Christmas And New Year Canaries, Madeira Cruise
16 nights. December 2019. From £1539.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join us to enjoy the ultimate relaxed Christmas cruise. As Columbus sails to Rotterdam, the Canaries, Madeira then back to Portugal and Spain, you'll be free to spend an unforgettable Christmas and New Year by being looked after by Columbus's attentive crew and entertained by a team dedicated to ensuring you have a wonderful festive break.
What's Included16 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 HighlightsEnjoy sunshine cruising and on-board celebrations
Spend Christmas Day at Sea
See Funchal’s famous New Year fireworks
Dutch maritime gem, Rotterdam
Boxing Day in British outpost Gibraltar
Casablanca's Moroccan warmth and colour
Lanzarote's black-sand beaches
Bustling Las Palmas, gateway to Gran Canaria
Explore the colourful Portuguese capital, Lisbon
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 London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1400hrs 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 and 4At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 5Christmas Day
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 6Gibraltar, British Overseas Territories
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs On Boxing Day morning Columbus arrives in Gibraltar to spend the most British of the festive holidays in the Mediterranean's most British location. Take the cable-car to the summit of the Rock, to take in the tremendous views (across to Morocco's Atlas Mountains on the clearest days) and to meet the famous Barbary Apes.
Day 7Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs This morning Columbus docks in Casablanca, renowned for its connections with the celebrated movie, but today a world away from Humphrey Bogart’s sleepy town. Startlingly modern, but retaining a sense of the past in its ancient medina, the city offers wonderful beaches, some designer shopping and the fascination of the gigantic Hassan II Mosque. Today also offers up the chance to join an unforgettable shore excursion to Marrakech to explore the tiny stores, alleys and hidden courtyards of the souks, and its vast, bustling square, the Djemaa El Fna.
Day 8At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 9Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs 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 10Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs 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 11Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 0030hrs (Day 12) 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.
Day 12New Year's Day
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 13Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1500hrs 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 14Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0900hrs 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 15-16At sea
The last two days of your cruise are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories as Columbus cruises home.
Day 17Arrive London Tilbury
Arrive: 0700hrs Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful 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.