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British Isles Discovery Cruise

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW20348

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

11 nights. March 2018. From £699.00.

Spring Getaway Offer: Save up to 60%*

Explore some of Britain's prettiest isles

Sail around the UK on elegant Astoria. Visit Orkney, Stornoway and Mull; see the great Irish cities of Belfast, Dublin and Cork; explore Guernsey and the Scilly Isles; and cross the Channel to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.

Ship Information

Beautiful, 550-passenger Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.

Deck-plans

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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 Three - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Four - *Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Five - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day Six - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day Seven - Dublin, Ireland
Day Eight - Cobh for Cork, Ireland
Day Nine - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 10 - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
Day 11 - Honfleur, France
Day 12 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0900 hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. 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

11 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 ? £699 per person
Plan My Trip

Full Itinerary

Day One

Board Astoria in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

Day Two

Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.

Day Three

Today Astoria arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join optional excursions to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.

Day Four

Today you'll anchor off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Beautiful and unspoilt, these ancient islands have been inhabited for over 6,000 years. Wander through the town, or take an optional excursion to Callanish's famous Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.

Day Five

The small town of Tobermory on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.

Day Six

Astoria's call in Belfast brings chances to explore both this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside beyond.

Day Seven

Today Astoria arrives in Dublin. This great city of culture, once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets are popular with visitors, as are the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.

Day Eight

Astoria arrives in Cork's long, narrow Cobh harbour this morning. A shore excursion here offers you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland. You might choose to head into the rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale, famed for its fine food and sea-fishing, or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city.

Day Nine

This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. You'll have the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.

Day 10

Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes us this morning. See 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour; wander the cobbled central quarter and make the most of the island's tax-free shopping.

Day 11

Crossing the Channel completely, our next port of call is Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour, or perhaps join an optional excursion to Monet's delightful house and gardens at Giverny.

Day 12

Bid farewell to Astoria and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top

Accommodation

Astoria

Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.

The cabins on board Astoria offer accommodation to suit a range of pockets and preferences. Each passenger cabin offers private facilities with shower and bath, a TV, a hairdryer and personal safe. Superior and Deluxe cabins and Suites offer extra touches such as mini-bars fridges, bathrobes and slippers and even champagne to toast your arrival on board. Outside cabins offer picture windows and portholes. Passengers who book a Junior Suite will also enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, and a special 'At Your Leisure' disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper on the day they disembark. In addition, passengers who choose to book Astoria's Owners Presidential Suite will receive a complimentary laundry service, will be served pre-dinner hors-d'oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship's library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship's restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations (on tours with at least 40 participants).

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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 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. *The Spring Getaways offer of up to 60% applies to new bookings made from 19th January 2018 and is subject to availability on Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins on selected cruises. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories.

All offers are subject to availability and 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