On 21 March 2016, I'll be reunited with Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Azores, albeit under the new name Astoria. In fact I'll be on the first sailing under the new name. I previously sailed on board the ship in August 2015 for a short 2 night repositioning cruise from Liverpool to Bristol, which also included a short visit to Dublin. I enjoyed the 2 nights, but despite my short time on board, I had already began to get bored, therefore I am a little apprehensive about spending 7 nights on the ship, but luckily this itinerary is port intensive and only includes one sea day.
This 'Scottish Isles & Emerald Isle' itinerary will set sail from Bristol Avonmouth visiting various Scottish and Irish ports. On this cruise, I'll be visiting two new places - Stornoway and Greenock - and while I may have been to the other ports before, I am still very much enjoying the chance to return, especially to the picturesque Tobermory.
Launched in 1946, Astoria is officially the oldest cruise ship still in passenger service. At just over 12,000 GT, the ship is more like a private yacht, than a cruise ship.
Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!