Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this evening's sailing.
The friendly Dutch capital, Amsterdam, is Columbus' first port of call. Head into the heart of the city to explore its canals, step-gabled buildings and fascinating museums.
The next three days are spent at sea, making new friends as you settle into the relaxed pace of life on board, and getting to know Columbus, her crew and her excellent facilities.
Days Three to Five
Today Columbus arrives at the tiny British territory of Gibraltar. Explore the very British Main Street, and take the cable car to the summit of the famous Rock - not only for the tremendous views to Morocco's Atlas Mountains, but also to meet the outpost's famously mischievous Barbary Apes.
Spend the day relaxing as Columbus sails south west into the Atlantic.
The first of our Canaries' calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, enjoy this sun-baked and colourful holiday isles, with black-sand beaches and fringing warm waters. Take the chance to head to 'fire mountain' and take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.
The great trading port of Las Palmas welcomes Columbus to Gran Canaria, today. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the city's old town, Vegueta. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion inland to discover some of the island's superb views.
Today is spent on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Columbus will dock in the principal port of Santa Cruz. Discover the land that boasts 'the whole world in one day' on optional shore excursions that might take you for a swim in warm waters or to throw snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, or from the capital's glitzy shopping malls to stunning gardens, banana plantations and forests of giant pines and eucalyptus trees.
Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'!
Another day spent at sea as Columbus cruises back towards mainland Europe.
The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers you one last day of exploration, today. Join an optional excursion to the historic city of Oporto, on the River Douro, and visit one of the Port wine lodges. Alternatively, sightsee at leisure, and perhaps take a cruise along the Douro, before you return to the ship to continue your cruise home.
Spend your last two days at sea relaxing and reliving the sunny memories of your Atlantic cruise.
Days 14 to 15
Disembark from Columbus, after a final relaxed breakfast, and begin your journey home.
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.
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