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Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cruise

  • Duration: 18 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99621

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

17 nights. December 2020. From £2189.00.


Celebrate Christmas and welcome in 2021 aboard glittering Columbus as you sail south to the sun-kissed isles off the coast of Africa. Enjoy festive fun on board the ship, and some delightful ports of call as Columbus cruises from London Tilbury into the Atlantic. After visits to Dutch maritime gem Rotterdam and colourful Portuguese capital Lisbon, spend a memorable Christmas Day and Boxing Day at sea, enjoying special seasonal celebrations aboard Columbus. The next day, dock at Gran Canaria, the first of four Canary Island visits. After calls at Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife, cruise north toward Funchal, floral capital of Portuguese island idyll Madeira. Anchor offshore for a fantastic view of Funchal’s world-famous fireworks and see in 2021 with a complimentary cocktail. Celebrations continue as Columbus heads home via the charming port city of Vigo, in northern Spain.

What's Included

17 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Port Taxes

Holiday Highlights

Celebrations, sun and eight unforgettable ports
Spend Christmas Day at sea
See Funchal's famous New Year fireworks
Dutch maritime gem Rotterdam
A Christmas Eve call in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon
Bustling Las Palmas is gateway to Gran Canaria
Discover Lanzarote’s black sand beaches
Pay a rare visit to Canarian La Palma
Tenerife's Santa Cruz dressed in its festive finery
Tie up in Vigo's natural harbour
PRICE FROM ? £2189 per person
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Day 1

Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

Day 2

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1430hrs Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

Days 3 to 4

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 5

Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 1200hrs  Depart: 1900hrs The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is Columbus's next port of call. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

Day 6

Christmas Day at sea
Enjoy a Christmas celebration unlike any other as you spend the day at sea in the company of your fellow passengers. You’ll be looked after by the Captain, Officers, crew and entertainment team, who will do everything they can to ensure that the day is one to remember.

Day 7

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 8

Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs Today Columbus arrives in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s principal port. Wander the palm-fringed squares and cobbled streets of Vegueta, the port's old town, immerse yourself in the bustle of modern Puerto de la Luz or take an excursion to explore the rugged landscape of Pico de las Nieves or the pristine sand dunes of Maspalomas.

Day 9

Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs Our first Canary Islands call is Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. The black sand beaches of this sun-baked and colourful holiday isle fringe warm waters, and our visit here offers the chance to head to ‘fire mountain’ and take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.

Day 10

La Palma, Spain
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs One of the world’s most beautiful islands, La Palma, waits to greet Columbus, today. Step ashore to explore a landscape dominated by an 8000-foot central mountain and where the main town, Santa Cruz, acts as a gateway to the rugged but beautiful countryside.

Day 11

Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs From Mount Teide's snow-capped peak to the warm seas of Playa Del Duque, Tenerife boasts a breadth of climates and ecosystems that few places its size can match. Spend your day here exploring the principal port, Santa Cruz, or discovering some of the island's natural wonders on a shore excursion.

Day 12

Funchal, Madeira
Arrive: 1600hrs Depart: 0100hrs (Day 13) On New Year's Eve, Columbus anchors off Funchal, the relaxed capital of Madeira, for an evening of celebrations to mark the turning of the year. As 2020 becomes 2021, you'll be treated to a fantastic view of the city's world-famous New Year fireworks display.

Days 13-14

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 15

Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Early this morning Columbus makes her way into the stunning natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town, where the day’s catch is laid out on granite tables, and cafés serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers. Stroll the seafront, or join an optional excursion to Santiago de Compostela, destination of pilgrims and arguably the world’s first tourist destination.

Days 16-17

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 18

Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0700hrs Columbus arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful Christmas and New Year cruise. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

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Terms and conditions

This offer applies to new bookings on ocean cruises of four days or more made between 20th February and 30th June 2020 (inclusive) only. Your six bottles of free wine will be added to your order when you apply the promo code LAUNCHWINE and will be confirmed before purchase. Your wine will be dispatched within 30 days of your holiday return date. If you cancel your holiday, your free wine will not be dispatched. One case of free wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be given. Newmarket Holidays reserves the right to supply wine that is different to that shown for promotional purposes, but guarantee the value will remain the same. Free wine is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. Free Wine applicable for over 18s only. By choosing free wine you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free wine. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. The terms and conditions in our Booking Conditions do not apply to any matters concerning the provision of the free wine. Back to top