BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE UNTIL 31st MAY*
See Amsterdam dressed in its festive finery, stop in Antwerp and head into Hamburg to explore a Christmas Market full of seasonal crafts, food and gifts. Join us to discover three wonderful, historic cities, full of charm and winter warmth, on this delightful Christmas markets cruise.
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
- 5 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 - Antwerp, Belgium
- Day Six - 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 in Tilbury, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day Two: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Columbus's first stop is Amsterdam. At this time of year, the tree-lined canals and cobbled streets take on a magical air. A towering tree rises in front of the Royal Palace in Dam Square, and the lawns of the Museumplein south of the Rijksmuseum are replaced by a vast ice-rink. Explore this delightful, cosmopolitan city, and perhaps treat yourself to a glass of advocaat and a flaky, buttery slice of Roomboter Banketstaaf (a traditional Dutch festive treat).
Day Three: Hamburg, Germany
Around lunchtime, today, Columbus arrives in Hamburg. Browse the stalls of the lively Christmas Market that fills the Rathausmarkt (town hall square) with the sounds of fairground music and the scents of gingerbread and gluhwein, or perhaps head into the St Pauli district where legendary Beatles venues like the Indra Club and Kaiserkeller still host live bands almost every night.
Day Four: At sea
Spend the day relaxing on board as Columbus cruises towards Belgium.
Day Five: Antwerp, Belgium
This morning, Columbus calls in the enchanting city of Antwerp. The "diamond capital of the world" sparkles at Christmastime, and the colourful Christmas Market held in Grote Markt offers a array of original and traditional Christmas gifts and specialities. Enjoy the atmosphere amid the twinkling lights, nativity scenes and festive music while savouring a cup of mulled wine or a delicious Belgian waffle.
Day Six: Arrive London Tilbury
Disembark at London Tilbury and make your way home, after a wonderful Christmas markets 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.
*This buy-one-get-one-free offer applies to new bookings on selected 2019 cruises made between 1st March and 31st May 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. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. 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.