Cruise & Maritime Weekender

Sarah Smith on 01 September 2017
I've just returned from a wonderful taster cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime's Columbus. It's a medium-sized ship which is a refreshing change from some of the huge resort-sized ships we see these days. Not too many people and less likely to get lost finding my cabin!

Onboard, there is a feeling of spaciousness as there are various venues for guests to be entertained, dined and refreshed, or simply just chill- out. The decks are spacious with plenty of deck chairs and sun beds around the pools to snooze away or catch some sunshine.

Lots of food choices and excellent service from the waiters made dining experiences meals to remember. I particularly enjoyed the Indian speciality dining which is excellently priced with very authentic food and Indian beer.

We had an outside cabin with a large picture window. It was spacious and clean and had UK plugs to compliment the sterling onboard - another welcome difference between some other cruise lines who only operate in dollars or Euro.

Entertainment ranges from piano bars, quiet cafes, The Dome nightclub, a theatre for dance shows, and even an authentic English pub. There really is something for everyone and with such a mix of ages and clientele on board, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a weekender on board. We visited Amsterdam and Antwerp, perfect destinations for a short break as you dock right in the heart of the cities within walking distance of the main sights and attractions.

For longer journeys on Columbus it's mainly an older clientele, with a clear adult only emphasis.

If you are interested in sailing on Columbus, or would like any further information please get in touch.

Top tips:

On 4 night or longer cruises upgrade to the all-inclusive drinks package, currently costing £17.95 per person.

Don't fancy sailing from the south coast? Did you know Cruise & Maritime sail from numerous local UK ports, eg Hull, Bristol, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Pre-book a spa treatment on the day of embarkation and receive a 10% discount.