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A dash of festive magic!! Onboard Columbus, enjoy the delicious full board cuisine, wide choice of facilities and stylish evening entertainment. Historic Hamburg may be the highlight of your cruise with the chance to wander the stalls of its delightful Christmas Markets. A great chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts. In Antwerp, discover its magnificent Gothic cathedral, town hall and medieval guild houses. And don’t forget to buy some delicious Belgian chocolates!

Christmas market at the Hamburg Rathaus Markt - Hamburg, Germany, 2015

Itinerary

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Arrive at Tilbury and check in for this pre-Christmas cruise!

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy a day at sea as you sail towards your first port of call.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg is the country’s largest port and regarded as Germany’s gateway to the world. From its architecture to its cuisine, water is ever present in Germany's principal port. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals and spanned by 1,000 bridges. Near its centre, the charming Inner Alster Lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by divine cafes.

Hamburg is awash with historic buildings and monuments typical of Hanseatic culture. The steeple of St. Nikolai – a church almost destroyed in World War II, the 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge and Hamburg Rathaus are must-visit sites. In the city centre, the amazing Miniatur Wunderland museum is highly recommended, as is the ocean-liner-shaped Chilehaus, the crowning glory of the UNESCO-listed Kontorhaus District. The flourishing swathe of stylish shops, excellent restaurants and legendary nightlife – a celebration of cosmopolitan Hamburg – add more exciting dimensions to this city. Hamburg's waterfront district also offers much to enjoy. Visit the popular Fischmarkt, discover an array of lively bars and restaurants at the harbour, watch Europe's second largest port in action or head to Hafen City, a newly developed urban quarter.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Relaxing day at Sea

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

One of Europe’s largest ports, Antwerp is renowned throughout the world as the centre of the diamond trade. With its charming medieval streets and remarkable renaissance buildings, Belgium’s second largest city is a delight.
Historic guild houses and Antwerp’s imposing Town Hall with its rows of colourful European flags surround the cobbled stone main square of the old city called Grote Markt. The focal point of the city skyline is the towering Gothic spire of the Cathedral of Our Lady.

Don't forget to indulge in some gorgeous Belgium chocolates!!!

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS All meals included

Arrive back in London Tilbury.  After breakfast, disembark the ship, ready for your onward journey home.

  • Accommodation 3 * CMV Columbus
  • MEALS Breakfast included

CMV Columbus

The impressive Columbus cruise ship joined the Cruise & Maritime fleet in June 2017. This splendid medium-sized cruise ship enjoys a sterling reputation on the British cruise market and will offer the same traditional cruising style that CMV is known for.

There are six entertainment venues including the impressive three-decked central Atrium, Dome Observatory & Nightclub and two-decked tiered Palladium Show Lounge where the talented Columbus show team and guest acts will perform for your enjoyment. The Palladium’s retractable stage provides a large floor for Ballroom dancing.

The maritime themed Columbus Observation Lounge affords fine ocean views and a place to truly relax with a good book. Trumps & Aces is a new dedicated bridge and card room seating up to 100 guests complimented with a separate Library. A new Crafter’s Studio will meet the growing demand for arts and crafts. Work off a few pounds in the fully equipped gym and book yourself in for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment in the well-appointed Jade Wellness Centre. And, for a spot of retail therapy, there is a fine selection of shops at the central Atrium.

 

The splendid medium-sized Columbus combines spacious surroundings and friendly service. The perfect choice for those looking for comfort and a wide range of on board facilities with intimacy and personal attention.
At 63,786grt, with a draft of 8.20 metres and overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising and we believe is ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise programme we operate. Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 75% ocean view cabins, 64 de luxe balcony cabins. 150 cabins are specifically allocated for single travellers giving a capacity of about 1400 passengers. Given the ship’s size, this provides for a very generous, spacious and relaxing feel with an impressive space ratio.

A cruising holiday is simply like no other, combining the fascination of lazy days at sea, great food and entertainment, making new friendships, ever-changing vistas and visiting new places. It gives a unique sense of exploration and discovery experienced in the civilised comforts of today. Where else can you find a holiday where you will visit lots of different places and your hotel moves with you. No packing, no hassle, no worries.

Standard Single Inner and Ocean View Cabins
These air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. Ocean View cabins have a picture window and all cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer, and personal safe.

At the Waterfront Restaurant you can opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful five course dinner. Breakfasts and lunches are generally served on an open seating basis. However, two fixed time sittings are operated for dinner when your attentive waiting staff will welcome you each evening. Perhaps opt to dine at the Fusion or Grill speciality restaurants or sample the delights of a sumptuous dinner at the ‘Chef’s Table’. If you prefer something more casual, the Plantation Bistro is open every day for buffet style breakfast, lunches and dinner, and when the weather is fine, the Alfresco Grill beckons. NB: Supplementary charge applies for speciality restaurants and Chef's Table.

Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges and bars including the Captain’s Club and Casino, Connexions, Raffles and Taverners Pub. There are also two speciality coffee and tea shops plus two deck bars. And, the spacious surroundings on board Columbus mean there is always a quiet corner to relax.

What's included:

  • Inside Cabin
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • Entertainment on board
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader (groups 8 & over)
  • Full Board:
    Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Afternoon teas & late night snacks
  • Self-serve tea & coffee (6am to 10pm)

What's extra:

  • Drinks (soft drinks, speciality coffees, wines & spirits
  • All inclusive drinks package from £17 per day (pre-bookable and payable on board
  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking £55 (cannot be booked within one week of sailing)
  • Coach transfers London Victoria / Tilbury
  • Insurance see here
  • Optional Excursions:
    These will be available to view on Cruise & Maritime’s website 8 weeks prior to departure and are subject to availability.

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Hamburg 5°C
    Antwerp 6°C

Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

Useful Information

Baggage Restrictions

With Ex-UK Cruise Only bookings there are no luggage restrictions. We do ask that each bag does not exceed 23kg for health and safety reasons for our porters. As there are no separate Baggage Room facilities aboard our ships, it should be noted that all baggage must be stored within the cabin. Under bed storage is available in most cabins for suitcases not exceeding 23cms depth. 

Passports
A passport is essential for all cruises, including mini cruises and sailings around the British Isles and Republic of Ireland and all British Citizens, must hold a full ten-year passport. Many countries, including most of those visited during the winter cruise programme and on the Astor cruise schedule, require visitors to hold passports that have at least six months validity beyond the return date of the cruise. It is the responsibility of holders of non-British passports to check with the relevant consular authorities of the countries to be visited to ascertain if there are any specific restrictions or requirements for their planned itinerary. Any passenger arriving at the departure port without a passport, or with the incorrect documentation, will not be allowed to embark. Such circumstances are not covered by insurance and no refund claims will be entertained.

Dress Code
During the day, attitudes are very relaxed and informality is the key. Casual clothing is quite sufficient during the days at sea and for time spent ashore. On certain shore excursions and at some religious sites, discretion should be used so as not to cause inadvertent offence with inappropriate clothing. Advice will be given on board in such cases. Every day, the Daily Programme suggests, as a guide, a mode of dress for that particular evening’s events. Generally, there are two ‘formal’ or gala nights planned on each cruise when many gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, although a lounge suit is quite acceptable. The ladies on these occasions have a chance to dress up and often opt for evening or cocktail dresses. On evenings proposed as ‘informal’, a suit or smart jacket and trousers, with or without a tie, for the men is suggested and the ladies have further opportunities to look elegant in a cocktail dress or trouser suits and stylish co-ordinates. A ‘casual’ recommendation often covers evenings spent in port or when a special event such as a deck party is scheduled. In these cases, the choice of dress is left entirely to you.

Electrical Appliances
All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket to allow small appliances such as electric shavers, electric rollers and hair-stylers to be used. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer. It is advisable to bring a UK three pin to European round two-pin universal adapter (all cabins on Columbus have UK 3 pin sockets) in order to access electrical supply in the cabins. For safety reasons, irons and water heating devices are not permitted to be used on board. Astor and Columbus both have an ironing room facility for those passengers who wish to iron their own garments.

Medical
The services of our qualified medical staff are available to you on board in the event of ‘mal de mer’ or an emergency. It should be noted that the NHS does not cover treatment on the ship and there is a scale of charges for surgery visits and medical treatment. Such charges, which are usually claimable under your travel insurance policy, less any excess amounts, must be paid in full prior to your final disembarkation. Seasickness tablets are available from Reception at a nominal charge.

On Board Payments
All prices on board Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo are quoted in Sterling. A cashless system is in operation for all of your onboard purchases. An account is opened for you at the start of your cruise and you sign a debit when purchasing goods and services on board. This is charged to your shipboard account and a final invoice is presented at the end of the cruise itemising all charges. This can be settled by Travellers’ Cheques, which incur a 3% transaction fee, or by MasterCard or Visa credit cards, or by Visa debit cards, and of course, cash. It is not possible to use personal cheques to settle onboard accounts. The Reception staff also offer a facility to purchase small amounts of certain foreign currencies for use in some of the ports of call. Please note that in payment of your onboard account an extra charge may be levied by your issuing bank for using your credit/debit card. Please note that we do now accept Pre-Paid Credit Cards (showing the VISA or Mastercard symbol) on our vessels.

Optional excursions
These will be available to view on Cruise & Maritime’s website 8 weeks prior to departure and are subject to availability.

Duty-Free Sales
The onboard shops are open daily when each ship is at sea, but local customs regulations do not permit the sale of duty-free goods whilst a ship is in port. It should be noted that liquor and tobacco products purchased will only be delivered to your cabin on the last day of the cruise. Drink and tobacco may, of course, be purchased throughout the cruise from the ships’ bars at the listed shipboard prices.

Electrical Appliances
All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket to allow small appliances such as electric shavers, electric rollers and hair-stylers to be used. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer. It is advisable to bring a UK three pin to European round two-pin universal adapter (all cabins on Columbus have UK 3 pin sockets) in order to access electrical supply in the cabins. For safety reasons, irons and water heating devices are not permitted to be used on board. Astor and Columbus both have an ironing room facility for those passengers who wish to iron their own garments.

Embarkation/Disembarkation Arrangements
The embarkation procedures at UK ports normally commence four hours prior to the published sailing time. At final disembarkation, you should allow approximately 90 minutes from the scheduled arrival time before disembarkation will commence. The full embarkation and disembarkation procedures and timings will be confirmed when tickets and cruise documentation are dispatched, usually 14 days prior to sail date.

Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and 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. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
10 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020 5 All Ages £589 Call to book

What's included:

  • Inside Cabin
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • Entertainment on board
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader (groups 8 & over)
  • Full Board:
    Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Afternoon teas & late night snacks
  • Self-serve tea & coffee (6am to 10pm)

What's extra:

  • Drinks (soft drinks, speciality coffees, wines & spirits
  • All inclusive drinks package from £17 per day (pre-bookable and payable on board
  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking £55 (cannot be booked within one week of sailing)
  • Coach transfers London Victoria / Tilbury
  • Insurance see here
  • Optional Excursions:
    These will be available to view on Cruise & Maritime’s website 8 weeks prior to departure and are subject to availability.

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Hamburg 5°C
    Antwerp 6°C

Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

 

All Our Holidays Include

ATOL protected

Sociable experience with like-minded travellers

Breakfast daily, plus meal plan

Flights and transfers for overseas holidays

Welcome drink and meeting

Accompanying Tour Leader

Regional flying options

Freedom and flexibility to enjoy new experiences

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