Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
New 12 Day Cruise for 2019
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. Charming Honfleur adds some French flair to what promises to be a memorable cruise. 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.
Return coach transfers from local pick-up points
Marco Polo Cruise as stated for 11 nights full board
Welcome cocktail party
Afternoon tea and late night snacks
Self-service tea & coffee (06.00 – midnight)
On board entertainment and daytime activities
Porterage of luggage (port to cabin)
DAY 1 – Travel by coach today to vibrant Bristol for afternoon embarkation of the Marco Polo. Settle into your cabin before enjoying a welcome cocktail followed by dinner in the restaurant followed by a top quality entertainment programme in the Show Lounge as the Marco Polo sails for Ireland overnight. Full board.
DAY 2 – St Mary’s - 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. The ship departs this afternoon to cruise to France overnight. Full board.
DAY 3 – Honfleur - Arrive around lunchtime in pretty Honfleur on the Normandy coast. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of WW2. Explore the picturesque streets, historic buildings, art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops. The ship sails late this evening. Full board.
DAY 4 – At Sea - A full day at sea to relax and enjoy all the leisure facilities and daytime activities aboard the magnificent Magellan. An on-board programme is published daily where you will be able to find out what is taking place where. Full board.
DAY 5 – Newcastle - Dock in Newcastle this morning with the opportunity to discover the Victorian city centre and quaysides along the Tyne, maybe crossing the river into Gateshead. The city's rejuvenation can be seen everywhere - in its excellent new art galleries, contemporary architecture, the Baltic Centre housed in an old flourmill, the iconic Sage Gateshead music venue and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. United by a total of seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant destination. Back to sea this afternoon. Full board.
DAY 6 – Invergordon - Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. Spend the day in this small, yet modern town which is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields. Various optional excursions today such as the Glenmorangie Distillery or a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster. Sail late this evening. Full board.
DAY 7 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands - 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. Sail this evening. Full board.
DAY 8 – Stornoway, Outer Hebrides (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) - Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The charming town is situated around a bustling harbour and has a range of local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The traditional ways of life are still very much in evidence and the beautiful Isle of Lewis is considered the heartland of the Gaelic culture. It is also home to some of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch. Sail this evening. Full board.
DAY 9 – 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. Sail this evening. Full board.
DAY 10 – Belfast – 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. Sail late this evening. Full board.
DAY 11 – Douglas, Isle of Man (NB passengers will land by launch or tender) – Arrive early on this enchanting island with its beautiful coastline, dramatic headlands, mountainous interior, enchanting glens, miles of golden sand, medieval castles, Victorian railways and beautiful parks and gardens. Sail early afternoon. Full board.
DAY 12 - Dock in Bristol Avonmouth this morning and disembark after breakfast. Your coach will meet you in Bristol to take you back to interchange where your feeder coach awaits to take you back to your local area.
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 either on the CMV website or via Crusader Holidays.
NB £250 per person deposit required
Full payment is due 3 months before departure
Name changes are chargeable POA
Cancellation Scale for Cruise Holidays
Prior to 3 months - loss of deposit: 3 months – 6 weeks 90%: 6 weeks - 0 days 100%
INSURANCE PRICES FOR - 12 Days British Isles Discovery Cruise
PRICES ARE PER PERSON BASED ON THE TOTAL CABIN PRICE PER PERSON
Up to £1,000 = £70 per person
Up to £1,250 = £82 per person
Up to £1,500 = £95 per person
Up to £2,000 = £120 per person
Up to £2,500 = £145 per person
If you take our insurance, you will be contacted to adjust the premium paid and to ensure that you have the correct cover.
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. One night 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.Back to top