Make your way this morning to Tilbury, from where Columbus sets sail this afternoon. Get to know the ship and your fellow passengers as you begin your cruise.
Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board and all of the wonderful amenities that Columbus has to offer.
Columbus arrives in "wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen, this afternoon. Stroll Stroget, its famous shopping street, or perhaps pay a short visit to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion to see the city's highlights, including the fabled bronze statuette of the Little Mermaid.
This morning Columbus arrives in Warnemunde. Visit the charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt of nearby Rostock, or join the optional excursion to Berlin. Take in the city's fascinating history - from the Brandenburg Gate and the great 1926 Olympic Stadium to Hitler's Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
Another day spent at sea, hopefully cruising in the wonderful light for which the Baltic is renowned.
Tallin, the Estonian capital, with its enchantingly unspoilt old town, is one of Europe's most scenic cities. Discover the winding cobbled streets, storybook houses, spectacular steepled churches, ancient buildings and famous Toompea Castle of this timeless place.
Perhaps the highlight of the cruise begins today as you dock in the glorious Russian city of St Petersburg. Discover the incomparable Hermitage Museum, the Haymarket area where you might expect to turn a corner and find yourself suddenly inside a Dostoyevsky novel, and the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the world renowned Kirov Ballet. You'll also have the opportunity discover magical Moscow on an overnight excursion, or to visit the fabled Summer Palace at Petrodvorets.
Days Seven and Eight
Step ashore this afternoon to explore the wonderful port of Helsinki, where the City Hall overlooks the fresh fish stalls and historic, covered Market Hall in Market Square. Stroll through Esplanade Park, and take in the panoramic views of the city and the sea beyond from the Cathedral tower. Don't miss the great neo-Classical buildings of Senate Square, which have doubled for Moscow in so many Cold War movies.
Be on deck early this morning for the stunning passage past the myriad islands that surround the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The city itself is built across 14 such islets, and is best explored on foot. One third water, one third city and one third green landscape, Stockholm offers a wonderful mix of historic sights, labyrinthine cobbled streets and fine parks.
Relax on board as Columbus cruises south.
Settled for over 1000 years, Denmark's lively second city, Aarhus, is a delightful university seat boasting a cobbled old town of colourful shops, bars and cafes, all watched over by the imposing Gothic Domkirke cathedral. It's also home to a fascinating Viking Museum.
Make the most of your final day at sea as Columbus leaves the Baltic and cruises homeward. Unwind, reminisce about the places you've seen with new friends and make the most of the ship's excellent facilities.
Enjoy a final breakfast on board, then disembark in Tilbury at the end of an unforgettable cruise to the Baltic.