Steve’s Sojourns Strolling on cruise around the UK
If you like walking and you like cruising, then why not combine the two? Wake up in a different port every morning, go off walking then return to the ship later with all the benefits of a modern cruise holiday!
Fred Olsen and Ramblers Walking Holidays have combined to offer this innovative style of holiday suitable for all ages couples or solo travellers. A totally separate company from The Ramblers we even had our own private minibus which took us into the hinterland for our walks and brought us back to the ship later. Not for us the long coach journey with some 70 other people, but a day out in the freshair and all the comforts of cruising in the evening.
I took a circumnavigation of Britain cruise, walking in wild Scotland and Ireland on the MV Boudicca and discovered incredible scenery and wildlife and a holiday lifestyle that could become addictive.
This cruise visits some wild and wonderful places in Scotland but in some of them if the midges are out you’ll need to pack an insect repellent.
At Invergordon don’t go straight back to the ship, get the minibus to drop you in the town as there are some amazing murals hidden in the sidestreets dedicated to life in the town both past and present.
The Shetland and Orkneys gave us magnificent scenery and incredible ancient stone circles as did the Isle of Lewis but it is the three thousand year old village of Skara Brae that sticks in my mind. Whilst in Tobermory on Mull we had some wonderful seafood after a walk where we had looked down on the whole bay with the ship beneath us.
Going to the Temple Bar district of Dublin and drinking the Guinness there was a real experience (it really does taste different and better) but try to get into one of the smaller bars as the iconic Temple Bar itself is usually heaving with tourists.
To me this epitomises what theses cruises are all about. Small compact groups that really get under the skin of a place and comfortable easy walks that allow you to discover far more than you expect.
Don’t forget to pack your glad rags for the Captain’s Cocktail party and formal dining nights plus your swimming gear, the pool and hot tubs are great places to relax! Take lots of cash as some of the places you visit such as Scara Brae have great little cafes with lovely local cakes and wonderful souvenirs!
Cruise ships are renowned for their food and Fred Olsen is no exception. With three restaurants, Traditional Afternoon Tea plus the Chocolate Bar with lovely specialist flavoured coffees you’re going to have your crash diet ready for when you get home.
This cruise left from Dover but there are other Cruise and Walk voyages that leave from Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool, Southampton and other UK ports. Also many of these cruises are abroad and can be accessed from UK regional airports.
Boudicca has a swimming pools, gyms, shops, an extensive library and a range of activities arranged from guest speakers and Bridge classes to Watercolour painting and dance lessons. There’s also a theatre with top end acts performing each night.
Cruise and Walk Holidays operated by Fred Olsen and Ramblers Walking Holidays take place throughout the year. They are the only companies offering this type of holiday.
The walks usually last about four hours but are not compulsory you can stay onboard ship or explore some where else if you like on any day. After the walk is completed you don’t have to stay with the group.
Do read your pre-cruise instructions thoroughly and act upon them. In particular make sure you have adaptors for electrical plugs (I forgot mine and to get some from reception) and essential products, plus all your documentation and enough cash!