Sailing from Dover
Dover • St. Peter Port, Guernsey ⚓ • Falmouth, England • Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland ⚓ • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland • Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland • Aberdeen, Scotland • Dover
The picturesque capital of Guernsey, and the main port of the Channel Islands, St. Peter Port, is a bustling, historic town where Georgian and Regency architecture has been refined by French émigrés.
The result of these influences is a charming mix of styles, with tumbling terraces and tiered gardens, stylish boutiques and chic cafés that are an absolute joy to explore. Of course, many visitors tour the town on the hunt for a bargain in the low-tax stores.
The author of Les Misérables, Victor Hugo, was exiled in Guernsey, living in Hauteville House for 15 years. Now known as Victor Hugo House, it is a museum owned and operated by the Paris city government. Castle Cornet, the ancient harbour fortress, sits atop a rock outcrop reached along a bridge and breakwater, and houses several museums.
Blessed with stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles along the gorgeous Cornish coastline, Falmouth – located at the southern end of the Fal Estuary, has arguably the UK's most picturesque network of creeks & rivers. It is a fine example of just how beautiful Britain really is and is the perfect place to lay back and soak up the summer sunshine, enjoy a relaxing stroll or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling.
There's also an abundance of sights and attractions to discover and explore during a stay in this fabulous seaside town, including St Michael's Mount – one of Britain's most famous historic sites – the Lizard Peninsula and the world-famous Eden Project, which is just a short distance away.
Portree is the Isle of Skye's largest and liveliest town. Set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a truly beautiful place to explore.
Its name (from the Gaelic for King's Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans. The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage.
Portree also serves as a gateway to other attractions on the island, such as the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge, north of the town, the ruins of Tusdale, and the peninsula unflatteringly known as ‘The Lump’, which once provided a setting for public hangings.
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway.
Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past. The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.
Don't miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it's fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.
Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.
Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.
Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial Street is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.
A city of charming contrasts, Aberdeen is known as the ‘Flower of Scotland’ or ‘The Granite City’, depending on where you look or whom you speak to. It is famous for its iconic buildings, built from granite sourced from the now-abandoned Rubislaw Quarry, that twinkle with silver-grey hues when the sun shines, and its picturesque gardens and parks.
An ideal destination for hours of leisurely exploration and sightseeing, Aberdeen boasts architectural highlights and landmarks aplenty, such as the striking St. Machar's Cathedral; the University and King’s College, founded in the 15th century in the historic Old Aberdeen district; and the neo-Gothic Marischal College. Arts and culture are a big part of Aberdeen’s appeal too. There are several interesting museums and galleries, and the hordes of shops and markets – including those in Scotland’s second-biggest shopping centre – provide the perfect excuse for retail therapy.
As a traditional seafaring city, the harbour and waterfront has long been at the heart of Aberdeen, and remains one of the city’s main attractions. It’s a popular spot with nature lovers, as a starting point for boat tours seeking out marine wildlife such as dolphins and whales, while the Maritime Museum offers a fascinating insight into the harbour’s history and Aberdeen’s role in growth of North Sea gas and oil industries. There’s also a beautiful beach, complete with golden sands and quintessentially British promenade.
At a glance....
Up to 800 people can enjoy a cruise on board Boudicca – not the thousands to be found on most ships these days – so there’s plenty of space for everyone. And this cruise ship is small enough to reach shores many rival cruise ships cannot.
Inside, indulge yourself at the Tintagel and Four Seasons Restaurants. Lounge around on the Lounge Deck, or in one of our two Jacuzzis. Or splash around in one of our three pools. And when the sun’s shining, our tasty poolside buffet will hit the spot.
There’ll be days and nights to remember on board Boudicca.
|Passengers||880 standard occupancy|
|Beam (width)||25.20 m|