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Join us to discover two historic cities, dressed in their festive finery, as Columbus embarks on a wonderful pre-Christmas cruise. See Amsterdam’s canals, and wander Hamburg's pretty streets as you explore its delightful Christmas Market, full of seasonal crafts, food and gifts.
Discover life on board Columbus
There'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
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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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 - London Tilbury, UK
- Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Day Three - Hamburg, Germany
- Day Five - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. 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.
Day One: Depart London Tilbury
Board Columbus at London Tilbury. You’ll sail early this evening, and enjoy your first dinner on board. Get to know the cruise staff and some of your fellow passengers before you retire to your cabin.
Day Two: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Today Columbus stops in Amsterdam. Browse the stalls of the Ice Village that springs up beside the huge ice rink on Museumplein, watch the skaters carve elegant lines across the ice, or follow the walking trail around the light sculptures, art installations and projections that spring up in the city's squares and along the canals every winter.
Day Three: Hamburg. Germany
After a morning cruising north, Columbus arrives in Hamburg. Here, the lively Christmas Market fills the Rathausmarkt (town hall square) with the sounds of fairground music and the scents of gingerbread and gluhwein. Browse the stalls in search of unusual Christmas gifts and unexpected treats, or perhaps head into the St Pauli district where music venues like the Indra Club and Kaiserkeller are still hosting new bands more than 50 years after the Beatles left their stages.
Day Four: At sea
Enjoy a day at sea, and rest and relax on board, as Columbus cruises home.
Day Five: Arrive London Tilbury
Arrive back at London Tilbury and disembark after a delightful Christmas market cruise.
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 www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
*Offer applies to new bookings made from 5th July 2018 (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. The applicable percentage discount will be applied first, and the second passenger in the cabin will pay half that discounted price. Single cabin fares will be discounted by a further 25 per cent once the initial percentage discount has been applied. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
Where an extra 5% booking discount is available, this can not be redeemed online – please call.
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 Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.