British Isles Discovery
Ship: Columbus • Departs: London Tilbury • Sail Date: Tuesday 20th Jun 2017 • Duration: 9 nights
Cruise Code: C704
Twin Inner from: $3589pp $1079pp
Discover our rich history and heritage
Experience the beauty and heritage of our islands by visiting some of the more interesting, but remoter, parts of the British Isles together with contrasting calls in Dublin and Honfleur. Walk among peaceful hills, view ancient monuments and wander through historic streets. At each port of call you can be as busy or relaxed as you wish, with a full programme of optional excursions. History, heritage and beauty - plus wonderful memories to bring home.
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|22/06/17||Invergordon, Scotland (United Kingdom)||0700||1600||Click for more informationto hide|
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. The small, yet modern town 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 featuring in optional excursions along with the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness. Other popular options include the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster.
|23/06/17||Ullapool, Scotland (United Kingdom)||0700||1900||Click for more informationto hide|
Ullapool is a traditional Highland fishing village founded by the British Fishery Society in 1788. It sits on a sheltered arm of land jutting into Loch Broom and has a natural deepwater harbour, one of the best in Scotland, which was carved out by the glaciers of the last ice age. The town has two main streets with signs in English and Gaelic, and a number of shops selling quality crafts and gifts. Optional excursions visit the famous Inverewe Gardens, which is an oasis of exotic plants bursting with vibrant colour, and take in the amazing Highland scenery.
|24/06/17||Tobermory, Isle of Mull (United Kingdom)||0700||1800||Click for more informationto hide|
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. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and 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.
|25/06/17||Dublin (Republic of Ireland)||1045||2200||Click for more informationto hide|
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.
|26/06/17||St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom)||1230||2000||Click for more informationto hide|
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.
|27/06/17||St. Peter Port, Guernsey (Channel Islands)||0700||1800||Click for more informationto hide|
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 of grey and white stone buildings. 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.
|28/06/17||Honfleur (France)||0700||1630||Click for more informationto hide|
Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty 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 World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.
|29/06/17||London Tilbury (United Kingdom)||0800||-|
Note: 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.
Land by launch or tender
* Technical call (independent passengers may not go ashore)
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|IG||Voyager Inner||$3479||$1019||$2460||Sold out||Wait List|
|1||Standard Twin Inner||$3589||$1079||$2510||Last few||Wait List|
|2||Standard Plus Twin Inner||$3979||$1199||$2780||Sold out||Wait List|
|3||Superior Twin Inner||$4209||$1269||$2940||Sold out||Wait List|
|4||Premium Twin Inner||$4469||$1339||$3130||Sold out||Wait List|
|OG||Voyager Ocean View||$4419||$1299||$3120||Sold out||Wait List|
|6C||Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$4549||$1369||$3180||Sold out||Wait List|
|6B||Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$4709||$1419||$3290||Sold out||Wait List|
|6P||Standard Twin Port Hole Ocean View||$4709||$1419||$3290||Sold out||Wait List|
|6||Standard Twin Ocean View||$4959||$1499||$3460||Sold out||Wait List|
|7||Standard Twin Ocean View||$5069||$1529||$3540||Sold out||Wait List|
|8||Standard Plus Twin Ocean View||$5329||$1609||$3720||Sold out||Wait List|
|9||Superior Twin Ocean View||$5949||$1799||$4150||Sold out||Wait List|
|11||Superior Plus Twin||$6449||$1939||$4510||Sold out||Wait List|
|12||Premium Twin Ocean View||$6939||$2089||$4850||Sold out||Wait List|
|DL||De Luxe Balcony||$9899||$2979||$6920||Sold out||Wait List|
|JS||Junior Balcony Suite||$11119||$3339||$7780||Sold out||Wait List|
|6BS||Standard Single Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$5869||$1759||$4110||Sold out||Wait List|
|7S||Standard Single Ocean View||$6339||$1909||$4430||Sold out||Wait List|
|8S||Standard Plus Single Ocean View||$6649||$1999||$4650||Sold out||Wait List|
|10||Superior Single Ocean View (Previously 9S)||$7429||$2229||$5200||Sold out||Wait List|
|5||Superior Single Inner (Previously 3S)||$5249||$1579||$3670||Sold out||Wait List|
3rd/4th person sharing - $188
Port parking - $143
Deposit per person - $400
London Victoria to Tilbury 20/06/17 - $75
London Victoria to Tilbury Return - $150
Tilbury to London Victoria 29/06/17 - $75
Jeff trained as a Mechanical Engineer and qualified as a Chartered Engineer ( C. Eng.). He initially served in the Royal Air force. He later spent 23 years teaching at the Royal Military College of Science ( the Army University ) now known as the Defence Academy where he developed a passion for WW2 having associated with many senior military commanders.
On retirement he became a Battlefield Tour Guide for two leading tour operators escorting groups to Normandy, Arnhem and the sites of the Dambuster Raid. He has also guided in Italy, Malaya and Singapore and has visited most of the major battlefield sites worldwide. Since retirement he regularly gives presentations to Independent Schools and local organizations including U3A, PROBUS, Royal Aeronautical Society. British Legion and others.
Since March 2009 he has been a regular Guest Speaker on cruise ships and has made over 275 presentations worldwide. His very popular talks are praised for being well informed and well balanced. They are supported by excellent power point images and are enjoyed by the whole family. Jeff is accompanied on board with his wife Cynthia and they enjoy meeting the passengers especially if they have any anecdotes relating to WW2.
To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise a programme of optional shore excursions designed to show you the highlights of each of the ports of call will be available to view approximately 8 weeks prior to the cruise departure.