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The Astoria is a beautiful ship, we travelled on her before when she was the Athena. We found the crew were exceptionally friendly and attentive  

Mr and Mrs Lake

March 2019

We have just returned from the Panama Canal cruise on the Magellan and we would like to say what a wonderful time we had. All the staff were friendly, polite and helpful. The disembarkation was done with care and organisation and we had smooth transit back to the UK. The food in the buffet restaurant was excellent as was the food and service in the dining rooms. The cleaners were kind and nothing was to much trouble doing their jobs with a smile. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone, in fact, we already have recommended you to our taxi driver who brought us home. Once again thank you for a wonderful time and terrific value for money too.  

Mr & Mrs Ollerton

February 2019

I have just returned from your three day trip to Antwerp and Amsterdam. The organisation accommodation and professionalism was out of this world. The cabin was excellent the staff were outstanding. The dining opportunities far exceeded our expectations, in particular, the grill restaurant. Once again thank you for an excellent product.  

Mr & Mrs Phillips

January 2019

We have just returned from the West Indies and Azores aboard the MV Marco Polo. All the staff worked extremely hard to give us an excellent cruise. Thank you to all. We would like to praise our waiters. They were excellent. Professional. cheerful, courteous and friendly. They made every mealtime an absolute pleasure.  

Mr & Mrs Fautley

December 2018

They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice but from my experience with CMV this week it certainly does. I have just returned from a cruise with your company and I was wowed from the moment we arrived at Tilbury. We travelled on Magellan last year and thought that was as good as it gets but Columbus is just as impressive and so was the crew on board. We found the embarkation so smooth and well run and we were not disappointed with our reception from the staff. We were looked after and treated like royalty which made our holiday so special. Very impressed with the cleanliness and attention to detail in all departments and we found that the crew would always go the extra mile to make you happy. Food was fantastic as always and the entertainment was faultless, everyone worked so hard to deliver. When we arrived back at Tilbury, disembarkation was just as smooth and to be honest we didn’t want to leave. So a huge thank you for exceeding our expectations and we look forward to sailing with you again soon.  

Mr Rutter

December 2018

From boarding to disembarking, everything was perfect. All the staff/crew I met were helpful, professional and courteous, and the waiting staff team we were allocated at dinner in the Riverside Restaurant, in particular, were fantastic. The evening shows were of a high standard and the daily programme of activities had something for everyone. My cabin was much better and bigger than anticipated and I was really pleased with the cabin steward who looked after me. The cabin had everything I could have wanted and being able to control the heating/cooling was much appreciated. There was lots of storage space, mirrors and the decor was just right. The variety of food on offer in all the eateries was excellent and there was a lot of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also enjoyed the excursions (Amsterdam, Eijfjord, Flam and Bergen) which were well organised and the tour guides were friendly and helpful and everything ran to time. All in all, I cannot fault my trip at all and would like to thank everyone involved in my cruise and I hope to sail on the Columbus again in the future.  


December 2018

My wife and I have just returned from a 7 nights cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on Columbus and what a fantastic time we had, from catching the coach at Victoria to getting off at the same station and everything in between we were looked after superbly. The disembarkation was very smooth and the cabin was nice and large with plenty of space for everything you need, the bed was big and very comfortable (slept like a baby), a good size shower and always plenty of hot water and nothing was a problem for the steward even though we had none. The ship was very clean throughout with staff continually wiping down surfaces, the meals in the restaurant and buffet were well presented and very tasty where they also catered for special diets, one night we had a meal in the Fusion restaurant which was delicious. The bars are spacious with lot's of various entertainment (too much to mention here), and all of the bar staff were attentive and polite. The guest speaker was very entertaining and the shows were of a decent standard,( some said not to West end standard but we were not in the West end paying their prices, we were on a cruise ship in the middle of the sea!), the entertainment manager's jokes a bit cheesy but do not miss his magic shows. We are now looking at a cruise for next year and hope to onboard for many years to come, once again thank you for a brilliant week.  

Mr Evans

December 2018

We returned last week from the Baltic cruise on Columbus. what a fantastic experience, thank you. Every member of the crew was so helpful, polite, the food was excellent, the cabin, the bars, the entertainment and excursions were all so well run. The standards of hygiene throughout the ship were faultless. Thanks for a great cruise,(our first ever) so very impressed.  

Mr & Mrs Ball

November 2018

I just had to write and let you know what a wonderful cruise we have just experienced on Columbus to the Baltics & St Petersburg. All crew were very friendly and extremely helpful from the moment we boarded until we, sadly, disembarked on Tuesday. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone and it was lovely that some crew recognised us from our cruise on Columbus last October. The entertainments this year were absolutely fantastic, varied and professional.  

Mrs Boothroyd

November 2018

To say we are over impressed is an understatement. The whole experience far surpassed our expectations. I know we were not alone in saying that the cleanliness of the ship was second to none. The amount of staff employed as cleaners was phenomenal and they did a sterling job. The cabin was very well appointed with so much space, and the shower was one if not the best I have ever been on a ship. Room and ship temperature was perfect. Not sure where to begin with the staff because every single one of them from Captain to the lovely little cleaner in the laundrette were unbelievably friendly and so attentive. I couldn't get over how quickly empty plates were collected from pool deck staff. The pool guys ensured all sun beds and chairs were immaculate and in neat order. You have the friendliest reception staff I have ever encountered. All waiters and supervisors were lovely. Food was of a good standard and varied.  

Mrs Gallagher

November 2018


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