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German Christmas Market & Amsterdam Cruise

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Get into the holiday spirit on this pre-Christmas getaway

See Amsterdam dressed in its festive finery, and head into Hamburg to explore a Christmas Market full of seasonal crafts, food and gifts. Join us to discover two wonderful, historic cities, full of charm and winter-warmth, on this wonderful pre-Christmas cruise.

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

  • 4 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, 1600hrs
  • Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Three - Hamburg, Germany
  • Day Five - Arrive London Tilbury, 0800hrs

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

Embark in London Tilbury before your ship sails at the start of this relaxed, pre-Christmas cruise.

Day Two

Today Columbus arrives in Amsterdam. Prepare to be delighted by its step-gabled houses, canals and friendly atmosphere. The city comes alive with festive cheer at this time of year, from Museumplein's 'Christmas Square' and the ancient Jordaan district to that beside Dam Square's illuminated tree.

Day Three

After a morning at sea, Columbus arrives in the great German port-city of Hamburg. Head ashore to soak up the atmosphere of this famously vibrant metropolis, browse the Christmas Market in front of its Renaissance Revival town Hall, and enjoy an afternoon and early evening exploring, before Columbus sets sail at around 10pm.

Day Four

Relax on board as Columbus spends a day at sea.

Day Five

Disembark at London Tilbury and make your way home, after a wonderful festive break.

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

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*These offers apply to new bookings made between 1st November and 5th December 2017 (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount, but not the Buy One, Get One Half-Price discount. 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 Half-Price offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 25 per cent. 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.

German Christmas Market & Amsterdam Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

German Christmas Market & Amsterdam CruiseScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
(3 out of 10)


Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 16 January 2018

We are very sorry to learn that you were not fully satisfied with your holiday. If you would like to contact our Customer Relations Department with any specific issues of complaint, they will be happy to investigate them on your behalf.

(9 out of 10)


Reading Couple
The holiday was lovely, the crew treated us well and the food was good.
We were disappointed by Amsterdam because we were told there were Christmas markets and wasted our time trying to find them; but in fact there are none because the Mayor has banned them. We did not see the lights because of the time we were due to leave the port.
However Hamburg was great and more than made up for Amsterdam. We are thinking of going back for a long weekend.
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 16 January 2018
(7 out of 10)


Organisation pretty good. Visit to Amsterdam dissappointing as nothing Christmasy about it. Shore visit to Hamburg dissappointing. Far too much time on coach tour of town.
Only left just about 45mins, actually in the Xmas market square. Did not allow enough time to have a good look at the stalls, because it was too crowded to get round.
The mulled wine was worth it.
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 15 January 2018
(7 out of 10)


Gravesend Family
A nice long weekend cruise on a nice ship .

Local departure too from Tilbury .
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 15 January 2018
(10 out of 10)


Lincoln Couple
Enjoyed our second trip on Colombus. Did not do a shore excusion in Amsterdam but walked into the city from ther terminal - see more that way. The Hamburg Christmas market we did do a coach tour and wished we hadn't - far too long showing all the same sort of things. When we got to the market at 4.00 pm we only had 2 hours to look around and it was absolutely heaving with people so much so you could not look at the stalls. We could have cancelled the tour and gone on the shuttle bus at the beginning of the afternoon but you have to pay a cancellation fee. Would recommend people go straight to the market and not do the coach tour, Hamburg does not have a lot to look at following it distruction during WW2.
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 15 January 2018
(6 out of 10)


Melton Mowbray Couple
Description a bit confusing as it said Amsterdam and hamburg Christmas markets, there are no Christmas markets in Amsterdam. Disembarkation process getting to car park was very chaotic and not at all handled well, we were left standing in a '' carpark'' that included a massive mountain of road salt with lorries moving all round us waiting for the cases
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 08 January 2018
(9 out of 10)


Rayleigh Family
Good Accomodation aboard. Amsterdam Christmas market non existing. Food staff and activities were very good. Excellent booking in the local port which was easy to get to.
Confirmed traveller: 18 December 2017
Published on: 08 January 2018