We are doing the Christmas Markets differently this year, swapping the usual coach journey to the continent for a leisurely cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages on board the Columbus. Discover Amsterdam with its tree-lined canals and world-renowned museums. Historic Hamburg may be the highlight of your cruise, with the chance to buy unique Christmas gifts. Onboard Columbus, enjoy the delicious full-board cuisine, wide choice of facilities and stylish evening entertainment.
The Cruise will be accompanied by a Courier from Roadmark Travel
Passport and Travel Insurance will be required
* price includes door-to-door taxi service from selected postcodes (please enquire for details)
and return coach travel to Tilbury to join the cruise
A taxi will collect you from home and bring you to the coach to join your fellow cruise passengers. We will drive to Tilbury, where Columbus has a provisional sailing time of 16.00. Luggage will be taken from the coach to your cabin by the crew. There will be ample time to explore the ship before dinner.D
Amsterdam. With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants' mansions line the serene tree-lined canals. The 17th-century Royal Palace stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Amsterdam is home to a number of top galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.B, L, D
Around midday Columbus will dock in Hamburg. Passengers usually disembark close to the city centre, but if not, there will be a shuttle bus provided. Experience the winter magic of this old Hanseatic city, with different Christmas Markets to explore. One of the largest has the grand Town Hall as its backdrop. The stalls and huts are elaborately decorated with lights and garlands and sell quality items, often handmade. Woodcarvings, glass art, beeswax candles, amber jewellery and lanterns. Culinary treats range from Nuremberg gingerbread to Hamburg's speciality Schmalzkuchen. Look above and watch out for Santa zipping across the market in a reindeer sleigh. You can spend the evening soaking up the festive atmosphere, as the ship does not sail until late.B, L, D
At Sea. A day for relaxation and enjoying the facilities on board Columbus.B, L, D
Arrive Tilbury and disembark after breakfast. The Roadmark coach will be waiting to return you to Sussex, and a taxi will take you home to your door.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
THE SHIP COLUMBUS
Columbus is the flagship of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. She carries about 1400 guests and enjoys a fine reputation on the British cruise market, offering the friendly, attentive service that CMV is known for. Purpose-built for ocean cruising, she was last upgraded in 2017. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Waterfront Restaurant. If you fancy a change there is a speciality Indian Restaurant or smart Grill Room (supplements apply). Or there is the buffet-style Plantation Bistro. Columbus has a choice of lounges and bars, with drinks reasonably priced. Entertainment venues include the three-decked Atrium, Dome Observatory and Palladium Show Lounge. There are expansive deck areas for a stroll, or for the serious fitness-inclined, a fully equipped gym. Beauty treatments and massages are available in the Jade Spa. All onboard services are paid for in Stirling.
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