Travel Advisors from 22 agencies were given an opportunity to see the transformation of the former Pacific Pearl into Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) Columbus.

Consultants boarded the freshly refurbished vessel during her recent visit to Sydney where she docked in White Bay.

The group toured the ship on 24 February 2019 before enjoying a three-course meal in the ship’s Waterfront restaurant.


The special event gave CMV the opportunity to educate consultants on its global voyages in addition to its Australasian cruises that homeport in Adelaide and Fremantle over the summer months.

KARRYON was among the lucky ones given permission to step aboard, click here for some of the differences we spotted between the old and new vessel.


Aside from seeing the ship, consultants were also able to meet the heads of CMV, including Darren Chigwidden, National Sales Manager AUS & NZ, Chris Coates, Commercial Group Director (Global), Dean Brazier, Managing Director (CMV Australia) and Tom Benson, Marketing Manager (CMV Australia).

Meanwhile, Darren Chigwidden, National Sales Manager AUS & NZ for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, recently also hosted nine consultants for eight nights on a Columbus familiarisation from Auckland to Sydney, which departed 16 February.


Did anyone you know get a first-hand look at CMV’s Columbus?