Board Columbus and settle in to your cabin as your cruise from Tilbury begins, this afternoon.
Amsterdam's picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings never fail to delight. As a new set of fellow passengers and potential new friends board to begin their cruise, you'll have time to explore the city, perhaps visiting the renowned Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
Today is spent at sea. Take the time to ease into the patterns of life on board and get to know Columbus, your fellow passengers and the friendly crew.
Explore Lerwick, rugged capital of the Shetland Islands. This land of ancient legend is home to traditional crafts and an abundance of birdlife. An optional excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof will reveal its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
The 'stretched' village of Kollafjordur welcomes Columbus to the Faroes today. Tiny Torshavn is capital of this cluster of remote islands, home to countless bird species and a deep-rooted Norse tradition. On an optional excursion to other islands, you might cross the famous 'Bridge across the Atlantic', which connects the main island, Streymoy, with smaller Eysturoy.
Around lunchtime, today, Columbus arrives in the stunning natural harbour of Seydisfjordur, one of Iceland's most beautiful coastal locations. From here ferries and a sub-ocean telephone cable connect Iceland to the outside world. Wander the streets lined with Norwegian-style houses or head inland to discover yet more breathtaking countryside.
Our next Icelandic port is the popular resort of Akureyri on the rugged north coast, where the summer days are longest of all. Today's optional excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, highlights the area's wonderful scenery. This evening, Columbus will briefly cross the Arctic Circle and turn southwards once again.
Today we'll arrive in Isafjordur, the exquisite capital of the Westfjords area, from which Norse sailors set out to discover Greenland and the New World.
Step ashore to explore the world's northernmost capital - friendly, colourful Reykjavik, with its brightly painted wooden buildings.
To enjoy the beautiful setting, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool and at the original Geysir. You might also visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.
Spend three days at sea, relaxing as Columbus turns south and heads for home.
Bid farewell to the ship and her crew as Columbus arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful cruise to Iceland.