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Grand British Isles Cruise



Our wonderful 'sceptred isle'

This delightful Round Britain sailing adds historic Belfast and rugged Orkney capital Kirkwall to a hugely popular itinerary. Join us to enjoy island calls in Mull's pretty Tobermory, the Scillies and Guernsey, as well as Irish capital Dublin and Normandy's Rouen and Honfleur.

Discover life on board Columbus

Discover life on board ColumbusThere's far more to life on board Columbus than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • 12 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.


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Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

  • Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1600hrs
  • Day Three - Rouen and Honfleur, France
  • Day Four - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
  • Day Five - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
  • Day Six - Dublin, Ireland
  • Day Seven - Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Day Eight - Greenock, Scotland
  • Day Nine - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
  • Day 10 - *Portree, Isle of Skye
  • Day 11 - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Day 13 - Arrive London Tilbury, UK 0800hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Full Itinerary

Day One

Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

Day Two

Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.

Day Three

Crossing the Channel completely, our next port of call is Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour before Columbus navigates into the heart of Normandy - heading to the ancient city of Rouen.

Day Four

This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors here in, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.

Day Five

Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes us this morning. See 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, wander the cobbled central quarter and make the most of the island's tax-free shopping.

Day Six

Today Columbus arrives in Dublin. This great city of culture, once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets are popular with visitors, as are the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.

Day Seven

Columbus's next call, in Belfast, brings chances to explore this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.

Day Eight

Arriving in the Scottish port of Greenock, you might join an excursion to one of two famous and fascinating cities. In Edinburgh, explore the Royal Mile, shop in Princes Street or take in city views from the ancient Castle's ramparts. In Glasgow, discover 'Scotland's style capital' with its culture, architecture and design.

Day Nine

The small town of Tobermory on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.

Day 10

The Isle of Skye is a wonderful place to explore. Spend the day in picturesque Portree, with its quayside fish 'n' chip shops, or join an excursion and head north, past the Old Man of Storr, to Duntum's Museum of Island Life; west to brooding Dunvegan Castle; south past the spectacular Cuillins; or even across the bridge to mainland Scotland.

Day 11

Today Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.

Day 12

A final day is spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories your cruise holiday as Columbus heads for home.

Day 13

Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2016 and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include this discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. The offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

Grand British Isles Discovery from Tilbury reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Grand British Isles Discovery from TilburyScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
(6 out of 10)


Pleasant way of celebrating our diamond wedding anniversary and meeting friends
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 07 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


Southampton Family
We enjoyed the holiday. The cabin spoilt it as the basins were disgusting. Our cases were covered in mud when we docked and as yet I have heard nothing. It was a shame that we couldn't get to Skye or the Isle of M ull
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 05 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


Birmingham Couple
Disappointment at not being able to call at Mull and Skye an extra day at sea and calling at Invergordon was not a good replacement. That apart it was a great cruise and the crew very attentive
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 05 August 2017
(6 out of 10)


Birmingham Couple
There were several issues which detracted from our enjoyment. First we were allocated the wrong sitting in the restaurant. Our complaint, within an hour of joining the ship, was met with the excuse that it was the travel agents fault. We were told that we would be contacted when (if) a change was possible. On day 3, having had no response we went to the Dining room and demanded action, at which point we were given the correct sitting.
The service in the restaurant was very slow. An inexperienced waiter did his best, but there seemed to be a problem from kitchen to service staff. We had used the self service buffet for the first couple of evenings, but the choice of food was limited, and often difficult to find table place.
We missed our restaurant sitting once again later in the week because it took 3 hours, two phone calls and two visits to reception, to respond to our report that our wash basin was blocked. The plumber did restore the flow, but left the plastic article (presumably left by the previous occupant) in thr pipe. Fortunately we had a very good cabin steward who sorted things out the next morning.
We had a very distinct impression that the ship still had a number of teething problems.
(the emergency drill was a complete shambles). Indeed, on the penultimate evening, the Cruise Director appealed for passengers to "bear with them as problems were being ironed out"
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 03 August 2017
(10 out of 10)

David G

Rainham, Essex Couple
Our first ever Cruise, but won't be our last.
The Columbus is a lovely liner, plenty to do on board, also plenty of relaxing places.
The Crew are all very nice people and very helpful.
The food is wonderful with lots of choices for everyone's taste.
The itinerary was good with lots of choices for trips ashore whether booked
or getting off yourselves.
The Tender boats are very safe.
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 03 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


Birmingham Couple
90% brilliant but a few little issues adverse. I will be writing my views when I get first chance to type it.
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 03 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


harrogate Single traveller
really enjoyed holiday but disappointed we missed Isle,s of Mull and Skye and had a day at sea due to wind and unable to tender.
Confirmed traveller: 23 July 2017
Published on: 01 August 2017