Pirates, we know this next deal is pricey, but if you break it down, you'll see it's actually great value for a cruise.
This whopping 33-night adventure starts from London and visits 14 ports, with all meals, activities and accommodation included.
You'll be staying on the recently renovated Colombus cruise ship which is adults-only for the duration of the cruise. Departure isn't until November so lots of time to prepare. If nothing else, you should get serious bucket-list inspiration for retirement.
- Travel duration: 33 nights
- Departs: 5 November, 2018
- Leaves and returns to Tilbury, London
- Cruise ship: CMV Colombus
- Accommodation: Inside Cabin
- Board basis – full board on ship, plus afternoon teas and snacks
- Daytime activities programme, plus guest lectures, arts & crafts
- Adults only cruise
- ATOL protected package
- Based on 2 adults
Price breakdown for 2 adults sharing an Inside View Cabin:
- £3960 / 2 = £1980 per person
Price breakdown for 2 adults sharing an Outside View Cabin:
- £5634 / 2 = £2817 per person
Balcony Cabins and Suites are also available. Please note -- gratuities are not included in the above prices. An automatic tipping system operates on board. £4 per person per night will be debited to your onboard account, unless requested otherwise*.
- Day 1 - Depart London Tilbury
- Day 2 - Arrive Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Day 3-6 - At sea
- Day 7 - Arrive Ponta Delgada (Azores)
- Day 8 - Horta (Azores)
- Day 9-13 - At sea
- Day 14 - Saint John (Virgin Islands)
- Day 15 - Philipsburg (St. Martin)
- Day 16 - Basseterre (Saint Kitts)
- Day 17 - Castries (St Lucia)
- Day 18 - Mayreau (Grenadines)
- Day 19 - Kingstown (St Vincent & Grenadines)
- Day 19 - Bequia (St Vincent & Grenadines)
- Day 20 - Grenada (Antilles)
- Day 21 - Bridgetown (Barbados)
- Day 22-27 - At sea
- Day 28 - Funchal (Madeira)
- Day 29 - At sea
- Day 30 - Lisbon (Portugal)
- Day 31-33 - At sea
- Day 34 - London Tilbury
About the ship
A relatively new additional to the family, the Columbus only joined CMV in June 2017, having undergone an extensive refurbishment and refit. She is considered a mid-size cruise ship. There are two outdoor heated pools and a large outdoor cinema for watching movies, as well as traditional wooden decking. There is also a library, gym and shopping arcade, plus the Jade Wellness Centre, offering spa and beauty treatments. Guests can dine at the Waterfront Restaurant, or enjoy a drink at any of the seven bars or lounges on the ship.
Cabins are located on the lower decks, with two lower beds (no bunks!), a bathroom, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, telephone, music player and safe. Ocean View cabins will have portholes or windows for views of the passing scenery, while Balcony Cabins and Suites have direct access from your room outside to the fresh sea air.
Tipping etiquette on cruises
Cruise tipping is quite a hot topic at the moment. Officially, tipping (or gratuities as they are often referred to on cruise ships) are not compulsory. However, these days, lots of the big cruiselines automatically add them to your room bill as a per day charge (which is why we've mentioned it above so you don't have any nasty surprises while on board).
You can, in theory, go to guest services during your cruise and ask for them to be removed but this is considered really poor form (akin to not tipping wait staff in the States). Alternatively, you can ask for them to be removed and ask for individual tipping envelopes so that you can tip an amount that you deem appropriate for the staff that you feel deserve it.