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Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen Upgrading Cruise Ships

Fred Olsen cruise lines attract an extremely loyal band of clients, who love their style of smaller, more intimate ships. Last Winter, they upgraded their ship Black Watch, and they are now investing several million Euros in upgrading their three other ships, Braemar, Balmoral and Boudicca. The first two will have the work completed before Christmas, with Boudicca waiting until March 2018. The work includes new restaurants and cabin enhancements across the fleet. The works are being carried out in…

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Back To The 80’s Cruise Offer

This is a fascinating cruise offer for those of us of a “certain age.” It’s a 7 night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, and it features: Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet ABC Kim Wilde Belinda Carlisle Go West Paul Young Cutting Crew T’Pau Radio DJ Sara Cox A conversation series with Mike Read As well as the stars above singing their original 80’s hits, there are several tribute bands singing Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart…

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Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge – A New Kind Of Cruise Ship

Celebrity Edge is a totally new concept in cruising, and she looks amazing! Edge starts cruising in 2019, and is already open for bookings in Europe and The Caribbean. In fact cabins are selling fast as the introductory prices are amazing and interest is very high. Edge features: The incredible “Magic carpet” which is a deck that raises and lowers and can be a restaurant, a sunset bar and a loading deck for her tenders “Eden” which is an on…

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Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 And New York

This is one of those “bucket list” trips. Ever since the 1950’s, when the “Queens” steamed back and forth across The Atlantic, I’ve wanted to experience arriving in New York and seeing Staten Island and The Statue of Liberty from aboard one of Cunard’s finest. This trip includes: A 7 day full board cruise aboard Queen Mary 2 departing Southampton on 2nd September 2018 3 nights in a New York hotel to enjoy all the city has to offer Flights…

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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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