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Spring British Isles Discovery Cruise

A voyage to our fascinating islands

Sail along the coastline of the British Isles on a spring cruise that will include fascinating calls in Kirkwall, at Portree on the Isle of Skye, at lovely Tobermory on Mull and at St Mary's in the Scilly Isles - as well as short detours to Dublin and the French port of 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.

What The Price Includes

  • 10 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.


Click here to display the deck-plans for this cruise.

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 1800hrs
  • Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Four - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Day Five - *Portree, Isle of Skye
  • Day Six - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
  • Day Seven - Dublin, Ireland
  • Day Eight - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
  • Day Nine - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
  • Day 10 - Honfleur , France
  • Day 11 - Arrive in 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 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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

Relax into the rhythms of on-board life as Columbus cruises north.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

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.

Day Nine

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

Disembark at the end of your voyage as Columbus returns to Tilbury.

Further Information

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Passport requirements

British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

*The Spring Getaways offer of up to 65% applies to new bookings only and is subject to availability on Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins on selected cruises. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories.

All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.

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