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The Best Spring Cruises

by Vicki Fairclough

Whether it’s a 46 day long journey through the most inspiring destinations in South East Asia, India and the Mediterranean or a short European jaunt that combines a cruise and a city break, a spring cruise is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. To help you decide on an itinerary, we’ve picked the best spring cruises which are all part of our unbelievable Buy One Get One Free Cruises offer.

Majestic Fjordland Cruise

Experience the extraordinary beauty of the Norwegian fjords during spring on board Magellan. As spring arrives in Europe, you’ll leave Tilbury and head for Norway. The ship’s first Norwegian port of call is the unspoilt and charming Eidfjord, which can be accessed via Hardangerfjord, one of the country’s longest fjords which reaches a depth of 900 metres in some places. Once in Eidfjord, either enjoy the town’s pretty, peaceful streets or take a trip to the nearby Vøringsfoss, a spectacular waterfall located in the Måbødalen valley.

From there, you’ll head onwards to Flam by sailing up Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the country. Soak up the incredible scenery as you glide past soaring mountains before arriving in Flam. Flam’s Railway, otherwise known as Flåmsbana has been heralded as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys and visitors will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves. The route travels up to the top of the mountains surrounding Flåm, providing incredible views of the hillsides, waterfalls and ravines that dot the local landscape.
On day six of this Majestic Fjordland cruise, Magellan docks in its final stop, Bergen. Known as Norway’s second largest city. With its medieval history and seaside location, Bergen’s delightful harbour and quaint houses are sure to charm. Discover the birthplace of

Easter British Isles Discovery Cruise

he arrival of spring in the Britsh Isles is a great excuse to explore parts of the UK that you haven’t seen yet and this Easter British Isles Discovery Cruise is a celebration of under the radar destinations.

Setting sail from Tilbury, Magellan spends the day in the charming and ancient Dutch harbour of Rotterdam before arriving in Orkney. Disembark at Kirkwall, the capital, which was founded as a Viking settlement. The town’s Norse origins can be seen in its 12th century St Magnus Cathedral, the building of which took around 300 years to complete. You can also opt to visit one of the nearby historic sites, including Scapa Flow and Churchill Barriers. Next day, savour the totally unspoilt bliss of Portree, located on the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the remote landscape and superb local wildlife or visit the incredibly atmospheric Dunvegan Castle, which holds the world record as the longest continuously inhabited fortress.

The second Inner Hebrides stop is Mull as Magellan pulls into the tiny capital of Tobermory. Like Skye, Mull has its own glorious castle in the form of Duart Castle, the seat of one of Scotland’s most ancient clans, the Macleans. Used as the set for the film Entrapment which starred Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.

From Scotland, Magellan sails south to Belfast. Here you’ll have time to explore the city’s lively Titanic Quarter or see the famous Giant’s Causeway for yourself on an excursion. Next morning, wake up in the Isles of Scilly, renowned for their beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife. Take advantage of a trip to the Abbey Gardens on Tresco, home to Britain’s most acclaimed collection of subtropical plants. The penultimate stop on this delightful spring cruise is the charming Guernsey capital of St Peter Port. Get to grips with the island’s fascinating history, which includes its Nazi occupation during World War II, and scale the walls of the majestic Castle Cornet, which has been part of Guernsey’s landscape for over 800 years.

Northbound Voyage via Suez Canal Cruise

An incredible 46 day adventure which takes in the most sights in the Middle East, India, South East Asia and the Meditteranean, this voyage aboard Vasco da Gama is an unforgettable spring cruise. The ship sails from Singapore, returning after over a month’s adventure, to London Tilbury. After sailing across the Malacca Straits, Vasco da Gama’s first port of call is Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island paradise. After a full day exploring, or perhaps just relaxing on one of Phuket’s stunning beaches, it’s time to head on to Sri Lanka’s historic Colombo. Here you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s famous fort or head inland to marvel at the lush countryside.

From there, the ship travels up India’s west coast to Kochi in Kerala. Tipped as one of the top destinations for 2020, visitors have the option to either explore this historic trading port or join a three day excursion to Delhi and Agra, the site of the Taj mahal, before meeting the ship again in Mumbai. From India, Vasco da Gama sails for the lush and tropical city of Salalah, capital of Oman’s Dhofar province. Whilst here, take a trip to the ancient site of Khor Rorī to marvel at the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace. After stops in Jordan and Egypt to allow you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Luxor and Petra respectively, the sip crosses the Suez Canal to arrive in Israel. Passenger can take advantage of a day trip to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to see the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. As the ship makes her way up the Turkish coast, enjoy some rest and relaxation on the lovely beaches of Kusadasi, soak up the rich culture of Istanbul and the supposed site of the mythical battle of Troy. Sail across the Aegean sea to reach Athens and the legendary Acropolis before island hopping in gorgeous Santorini.
From Santorini, sail across the Meditteranean to Malta’s magnificent walled city of Valletta where visitors can wander cobbled streets. From there it’s a short hop to Sicily where you’ll have time to fall in love with charming Toarmina, before a day’s sailing to the port of Civitavecchia, the gateway to Rome.

Once you’ve marvelled at the wonders of the Eternal City, Vasco da Gama begins its journey home by sailing across the Mediterranean to Spain. Day 40 marks the ship’s arrival at the Spanish harbour of Cadiz, which is perfectly placed for an excursion to Seville and its spectacular Alcázar. Nip down to Casablanca, the sensory overload of Marakkesh’s souks before heading north for your final port of call before London Tilbury. Celebrate the end of an unbelievable journey in Lisbon.

Spring Break to Rotterdam & Antwerp Cruise

A four day adventure that combines the best bits of a cruise and city break, this break to Rotterdam and Antwerp is a delightful way to kick start the spring season. Setting sail in May, milder temperatures and longer day, Columbus leaves Tilbury and arrives in Antwerp, known as the diamond capital of the world, the next day.Get to know the city and see the sights, or take a trip to the popular Belgian town of Bruges or the capital of Brussels. Enjoy a few hours relaxing at sea before docking in Rotterdam. A hub of trade for hundreds of years, Rotterdam offers an absorbing history lesson in its well preserved Old Harbour and famous Delfshaven, as well as masterclasses in modern design courtesy of the Erasmus Bridge and Markthal.
Book one ticket for the Spring Break to Rotterdam & Antwerp Cruise here and receive another ticket free of charge.

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