Arrivals & Departures Local favourite takes delivery of new flagship

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From June, CMV will have a new ship cruising out of the UK, when the newly christened Columbus emerges from refurbishments. 

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is a familiar name to many West Australian cruisers thanks to the popularity of its ship Astor, which frequently spends the summer home-ported in Fremantle.

And now the company has taken delivery of its new flagship, Columbus, in Singapore.

Formerly known as P&O Cruises Australia's Pacific Pearl, the ship will undergo refurbishment before its official naming ceremony on June 8.

Works will include the conversion of the existing children's and teenage areas into the Columbus Observation Lounge, a card and bridge room, library and Crafter's Studio. The existing casino will be scaled down and the current Captain's Lounge will become the Taverner's Pub.

Columbus will home-port at London Tilbury and will start its maiden CMV season on June 11 with a three-night voyage to Amsterdam and Antwerp. 

CMV says bookings for and interest in Columbus' upcoming season and 2018 seasons have been strong.

Among the options available are a seven-night Scottish Highlights and Faroes itinerary from August 28, which costs from $1109, and a 35-night Sydney to Singapore voyage from February 24, from $7909 with the second guest travelling free.

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