Cruise and Maritime Voyages welcomed its new flagship Columbus into its fleet at a naming ceremony at London’s Tilbury last week.

The 64,000 tonne ship will carry up to 1,400 people and will cruise year-round from Tilbury.

The Godmother to Columbus, who named the ship at the ceremony, is TV personality Angela Rippon CBE.

Chris Coates, the line’s commercial director, said: “When we introduced Magellan to our fleet just over two years ago, I suggested that it would be a game changer for us. Indeed it has been, and now we begin a new chapter as we proudly introduce our new flagship, Columbus, enabling us to respond to growing customer demand for traditional style cruising on mid-sized cruise ships. The arrival of Columbus means we are on course to carry 100,000 passengers in 2018 cruising from the UK, which is 10% of the market.

“Thanks to the support of our travel trade partners, we have sold over 95% of our 2017 Columbus cruise programme and an incredible 40% of 2018 capacity. Our ‘Buy One Get One Free’ deals offer the best possible value and our customers recognise that it pays to book early.”

Columbus will offer itineraries to the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Iceland, Baltic Cities, Canary Islands & Madeira, Scottish Highlights & Faroes, Spain, Portugal, France and Gibraltar, and will also offer a 46-night voyage to Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean.

For further information or o make a booking see cruiseandmaritime.com or call 0844-998 3877.

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