British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20292
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
10 nights. August 2018. From £869.00.
Beautiful coasts and remote islands
Explore the British Isles on this delightful cruise from Bristol. Highlights include Portree on the Isle of Skye, the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies, and a visit to attractive Honfleur in Normandy, as well as the chance to enjoy the elegance of your cruise ship, Magellan.
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas. Her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff, and a 50-million-dollar refit ensure her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home.
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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.
Meet at port
Day One - Depart Bristol, England 1800hrs
Day Three - *Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Four - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Six - Honfleur, France
Day Seven - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
Day Eight - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 9 - Dublin, Ireland
Day 11 - Arrive in Bristol, England 0430hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Magellan. 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 Includes10 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 OneJoin Magellan in Bristol, and spend your first evening settling into life on board.
Day TwoRelax as Magellan steams towards Scotland.
Day ThreeThe tiny harbour of Portree is set on the sheltered eastern coast of the mystic Isle of Skye. It's gateway to a rugged landscape of windswept moors, the great Cuillin 'Hills' and a coast teeming with wildlife. Perhaps explore historic Dunvegan Castle, the world's longest continuously inhabited fortress, on a shore excursion this afternoon.
Day FourDiscover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship docks in Kirkwall, where you'll find magnificent St Magnus Cathedral and, just a mile away, fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day FiveAnother day is spent at sea.
Day SixToday you'll reach Honfleur, set at the mouth of France's River Seine. Visit this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, with its harbour surrounded by gabled houses, and perhaps venture further afield on an excursion to Monet's idyllic house and gardens at Giverny or to fashionable Deauville.
Day SevenToday's port of call is Guernsey's delightful St Peter Port. Spend the day exploring this beautiful Channel Isle, making sure to visit Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, as well as the medieval, cobbled central quarter, where countless shops and colourful stalls offer tax-free temptations.
Day EightMagellan sails into glorious blue waters to take in the celebrated Isles of Scilly. Go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, or take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where you'll find Britain's finest collection of subtropical plants at the world-famous Abbey Gardens.
Days 9-10Today we reach Dublin, one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Explore this former home of Yeats, Wilde and Joyce, shop on Grafton and O'Connell Streets or relax in one of the city's much-loved bars and pubs. Magellan docks in Dublin tonight, before sailing back to Bristol in the morning.
Day 11Arrive in Bristol, bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers, and disembark at the end of your cruise holiday. Back to top
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, spacious Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy, thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas, and of course the presence of her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff. A major refit in 2010 has ensured her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home, and she is a hugely welcome addition to the fleet.
Passenger accommodation is arranged on nine spacious decks served by eight lifts, wide corridors and stairways. Extensive teak decking adds to sense of spaciousness, and in addition to the extensive outdoor areas, there are several beautifully appointed lounges boasting panoramic picture windows. Two beautifully appointed dining rooms, the Waldorf and the Kensington, as well as a less formal buffet-style bistro that offers indoor and outdoor dining, will tempt you at mealtimes, and there are three lounge bars and three deck bars where you can while away a convivial hour or two. Other on-board amenities include a night club, a casino and the magnificent, multi-tiered Magellan Show Lounge. For the energetic and body-conscious, Magellan offers a beautifully appointed wellness centre, a gym, two pools and Jacuzzis. A well-stocked shopping gallery, internet centre and library can also be found on board.
Magellan's 15 categories of cabin and suite are graded according to size and position. Each cabin is air-conditioned, and has ample storage space, a safe, a TV, a hairdryer and private facilities with a shower. All ocean-view cabins have picture windows apart from eight Cat 6 cabins and 10 Cat 7 cabins, towards the front of the ship, which have portholes. Suites offer the added comforts of baths, seating areas and private balconies.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