Make your way to London Tilbury to embark Columbus. You'll sail early this evening and enjoy your first dinner on board. Get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers before you retire to your comfortable cabin.
Relax on board the ship as Columbus cruises north towards the Highlands and Islands.
Discover the historic capital of Orkney as Columbus docks in Kirkwall. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile from here are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
This morning Columbus sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland's rugged East Coast. The ship ties up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, where you can step ashore to explore. You might choose to take an optional shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, while whisky connoisseurs might head to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
The Isle of Skye is a wonderful place to explore. Spend the day in picturesque Portree, or join an optional shore 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.
Columbus' next call is the island of Mull - where you'll discover breathtaking scenery, a spectacular coastline and a huge variety of captivating wildlife. In the small town of Tobermory you'll find picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront and, nearby, famous Duart Castle, the seat of Clan Maclean.
Today's call in Belfast brings chances to explore both this unique, historic city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.
Today finds Columbus in Dublin, the incomparable Irish capital. This great city of culture - once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift - is also one of Europe's most engaging. You'll find Grafton and O'Connell Streets popular with shoppers, and opportunities to enjoy the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Ringaskiddy is the gateway to the great trading city of Cork, the historic capital of southwest Ireland. Step ashore to explore, and perhaps head to foodie heaven Kinsale or famous Blarney Castle - where kissing the Blarney Stone is said to grant you "the gift of the gab".
Columbus enters glorious blue waters to take in the celebrated Isles of Scilly. Go ashore to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's, or take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest collection of subtropical plants.
Guernsey's delightful St Peter Port welcomes Columbus, today. Explore Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, and the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, where countless shops and colourful stalls offer tax-free temptations.
Today you'll reach Honfleur, set at the mouth of France's River Seine. Visit this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, with its harbour surrounded by gabled houses. Alternatively, venture further afield on an optional excursion to Monet's idyllic house and garden at Giverny or to fashionable Deauville.
Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, at the end of a wonderful cruise around the UK.