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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Canaries and Madeira at Christmas

Celebrate Christmas on board Columbus and see in the New Year with a fabulous firework spectacular as you sail to the Canary Islands, Morocco and Portugal on this 16-night no-fly cruise

No Fly Cruise
16 nights from £1574pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • Gibraltar
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price! Now from just £1574pp. 1st passenger from £2099, 2nd passenger from £1049. Subject to availability

Canaries and Madeira at Christmas Special Offer

Christmas Day aboard Columbus promises to be special. Let our friendly restaurant staff serve your Christmas Dinner and enjoy a sparkling gala show before cruising to Gibraltar; a fascinating place which makes for a little bit of Britain in the Mediterranean with its 'Bobbies', pillar boxes and pubs.

Experience the array of cultures in Morocco's Casablanca and discover Lanzarote’s amazing volcanic scenery from the slopes of the Fire Mountains. 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, 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.

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 2019. Discover Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital city before making your final port of call in cultural Vigo.

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Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Columbus in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Rotterdam's architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new. The city was founded in 1328 and today modern glass skyscrapers stand side-by-side with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 3-5 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea. On Christmas Day, enjoy a delicious Christmas Dinner cooked by Columbus' expert chefs, enjoy the unique festivities and mingle with your new found friends

Day 6 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar and Mt Abyla were known as the Pillars of Hercules in ancient times. Today it is a renowned headland under British rule. Keep an eye out for the famous Barbary apes that live on the island and perhaps enjoy a cable car ride for panoramic views across to Africa.

Day 7 - Casablanca for Marrakech (Morocco)

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco full of vibrant boulevards and colourful bazaars, and with a history going back centuries. Following an earthquake in 1755 the town was rebuilt and renamed Dar Al Beida (The White House) in Arabic, which the Spanish eventually translated as Casablanca. The French gave Casablanca its wide boulevards, public parks and imposing civic buildings. Explore the medina and the Habbous souk district selling all manner of items. The astonishing Hassan II Mosque dominates the entire city. It has the world's tallest minaret and the prayer hall can accommodate 25,000. Enjoy an optional excursion to Marrakech.

Day 8 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 9 - Arrecife (Lanzarote)

In the 15th century, Arrecife was a small fishing harbour. Today it is the capital of Lanzarote, the fourth largest island in the Canaries, located just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Perhaps enjoy duty free shopping at Calle Leon y Castila.

Day 10 - Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Las Palmas is the beautiful capital of Gran Canaria and enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Its stunning beaches and soaring peaks have made it a popular destination for tourists. The capital, Las Palmas, has several beautiful parks and a historic centre with spectacular architecture. There are also fascinating museums including the Christopher Columbus Museum.

Day 11 - Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and set in a spectacular natural ampitheatre. As Columbus approaches, admire the whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the mountain. A cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the wicker toboggan ride. Popular souvenirs include wicker baskets and the famous Madeira wine.

Day 12 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Lisbon (Portugal)

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. Perhaps enjoy a visit to the unique four-storey Belem Tower fortress, the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery or the modern Monument to the Discoveries, shaped like the prow of a sailing ship. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Day 14 - Vigo for Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

In the Galician province of Pontevedra, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city of Vigo. In 1702, an English and Dutch force fought and defeated the French and Spanish fleets anchored here. Vigo's fishing origin and strong maritime history has left an appealing old quarter with a labyrinth of steep and winding narrow streets. This is an excellent base from which to visit the towns and villages along the Vigo estuary and the Cies Isles that form part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands. Nearby is Santiago de Compostela, Christendom's third most holy pilgrimage shrine.

Day 15-16 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 17 - London Tilbury (UK)

Disembark Colombus in London Tilbury.

Price Includes

  • 16 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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