More and more cruise passengers are choosing to sail from the UK and starting their holiday from the moment they step aboard. Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been quick to recognise this and to provide an exciting and varied programme of convenient regional departures from no less than six British ports: London Tilbury, London Harwich, Edinburgh Leith, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Hull - bringing cruising closer to home.
We believe that the start of your cruise holiday should be a stress-free experience that allows you to step on board suitably relaxed and ready to be pampered and waited on during the days ahead. We generally sail in the early evening, which for most people will mean a nice leisurely start to their holiday, and we arrive back in the early morning so you can complete your homeward travel arrangements in good time.
Nothing whets the appetite like sea air. You’ll therefore have even more reason to anticipate the feast of delights freshly prepared by expert chefs and served by attentive restaurant staff. Opt for a full English breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful five-course dinner in convivial company each and every day of your cruise. Our carefully constructed menus add a daily spice of variety to a blend of traditional fare and international specialities that will make your mouth water. As a casual alternative to our formal restaurant, enjoy a buffet-style meal served up with a complimentary ocean view! Add in the afternoon teas, late night snacks and traditional shipboard occasions such as the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and the pleasures of the table will surely tempt you from the moment you sit down to dinner on your first night aboard until that final breakfast as you prepare to disembark.
The aim of our on board hosts is simply to ensure that you have an unforgettable cruise and guide you towards the numerous activities that have been arranged for your enjoyment. At sea, you may choose from a work-out in the gym; a make-over in the beauty salon; a swim in the pool or something a little less energetic in the form of curling up with a good book. Perhaps listen to a lecture or learn a new skill from one of our arts and crafts specialists.
After a busy day ashore, many passengers look forward to starting their evening with a pre-dinner drink before making their way to the restaurant. Following dinner, the highly acclaimed entertainment team invite you to join them in the Show Lounge where they will display their talents in a colourful and snappily choreographed big show. Venetian Nights; We will Rock You; Joseph; what will it be tonight? These stylish shows are complemented with our carefully chosen speciality acts and guest entertainers to add variety to your evening entertainment. And our late night cabarets will ensure that your evenings keep going with a swing.
If however it is quieter pleasures that you prefer, how about a liqueur and good conversation; listening to our resident pianist; a few hands of cards; or making up a table for a syndicate quiz. And whenever you decide to call it a night, round off a perfect evening with a stroll on deck knowing that the welcoming haven that is your cabin is just a short walk away.
Discover and Explore
Exploring new places and discovering different cultures are the highlights of any cruise holiday. To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, we have created a wide choice of optional shore excursions designed to maximise your time at each port of call. The shore excursion programme will be forwarded to you approximately two months before you sail. As maximum numbers on some tours may be limited, we highly recommend that you take advantage of our pre-booking service to ensure that you do not miss out on the tours of your choice.
It’s a Celebration!
Surprise your loved one with a gift of a beautiful floral display in their cabin, a selection of fine wines or a relaxing spa treatment. Celebrate a special birthday or just spoil them, or indeed yourself, by ordering an indulgent package of goodies. We can even arrange your wedding ceremony on board with the Captain and officers. Full details will be sent with your pre-sailing information around two months before you sail.