New for 2017, the remarkable Columbus ship becomes the flagship for Cruise & Maritime Voyages' impressive fleet. She has been purpose built for deep-sea ocean cruising, taking you to some of the world's most beautiful destinations, whilst still providing the traditional cruise style that Cruise & Maritime is famous for. She offers a luxurious stay on board with a total of 775 passenger cabins including 64 deluxe balcony cabins, exquisite junior suites to suit larger groups and families, and 150 comfortable cabins reserved solely for the solo traveller.
Named after the explorer, Columbus boasts world-class elegance, impressive style, high-end service, and delicious culinary delights. Be entertained in the dazzling three-decked central atrium area with the Dome Observatory providing stunning seascapes and scenic panoramas, and the tiered Palladium Show Lounge where the talented Columbus show team perform. Five dining venues are scattered across the twelve passenger decks with three fine dining restaurants and two speciality coffee shops. Relax on the top deck by the two heated swimming pools and savour light bites from the Alfresco Grill.
Set sail on magnificent Columbus and experience the friendly, attentive and personal service of a smaller, more intimate ship alongside the impressive on board facilities, tempting dining venues, and exciting entertainment of a larger cruise ship.
A wide choice of dining options are available on board Columbus. Choose the Waterfront Restaurant for a hearty full English breakfast as well as tasty lunches and delicious five-course gala dinners. Visit both the Grill and Fusion speciality restaurants and treat yourself to gourmet cuisine, or book a table at the exclusive Chef's Table for an exquisite dining experience.
Enjoy the warm weather on deck at the Alfresco Grill or enjoy casual dining at the versatile Plantation Bistro for a lavish buffet with international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On board Columbus, guests can enjoy a varied menu of refreshments day and night. The ship features eight distinct lounge bars and two welcoming deck bars including Raffles, Connexions, The Oval Pool Bar, and the British-themed Taverners Pub & Casino. Club Oasis Bar is perfect for enjoying a cocktail in the sun, while Captain's Club is an ideal venue to sip an after-dinner drink. You also have two speciality coffee and tea shops serving hot drinks and snacks.
Columbus offers plenty to keep guests entertained regardless of time or taste. Enjoy whirlpools, two heated swimming pools, a modern gym, and an arts and crafts studio throughout the day. Sit back and watch popular films and sporting events on the large outdoor screen, or head to Trumps & Aces for a game of cards with friends. There's a selection of shops to visit at the Central Atrium, as well as a peaceful library at Columbus Lounge. You can truly unwind at Columbus' professional wellness centre, which offers massages, beauty treatments and hairstyling.
There are six on-board entertainment venues including Dome Observatory & Nightclub and the stylish three-decked Atrium. Head to the two-decked, tiered Palladium Show Lounge for an entertaining night featuring live music, performances and dancing from Columbus' professional show team and guest acts. There's also a retractable stage, which provides a large dancing floor for guests.
Day 1: London Tilbury, UK
Arrive in London Tilbury and embark on board Columbus.
Day 2: Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is your next port of call. See the city's oldest harbour, Oude Haven, before taking a look at the 'glass palace' of Van Nelle Fabriek — an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the ever-changing exhibitions at the Kunsthal and the expansive collection of Dutch and European art at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Ride to the top of Euromast observation tower for 360-degree city-wide views, stop by Miniworld Rotterdam to view the city in miniature, or pop into the Kubuswoningen cube house and museum.
Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Kirkwall is both the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. This vibrant and busy port town was granted Royal Burgh status by James III of Scotland in 1486 and is the main transport and port hub in the Orkneys. The medieval St Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline, with the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces close by. Step back in time at Orkney Museum in Tankerness House before strolling around its delightful walled gardens. Explore the art of whisky making at Scapa Distillery or shop for souvenirs at the niche shops and boutiques in the town centre.
Day 5: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Tobermory is located on the northern coast of the Isle of Mull; situated in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Visit Mull Museum and see the various artefacts that document Mull’s history. Pay a visit to Mull Aquarium and see the displays of sea creatures. Take a guided tour of the Tobermory Distillery to explore the whisky-making process and sample the end product. Enjoy the changing exhibitions and artworks at the An Tobar Arts Centre. Alternatively, drive for approximately 40 minutes and uncover the history of the MacLean clan and their chiefs in the 13th century keep: Duart Castle.
Day 6: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic. Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.
Day 7: Dublin, Ireland
Experience the vibrant culture and famous Irish 'craic' in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city — Dublin. Pay a visit to the country's largest church - St Patrick's Cathedral - as well as Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, and Irish Museum of Modern Art. Explore the gardens and elegant squares of Trinity College and sample a glass of the country's favourite drink on a tour of Guinness Storehouse at St James's Gate Brewery. Wander the famous streets of the Temple Bar district and enjoy delicious food, live music and traditional ales.
Day 8: St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
St Mary's is the largest island in the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off south west England's Cornish coastline. This island is home to the Isles of Scilly Airport and serves as gateway to the rest of the islands via the inter-island boats from St Mary's Quay. In the island's main centre of Hugh Town you can visit the fascinating Isles of Scilly Museum and the many artist’s studios and art galleries. Venture over the hill from Hugh Town to Old Town overlooking Old Town Bay, where you'll find the picturesque Old Town Church and a few galleries, cafes, and a pub. Follow the Nature Trail from the heart of St Mary's to visit the Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery and sample locally-produced wines. Learn about St Mary's and St Agnes' history of flower farming at Scented Narcissi and maybe order a box to be delivered to your home after your cruise.
Day 9: St Peter Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 10: Honfleur, France
The charming port city of Honfleur sits at the confluence of the River Seine and the English Channel in northern France. Walk around the distinctive Vieux-Bassin harbour to explore the quaint 16th to 18th-century town houses and the wood-built Saint Catherine's Church. Stroll though the intriguing cobbled streets, window-shop at the stylish boutiques, and stop for a cup of coffee at one of the waterfront cafes. Venture up the hillside to admire the 17th-century Notre Dame de Grâce chapel or step back in time at Musee de Vieux Honfleur and Blockhaus de la Gare. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Naturospace which is alive with tropical butterflies, birds, and plants.
Day 11: London Tilbury, UK
Disembark in London Tilbury and make your way home.