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A Real Christmas Treat

Say goodbye to Christmas movie re-runs, coordinating a thousand different dishes for Christmas dinner and the crush of the end-of-year sales. Instead, step aboard Columbus for a festive break unlike any other. Relax completely on Christmas Day while the ship's chefs, crew and attentive cruise manager take care of your every need, and spend the last day of the year exploring the elegant streets and green surroundings of Funchal in Madeira.

As Columbus cruises from London Tilbury into the Atlantic, you'll also have time to discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the palm-fringed squares of Vegueta, Las Palmas' old town on Gran Canaria, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Stroll past the bright and pastel painted buildings, with their ornate wooden balconies that line Santa Cruz de La Palma's achingly pretty cobbled streets, and visit the charming, contrasting ports of Rotterdam, Lisbon and Vigo on this unforgettable Christmas cruise.

What does this price include?

  • 17 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1600hrs

    Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1500hrs

    Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

  • Spend two days relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs 

    Depart: 1900hrs

    The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is Columbus's next port of call. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

  • Enjoy a Christmas celebration unlike any other as you spend the day at sea in the company of your fellow passengers. You’ll be looked after by the Captain, Officers, crew and entertainment team, who will do everything they can to ensure that the day is one to remember.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

    Today Columbus arrives in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s principal port. Wander the palm-fringed squares and cobbled streets of Vegueta, the port's old town, immerse yourself in the bustle of modern Puerto de la Luz or take an excursion to explore the rugged landscape of Pico de las Nieves or the pristine sand dunes of Maspalomas.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Our first Canary Islands call is Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. The black sand beaches of this sun-baked and colourful holiday isle fringe warm waters, and our visit here offers the chance to head to ‘fire mountain’ and take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    One of the world’s most beautiful islands, La Palma, waits to greet Columbus, today. Step ashore to explore a landscape dominated by an 8000-foot central mountain and where the main town, Santa Cruz, acts as a gateway to the rugged but beautiful countryside.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1400hrs

    From Mount Teide's snow-capped peak to the warm seas of Playa Del Duque, Tenerife boasts a breadth of climates and ecosystems that few places its size can match. Spend your day here exploring the principal port, Santa Cruz, or discovering some of the island's natural wonders on a shore excursion.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 0100hrs (Day 13)

    On New Year's Eve, Columbus docks in Funchal, the relaxed capital of Madeira. Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, this lush green sub-tropical paradise is home to some of the most exotic vibrant and varied flora on Earth. Visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan' before returning to Columbus for an evening of celebrations to mark the turning of the year.

  • Spend two days relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Early this morning Columbus makes her way into the stunning natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town, where the day’s catch is laid out on granite tables, and cafes serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers. Stroll the seafront, or join an optional excursion to Santiago de Compostela, destination of pilgrims and arguably the world’s first tourist destination.

  • Spend two days relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Columbus arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful Christmas and New Year cruise.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.

  • 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.

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