Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20312
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. June 2018. From £899.00.
Explore some of Britain's other islands on this wonderful cruise
As Columbus sails anticlockwise around the UK you'll have the chance to see Mull and Skye; three Irish ports, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles; and to cross the Channel to Amsterdam and to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.
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 1600 hrs
Day Two - Amsterdam Netherlands
Day Four - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Five - *Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Six - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day Seven - Belfast, N. Ireland
Day Eight - Dublin , Ireland
Day Nine - Cobh, Ireland
Day 10 - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 11 - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
Day 12 - Honfleur, France
Day 13 - 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 Includes12 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 and embark Columbus. Later, enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers.
Day TwoWelcome to Amsterdam, where the picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings never fail to delight. As you explore this friendly city, why not visit the renowned Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum?
Day ThreeToday is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time.
Day FourThis 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.
Day FiveSkye's wild moorland and rugged Cuillin 'Hills' welcome Columbus to a land rich in mystery and that teems with wildlife. Explore Portree, on the island's east coast, or visit Dunvegan Castle - ancestral seat of the Clan Macleod.
Day SixExplore 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 SevenColumbus arrives in historic Belfast, today. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter developments that pay homage to the ill-fated vessel and the sister Olympic Class liners, or join an optional excursion to the iconic Giant's Causeway.
Day EightToday 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 NineColumbus 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 10Today finds us in the fabled 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 11Delightful 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 12Columbus 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 13Columbus cruises back to London at the end of a wonderful voyage. 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