Grand British Isles Discovery
Ship: Columbus • Departs: London Tilbury • Sail Date: Tuesday 11th Jul 2017 • Duration: 12 nights
Cruise Code: C706
Twin Inner from: $4629pp $1419pp
Twin Ocean View from: $5899pp $1819pp
A summertime showcase
This cruise around our fabulous, history-packed islands is a voyage of fascinating, overlooked wonders just waiting to be experienced. Peaceful hills and valleys descending to the sea, river estuaries teeming with wild-life, bustling fishing harbours and quaint old towns all combine to showcase our great island heritage. Discovering some of our more remote offshore islands, highlights of Ireland and Rouen for a taste of France, this is a cruise holiday to remember.
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|11/07/17||London Tilbury (United Kingdom)||-||1600|
|12/07/17||Antwerp (Belgium)||0830||1400||Click for more informationto hide|
One of Europe’s largest ports, Antwerp is renowned throughout the world as the centre of the diamond trade. With its charming medieval streets and remarkable renaissance buildings, Belgium’s second largest city is a delight.
|13/07/17||Honfleur (France)||1315||2245||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.
|14/07/17||St. Peter Port, Guernsey (Channel Islands)||0700||1900||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.
|15/07/17||St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom)||0700||1700||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.
|16/07/17||Dublin (Republic of Ireland)||0745||1930||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.
|17/07/17||Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)||0700||2200||Click for more informationto hide|
Samson and Goliath are much-loved landmarks soaring above Belfast’s skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Northern Ireland’s capital 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.
|18/07/17||Greenock, Scotland (United Kingdom)||0800||1800|
|19/07/17||Tobermory, Isle of Mull (United Kingdom)||0800||2000||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.
|20/07/17||Portree, Isle of Skye (United Kingdom)||0700||1730||Click for more informationto hide|
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 to optional excursions featuring 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 and give an insight into the life these Highland communities lived.
|21/07/17||Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (United Kingdom)||0930||1800||Click for more informationto hide|
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. 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.
|23/07/17||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)
|Cat.||Description||Full Fare||Saver Fare||Saving||Availability|
|IG||Voyager Inner||$4629||$1419||$3210||Last few||Book Now|
|1||Standard Twin Inner||$4779||$1519||$3260||Sold out||Wait List|
|2||Standard Plus Twin Inner||$5279||$1689||$3590||Last few||Book Now|
|3||Superior Twin Inner||$5609||$1789||$3820||Good||Book Now|
|4||Premium Twin Inner||$5949||$1899||$4050||Limited||Book Now|
|OG||Voyager Ocean View||$5899||$1819||$4080||Last few||Book Now|
|6C||Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$6079||$1939||$4140||Sold out||Wait List|
|6B||Standard Twin Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$6259||$1999||$4260||Sold out||Wait List|
|6P||Standard Twin Port Hole Ocean View||$6259||$1999||$4260||Sold out||Wait List|
|6||Standard Twin Ocean View||$6599||$2099||$4500||Last few||Book Now|
|7||Standard Twin Ocean View||$6759||$2149||$4610||Sold out||Wait List|
|8||Standard Plus Twin Ocean View||$7099||$2269||$4830||Limited||Book Now|
|9||Superior Twin Ocean View||$7929||$2529||$5400||Sold out||Wait List|
|11||Superior Plus Twin||$8579||$2729||$5850||Sold out||Wait List|
|12||Premium Twin Ocean View||$9229||$2949||$6280||Sold out||Wait List|
|DL||De Luxe Balcony||$13179||$4199||$8980||Sold out||Wait List|
|JS||Junior Balcony Suite||$14839||$4729||$10110||Last few||Book Now|
|6BS||Standard Single Full/Partially Obstructed Ocean View||$7819||$2499||$5320||Sold out||Wait List|
|7S||Standard Single Ocean View||$8449||$2699||$5750||Sold out||Wait List|
|8S||Standard Plus Single Ocean View||$8859||$2829||$6030||Sold out||Wait List|
|10||Superior Single Ocean View (Previously 9S)||$9899||$3159||$6740||Sold out||Wait List|
|5||Superior Single Inner (Previously 3S)||$7019||$2239||$4780||Last few||Book Now|
3rd/4th person sharing - $251
Port parking - $191
Deposit per person - $400
London Victoria to Tilbury 11/07/17 - $75
London Victoria to Tilbury Return - $150
Tilbury to London Victoria 23/07/17 - $75
Keith left school in 1953 age 15 with no qualifications. He was inspired to be a scientist through the 1950s film starring Alec Guinness “Man in a White Suit”.
He started work as a lab boy at what was then the West Midlands Forensic Science Laboratory in Birmingham in January 1954 washing laboratory equipment, making tea and running errands.
He gained qualifications MSc, Dip Anal. Chem CChem, MRSC, MCIPD whilst working - through evening classes and day release. Keith has worked in forensic science for over 50 years. Practising for over 30 years with the Forensic Science Service (FSS) – attending scenes of incidents, carrying out laboratory examinations and presenting evidence in courts of law and at coroners’ enquiries.
In the 1990s he moved on within the FSS and whilst heading the first national forensic science training unit, commenced the development of a procedure to assess the occupational competence of laboratory based forensic scientists and police scientific support personnel using a variety of methods culminating in the development of Occupational Standards. Due to this work he was invited to appear before a House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology.
He acted for many years as the UK liaison with the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC). He has presented many papers and a workshop at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), at regional forensic science meetings in the USA and at Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) conferences in the UK and internationally. He has attended numerous seminars and made many visits to the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia.
Keith is very excited to be cruising on Marco Polo to the Amazon and looks forward to meeting you around the ship.
Christopher has performed with some of the top names in Show Business and has appeared not only in this Country but extensively abroad. Performing as a Solo Artist and also Principal Comedian in touring shows such as "Red Hot Flashback", "Red Hot Country" and "Red Hot Merseymania" at various Theatres, Hotels, Golf Clubs, Cruise Ships, Military bases, Holiday Centres, Sports and Social Clubs, has given Christopher Gee the experience to work to different audiences.
With his unique blend of topical, original, quality and non-offensive comedy material and his uncanny ability to impersonate, means that his act is suitable for most occasions. His professional and flexible attitude has seen him not only working as a solo performer act but also as a Compere/M.C. and Charity Auctioneer.
Christopher Gee also finds himself in demand as a Voice Over Artiste as he is the voice behind adverts for "Jorg Gray Watches", "Pledge Sports", "Titan the Robot”, "Value My Stuff", "GTEC", "Playstation-Bomberman", many of the characters in the Butlins Production Shows, plus many more. His voices have been used on "This Morning", "Big Brother", "The Great British Menu" and the "JLS Tour" as well as numerous TV Adverts and Radio Commercials.
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.