Cruise to the Canary Islands & Madeira for Christmas and New Years

December 21, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2017
Cruise Line: Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Ship: Columbus

Standard Twin Ocean View Cabin – Category 6
$2339 per person, double occupancy

Cruise Highlights

  • Christmas Day aboard Columbus promises to be special. Let our friendly restaurant staff serve you Christmas Dinner and enjoy a sparkling gala show
  • Discover Lanzarote’s amazing volcanic scenery from the slopes of Fire Mountain. The lunar landscape has been a backdrop for a number of famous films
  • Las Palmas is a bustling city overwhelming with Spanish history and culture. You might pick up a bargain in one of the many shops, or stop for tapas
  • Enjoy one of Madeira’s oldest traditions – a thrilling toboggan ride by wicker basket. The drivers run alongside, steering throughout the 2-mile descent to Funchal
  • From the rail of Columbus witness the spectacular New Year Fireworks over Funchal in Madeira, then join in the onboard party as you sail into 2018


December 21, 2017 – London Tilbury (United Kingdom) – Depart 1600

December 22: Amsterdam (Netherlands) 0900 – 1400

With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the center since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the center of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum

December 23 – 24: At Sea

December 25: Christmas Day at Sea

December 26: Gibraltar (BCC) 0900 – 1600


Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea.
In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain.

A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, Gibraltar was named Jebel al-Tarik by the Moorish General Tarik who landed there in 711 AD.

See the famous Barbary apes that occupy the island as well as St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels or admire the view to Africa from a cable car.

December 27: At Sea

December 28: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife (Spain) 1200 2000

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide in the central mountain range and several spectacular valleys covered with lush landscape, banana plantations and pinewoods. Santa Cruz, the island’s capital, offers a number of museums, and churches to explore together with tempting shops and restaurants. The exotic gardens of Garcia Sanabria Park are worth a visit as is Loro Parque, with its tropical gardens, collection of parrots, and an aquarium with sharks, sea lions and penguins.

December 29: Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain) 0800 – 2000

A city with maritime roots, Arrecife first appeared on maps in the 15th century as a small fishing harbor. It has since 1852 been the capital of Lanzarote, the northernmost and fourth largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Lanzarote, which lies just four degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, is volcanic in origin. Arrecife’s Calle Leon y Castila has a wealth of shops and is an opportunity for duty free shopping.

December 30: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) 0700 – 1400

Las Palmas

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, the third largest of the seven main Canary Islands. With its sub-tropical climate, coastal valleys, beautiful sandy beaches and mountainous peaks, Gran Canaria is a firm favorite with visitors from all over Europe.

The city of Las Palmas lies in the north east corner of the Island and is dotted with tranquil parks and plazas festooned in floral displays. Head to the historic center of Vegueta, steeped in traditional architecture and historical buildings which have been standing for over 500 years. There is also a myriad of fascinating museums to be explored, including the Christopher Columbus Museum and the Museo Canario, which contains the historical relics left by the former inhabitants of the Island.

A pleasant stroll away through the narrow streets is the 2½ mile long Playa de las Canteras beach, surrounded by calm sea and a natural barrier reef which makes for perfect snorkeling opportunities.

December 31: Land by launch or tender Funchal, Madeira (Portugal) 0900 – 0030

Set in a magnificent natural amphitheater overlooking a wide bay, Funchal is the delightful capital of the beautiful and dramatic island of Madeira. The harbor is right in the center of town and as you approach the sight of whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountain is spectacular. A modern cable car soars above the bustling city to Monte, which is the start of Madeira’s famous wicker toboggan ride. Wicker baskets, embroidery and the famous Madeira wine are popular souvenirs from the striking island often described as the ‘floating garden of the Atlantic’.

January 1, 2018: Happy New Year! At Sea

January 2: Lisbon (Portugal) 0900 – 1430


Lying on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the River Tagus, Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe. It was from here that the great caravels set sail on their voyages of exploration and numerous monuments are a reminder Lisbon’s glorious maritime heyday. In 1775 a devastating earthquake all but levelled the city to the ground, and although relatively modern, the Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Further along the coast the elegant resorts of Cascais and Estoril stud Portugal’s own Riviera.

January 3 – 4: At Sea

January 5: London Tilbury (United Kingdom) 1100

Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

Highlights may be subject to pre-registering specific shore excursions and are subject to operation and weather conditions.

Cabin Information: Category 6 Ocean View

Average Cabin Size 188sq ft/17.50sq m

These ocean view cabins on Reception Deck 5 are with a picture window. All these air conditioned cabins offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. The majority can be converted to a double bed and some have a third and/or fourth berth. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.

Columbus Ship Profile

At 63,786grt, with a draft of 8.20 meters and overall length of nearly 250 meters, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising and we believe is ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise program we operate. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and will be upgraded further in April 2017 before the start of her maiden CMV season.

Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 64 deluxe balcony cabins and junior suites, which will please many of our customers who have been asking for more balcony accommodation. Following the successful trial on board Magellan, and recognizing the needs of single travelers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.

Key Information

Cruise Line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Gross Tonnage: 63,786grt

Registry: Bahamas, British Commonwealth

Passenger Capacity: 775 cabins (1400 passengers)

Re-built: 1997, 2003, 2010, 2015 & April 2017

Cruising Speed: 16.50 knots (Max 21.50kts)

Passenger Decks: 13

Lifts: 9

Electric Current: 220v

Stabilized & Air Conditioned: Yes

Officers & Crew: International

Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International

Dimensions: Length  247m (811ft) | Beam    32m (105ft)

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Transfers to the port
  • Beverages
  • Shore excursions
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal expenses and any extras or optional activities not mentioned in the inclusion list


Photos courtesy of Cruise & Maritime Voyages