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Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cruise

16 days from £2259*
Departing: December 2017
* Price shown: 21 December 2017 from -



Set sail for some sunshine this Christmas

Spend the festive season being royally entertained by a team dedicated to ensuring you have a truly unforgettable Christmas, and welcome in 2017 in style as you leave behind the grey of winter and head to the Canaries and the glorious floating garden of Madeira in search of a little winter sun.

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

  • 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

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 Five - Christmas Day at sea
  • Day Six - Gibraltar
  • Day Eight - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Day Nine - Arrecife, Lanzarote
  • Day 10 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Day 11 - *Funchal, Madeira
  • Day 13 - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 16 - Arrive London Tilbury, 1100hrs

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

Make your way to Tilbury and board Columbus before she sails this afternoon. Settle into your comfortable cabin, make use of the amenities on board and get to know your fellow passengers before your first dinner on board.

Day Two

Wonderful Amsterdam, with its picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings, never fails to delight. Explore the city, and perhaps visit the renowned Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

Days Three to Five

Spend three days at sea enjoying Columbus's on-board amenities. On Christmas Day (Day Five), enjoy the celebrations in the company of your fellow passengers, being looked after by the Captain, crew and entertainment team.

Day Six

Spend today in the British outpost of Gibraltar in the shadow of the famous Rock. Explore Main Street, and 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 Seven

Spend today relaxing as Columbus heads out into the Atlantic.

Day Eight

Reaching Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Columbus will call at the island's principal port, Santa Cruz. Here you can experience 'the whole world in one day' - swim in warm waters, throw snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, and shop in the capital's glitzy shopping malls. There will also be a range of optional excursions on offer.

Day Nine

Step ashore at Arrecife on Lanzarote. This sun-baked and colourful holiday isle, with its black sand beaches, offers opportunities to head to 'fire mountain' and to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.

Day 10

The great trading port of Las Palmas is gateway to Gran Canaria. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz or head to the the old town Vegueta's palm-fringed squares. An optional excursion inland will take in some superb views.

Day 11

Wander the wonderful Botanical Gardens or take an exhilarating wickerwork 'toboggan' ride (from Monte to Livramento) as Columbus visits Funchal, capital of sun-blessed, sub-tropical Madeira, today.

Day 12 (New Year's Eve)

Enjoy a restful and relaxing day at sea, then join the celebrations as the crew, staff and your fellow passengers mark the end of 2016 and the start of the New Year.

Day 13

The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, stands on the River Tagus down which the great adventurers Dias and Da Gama sailed during the Age of Exploration. Today's shore excursion will introduce the city, where the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfamar district seem to have remained unchanged for centuries.

Days 14-15

Spend two final days at sea as Columbus returns to the UK.

Day 16

Disembark, bid farewell to the ship and her crew, and make your way home.
Date Nights Price From
21 December 2017
21 December 2017 15 £2259

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.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between 3rd April and 31st May 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.