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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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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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Fur & Feather Woodfordes Flight

Norfolk Broads Pubs

We were looking forward to eating out at a few pubs during our tour of the Southern Broads. We managed 6 during our week, and had some fabulous meals as well as tasting local ales. The pubs are listed in the order that we visited them. The Maltsers, Ranworth Ranworth is a picture postcard setting, there’s a village green with a local shop, and the tower of St. Helen’s church peaks out from the trees. The Maltsers is visible from…

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Columbus

Scottish Islands Cruise

We liked the look of this one so much, we booked it ourselves! So if you fancy it too, we’ll see you aboard Columbus! She departs London Tilbury on 28th August 2017 for a 7 night cruise taking in The Orkneys, The Faroes, The Shetlands and Invergordon in Scotland. We’ll be visiting iconic castles, Loch Ness and tasting Whisky at a distillery or two. Columbus is CMVs new flagship and she features: Full board cuisine Afternoon teas Captain’s cocktail party…

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London Night Out Package 2016

We love this cheeky offer for a night out on the tiles in London, it’s fantastic value for a theatre break or shopping expedition in the capital. Experience a night out in the capital, with these terrific packages available each Friday night. Enjoy a three course meal at popular London eatery Planet Hollywood, before heading off to paint the town red in the city’s glittering West End! Overlooking London’s iconic Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel offers comfy, four star accommodation…

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