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Britain's scenic island outposts

Pretty Tobermory on Mull, rugged Orkney capital Kirkwall and the sun-kissed Isles of Scilly are amongst the highlights of this truly wonderful autumntime ‘Round Britain’ cruise, which also features calls at southerly Guernsey and vibrant Belfast, with its glittering Titanic Quarter development.

Join Columbus for this wonderful autumn voyage, featuring a host of delightful island calls. After a call at Dutch maritime gem Rotterdam, sail north to the remote Orkney Isles, Skye’s delightful Portree and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Columbus then turns west to historic Belfast and colourful Cobh, and south to the sun-kissed Scilly Isles and St Peter’s Port on Guernsey, Britain’s southernmost outpost. A visit to French town Honfleur, once the retreat of the French Impressionists, rounds off this wonderful cruise.

What does this price include?

  • 11 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
  • Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
  • Luggage porterage from port to cabin
  • Port taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1600hrs

    Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins this afternoon.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is Columbus's destination, this morning. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the world-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

  • Spend your first full day at sea relaxing and getting to know Columbus, the crew and your fellow cruise passengers.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Today Columbus calls in Kirkwall, historic capital of Orkney, and you'll have the chance to uncover the islands' mixture of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife. Wander the meandering streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or perhaps join excursions to Scapa Flow, Churchill’s famous Barriers or the chapel built by Italian POWs held here during WWII.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    The Isle of Skye is your next destination. Spend the day in picturesque Portree, with its quayside fish and chip shops, or join an 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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Tobermory’s waterfront parade of multi-coloured houses welcomes Columbus to the lovely island of Mull, this morning. Explore this delightful little town, visit nearby Duart Castle or simply let the spectacular coastal scenery take your breath away.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1830hrs

    Columbus arrives in Belfast, today. Explore the city's historic centre, visit the Titanic Quarter's developments that pay homage to the ill-fated vessel, or join an optional excursion to the vast ’stone staircase’ of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast beyond.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    At around lunchtime, Columbus arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour at Cobh. 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.

  • Arrive: 0730hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Early today, the blue waters of the Scilly Isles welcome you to St Mary’s. 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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Crowded around its busy harbour, St Peter Port is utterly charming. Fortified Castle Cornet is a must-see attraction, as are the views from Candie Gardens. Visit stunning Hauteville House, one time residence of Victor Hugo, whose exquisite interior design is preserved in the house.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    Columbus's final port is Honfleur, at the mouth of the River Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour that once inspired so many of the French Impressionists, or perhaps join an optional excursion into the surrounding countryside.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your UK cruise.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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