British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TCRU8466
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
Self Drive Offer
Explore the best of our island heritage. Beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, ancient traditions and interesting cultures are waiting to be discovered on this circumnavigation of the British Isles.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to step ashore on our more remote islands, visit far-flung towns and villages, explore Gaelic culture, and uncover tales of fascinating folklore. Ports of call also include the beautiful Emerald Isle, the magical Isles of Scilly, Guernsey plus a touch of French flair in Le Havre. A wonderful cruise to leave you with memories to treasure.
NB Passport and valid travel insurance are required.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
BRITISH ISLES DISCOVERY CRUISE
DAY 1 - Head to Tilbury to board the splendid Columbus, which departs at 16.00. Once you have embarked, explore the ship and make the most of the excellent facilities. Delicious full board cuisine is included with afternoon teas and late night snacks. A welcome cocktail is included. Then sit back and enjoy the showtime entertainment as you set sail across the North Sea to Holland. Full board.
DAY 2 - Rotterdam - Your first port of call is Rotterdam. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Rotterdam with its crazy, innovative architecture and intriguing maritime tradition, is a modern city, full of surprises. Optional excursions head to pretty Delft and The Hague or to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kinderdijk with its iconic 18th century windmills. The ship sails this evening. Full board.
DAY 3 - At Sea - A full day at sea to relax and enjoy all the leisure facilities and daytime activities aboard the magnificent Columbus. An on-board programme is published daily where you will be able to find out what is taking place where. Full board.
DAY 4 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town's rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall's skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Optional excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir. Full board.
DAY 5 - Portree, Isle of Skye (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - Set around its picturesque natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The impact of Skye's stunning scenery is spectacular. The soaring peaks of the Cuilins, undulating heather moorland, small lochs and gently flowing streams form a wonderful backdrop. Optional excursions feature crofting villages and iconic castles with both colourful and poignant history. On the outskirts of Portree, the Skye Heritage Centre and Aros Experience bring to life the history of the island. Full board.
DAY 6 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides with its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD. Full board.
DAY 7 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - A full day in the Northern Irish capital where Samson and Goliath, the much-loved landmarks, soar above the city skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Belfast firmly on the map. Housed in an iconic, state-of-the-art, 6-storey building, Titanic Belfast relives the city's golden era and traces the story of the ill-fated liner built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. At the heart of today's cosmopolitan city is Belfast's elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. The extraordinary Giant's Causeway is a popular excursion from this city with omnipresent Irish charm. Full board.
DAY 8 - Dublin, Ireland - The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen's Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin's Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha'penny Bridge is one of Dublin's most famous landmarks. Full board.
DAY 9 - St Mary's, Isles of Scilly - Today's destination is St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly where the ship will dock for the day. (NB passengers will land by launch or tender). Britain's only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary's, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the 'capital', is the hub of the islands' activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary's and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life. Full board.
DAY 10 - St Peter Port, Guernsey (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping. Full board.
DAY 11 - Portland, Dorset (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - Relax on board and enjoy the views of the English Channel from Weymouth Bay or head ashore to explore the local area around Dorset's Jurassic coastline. Optional excursions to be confirmed. Full board.
DAY 12 - Le Havre, France - One of France's main seaports, Le Havre sits on the English Channel at the mouth of the River Seine and evokes France's post-war energy and optimism. Following extensive damage by Allied bombing during World War II, the centre of Le Havre was completely rebuilt, and in 2005 its celebrated modern architecture became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Le Havre is the perfect place to explore Normandy's beautiful countryside panoramas. Full board.
DAY 13 - Bid farewell to the Columbus as you disembark in Tilbury after breakfast this morning.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION PROGRAMME
A full programme of optional shore excursions designed to show the highlights of each of the ports of call will be available approximately 8 weeks prior to the cruise departure. An information pack together with the optional excursion programme will be sent to you then. Excursion bookings can be made on the CMV website.
Cruise Insurance Prices 2020
(Prices are person based on the holiday price per person)
Up to £1250 £95 pp
Up to £1500 £110 pp
Up to £2000 £135 pp
Above £2000 POA
NB £250 per person deposit required
Full payment is due 98 days before departure
Name changes are chargeable POA
Cancellation Scale for Cruise Holidays
Prior to 98 days - loss of deposit: 98 - 45 days 90%: 44 - 0 days 100%:
In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.
Dress Code on board is very relaxed and informal during the daytime with comfortable footwear and waterproof jacket recommended when exploring ports of call. Binoculars can also be a great asset whilst at sea. The Daily Programme which is published each day on board suggests a mode of dress for that evening's events. Two nights will be 'formal' which will be an opportunity to dress up - evening / cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner jackets or lounge suits for gentlemen.
Tipping - This is entirely at the discretion of the passenger and should reflect the satisfaction with the services you have received. An optional cruise gratuity of £7 per person per night will automatically be added to your on board account which you settle before disembarkation but this can be removed or adjusted at the ship's reception desk if you prefer.
Voltage - All cabins feature 110V and 220V current and have electrical sockets to allow small appliances to be used. A UK three pin to European 2 pin continental adaptor will be required fpr 220V appliances.
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