Board Columbus in London Tilbury before she sets sail this evening. Get to know the ship and the cruise staff, meet your fellow passengers, and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Wonderful Amsterdam, with its picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings, is our first port of call. Get to know this delightful, friendly city, and perhaps visit the renowned Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Relax into the rhythms of on-board life as Columbus cruises north.
Today Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, historic capital of Orkney. Wander the meandering streets and marvel at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an optional excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel. Other excursions include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
The tiny harbour of Portree, on the sheltered eastern coast of the mystic Isle of Skye, is gateway to a rugged land of windswept moors, the great Cuillin 'Hills' and a coast teeming with sea life and birdlife. Historic Dunvegan Castle, the world's longest continuously inhabited fortress, can be explored on an optional shore excursion this afternoon.
Tobermory's waterfront parade of multi-coloured houses welcomes Columbus to the lovely island of Mull. Explore this delightful little town, visit nearby Duart Castle or simply let the spectacular coastal scenery take your breath away.
Crossing the Irish Sea, Columbus slips outside British waters to visit Dublin, today. The Irish capital has been a thriving cultural centre for centuries. Join the shoppers on Grafton and O'Connell Streets, visit historic Trinity College or head to one of the many cafes, coffee shops, bars and pubs to 'soak up' the local colour.
The blue waters of the Scilly Isles welcome you to St Mary's today. Here, tiny Hugh Town waits to be explored, and you'll also have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Abbey Gardens on Tresco - where the mild winter and long summer days offer an unexpected haven for exotic plants from around the globe.
Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes us this morning, and the day can be spent exploring this beautiful Channel Isle. Don't miss 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, with its tax-free shopping.
Columbus slips out of UK waters again, today, mooring in Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Discover the city's many associations with the French Impressionist Movement, or head inland into the Normandy countryside on an optional excursion to Monet's house and gardens at Giverny.
Disembark at the end of your voyage as Columbus returns to Tilbury.