MS COLUMBUS

As we sail through the Norwegian Fjords, enjoy everything the veganized MS Columbus has to offer.  At 63,786grt and with an overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and will be upgraded further in April 2017 before the start of her maiden CMV season.

Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 64 deluxe balcony cabins and junior suites. Recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.
Bathrooms: Fine vegan toiletries will be supplied for your wellbeing!

Originally constructed in 1988, the impressive Columbus underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2015 which transformed it into an elegant and contemporary cruise ship. From the stunning three-story atrium to the revamped wellness center, every part of this ship has been designed to provide you with an enormous floating home-away-from-home.

Accommodation

Take your pick from one of the 773 staterooms that include interior, deluxe balcony and ocean view cabins. All cabins are fitted with mod-cons including a widescreen LCD TV with movie channels, fridge, wardrobe, secure safe, WiFi and an en-suite bathroom. Premium bedding, plush pillows, and blackout blinds will all help to aid a dreamy night’s sleep and ensure that you wake up rejuvenated and ready for a fun-filled day ahead. For the most luxurious option choose the mini-suite, a 370 ft abode that comes complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable living area, desk space, pillow concierge and large private viewing balcony. The cleaning staff are on hand to refresh all cabin types on a daily basis.

Amenities

Entertainment options are plentiful, and you’ll be hard pressed to fit all of the incredible leisure activities on offer into your stay. The heart of the ship is the three-story atrium known as the Village Square, which houses an impressive array of tax and duty-free shops, coffee bars and cocktail bars. This social hub is the perfect spot to mingle with guests and make new friends.

An unusual feature is the enormous seven-meter by four-meter outdoor big movie screen that is located on the ship’s top deck. It’s here you can kick-back on a deckchair and watch a movie under the stars. The deck below houses a large pool complex with several separate pools and a swim-up bar. A highlight is The Oasis, an adult-only outdoor retreat space which features a small pool that is surrounded by cushioned cabanas, hanging chairs and private seating areas. This child-free refuge provides an incredible spot for some much-needed R & R.

On the top deck, you’ll find The Dome, a huge indoor observation area with full-length glass windows and a full-service bar so that you can really soak up the scenery in style.

Beauty and Fitness

It’s easy to keep up to date with your workout regime while you’re floating along the sea at the new Aqua Health Spa Fitness Center. The state-of-the-art gym has ample free weights, mats and aerobic conditioning equipment. Helpful staff are on hand to explain how to use equipment, or to simply provide a little extra motivation and support.

Keen golfers can tee-off at the golf putting green, while sport’s enthusiasts will love the outdoor jogging track which offers a scenic spot for a gentle morning run as the sun rises over the ocean. There is also a large sport’s court area where you can partake in basketball, volleyball and tennis games. A separate purpose-built studio room is where you can ‘get your om on’ by taking one of the many yoga classes and workshops. If you’re seeking more of a workout for the mind than the body, the traditional deck games area may appeal. This secluded spot is where you can flex your mental muscles and try your hand at fun games such as deck chess, deck quoits and shuffleboard.

In need of a little pampering? Head to the Aqua Beauty Salon where highly-trained therapists provide exclusive spa treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your best. The full range of services include facials, manicures, pedicures, acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy massages. For the ultimate in indulgence, you can purchase a pass to the Thermal Rooms for unlimited access to the sauna, steam room, relaxation room, heated ceramic beds and tropical shower room.

Kid-Friendly

If you’re travelling with children or teenagers, you can rest assured that there is plenty to keep them entertained as a fun kid’s zone centre provides complimentary activities for little ones of all ages. Interconnecting rooms are available, and bunk beds can also be booked on request.

Please download a full DECK PLAN of the MS Columbus HERE.

Interior Stateroom - limited availability

Wake up with your loved ones in one of the interior staterooms! Equipped with everything you need, it’s the prefect sanctuary after a full day of adventure and vegan discovery on deck and ashore.
These interior staterooms feature two lower beds that can be converted to a queen size bed, flat-screen TV, and private bathroom with fine vegan toiletries. Some rooms can sleep up to four guests.*

Average Cabin Size: 188sq ft / 17.50 sq m

*See bedding arrangements for 3rd and 4th guests.

Includes Stateroom Categories: 1, 2, 3, 4

Standard Oceanview Porthole Window (Obstructed)

These cabins are located midship on Columbus Deck 8 and Deck 9 with easy access to the restaurants and lounges. All these air conditioned cabins have partially or fully obstructed views and offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.
Cabins 9138, 9139, 9140 and 9141 are equipped for passengers with mobility limitations and their companions.

Average Cabin Size 188 sq ft/17.50 sq m

Includes Stateroom Categories: 6C, 6B

Double or Twin Oceanview Stateroom

These oceanview staterooms sleep up to four guests* and have either a picture window or porthole. Two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to sleep two more.
All cabins are fully air-conditioned and all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.

Average Cabin Size 188sq ft / 17.50sq m

*See bedding arrangements for 3rd and 4th guests.

Includes Stateroom Categories: 6P, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom

Enjoy all the comfort and all the beauty of living on the ocean with your own private balcony.
Located on Navigator’s Deck, the highest accommodation deck, there are 28 air conditioned deluxe staterooms with private balconies. They offer en-suite facilities with shower, wardrobe and ample storage space. The majority can be converted to a double bed and are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.

Average Cabin Size 253sq ft / 23.50sq m

Includes Stateroom Category: DL

Junior Balcony Suite

Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our Mini-Suites. Equipped with everything you need to enjoy while you’re at sea, it’s nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it.

These Junior Suites comprise of a sitting area and a private balcony. They have a double bed which may be converted to twin, and a sofa bed may accommodate a third and/or fourth passenger. These suites are air conditioned and offer en-suite facilities with bath tub and shower, large hanging and storage space, flat-screen television, hairdryer, trouser press, fridge and personal safe.

Average Cabin Size 372sq ft / 34.50sq m

Includes Stateroom Category: JS

Waterfront Restaurant

At the Waterfront Restaurant, the primary dining venue and located on Deck 7 aft, you can opt for a full vegan breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful five course dinner. It has the appearance of a contemporary restaurant, rather than a traditional cruise ship dining room. A colorful and airy space with touches of blue, lavender and pink, with tables accommodating two to 10 people.

Plantation Restaurant

The casual dining option is the Plantation Restaurant, located aft on Deck 12. It also has a bright and airy decor featuring warm wood, with beige and flashes of green highlights, and it has the bonus of a large outdoor area with plenty of seating — ideal for our cruise to Norway. The large vegan buffet is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on sea days and 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on port days. For lunch, it’s open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on sea days and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on port days. It’s open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

The Grill

Eat alfresco on top deck where the vibe is casual and the meals are mouth-watering.

Speciality Restaurants

Looking for a truly spectacular culinary experience, why not try one of our speciality restaurants? These speciality restaurants are optional and have a cover charge. Details to follow soon. : )

Bars & Lounges

The Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges and bars including the Captain’s Club, Connexions, Raffles and Taverners Pub and Casino. 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.

Coffee Shop

Enjoy coffee specialities!

Dome Observatory & Nightclub

The Dome doubles up as a lounge by day and a bar with dancing and entertainment at night. It’s an intimate space with floor-to-ceiling windows, curtains rather than blinds, and a central dance floor, making it an ideal lounge for anyone looking for some daytime solace.
Serves wine, beer and cocktails, along with frozen coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, and teas. Let our guest DJs help you dance the night away. They know just how to get the party started so make sure you wear the right shoes to burn a hole in the dance floor.

Show Lounge / Theatre - Spectacular shows at night, Vegan Travel activities during daytime

Fancy a show after dinner? Our original production shows are choreographed by leading international production companies and designed exclusively for CMV. Performed in the impressive two-storey theatre and with a number of different shows featured, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Columbus has something for everyone. From a martini mixology class and wine tastings to scrapbooking and ballroom dance classes. There are also karaoke, trivia and other games almost every day somewhere onboard. On sea days especially, the daily itinerary is packed with interesting and fun things to do, and the outdoor big screen located on the pool deck forward is where you’ll catch movies, full-length concerts or live sports.

Did you know that the Columbus offers expansive deck areas and promenades with traditional wooden decking, ideal for viewing on our scenic cruises? When the weather is fine, there are two heated swimming pools. Why not relax at the Ocean Terrace with a cocktail from the Club Oasis Bar or a bite to eat from the Al Fresco Grill.