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What you can expect

Your Ship

The flagship of the fleet, the first lady of the sea: Ambience. Derived from the French word for ‘surrounding’, the ambition at Ambassador is to create the optimum atmosphere onboard; one that brings out the best in each of us. The perfect ambience.

Dining and Entertainment

Dining options are plentiful, for those wanting to soak in nature’s glory, there is the glorious Alfresco Grill. Saffron*, Sea & Grass* or the deluxe Chef’s Table* (supplements apply), are a gastronomic experience not to be missed. Let your hair down at the Observatory and bring out your finest ensembles for The Palladium. Whether you like it shaken or stirred, Ambience has numerous bars to whet your whistle.

Xmas at Sea

There’s no finer way to celebrate Christmas than with new friends on board a gleaming liner amid shining seas. The chefs will toast the season with a magnificent traditional feast that will thrill your senses.

About this trip:

Embrace the most magical time of year with a voyage like no other. You can relax knowing all the (jingle) bells and whistles are taken care of as you sail around sunny southern Europe taking in breathtaking landscapes and reflecting on the year gone by. From the saltwater lagoons of Lanzarote to the delicious wineries of Madeira, there are too many highlights to name!

NB: In the event that the required numbers for a Solos Tour Leader are not met (min. 8), Solos guests will be looked after by the on board Ambassador Guest Services Team.

What's included

  • Inside Single Cabin
  • Full Board
  • Fully Financially Protected
  • Tour Leader with a group of 10 or more

Itinerary

  • London Tilbury (United Kingdom)
  • Rotterdam, cruise River Nieuwe Maas (Netherlands)
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • At Sea - Christmas Day
  • Lisbon (Portugal)
  • At Sea
  • Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
  • Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain)
  • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)
  • At Sea, New Year's Day
  • At Sea
  • Leixoes, for Oporto (Portugal)
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • London Tilbury (United Kingdom)

What’s Extra:

  • Gratuities – £6pppn
  • London Victoria Coach – Victoria to Tilbury Cruise Terminal/Tilbury Cruise Terminal to London Victoria with 1 suitcase £44.00 per person (NB: Coach transfers should be made at least 4 weeks prior to sailing to avoid disappointment)
  • Upgrade to AMBASSADOR FARE which includes Gratuities & service charges and Expedition Drinks Package (Non-alcoholic beverages including unlimited soft drinks, House brands from the bar list, House wines (Red, White, Rose) Premium wines (Red, White, Rose), Premium drinks from the Bar List, Premium teas & speciality coffee – from £547pp
  • Car parking is available at the Port of Tilbury with prices starting from £6.00 per car per night. Please note: car parking must be booked at the very latest 7 working days before sailing and is subject to availability. You will not be able to pay on arrival if you have not pre-booked and will be refused entry to the car park.
  • Insurance see here

What you will be doing

DAY 1

London Tilbury, UK – Depart 18.00

Embark MV Ambience and enjoy our first night on board with a wonderful meal and dazzling entertainment.

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.

  • Full Board
DAY 2

Rotterdam, cruise River Nieuwe Maas (Netherlands) 0900-1700

Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum’s vintage ships and exhibits trace the city’s seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canal side shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.

  • Full Board
DAY 3

At Sea

Enjoy this time at sea to relax and explore the ship

  • Full Board

 

 

DAY 4

At Sea

As continue to make our way towards Lisbon, maybe treat yourself to a treatment in the Spa or do a little on board shopping.

  • Full Board
DAY 5

Christmas Day At Sea

There’s no finer way to celebrate Christmas than with new friends on board a gleaming liner amid shining seas. The ship’s chefs will toast the season with a magnificent traditional feast that will thrill your senses.

  • Full Board
DAY 6

Lisbon (Portugal) 0800-1600

Seven cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo cradle Lisbon’s postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals, a captivating scene crafted over centuries.

From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

  • Full Board
DAY 7

At Sea

As we cruise towards our next port of call, Madeira, sit back and enjoy a drink with new friends in one of the many bars on board.

  • Full Board
DAY 8

Funchal, Madeira (Portugal) 0800-1600

Funchal is the capital city of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. It’s backed by hills, and known for its harbor, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. The centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, which mixes Gothic and Romanesque styles, is notable for its carved wooden ceiling. Fronting the harbour is the São Tiago Fortress, built in the 1600s. It now houses the Contemporary Art Museum, with a large collection of Portuguese works.

Funchal  is the largest city, the municipal seat and the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The city has a population of 105,795, making it the sixth largest city in Portugal. Because of its high cultural and historical value, Funchal is one of Portugal’s main tourist attractions; and it is the leading Portuguese port on cruise liner dockings.

  • Full Board
DAY 9

Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain) 1300-2200

Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Timanfaya National Park’s rocky landscape was created by volcanic eruptions in the 1730s.

Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centres.

With its saltwater lagoons, sun-kissed rooftops and sandy beaches, the capital of Lanzarote is a charming delight and a shopper’s haven. From designer boutiques to brilliant bargains, you won’t walk away empty handed!

  • Full Board

 

DAY 10

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) 0800-2200

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands off northwestern Africa. A major cruise-ship port, the city is known for duty-free shopping and for its sandy beaches.

At Playa de Las Canteras, a coral barrier lines the beach and shelters swimmers. The annual Las Palmas de Gran Canaria carnival brings together flamboyantly costumed performers, music and dancing.

With a vibrant melting pot of different cultures and a unique blend of bustling city and glorious beaches, Las Palmas will delight every mood. Come and feel the energy for yourself!

  • Full board
DAY 11

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) 0700 1700

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a port city on the island of Tenerife, in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Well-preserved buildings in its old town include the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception. The 1700s Palacio de Carta has baroque and neoclassical features. In the Old Civil Hospital, the Museum of Nature and Man has interactive displays on the islands. The city’s squares include the central Plaza de España.

  • Full Board
DAY 12

New Year's Day At Sea

After all your New Year’s Eve celebrations, just enjoy a couple of days at sea.

What a way to begin 2024 – on a beautiful ship with all your needs taken care of!

  • Full Board
DAY 13

At Sea

Spoil yourself with something from one of the lovely shops on board or maybe a treatment or massage in the spa.

  • Full Board
DAY 14

Leixoes, for Oporto (Portugal) 0700-1400

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production.

In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors.

  • Full Board
DAY 15

At Sea

Relax, Relax and Relax!!!

  • Full Board
DAY 16

At Sea

Enjoy your last day and night at sea as we make our way back to the UK.

  • Full Board
DAY 17

London Tilbury (United Kingdom) 0800

This morning we dock at London Tilbury.  After a last breakfast on board, disembark Ambience for your onward journey home.

We hope that you are taking lots of amazing memories of this cruise with you and wish you a very happy and healthy 2024!

Accommodation

MV Ambience

Ambassador’s flagship of the fleet: Ambience. Derived from the French word for ‘surrounding’, the ambition at Ambassador is to create the optimum atmosphere onboard; one that brings out the best in each of us. The perfect ambience.

With an average 1,400-guest capacity and careful configuration, she offers both a feeling of spaciousness and freedom, whilst retaining that sense of intimacy and camaraderie we each crave; it’s whatever makes you comfortable.

 

Facilities Include

Entertainment-wise, she really will spoil you for choice. Let your hair down at the Observatory and bring out your finest ensembles for The Palladium. Whether you like it shaken or stirred, she has numerous bars to whet your whistle.

Dining options are plentiful at their Buckingham restaurant or the Borough Market and the glorious Alfresco Grill. Wining and dining are more than fine at Saffron*, Sea & Grass* or our deluxe Chef’s Table*, where a speciality gastronomic experience is offered that’s not to be missed.

Ambience offers the Aces & Eights bridge and card room and the Ambassador Casino, the gym and Wellness Centre,  Brontë’s library, the shopping galleria, not to mention a swimming pool, two hot tubs and a large screen for outdoor movies. Sound good?

*Supplementary charges apply

Room Includes

A range of cabins span seven accommodation decks from the Aloe deck 4 up to the Ambassador deck 11. The cabins are more spacious to cater to today’s climate, averaging 17-18 square meters. All cabins are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities including a shower and ample storage space with room under the beds to store suitcases. Most of cabins can be converted to a double bed.

All cabins have a tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge,  hair dryer, personal safe, UK three pin electrical sockets and USB ports. There is also a flat screen TV (please note, TV reception is subject to weather conditions and the geographic location of the ship).

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
DECEMBER 20 °C 9 °C

Our Reviews

“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”

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