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Amsterdam & Antwerp Bank Holiday Cruise



Take a short break to Europe's attractive canal cities

Enjoy a weekend cruise to the colourful Dutch capital, with its canals and cobblestones, and to the great city of Antwerp - the 'Diamond Capital of the World'. This break is the perfect introduction to the fine dining, entertainment and amenities of Columbus.

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

  • 3 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 Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Three - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Day Four - Arrive London Tilbury, UK 0630hrs

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.

Day Two

Spend the day exploring Amsterdam's canals, flower markets and museums. Wander the cobbled streets, or take to the water on a canal cruise.

Day Three

Today Columbus arrives in Antwerp, the Diamond Capital of the World. Explore the city, which was once home to the painter Rubens, or join optional excursions to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Brussels.

Day Four

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

Further Information

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.

*These offers apply to new bookings made between 1st and 31st August 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. On cruises with a Buy One, Get One Free offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. These offers 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.

Amsterdam and Antwerp from Tilbury reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Amsterdam and Antwerp from TilburyScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Kettering Family
We loved everything from start to finish. It was our first cruise experience and we'll definitely be back for more.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 12 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


Folkestone Single traveller
most enjoyable cruise on a newly refurbished ship. Interesting estuary/river cruising with lots of land to see rather than the ocean which of course has no landmarks. The ship docks in close proximity to the tourist sites in the centre of the cities. Easy access to walking ashore and exploring the cities without paying organised coach tour costs.
Facilities on board ship in the Spa/sauna suites were excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 22 September 2017
(8 out of 10)


Southend Friends
Enjoyed the short trip, mainly to try the ship. We enjoyed ourselves, just enough going on not to be bored. Not too large a ship.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 19 September 2017
(9 out of 10)


Birmingham Couple
A very pleasant break. Plenty of time in both Amsterdam and Antwerp to have a view of both cities. Food on board was plentiful and well prepared.Staff were absolutely marvellous. Evening entertainment very good.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 18 September 2017
(8 out of 10)


Slough Couple
We enjoyed our mini-cruise and had no complaints. Our cabin was a good size and our steward kept it clean and was very pleasant to us. The on board service was very good and we weren't kept waiting long for drinks at the bars; the restaurant table service was excellent and the buffet was kept clean and we always found a table. There were plenty of sun loungers on the various decks and as it was "adult's only" which suited us very well.

We found Antwerp not a very interesting place to go and only spent half day ashore but spent the rest of the day on the sun loungers which was fine. The entertainment seemed amateurish as some of the singers were out of tune! The disco was OK; a Karaoke go down well at the beginning of each night.

There was plenty of information to hand and we spent a full day in Amsterdam with no problem and there is an Information desk immediately as you disembark to help you. We would recommend this ship and the line to our friends and may look at another cruise on the Columbus ourselves. Tilbury docks as well run and we had no problems embarking or disembarking and a there were crew members helping passengers get in the right line for transfer to car parks and taxis which was very helpful as there were a lot of people to organise.

The drinks on board were fairly reasonable but we thought it would have been good to have the drinks package available for our cruise, as we would have bought this beforehand.

One thing we felt a bit taxing was that the muster was over long with a complete roll call that took over an hour!
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017
(9 out of 10)


Shefford Couple
Our first experience with CMV. Booked it because it was an Adults Only and No fly Cruise. Lived up to our expectations in every respect. Cabin and food both superior to that of other Cruise Lines we have been with. Cliental were well behaved and thankfully we did not witness any drunken or antisocial behaviour which has been pervasive in other Cruise experiences. Good choice of evening entertainment which was all of a high standard. Cruise Director and his Entertainment Team were the epitome of professionalism and gave the impression they genuinely cared about the customers. We will book again with CMV, providing they continue with their Adults only policy.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017
(9 out of 10)


Northampton Couple
Went with friends who had never cruised before. They didnt know what to expect but were very impressed with everything and are already looking forward to their next cruise!
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017