British Isles & Cities Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20330
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
10 nights. September 2018. From £849.00.
Cruise the UK, Ireland and northern France
Portree on the Isle of Skye, and Kirkwall the historic capital of the Orkney islands. These are just two of the highlights on this wonderful UK cruise that also features calls in Belfast, Dublin and Cobh in Ireland, as well as Rotterdam and Honfleur.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1700 hrs
Day Two - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Day Four - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Five - *Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Six - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day Seven - Dublin, Ireland
Day Eight - Cobh, Ireland
Day 10 - Honfleur, France
Day 11 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0800 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes10 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneMake your way to Tilbury for this evening's sailing. Enjoy a first dinner on board followed by some first-class entertainment.
Day TwoThe 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.
Day ThreeToday is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time.
Day FourDiscover 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.
Day FiveToday, 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.
Day SixColumbus' 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.
Day SevenToday 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.
Day EightColumbus 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.
Day NineRelax on board as Columbus cruises south, today.
Day 10Columbus 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.
Day 11Columbus sails into the mouth of the Thames and back to Tilbury, today, at the end of a wonderful autumn cruise. Back to top
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish 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 adviceVisit 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. Back to top