Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) has taken delivery of its new flagship Columbus.

The ship sailed to the Singapore Cruise Centre under her P&O Cruises Australia livery as Pacific Pearl at the end of her farewell voyage from Australia, before transferring to the Sembcorp Marine Shipyard to complete the required handover formalities as the re-named and re-flagged Columbus.

Chris Coates, commercial director for the cruise line, said: “We are delighted to have taken delivery of this fine traditional cruise ship and look forward to commencing cruise operations under the CMV flag. This follows some refurbishment and lounge adaptation works before her official Naming Ceremony in London Tilbury on June 8.

“Columbus will homeport in London Tilbury year-round with a 31,000 passenger capacity programme. Her introduction to the fleet has attracted unprecedented interest with very strong bookings being recorded both during her debut season and further ahead to 2018.”

Columbus commences her maiden cruise season with the cruise line from June 11 with a three-night cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp.

See cruiseandmaritime.com for details.

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