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*On August sailing Amsterdam & Cobh will be replaced by visits to Orkney Isles & Ringaskiddy.
Important Ocean Cruise Information
IMPORTANT INFORMATION • It is a condition of booking a cruise that you have adequate travel insurance before departing. • Grand UK Tour Managers do not escort these cruises • Grand UK has a small allocation of cabins on these cruises & they are not exclusively for the over 55s. Magellan, Columbus and Marco Polo operate as adult only cruise ships & does not accept anyone under the age of 16. It is important that you are fit & healthy to embark on a cruise holiday & your attention is drawn to section 12 of our Booking Conditions in our brochures or on our website www.grandukholidays.com. Full British Passports are required for all cruises • Optional shore excursions, personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, communication & medical fees are not included • According to international custom in the hospitality industry, tipping is accepted as recognition of good service. For your greater convenience we operate an automatic tipping system so instead of worrying how much and when to tip, an amount of £5.00 per person per night (£4 per person per night on cruises over 16 nights) will be debited to your onboard account. All itinerary timings are approximate and may be subject to change. Please be advised that the ship offers designated smoking areas - if you need further details please ask at the time of booking.
At 63,786 tonne, with a draft of 8.20 metres and overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising and ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise programme on offer. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and will be upgraded further in April 2017 before the start of her maiden programme with Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
Accommodation - Accommodating up to 1400 guests, Columbus has 13 passenger decks, serviced by nine lifts. Columbus offers a wide choice of well-appointed inner and ocean view cabins plus 28 De Luxe Balcony cabins and 36 Junior Balcony suites. All accommodation is graded according to size and/or position within the ship.
Dining & Entertainment - At the Waterfront Restaurant you can opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful five course dinner. Breakfasts and lunches are generally served on an open seating basis. However, two fixed time sittings are operated for dinner when your attentive waiting staff will welcome you each evening. Perhaps opt to dine at the Fusion or Grill speciality restaurants or sample the delights of a sumptuous dinner at the ‘Chef’s Table’ (supplementary charge). If you prefer something more casual, the Plantation Bistro is open every day for buffet style breakfast, lunches and dinner, and when the weather is fine, the Alfresco Grill beckons. There are extensive lounge areas including the Palladium Show Lounge with big show entertainment & cabarets, the Captain’s Club, Connexions, Raffles and Taverners Pub & Casino.
On board facilities include: • Waterfront Restaurant • Speciality and Chef’s Table Restaurants (supplementary charge) • Alfresco Grill • Seven choices of lounge or bar • Casino • Shopping Galleria • Two coffee and tea shops • Six entertainment venues include Palladium Show Lounge • Columbus Lounge & Library • Bridge & Card Room • Jade Wellness Centre including Beauty Salon • Two heated outdoor swimming pools • Outdoor Giant Screen • Medical Centre • Extensive Sun Deck • Main Lobby • Reception • Tour Desks offering a wide range of shore tours • All cabins are well equipped with en-suite facilities, with shower, personal safes, television, hairdryer, music channels and electrical current is 110/220v AC.
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TRAVEL INFORMATION: For all our ocean cruises we have introduced a convenient home pick-up service from your home address to from the UK port. Transfer is by coach, mini-bus or taxi and is only available from addresses located in the south east of England, some parts of the Midlands and from one address per booking.