Christmas And New Year Canaries And Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 16 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99974
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
15 nights. December 2018. From £3559.00.
Spend the festive season being looked after by Columbus' attentive crew and being royally entertained by a team dedicated to ensuring you have a truly unforgettable Christmas, as you leave behind the grey of winter and head 'south to the sun' to see in the New Year.
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
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Six - Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Day Eight - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
Day Nine - Arrecife, Lanzarote
Day 10 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Day 11 - Funchal, Madeira
Day 13 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 16 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions15 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 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 afternoon's sailing.
Day TwoWonderful Amsterdam, with its picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings, is our first port of call. Get to know this delightful, friendly city, and perhaps visit the renowned Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Days Three and FourGet to know Columbus her crew and your fellow passengers as you cruise south.
Day FiveEnjoy a unique Christmas celebration 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 SixOn Boxing Day morning Columbus arrives at the tiny British territory of Gibraltar, set beneath the famous 'Rock'. Explore the very British Main Street, and take the cable-car to the summit of the Rock, not only for the tremendous views to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, but also to meet the famous Barbary Apes.
Day SevenRelax and enjoy another leisurely day at sea, heading south and west.
Day EightThe first of our Canaries' calls is Tenerife. Columbus will dock in the principal port of Santa Cruz. Optional excursions will let you discover the land that boasts 'the whole world in one day' - from a swim in warm waters to throwing snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, and from the glitz of the capital's shopping malls to stunning gardens, banana plantations and forests of giant pines and eucalyptus.
Day NineColumbus' next stop is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy this sun-baked and colourful holiday isle, 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 10The 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 11Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed, sub-tropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in the island capital, Funchal, 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 heads back towards mainland Europe.
Day 13The Portuguese capital Lisbon stands on the River Tagus, down which the great adventurers sailed during the Age of Exploration. Today's shore excursion will introduce you to a city where the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfama district have stood, seemingly unchanged, for centuries.
Days 14-15Relive the memories of your cruise as Columbus sails back to the UK.
Day 16Columbus arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful Christmas cruise. Back to top
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.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