About the tour: Christmas & New Year Canary Islands & Madeira Cruise

Celebrate Christmas on board Columbus and see in the New Year with a fabulous firework spectacular as you sail south to warmer climes on this wonderful cruise holiday over the festive season. Visit the popular Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, and discover the contrasting faces of each. Add ‘the Rock’ of Gibraltar, historic Lisbon and the beautiful island of Madeira into the mix and you’ve got a holiday to remember!

Tour Includes

  • 15 nights cruising with full board
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Self service tea and coffee (6am to 10pm)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port taxes
  • A more traditional and leisurely style cruising experience
  • An excellent standard of friendly and attentive service
  • Regional joining points by coach

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Regional departure by coach, then onwards to London Tilbury to join your cruise ship, the CMV Columbus. We set sail at 16:00.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically, little has changed in the centre 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 centre 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Amsterdam

    Enjoy the impressive facilities onboard the Columbus over the festive period.

    • Included meals: 3xBreakfast, 3xLunch, 3xDinner

    Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with its 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Gibraltar

    Relax and unwind as we sail towards the Canary Islands.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Santa Cruz

    Included Highlights

    • Santa Cruz, Tenerife

    A city with maritime roots, Arrecife first appeared on maps in the 15th century as a small fishing harbour. 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Arrecife, Lanzarote

    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 favourite 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 centre of Vegueta, steeped in traditional architecture and historical buildings which have been standing for over 500 years. There is also myriad 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 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Las Palmas
    Gran Canaria

    Included Highlights

    • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

    Land by launch or tender. Set in a magnificent natural amphitheatre overlooking a wide bay, Funchal is the delightful capital of the beautiful and dramatic island of Madeira. The harbour is right in the centre 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’. Tonight, watch the fireworks above Funchal then join the onboard party as you sail into 2018.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Funchal, Madeira

    Enjoy the New Year's Day celebrations on board your ship.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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 of 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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Lisbon, Portugal

    Sail for two days toward the U.K.

    • Included meals: 2xBreakfast, 2xLunch, 2xDinner

    Arrive in London Tilbury and join your coach for the transfer back to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Gratuities of £5 per person, per day will be added to your on-board account.

    CABIN UPGRADES as at 06/12/17

    Cabin Type & CategoryTwin (pp)Single (pp)
    Standard Twin Inner (Cat 1)Includedn/a
    Standard Plus Twin Inner (Cat 2)£100n/a
    Standard Plus Single Inner (Cat 2S)n/a£460
    Superior Twin Inner (Cat 3)£200n/a
    Superior Single Inner (Cat 3S)
    Premium Twin Inner (Cat 4)£290n/a
    Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View
    (Cat 6C)
    Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View
    (Cat 6B)
    Standard Twin Port Hole Ocean View (Cat 6P)
    Standard Twin Ocean View (Cat 6)
    Standard Single Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View 
    (Cat 6BS)
    Standard Twin Ocean View (Cat 7)
    Standard Single Ocean View (Cat 7S)
    Standard Plus Twin Ocean View (Cat 8)
    Standard Plus Single Ocean View (Cat 8S)
    Superior Twin Ocean View (Cat 9)
    Superior Single Ocean View (Cat 9S)
    Superior Plus Twin (Cat 11)
    Premium Twin Ocean View (Cat 12)


    Category options are priced generally according to position, size and facilities.


    Please note that due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary in some ports to land by launch or tender.



    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will spend 15 nights cruising on board Cruise and Maritime's new flagship, Columbus.


    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower

    Find your nearest pickup point

    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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