Make your way to Tilbury for this evening's sailing. Enjoy a first dinner on board followed by some first-class entertainment.
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam has much to offer. World-class museums, the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Today is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time.
Discover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship 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.
Today, Columbus calls in Portree on the Isle of Skye. Explore this pretty town of delightful white and colour-washed buildings set around the harbour, and where the Royal Hotel is said to be the site of the inn at which Bonnie Prince Charlie said farewell to Flora MacDonald for the last time.
Columbus' call in Belfast, today, brings chances to explore this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and to head into the surrounding Antrim countryside.
Today finds us in Dublin. This great city of culture and learning - home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, and birthplace of Shaw - is also one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets teem with shoppers, and the famous bars and pubs buzz with the energy of locals and visitors alike.
Columbus arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour at Cobh, this morning. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, to head into the beautiful rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city, for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Relax on board as Columbus cruises south, today.
Columbus moors in the exquisite French port of Honfleur, gateway to the beautiful Normandy countryside, at the mouth of the Seine. Spend time exploring this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, or venture further afield on a shore excursion.
Columbus sails into the mouth of the Thames and back to Tilbury, today, at the end of a wonderful autumn cruise.