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Christmas & New Year Canaries and Madeira Cruise

From €1739pp inside/€2409pp oceanview
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Depart From
Cruise from Cobh
Departure Date
21 Dec 2020 - 06 Jan 2021
Duration
16 Nights
Destination
Canary Islands and Madeira
Price
From €1739pp inside/€2409pp oceanview
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Ports of Call: Cobh for Cork (Ireland) - Lisbon (Portugal) - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal) - Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma (Spain) - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife (Spain) - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) - Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain) - Gibraltar (BCC) - La Coruña for Santiago de Compostela (Spain) - Bristol Avonmouth (UK) - Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

Look forward to this fabulous Christmas & New Year cruise voyaging south to the warmer climes of the ever popular Canary Islands and beautiful Madeira, for the New Year firework spectacular. Four contrasting islands are included in this delightful itinerary, offering a variety of picturesque landscapes and new experiences to savour. Sit back and relax, enjoy the delicious cuisine and let the attentive crew take care of you.

Your cruise begins in Cobh and after two days at sea your first port of call is Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, is home to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, 25th April Bridge and Monument of the Discoveries. Wander through the maze of narrow streets in the delightful Alfama district and ride one of the famous old trams.

After Christmas Day at Sea, arrive in Madeira. 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’.

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, sealions and penguins.

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. Head to the historic centre of Vegueta, steeped in traditional architecture and historical buildings which have been standing for over 500 years. 

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

Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea. 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.

A charming mix of both modern city and old town, La Coruña is capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name in the rugged and beautiful region of Galicia. The symbol of La Coruña, nicknamed the ‘Crystal City’ for the glass-fronted buildings along its attractive seafront promenade, is the 2nd century lighthouse Torre del Hercules.

Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants.

Sail back to Cobh where your cruise will come to an end. 

21/12/20 - Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

22/12/20 - At Sea

23/12/20 - At Sea

24/12/20 - Lisbon (Portugal)

25/12/20 - Christmas Day At Sea

26/12/20 - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

27/12/20 - Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma (Spain)

28/12/20 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife (Spain)

29/12/20 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain)

30/12/20 - Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain)

31/12/20 - At Sea

01/01/21 - Gibraltar (BCC)

02/01/21 - At Sea

03/01/21 - La Coruña for Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

04/01/21 - At Sea

05/01/21 - Bristol Avonmouth (United Kingdom)

06/01/21 - Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

Price is based on two adults sharing and includes:

  • 16 night cruise on the Marco Polo, in an inner cabin
  • Delicious full board cuisine. 
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks. 
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party 
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to 10pm). 
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes. 
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities. 
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts 
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin. 
  • Port Taxes

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