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Christmas & New Year in the West Indies & Dutch Antilles

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To book this holiday please contact our Sales Team directly on

0330 160 7700
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Escape the grey gloom of British winter, clebrate the season and see in 2024 as you discover warm, blue seas, even bluer skies, golden beaches, lush, tropical rainforests and the island paradises of the Caribbean. After calls in Amsterdam, Portuguese Leixoes and flower-strewn Madeira, Ambition crosses the Atlantic, via Cape Verde’s Sao Vincente and, after a Christmas Day spent at sea, arrives for Boxing Day in cricket-loving Bridgetown, Barbados. Nine further idylls follow, including Spice Isle Grenada, tiny Mayreau, sun-kissed Aruba and Curaçao, St Kitts and Antigua, before setting sail for British shores, via the tiny mid-Atlantic outpost of the Azores.

What does this price include?

  • Comfortable, contemporary cabins and suites that feature TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A wide choice of British and International cuisine every day throughout your cruise
  • Plenty to do during the day, including playing bridge, practising your steps on the dancefloor and interesting, expert-led lectures to attend
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of the ship’s on-board leisure facilities
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point

Your Itinerary

View a full breakdown of your holiday to help you plan your trip

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

  • Arrive: 0830hrs

    Depart: 1430hrs

    Amsterdam

    Ah, Amsterdam. A city that truly is for the culture-lovers. Step off the ship and into a world of its world-class art museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. But you don’t even need to head into a museum to feel a rich sense of the city’s past and its essence. Simply wander the labyrinth of Amsterdam’s canals, 1,500 bridges, stunning medieval town squares, and flower-lined streets, or while away the afternoon at a waterfront café.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1400hrs

    Leixoes

    The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to explore historic Porto. Famed the world over for its port wine, Porto is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    Funchal

    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'.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Mindelo

    The 10 volcanic islands that make up the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position. Spend time in Mindelo, the capital of São Vicente, admiring the attractive houses of this colonial outpost.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Bridgetown

    The bustling, colourful capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, promises exquisite beaches, swanky resort-hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants. A visit to St. Nicholas, one of the oldest distilleries in the Caribbean, is recommended, as is a meander around the Cheapside Street Market.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Willemstad

    The UNESCO-listed streets of Willemstad, in Curacao, welcome you today. While here, you may be able to visit the distillery where the island’s blue liqueur is produced, ride a trolley train around the city and visit the extraordinary limestone caves at Hato or see the coral reefs to the south of the island on a semi-submarine.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    Ponta Delgada

    Your Azores port of call today is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago. Explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic sailors for centuries.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

Dates & Prices

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Further Information

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be:

    • Less than 10 years old on the day you return home – please check the "date of issue"
    • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home – please check the "expiry date"

    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges are applied by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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