Our Travels

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife Pool

Hard Rock Hotel, Tenerife

Let’s cut to the chase here. The service at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife is the best I have ever experienced in Europe. We’ll come back to that later, but if great service floats your boat, then you should book a stay. We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and because we’d previously enjoyed a stay at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, although the Tenerife version is a 5 star versus 4 stars for it’s Vegas cousin.…

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BA lounge Gatwick

British Airways Club Europe Review

Is it worth paying the extra for Club Europe? A lot depends on the aircraft – we flew from London to Barcelona a few months ago, and the aircraft was a Boeing 777, so we enjoyed the full business class experience, even down to fold flat beds. But on most European routes BA flies Airbus A320’s and it isn’t that exciting. Read on for more…. We flew business return from Lanzarote to London Gatwick recently. We elected for the offered…

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Glenmorangie Cadillac

Invergordon, Scottish Highlands

Invergordon was our final port of call on our Scottish Highlights & Faroes Cruise with Cruise Maritime Voyages. We arrived in Invergordon, in the Cromarty Firth in the early morning. The firth, which is Scottish for Fjord, is a long way in the from the coast, and has created one of the UK’s largest natural deep water harbours. Invergordon is close to inverness and is on the eastern side of the Scottish Highlands. It was a Royal Navy harbour for…

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Columbus

Mike’s Thoughts – First Cruise, CMV’s Columbus

You can read the detail of our trip around the British islands and Highlands elsewhere on the website, but these are my personal thoughts on my first cruise experience. I should say that I approached this with some trepidation – I’ve never seen myself as a “cruising type” because we prefer holidays where we are in control of where we go, what we eat and we love exploring new places, so being aboard the same ship for 7 days was…

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Lerwick

Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Our third port of call was Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, on day 5 of our Scottish Highlights & Faroes Cruise with Cruise Maritime Voyages. Lerwick is the capital and county town of the Shetland Islands, with a population of 7,500 residents. Columbus was at anchorage just outside of Lerwick, for this visit we had to use the tender service. We worked for a couple of hours to give the excursion groups chance to get off the ship as they…

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MV Columbus

MV Columbus – The Ship

Columbus is Cruise and Maritime’s flagship, and came into service with the line in June 2017. But she isn’t new – she served with P & O for many years, and we met several passengers who had sailed on her before in her previous guise. She was extensively refitted before becoming a CMV ship. By modern standards Columbus isn’t a large ship – 63.500 tonnes and with a complement of 1400 passengers and about 700 crew. I guess you’d describe…

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MV Columbus cruise

Scottish Islands Cruise – Embarkation

As you may know, we haven’t done a cruise before, I was curious to know how the embarkation procedure would work, and if getting a large number of people aboard ship would run smoothly. We had elected to join the ship via a coach service laid on by the cruise line from Victoria coach station. Many of our fellow travellers drove themselves to Tilbury, and paid to park their cars nearby. We took the Gatwick Express from the airport into…

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Tórshavn

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Our second port of call was Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, on day 4 of our Scottish Highlights & Faroes Cruise with Cruise Maritime Voyages. Tórshavn is the capital city of the 18 islands that make up the Faroes, it has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and is situated on the Southern end of Streymoy island. We were docked at Molin by the container port and the Port Authorities had provided a 2 minute shuttle bus from the ship…

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Scapa Distillery & Beasties

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Kirkwall was the first port of call on day 3 of our Scottish Highlights & Faroes Cruise with Cruise Maritime Voyages. Our ship had docked at the Hatson Pier which is 4km from the city and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall. We were the last excursion scheduled and our group of 29 were eager to go, which meant our bus was loaded and we could start 15 minutes ahead of the planned time. Our tour guide for the South Island &…

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Our Travels

Last trip: Tenerife

Next Trip: USA New York to San Francisco & driving Route 66

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Julie: Cape Town

Mike: Hong Kong

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