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Christmas & New Year in the West Indies & Dutch Antilles

Ambassador Cruise Line

On Board Ambition

Departure Date: 11 December 2023

Duration: 38 Nights

Inside £3,129pp
Outside£4,159pp
Balcony £7,269pp
Suite £8,309pp
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Tilbury - EnglandArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Just 22 nautical miles down river from the Tower Bridge in London, Tilbury is a popular turnaround port for cruises visiting Baltic and Northern European destinations.
Day 2 - Amsterdam - NetherlandsArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Amsterdam combines the unrivaled beauty of the 17th-century Golden Age city center with plenty of museums and art of the highest order, not to mention a remarkably laid-back atmosphere. It all comes together to make this one of the world's most appealing and offbeat metropolises in the world. Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic rainbow, Amsterdam is known as the City of Canals—but it's no Venice, content to live on moonlight serenades and former glory. Quite the contrary: on nearly every street here you'll find old and new side by side—quiet corners where time seems to be holding its breath next to streets like neon-lit Kalverstraat, and Red Light ladies strutting by the city's oldest church. Indeed, Amsterdam has as many lovely facets as a 40-carat diamond polished by one of the city's gem cutters. It's certainly a metropolis, but a rather small and very accessible one. Locals tend to refer to it as a big village, albeit one that happens to pack the cultural wallop of a major world destination. There are scores of concerts every day, numerous museums, summertime festivals, and, of course, a legendary year-round party scene. It's pretty much impossible to resist Amsterdam's charms. With 7,000 registered monuments, most of which began as the residences and warehouses of humble merchants, set on 160 man-made canals, and traversed by 1,500 or so bridges, Amsterdam has the largest historical inner city in Europe. Its famous circle of waterways, the grachtengordel, was a 17th-century urban expansion plan for the rich and is a lasting testament to the city’s Golden Age. This town is endearing because of its kinder, gentler nature—but a reputation for championing sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll does not alone account for Amsterdam's being one of the most popular destinations in Europe: consider that within a single square mile the city harbors some of the greatest achievements in Western art, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. Not to mention that this is one of Europe's great walking cities, with so many of its treasures in the untouted details: tiny alleyways barely visible on the map, hidden garden courtyards, shop windows, floating houseboats, hidden hofjes(courtyards with almshouses), sudden vistas of church spires, and gabled roofs that look like so many unframed paintings. And don’t forget that the joy lies in details: elaborate gables and witty gable stones denoting the trade of a previous owner. Keep in mind that those XXX symbols you see all over town are not a mark of the city's triple-X reputation. They're part of Amsterdam's official coat of arms—three St. Andrew's crosses, believed to represent the three dangers that have traditionally plagued the city: flood, fire, and pestilence. The coat's motto ("Valiant, determined, compassionate") was introduced in 1947 by Queen Wilhelmina in remembrance of the 1941 February Strike in Amsterdam—the first time in Europe that non-Jewish people protested against the persecution of Jews by the Nazi regime.
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Leixões - PortugalArrow up click to collapse dayArrow Up - Click to expand day
Ever since the Romans constructed a fort here and began using it as a trading post, Oporto has been a prosperous commercial centre. In the 15th and 16th centuries the city benefited from the wealth generated by Portugal’s maritime discoveries, and later, the establishment of a lucrative wine trade with Britain compensated for the loss of the spice trade. Today, Portugal’s second-largest city is a thriving, cosmopolitan place and is famous for its production of the fortified, sweet 'port' wine. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city was also awarded the status of European Capital of Culture in 2001. A large sandbar prevents ships from sailing into Oporto itself, so for over a century they have used nearby Leixões instead, a man-made seaport constructed nine miles from the city. Leixões is one of Portugal's major sea ports and is also home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, winners of the Taça de Portugal cup in 1961.
Day 6 - Cruising
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Dining Options

Dining options really will spoil you for choice, especially at Buckingham restaurant and Holyrood, our two main dining rooms. We also have Borough Market, our more casual dining choice with delicious and ever-changing delicacies from around the world. For those wanting to give their taste buds an extra tingle, we have our speciality restaurants Saffron* and Olympic Taverna* offering exceptional gastronomic experiences.

Entertainment

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Accommodation and Deck plan

Ambition offers a wide choice of well appointed, inviting and comfortable guest cabins spanning five accommodation decks from Boat Deck 7 up to Sun Deck 12. There are three spacious main foyer areas on all decks (except Aloe deck 4) serviced by six lifts and stairways. Aloe Deck 4 and Sun Deck 12 are serviced by two lifts in the forward and aft lobbies respectively.

Cabins are generally graded according to size and/or position comprising 21 twin and single cabin categories to suit a wide range of pockets and tastes. Our cabins are generally more spacious and cater to today’s climate, averaging 15-16 square meters, with cabin types broadly classified as standard, superior, premium, or de luxe. Our dedicated housekeeping team clean cabins once a day with an evening turn down service and provide 24-hour room service at a supplementary cost. All our cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities including a shower and ample storage space with room under the beds to store suitcases.

All cabins have tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, personal safe, UK three pin electrical sockets, and USB ports. All cabins have a flat screen TV for in house movies, news, documentaries, and ship information channels showing the ship position and routing with a bridge camera for forward views

With the exception of 19 purpose-built single bed configured cabins in categories 1S and 6S, all cabins are of double bed configuration (some with fold-away upper pullman berths or sofa beds), with the exception of categories 1 & 6. In most cases, they can be converted to twin beds. The other single categories are double bed cabins for single occupancy. There are two cabins adapted for guests with disability and mobility needs (9051 and 9052).

Standard Twin Inner
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Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 20 Standard Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Located on Boat Deck 7, there are 20 Standard Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Pullman Bed x2,Shower,TV,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Standard Plus Twin Inner (2)
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Located on Boat Deck 8, there are 44 Standard Plus Twin Inner Cabins. They can be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Located on Boat Deck 8, there are 44 Standard Plus Twin Inner Cabins. They can be converted to a double bed, and some have a third and/or fourth upper berth.

Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Pullman Bed x2,Shower,TV,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Superior Twin Inner (3)
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Located on Consulate Deck 9 and Ambition Deck 8, there are 95 Superior Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed and most have a third and/or fourth upper berth. 9052 and 9051 are equipped for...

Located on Consulate Deck 9 and Ambition Deck 8, there are 95 Superior Twin Inner Cabins. They can all be converted to a double bed and most have a third and/or fourth upper berth. 9052 and 9051 are equipped for guests with specific mobility limitations and their companions.

Facilities
Double or Twin Configuration,Pullman Bed x2,Shower,TV,Safe,Hair Dryer,Telephone,Desk
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Ambassador Cruise Line Ambition –
11 December 2023 – 38 Nights