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Review: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

United Kingdom

Scottish Islands and the Faroes

  • By SilverTraveller J-P-Bardney

    11 reviews


  • 2018
  • Husband
  • Getting to another destination
  • Inside
  • Hull

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Last year we sailed from Hull with Cruise & Maritime Voyages to visit the Scottish Islands and the Faroes. The weather was very good with no rain until we arrived back at Hull. The food was excellent and the entertainment was very good. The staff were very attentive and friendly and were from many different countries. This was the fifth cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages and I hope it won’t be the last!!!

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  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    That is definitely the way to see a country, rather than cocooned in a little tourist bubble. We arrived at Torshavn in mid May to a snow storm and really wondered what we were letting ourselves in for. The snow melted after a couple of days and spring arrived overnight. We were amazed how it was 'compressed' with daffodils, tulips and bluebells all in flower at the same time.
  • discerning-traveller
    over 1 year ago
    Hello ESW - like me I can tell how you loved the Faroes. Yes, the cruise is an easy way to visit these places. I did a couple of tours but mostly researched ahead myself. Eg it was in Torshavn that we (I palled up with someone on the ship) got a free local bus which was a wonderful panoramic tour and gave us our bearings. It was in wandering around that we got talking (the locals seemed to initiate the conversations!) and we were invited in and shown photos of all the Fisherman who had been shot when the Germans mistook them for allies and various memorabilia. I had not realised how the Faroese had starved during the war,
    The cruise I did was offered in March and June. I picked the latter which was much warmer.
    They weren't luxurious cabins but certainly good enough.
  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    Thank you discerning-traveller for the information. Having holidayed in Orkney, Shetland and Faroes and Mull at different times this sounds a wonderful cruise - and may well be a good way to get back to places like that by myself!

    I had been a bit wary about visiting the Italian Chapel before we went as I was concerned it might be a bit tacky but I found it a wonderful place and so uplifting. Along with Skara Brae and Maes Howe, it was one of the highlights of that holiday.

    We loved our time on the Faroes and having taken our car with us (we could then as there was a still a ferry service from Lerwick to Torshavn) did managed to see several of the different islands. The scenery with the steep valley sides was so impressive and the people so friendly.
  • discerning-traveller
    over 1 year ago
    I also cruised with C&M last year on Magellan. I flew to Newcastle where I boarded. A brief stop in Dundee, where I met with my cousin, then visited Lerwick in the Shetland Isles and Orkney. Plenty of time for walking and exploring. I did a beautiful walk along Mull Head but, for me the most moving part was visiting the chapel that Italian POWs had made from a Nissan hut. Then spent a couple of days in the Faroes. Again, Lots of time to explore independently by walking and local bus. Lovely people who needed little encouragement to speak about their experiences in the war. Another traveller and I were even invited into someone's house! Last day was spent in Tobermory. Briefer then I'd have liked but very pretty. Last stop was Liverpool where we disembarked. A very friendly interesting cruise. Busy as no sea days but I liked that.
  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    Please can you tell me which places you visited. How long did you get in each place and were there tours arranged or did you go off and do your own thing?
    How many days did you spend at sea without any stops?