Marco Polo sails from London, Tilbury
Sunday 7th April, 2013 (P308)
Prices from $1139
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Explore the history and heritage of our islands
Experience the beauty and heritage of our islands by visiting some of the more interesting, but remoter, parts of the British Isles together with contrasting calls in Dublin and Honfleur. Walk among peaceful hills, view ancient monuments and wander through historic streets. At each port of call you can be as busy or relaxed as you wish, with an exciting programme of optional excursions. A wonderful discovery full of memories to bring home.
Sail north to Invergordon, lying between peaceful hills and forests and the calm waters of the Cromarty Firth, gateway to the Scottish Highlands, historic castles, Culloden battlefield and Loch Ness. From Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, discover the bountiful wildlife and visit the pre-historic Callanish Stones. Picturesque Tobermory presents a truly delightful frontage of colourful hotels, shops and houses which wrap around the scenic bay. Perhaps visit the tiny Isle of Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity. Time now for a complete contrast as you visit the famous bustling streets of Dublin and enjoy some great sightseeing. On to St. Helier on Jersey, where you can indulge in a well-earned tax-free shopping spree. In pretty Honfleur, with its delightful old harbour and marina, explore the narrow streets that are little changed since medieval times. It makes a perfect finale to a wonderful cruise.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages create a very relaxing atmosphere which is ideal for enjoying our extensive programme of Guest Speakers, entertainers and craft specialists. The Guest Speaker on this cruise is Commander Dai Davies and includes the following subjects; The British Royal Family and Heritage
Commander Davies is one of the world’s foremost experts in Security and Investigation, a former Head of Royal Protection and Chief Superintendent (Divisional Commander) Metropolitan Police Service.
He had a long and distinguished career with the UK’s Metropolitan Police Service, culminating with his appointment in 1995 as Operational Unit Commander in charge of Royal Protection for HM The Queen and the Royal Family. He was responsible for Palace and Personal Protection throughout the UK and worldwide. He inherited a command size of 450 personnel and a total resource budget of £26 million.
Dai was responsible for the successful amalgamation of two former protection divisions and the Special Escort Group into one unified command in April 1995. He reviewed and implemented new procedures on intelligence, selection, training, crisis management and the introduction of business planning and financial controls and savings.
Earlier in his police career Dai Davies was responsible for, or was directly involved with, command and planning for the prevention of terrorism, public disorder, violence, gang disorder, alcohol abuse, fraud and other organised crime. He was also an expert in the control and use of firearms and was himself a firearms officer and advanced police driver.
Andre is a comedian / magician, his successful career has taken him all over the world with his unique blend of comedy and magic.
No stranger to cruising, to date Andre has performed on 68 different cruise ships and has done in excess of 500 cruises! Andre can fly anywhere in the world and perform two different 45 minute comedy cabaret shows with just 40 kilos.
As well as Andre's cabaret shows, he also performs top class close up magic and has an excellent magic lecture where he teaches his audience tricks, this lecture is very popular and a welcome addition on sea days.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages are pleased to announce that Rod Taylor will be joining us on this cruise! Rod has spent more than 30 years working as a TV light entertainment producer and writer.
Rod has worked alongside some of the greatest names of comedy from the post-war era. Among those with whom he as worked closely with are Ken Dodd, Mike Yarwood, Roy Hudd, Paul Daniels, Bruce Forsyth, Sammy Davis .Jr, Michael Parkinson, Max Bygraves, Chris Barrie, Billy Connolly, Bob Monkhouse and a whole host of others. He has also worked with Lennon and McCartney and produced many Royal Gala shows including a documentary at Highgrove with the Pricne and Princess of Wales.
Rod is also the author of the Guiness Book of Sitcoms - a subject on which he is an acknowledged authority and the co-author, with Paul Gambaccini, of the BBC book, Television's Greatest Hits. This hook has spawned several series of Phillip Schofield's TV's Gold and there are more shows in the pipeline.
Christine is passionate about arts and crafts and has developed many interesting workshops which she has taught in a variety of settings. She has been a regular lecturer on board a variety of cruise ships sailing around various parts of Europe and the Caribbean.
British Isles Discovery video from CMV TV www.cruiseandmaritime.tv
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