury.

The new ship, formerly the Pacific Pearl of P&O Cruises Australia, will commence cruises in June 2017. At just over 63,000 tonnes, she will become the proud new flagship of Cruise & Maritime and will carry about 1400 passengers. She will have 775 cabins and a very impressive 150 of those will be dedicated single cabins. I think that this is a great move from Cruise & Maritime as single passengers so often find cruising too expensive as they are hit with a large single supplement, sometimes being double the advertised price.

Columbus will also be targeted to the adult only market although in summer 2017 it will be operating two selected August summer holiday sailings which will be open for all age groups.

The 2017 summer programme will go ON SALE on Thursday 31st March 2016 and special introductory fares with early booking deals will be on offer and with 150 dedicated single cabins available for the growing solos market this is sure to go be a hit.

What do you think? Are you a single passenger who has been praying for news like this? Let me know your thoughts

If you are interested in booking a cruise the you can call me to discuss on 0161 798 2520 or e-mail jon@cruiseclubuk.com

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.