Britain's other islands
As Columbus cruises anticlockwise around the UK you'll have the chance to see Orkney and Mull; two Irish ports, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles; and to cross the Channel to Rotterdam and to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.
Life on board Columbus
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Depart London Tilbury
Make your way to Tilbury and embark Columbus. Later, enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers.
Day Two: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. 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.
Day Three: At sea
Today is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time.
Day Four: Kirkwall, Orkney
Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney’s historic capital, today. Visit the town’s magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral, or join optional shore excursions to discover Orkney’s unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife. A mile away, the waters of Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2, remain an everlasting, ever-shifting reminder of the islands’ place in history.
Day Five: At sea
Relax on board as Columbus sails on.
Day Six: Tobermory, Mull
Explore the beautiful island of Mull with its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. The island's capital, pretty Tobermory, with its distinctive, colourful houses lining the waterfront, can't fail to delight.
Day Seven: Dublin, Ireland
Today finds Columbus in the incomparable Irish capital, city of culture and learning, and one of Europe's most engaging, vibrant cities. Take a stroll down famous Grafton and O'Connell Streets, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of the many cafes and pubs, popular with locals and visitors alike.
Day Eight: Cobh and Cork, Ireland
Columbus arrives in Cobh this morning. Join our optional shore excursion to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland. Alternatively, you may wish to head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond, to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, famed for its fine food and seafishing, or to famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city.
Day Nine: St Marys, Scilly Isles
Today finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore by tender to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's, and the flower-strewn byways beyond. There is also the chance to take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest sub-tropical plant collection.
Day 10: St Peter Port, Guernsey
Delightful Guernsey, its by-ways strewn with springtime flowers, welcomes Columbus today. Don't miss 800 year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port.
Day 11: Honfleur, France
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 an optional shore excursion.
Day 12: Arrive London Tilbury
Columbus cruises back to London at the end of a wonderful voyage.
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.
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.
Foreign Office travel advice
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.
*Offer applies to new bookings made between 5th July and 31st October 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The discount amount will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.