Setting new standards

new standards

World's leading company for cruise ship management

COLUMBIA Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG (CCS) is a Hamburg-based company founded in 2015, affiliated with the COLUMBIA Group. The Cypriot predecessor, the “COLUMBIA Cruise Group”, boasts a long and successful history of more than 35 years within the maritime leisure industry.

The foundation of CCS was the logical consequence of the individual needs of our clients, their vessels and further emerging alterations in legislation for passenger vessels over the last decade. As a standalone management company solely dedicated to the cruise industry, CCS is able to meet the highest industry standards, and provide best practice services.

To achieve this, our biggest assets are our employees, cruise branch experts in all CCS shore-side departments and a tailor-made safety management system for each client. Our success and employee satisfaction is proven by an on-board retention rate of 89%. 

The company’s location in Hamburg (Germany), being one of the major cruise hubs in Europe, ensures timely and personal access to our clients, their cruise vessels, the industry and its suppliers.

Our vision

To be the best, by continually developing and improving our expertise, through innovative and pioneering solutions. We strive for perfection and excellence in ship management and operations.

Our mission

To keep our customers consistently satisfied by providing the highest quality, safety, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and economical management and operation of their ships. We aim to meet their needs and exceed expectations in full compliance with International and National Legislation, as well as other industry standards and guidelines. We are committed to zero accidents, zero losses and without harm to the environment.

  • CLIA GOLD Member: Cruise Line International Association
  • Associate IAATO Member: International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators


We provide state of the art services according to our management system ensuring 100% compliance with International Rules and Regulation as well as best practice Environmental and ISO Standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 45001).


Dedicated to cruise vessel management in the markets of expedition, luxury and classic cruising, we are operating cruise and expedition vessels on a world-wide trade basis. We offer the full range of ship management services including technical management, marine & port operations, and crew and hotel services covering a passenger capacity range from 155 up to 2.200.