CMV you say? Cruise and Maritime Voyages to give them their full name.
So last week they took delivery in Singapore of what will be their new flag ship and in fact the biggest ship in their fleet and in my opinion a game changer for them. she arrived ‘dressed’ in P&O Cruises Australia livery as Pacific Pearl at the end of her farewell voyage from Australia. She will have a quick refurb and some adaptions to the lounges ready to set sail as MV Columbus on 11 June 2017 after her official Naming Ceremony in London Tilbury on Thursday 8th June 2017.
The lounge adaptation works include the existing children’s areas and teenage centre being converted into the Columbus Observation Lounge, Trumps & Aces Card & Bridge Room, the Ship’s Library and a Crafter’s Studio. The existing large casino is also being scaled down into a combined Captain’s Club & Casino while the existing Captain’s Lounge will be changed into the Taverner’s Pub.
The ship is much bigger than the rest if the fleet and has definitely had much interest shown from the public. Itineraries are on sale now so call me if you would like to take a look.
But for now I wanted to give you a history lesson regarding the ship (I do love reading up on the history of these ships!!) –
Originally launched in 1988 as Sitmar FairMajesty. Originally ordered for Sitmar Cruises (who?), she was sold and first entered service with Princess Cruises as Star Princess in 1989. From 1997 to 2003, she served in the P&O Cruises fleet as MV Arcadia. She was renamed Ocean Village in 2003 when the brand was established. In 2010 the Ocean Village brand ceased its operations, such a shame as I thought it was a great brand and a massive gap was left in the UK market.
She was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Pearl….and that’s where the new adventure begins!!
I would like to wish Cruise and Maritime the best of luck and I look forward to booking many passengers on board in the coming years.