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Cruise the balmy waters of the Caribbean Sea

Columbus's 2017 season is crowned by this sun-kissed Caribbean and Central American odyssey. Cross the Atlantic to discover a sequence the most colourful, and exciting tropical paradises on Earth - from the Caribbean to Cuba, Costa Rica, and the secret treasures of Panama and Colombia.

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

  • 46 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.


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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 2000hrs
  • Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Seven - Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • Day 14 - St Maarten
  • Day 15 - Tortola, Virgin Islands
  • Day 16 - La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Day 18 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Day 20-22 - Havana, Cuba
  • Day 23 - Progreso, Mexico
  • Day 24 - Cozumel, Mexico
  • Day 25 - *Belize City, Belize
  • Day 26 - *Roatan Island, Honduras
  • Day 28 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
  • Day 29 - Cristobal, Panama
  • Day 30 - Cartagena, Colombia
  • Day 32 - Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Day 33 - Willemstad, Curacao
  • Day 35 - Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Day 41 - Horta, Azores
  • Day 44 - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 47 - Arrive London Tilbury, UK 0900hrs

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.

Days Three to Six

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

Day Seven

Columbus's first call is in Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of Sao Miguel, the largest of the islands in the Azores. There'll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic adventurers for centuries

Days 8-13

Relax on board as Columbus spends another few days at sea.

Day 14

This morning Columbus finds herself in the shared island of St Maarten, respectively the Dutch south, and French north of a tiny island celebrated as much for its duty-free shopping opportunities as for its wonderful beaches.

Day 15

The historic harbour of Road Town, Tortola has offered shelter since the days of Sir Francis Drake. Step ashore to explore the laid-back capital, or perhaps take an excursion to discover the rest of the island, including the wonderfully named Mount Healthy National Park.

Day 16

The attractive Dominican beach resort of La Romana has many distractions to offer. Join an optional shore excursion, and visit Santo Domingo, the New World's first European colonial city and burial place - it is claimed - of Christopher Columbus.

Day 17

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 18

Spend a day enjoying the beaches, bars and shopping of Ocho Rios, on Jamaica's north coast, or join an excursion into the Blue Mountains, to spectacular Dunn's River Falls or to the St Ann's Hills' mausoleum of Jamaica's most famous son, Bob Marley.

Day 19

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 20-22

The Cuban capital, with its cigar factories and vintage American cars is as iconic a city as any on Earth. Witness the restoration of its crumbling colonial splendour in the old capital, Habana Vieja, and take a stroll along the sweeping Malecon, which skirts the bay between Havana Harbor and Vedado.

Day 23

Today Columbus docks in Progreso, a port city in the Mexican state of Yucatan. From here you can join an optional shore excursion to Chichen Itza Mayan ruins - the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico - where the Pyramid of Kukulcan towers above all.

Day 24

An island paradise off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Cozumel has resisted the excesses of mass tourism, and remains a laid back, unashamedly cool haven with a distinctly Caribbean flavour. Don't miss the chance to visit the island's stunning marine reserve on an excursion.

Day 25

The former capital of British Honduras, English-speaking Belize City is surrounded by dense rainforest dotted with countless Maya temples and towns, like those at Altun Ha. Take a leisurely cruise through the cayes of the Belize Barrier Reef, or an energetic zip-line tour through the forest canopy.

Day 26

The mountainous interior and coral reefs of Roatan Island have changed little since Christopher Columbus first visited in 1502, but this remote island paradise now offers a few modern comforts denied to the explorer, including some of the best snorkelling available anywhere on your cruise.

Day 27

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 28

Hummingbirds, macaws, sloths, toucans, iguanas and quetzals - an astonishing five percent of all the planet's species can be found in Costa Rica. Step ashore in Puerto Limon and perhaps head to Veragua Rainforest Park to ride the Aerial Railway through the forest canopy on an optional excursion.

Day 29

As Columbus calls at Cristobal on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal, there's a chance to cross by coach to the Pacific and visit Panama City itself.

Day 30

Cartagena is a Spanish colonial treasure on the Colombian coast. Visit Downtown to discover streets and squares lined by brightly coloured buildings and bougainvillea-covered mansions, elegant balconies and magnificent churches.

Day 31

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 32

Beyond the glitzy resorts and luxury beachside retreats of Aruba, the island capital Oranjestad bustles with life. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping, try your luck in the casinos, or discover the cactuses, coastal views and abandoned gold mines of Arikok National Park.

Day 33

The UNESCO-listed streets of Willemstad, on Curacao, welcome Columbus today. Visit the distillery where the island's blue liqueur is produced, head to the beach, or join shore excursions to Christoffel National Park or the extraordinary limestone caves at Hato.

Day 34

Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.

Day 35

Today we reach Bridgetown, Barbados, and discover the bustling, colourful, cricket-loving gateway to some of the Caribbean's most highly favoured watering holes.

Days 36-40

Relax on board as Columbus spends another few days at sea.

Day 41

Today we'll reach the Azores, and tie up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabecao Gordo, which boasts breathtaking views of the entire archipelago.

Days 42-43

Relax on board as Columbus spends another two days at sea.

Day 44

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 45-46

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

Day 47

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

Further Information

Itinerary changes

Some of the Caribbean islands on this cruise have been seriously affected by recent hurricanes and are currently unable to take cruise ship calls. The itinerary has therefore been reviewed and now includes visits to Basseterre, St Kitts, and Castries, St Lucia. The full itinerary will be sent to you in your Final Travel Documents.

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

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*These offers apply to new bookings made from 31st August 2017 (inclusive) onwards. 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.

Cuba, Central America & the Caribbean Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cuba, Central America & the Caribbean CruiseScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Montcaret, France Friends
An excellent trip with very nice people. Visits to Cuba, Aruba and Antigua were very interesting and enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 14 December 2017
Published on: 12 January 2018
(10 out of 10)


Hitchin Couple
wonderful holiday for our retirement
Confirmed traveller: 14 December 2017
Published on: 08 January 2018
(8 out of 10)


Solihull Couple
We enjoyed most of the ports of call and were comfortable in our cabin, with good cabin service. The entertainment varied but was mostly good.
The big let down was the dining experience, the food was good but we had very few formal evenings and the few themed evenings we had were only 'themed' by way of what food was served and we had no advance information on this.
The Spa was expensive but good. The gym would have benefited from better air-conditioning but the equipment was good. Unfortunately the provision of 2 laundrettes (which would have been useful on a 7 week voyage) was let down by the shortage of 'tokens' required to use the equipment, just not enough to go round.
Confirmed traveller: 14 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(8 out of 10)


Excellent holiday,impressed by ship and excellent staff.Food very good,drinks package ok and entertainment reasonable standard for type of ship.Very disappointed by some of the excursions and lack of opportunity to give feedback whilst on ship.
Confirmed traveller: 14 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(6 out of 10)


Montrose Couple
Sorry but to be served sandwiches for three meals running due to "high seas" was a total farce. Entertainment from the six young singers was goddd but they were worked to death, only two other entertainers on for a couple of nights. Must have been 70 plus. Organisation and communication very poor. Ship not full therefore didn't have the budget to do things, but why should passengerss suffer as they have paid their fare. Not their fault ship is not full. Sixty pounds for ukelelle lessons is a scandal, so much for things to do aboard!
Confirmed traveller: 14 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018