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Canary Islands & Madeira Summer Cruise



See the glorious 'floating garden' of Madeira

This wonderful cruise sees Columbus head to the warm waters of the Atlantic, calling at the floral paradise of Madeira, and three sunkissed Canary Isles. With time spent at sea to enjoy the ship's amenities, and calls at the colourful Portuguese capital, Lisbon and Gibraltar, this is a not-to-be-missed voyage to warmer climes.

Discover life on board Columbus

Discover life on board ColumbusThere's far more to life on board Columbus than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • 14 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

Ship Information

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.


Click here to display the deck-plans for this cruise.

Cruise Information

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 1800hrs
  • Day Five - Gibraltar
  • Day Seven - Arrecife, Lanzarote
  • Day Eight - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Day Nine - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
  • Day 10 - Funchal, Madeira
  • Day 12 - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 15 - Arrive London Tilbury, UK 1000hrs

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.

Full Itinerary

Day One

Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

Days Two to Four

Spend the next few days relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.

Day Five

Spend today in the very British outpost of Gibraltar in the shadow of the famous Rock. Search out a bargain on Main Street, or take a cable car to the heights above to see the famous Barbary Apes, and the views across the Straits to North Africa and the Atlas Mountains.

Day Six

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day Seven

The first of our Canaries calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, where black sand beaches fringe warm waters. You'll have the chance to head to 'fire mountain' and to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.

Day Eight

Today Columbus ties up in the Las Palmas, Gran Canaria's principal port. Step ashore to explore the bustling metropolis of modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the old town, Vegueta, and perhaps take a shore excursion inland for some superb views.

Day Nine

Today's call is sun-kissed Santa Cruz, principal port of the famous holiday isle of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

Day 10

Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands: a sub-tropical paradise, home to some of the most colourful and exotic flora on Earth. Explore the island capital, Funchal, or dare the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte down to Livramento.

Day 11

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 12

The Portuguese capital Lisbon is Columbus's final port. Stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district, and climb aboard one of the city's famous trams. See the extraordinary Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, and the striking modern buildings of the Baixa.

Days 13-14

A final few days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories your cruise holiday as Columbus heads for home.

Day 15

Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise.

Further Information

Child passengers

Please note that children are permitted to travel on this cruise.

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

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st August 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include this discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. The offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.

Canary Islands and Madeira from Tilbury reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Canary Islands and Madeira from TilburyScores 7.6 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(8 out of 10)


London Couple
Our first cruise. It was fantastic. Will cruise again. However, although we were aware that children were on this trip we suggest that some restrictions should be applied as absolutely none were. They were allowed in all bars, even the Oasis bar which states over 18 only. Both pools were over run with children. Maybe one could be adults only. We were advised that so many families with children were on this holiday as they were offered a cheap deal. We would consider carefully our next cruise.
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 22 September 2017
(10 out of 10)


we were suprised to find columbus was the old oc
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 20 September 2017
(1 out of 10)


Camborne Cornwall Couple
As repored before
Was told this was an adult cruise
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 18 September 2017
(10 out of 10)


solihull Couple
we had a really good time great people on our table,no trouble getting seats or sun beds . Food and drinks superb.
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 18 September 2017
(3 out of 10)


Sandbach Couple
Firstly I would say that the cabin staff and waiters were absolutely lovely & hard working. As were SOME of the bar staff.
Other than that, being on the Columbus for any amount of time was a nightmare. I can only describe us as Butlins on water. There were 100s & 100s of children on Board running riot & for some passengers this cruise was sold as an ADULT only cruise. Parents / grandparents tended to use the very small adult only areas and left their children to run amok & constantly come in and out of this area. Having said that some adults were too drunk to notice or care. The entertainment was focused for children and I didn't particularly want to be singing old macdonald had a farm at 10.30pm. The games room was packed and most games were simply scattered abut and had pieces missing. There is much more I could write but instead will vote with my feet and I will never book a cruise with CMV again and will never book anything through Newmarket Holidays
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 17 September 2017
(8 out of 10)


Walsall Couple
This was our first ocean cruise and we really enjoyed it.We could not fault the food entertainment and very good service from all the staff. But we did think this cruise was not suitable for young children.Children were wandering about unsupervised which we thought was dangerous on a ship.
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 16 September 2017
(5 out of 10)


Liverpool Couple
My first cruise holiday would have been perfect without the presence of 300 horrible children spoiling it. We could not get in the pool, could not get a sun lounger, could not have any peace and quiet in restaurant, in showroom children sliding on floor, taking best seats, get the idea.
We were not told there would be children we thought we were going on an adult only cruise as did many others who booked through Newmarket. We paid thousands of pounds they paid £99 or £199 and had the same holiday, we were desperately unhappy and let down, we got no satisfaction complaining to the reception on board. It was a nightmare, you would have to be insane to want to on board a ship with three hundred noisy horrible children. All we needed was to have been given the option of knowing there were children on board and we could have booked another date
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017