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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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Seychelles Cruise

Seychelles Cruise

Join Oceana’s Nautica for a fabulous cruise to the Seychelles and Singapore for an epic 13 night cruise plus 3 nights in a 5 star hotel in The Seychelles! Nautica features 342 lavish suites 8 restaurants and bars 400 staff to look after just 684 passengers! The itinerary includes return flights from various UK airports, three nights at the amazing Hilton 5 star resort and spa hotel int he Seychelles, followed by 13 nights aboard Nautica visiting: The Maldives Sri…

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Shanghai

China And Japan Cruise

Quantum Of The Seas This fly cruise package starts with flights to Shanghai and 3 nights there in a 4 star hotel, before transferring to Royal Caribbean’s magnificent Quantum of the Seas for a 5 night cruise taking in Kobe and Nagoya in Japan before returning to Shanghai. Shanghai Shanghai, with a population of 24 million is the world’s most populous city and is the showpiece city of China’s economic boom. Kobe Kobe is on Japan’s main island and is…

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