Canary Islands & Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 16 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20334
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
15 nights. October 2018. From £1239.00.
This wonderful cruise sees Columbus head to the warm waters of the Atlantic, calling at the floral paradise of Madeira, and three sun-kissed Canary Isles. With time spent at sea to enjoy the ship's amenities, and calls at the colourful Portuguese port of Leixoes and lively Amsterdam, this is a not-to-be-missed autumn cruise.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1600 hrs
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Six - Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Day Eight - Arrecife, Lanzarote
Day Nine - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Day 10 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
Day 11 - Funchal, Madeira
Day 13 - Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal
Day 16 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0700 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneMake your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this evening's sailing.
Day TwoThe friendly Dutch capital, Amsterdam, is Columbus' first port of call. Head into the heart of the city to explore its canals, step-gabled buildings and fascinating museums.
Days Three to FiveThe next three days are spent at sea, making new friends as you settle into the relaxed pace of life on board, and getting to know Columbus, her crew and her excellent facilities.
Day SixToday Columbus arrives at the tiny British territory of Gibraltar. Explore the very British Main Street, and take the cable car to the summit of the famous Rock - not only for the tremendous views to Morocco's Atlas Mountains, but also to meet the outpost's famously mischievous Barbary Apes.
Day SevenSpend the day relaxing as Columbus sails south west into the Atlantic.
Day EightThe first of our Canaries' calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, enjoy this sun-baked and colourful holiday isles, with black-sand beaches and fringing warm waters. Take the chance to head to 'fire mountain' and take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.
Day NineThe great trading port of Las Palmas welcomes Columbus to Gran Canaria, today. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the city's old town, Vegueta. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion inland to discover some of the island's superb views.
Day 10Today is spent on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Columbus will dock in the principal port of Santa Cruz. Discover the land that boasts 'the whole world in one day' on optional shore excursions that might take you for a swim in warm waters or to throw snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, or from the capital's glitzy shopping malls to stunning gardens, banana plantations and forests of giant pines and eucalyptus trees.
Day 11Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'!
Day 12Another day spent at sea as Columbus cruises back towards mainland Europe.
Day 13The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers you one last day of exploration, today. Join an optional excursion to the historic city of Oporto, on the River Douro, and visit one of the Port wine lodges. Alternatively, sightsee at leisure, and perhaps take a cruise along the Douro, before you return to the ship to continue your cruise home.
Days 14 to 15Spend your last two days at sea relaxing and reliving the sunny memories of your Atlantic cruise.
Day 16Disembark from Columbus, after a final relaxed breakfast, and begin your journey home. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. **This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top