The official naming ceremony will take place on 08 June 2017 at the London International Cruise Terminal in Tilbury.
Chris Coates, Commercial Director, Cruise & Maritime Voyages said “With a broadcast career of fifty years and counting, Angela Rippon CBE is one of the most recognisable British journalists around and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to charity work in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. We are all thrilled here at CMV that this lovely lady is going to be the godmother of Columbus and will be naming our new flagship which is also a new cruise ship for Britain. Columbus has an exciting year ahead as she sails to Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean and at the start of 2018 in true tradition of her name sake will set off round the world.”
The 63,786 gross tonne Columbus is currently in dry dock in Rotterdam where it is undergoing a refurbishment programme, which includes general maintenance of the ship, modifications and new venues being added.
The new Cruise & Maritime Voyages flagship is due to arrive in Tilbury on 05 June 2017, prior to the Naming Ceremony. The ship will depart on its first cruise on 11 June 2017, a three night mini cruise to Amsterdam and Antwerp.