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Overview

Join us on this exclusive, fun and friendly cruise on board the 4 star MS Carmen with a visit to Keukenhof gardens, entertainment every night – featuring two nights with renowned David Essex tribute Chris Nott – PLUS free drinks.
Holland in springtime is a mesmerising feast for the senses with gardens and fields bursting with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more. There is time to explore Amsterdam, an excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, plus visits to Enkhuizen, Volendam and Hoorn.
Chris Nott is recognised on the 70s music circuit as the best David Essex tribute, a reputation which began in 1999 on TV show ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ to an audience of 10 million viewers. His tribute is a total lookalike and soundalike of this pop music legend.

Highlights

  • Free Drinks
  • Live Entertainment every evening
  • Exclusive Charter
  • Full board
  • Excursions included

Included

  • Escorted return rail travel from London St Pancras to Amsterdam or return flights with luggage – see below
  • 4-nights full board plus cruise on the MS Carmen in a single lower deck cabin or sharing a front mid-deck double/twin-bed cabin – upgrades available for twin/double cabins
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks served with lunch & dinner and from 6pm to midnight at the bar
  • Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Lunches – 4 courses
  • Dinners served at your table – 4 courses
  • Late night snacks
  • Captain’s dinner – 5 courses
  • Entertainment
  • Transfers abroad
  • Services of our Cruise Director on Board

Accommodation Options:

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras – 2 to 4-star options – call for availability and prices.

Departures

By RAIL or AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
06/04/21 – From £999pp – AM4

Travel

By Rail – Need to Know read more
By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh are possible with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.

  • Flight time around 60 mins each way
  • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions.
  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
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4-star Dutch Bulbfields & Amsterdam Waterways Cruise

5 days by Rail or Air, 6 April 2021from £999 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Amsterdam

Mid-morning departure from St Pancras on the direct train to Amsterdam arriving mid-afternoon*. Or depart from your chosen airport to Amsterdam. On arrival transfer to the MS Carmen. Dinner, free drinks and entertainment on board. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam to Enkhuizen
Morning at leisure in Amsterdam, or choose an optional guided walking tour or canal cruise. Amsterdam continues to enthral visitors with its maze of canals and waterways, distinctive architecture and cafe culture. With the world’s highest museum density the city is home to the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world- famous Nightwatch. Midday sailing with lunch to Enkhuizen, arriving mid afternoon. In Enkhuizen see the traditions of the Dutch fishing lifestyle from days gone by and perhaps visit the Zuiderzee folklore culture museum. Dinner, free drinks and entertainment on board. Overnight in Enkhuizen.

Day 3: Enkhuizen to Hoorn
Short sailing to Hoorn, arriving mid-morning. This historic city has a unique waterside location and an atmospheric and diverse shopping centre. Lunch on board. Optional (included) afternoon coach excursion to the quaint port of Volendam where the harbour is still busy with working boats. Overnight in Hoorn. Dinner, free drinks and entertainment on board. Overnight in Hoorn.

Day 4: Keukenhof & Amsterdam
After breakfast we join the coach for the included excursion to Keukenhof – departing from Hoorn and returning to Amsterdam. Lunch is not included on this excursion. These world famous gardens are where more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance. You can even cruise through the bulbfields in electric powered ‘whisper boats’ (not included). We rejoin the ship in Amsterdam. Those who do not want to visit Keukenhof can cruise from Hoorn to Amsterdam on MS Carmen. Dinner, free drinks and entertainment on board. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 5: Amsterdam to UK
After breakfast we disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Central station to take the direct train to London St Pancras. Alternatively, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

*Train note: The direct train from St Pancras to Amsterdam is offered subject to Eurostar 2021 schedule confirmation. The direct train does not stop at any other UK station en route. However fast trains operate to St Pancras from Ebbsfleet (19 minute journey) and from Ashford (40 minute journey). In the event the direct train is unavailable travel will be from St Pancras via Brussels with the opportunity to board at Ebbsfleet.

Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.

Optional Excursions
• Amsterdam canal cruise £20pp
• OR Amsterdam guided walking tour £20pp

Accommodation

MS Carmen

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GN Holidays & Voyages is chartering the elegant four-star sister ships, MS Carmen and Ms Verdi for some exclusive cruises in 2020 and 2021. Both ships – identical in everything but name – were fully renovated to a great standard in 2016. They accommodate 136 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, all freshly renovated with double and twin hotel style beds.
The impressive Reception on Upper deck includes a hotel style lift which goes from the upper deck to the lower deck. At the front of the ship you will enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs. There is also a Sun deck with sun loungers, chairs and covered areas with wind protection so suitable for all weathers.
Restaurant
The restaurant on the Upper Deck features large picture windows and is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners served at your table.
Leisure facilities
In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library and seating area. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort.
Decks & Cabins
Cabins all have window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually, controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC. They have double/twin hotel style beds, except the singles which have a single bed and sofa. Cabins are situated over three decks with a choice of A-grade French Balcony, B&C grade 1/2 French Balcony, D-grade Fixed window or E-grade singles with small window.
Please note: When docking ships can be moored side by side so views from the cabin may be obscured.
UPPER DECK WITH FRENCH BALCONY – The upper deck is split-level with all A-grade *French Balcony cabins situated in the highest part of the ship. The restaurant, at the rear of the ship, is accessed directly from here down 3 small steps. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here down 8 steps or via elevator.
*French Balconies look and act like a regular balcony, with the only exception being that there is a railing placed directly behind the glass, meaning you cannot step out onto a separate space. The glass is almost full cabin width and height like a sliding patio door.
MIDDLE DECK ½ FRENCH BALCONY – cabins situated between the restaurant and reception are accessed directly from here up 12 steps, or you can take the elevator from reception and enter via the upper deck. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here up 7 steps or via elevator.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.
MIDDLE DECK STANDARD – D-grade cabins with fixed picture window (does not open) are at the front of the ship below the bar/lounge with access from the reception via 15 steps or elevator.
LOWER DECK SINGLE – The lower deck has 10 E-grade single cabins (no supplement) situated mid-ships below the reception with access via 15 steps or elevator.
Ship’s stats
Length: 114 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passengers decks: 4
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