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Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW20312

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

12 nights. June 2018. From £1719.00.

SAVE UP TO 20%! PLUS... BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF-PRICE UNTIL 5TH DECEMBER* 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. Ship Information 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. Deck-plans Click here to display the deck-plans for this cruise.

Cruise Information 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 Includes 12 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
PRICE FROM ? £1719 per person
Plan My Trip
Full Itinerary Day One 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 Welcome 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 Three Today is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time. Day Four This 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 Five Skye'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 Six 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 Columbus 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 Eight 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 Nine 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 10 Today 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 11 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 12 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 13 Columbus 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.

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Further Information Passport requirements 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 to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. *These offers apply to new bookings made between 1st November and 5th December 2017 (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount, but not the Buy One, Get One Half-Price discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. On cruises with a Buy One, Get One Half-Price offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 25 per cent. On cruises with a Buy One, Get One Free offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. These offers 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 Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top