Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 18 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99621
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
17 nights. December 2020. From £2909.00.
A Real Christmas Treat
Say goodbye to Christmas movie re-runs, coordinating a thousand different dishes for Christmas dinner and the crush of the end-of-year sales. Instead, step aboard Columbus for a festive break unlike any other. Relax completely on Christmas Day while the ship's chefs, crew and attentive cruise manager take care of your every need, and spend the last day of the year exploring the elegant streets and green surroundings of Funchal in Madeira. As Columbus cruises from London Tilbury into the Atlantic, you'll also have time to discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the palm-fringed squares of Vegueta, Las Palmas' old town on Gran Canaria, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Stroll past the bright and pastel painted buildings, with their ornate wooden balconies that line Santa Cruz de La Palma's achingly pretty cobbled streets, and visit the charming, contrasting ports of Rotterdam, Lisbon and Vigo on this unforgettable Christmas cruise.
What's Included17 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
Holiday HighlightsCelebrations, 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
Spend New Year’s Eve in Madeira's Funchal
Tie up in Vigo's natural harbour
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 1Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2Rotterdam, 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 4At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 5Lisbon, 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 6Christmas 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 7At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 8Gran 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 9Lanzarote, 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 10La 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 11Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs 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 12Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 0100hrs (Day 13) On New Year's Eve, Columbus docks in Funchal, the relaxed capital of Madeira. Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, this lush green sub-tropical paradise is home to some of the most exotic vibrant and varied flora on Earth. Visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan' before returning to Columbus for an evening of celebrations to mark the turning of the year.
Days 13-14At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 15Vigo, 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 cafes 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 16-17At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 18Arrive 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
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. Back to top