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Sail south to the sun
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.
Discover life on board Columbus
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What The Price Includes
- 15 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
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.
Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this evening's sailing.
The 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 Five
The 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.
Today 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.
Spend the day relaxing as Columbus sails south west into the Atlantic.
The 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.
The 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.
Today 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.
Some 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'!
Another day spent at sea as Columbus cruises back towards mainland Europe.
The 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 15
Spend your last two days at sea relaxing and reliving the sunny memories of your Atlantic cruise.
Disembark from Columbus, after a final relaxed breakfast, and begin your journey home.
|12 Oct 2018||15||£2109.00|
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