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Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
MS Carmen
Hayley-Ria Christian
Amsterdam
Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
Keith Slater
Enkhuizen
Hoorn
kinderdijk windmills
Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
Tulips surround a Windmill
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Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
MS Carmen
Hayley-Ria Christian
Amsterdam
Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
Keith Slater
Enkhuizen
Hoorn
kinderdijk windmills
Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
Tulips surround a Windmill
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Overview

Join us on this exclusive, fun and friendly cruise on board the 4-star MS Carmen, taking-in Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam, Enkhuizen, Volendam and Hoorn. On board, enjoy delicious food, Free Drinks and entertainment hosted by Keith Slater and featuring Soul & Motown singer Hayley Ria Christian.

Highlights

  • Free Drinks
  • Live Entertainment every evening
  • Included Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
  • Exclusive Charter
  • Full board
  • Over 40s only

Entertainment

Hayley Ria Christian’s versatility as a vocalist is sensational as she performs the Soul, R&B and Motown numbers that have inspired her career. In addition, Hayley performs an exceptional tribute to the ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight and one of the greatest female artists of all time, Whitney Houston.

Multi-talented Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and performs hits from the 60s to present day. A firm favourite with GN Holidays’ guests, Keith also regularly works with well-known artistes Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award-winning bands Inheritance and Vivo.

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
  • Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens
  • Services of our Cruise Director and Host on Board

Departures

By AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
24/04/23 – From £1199pp – AM4

Deposit:£75pp by rail
£200pp by air
Balance payment 12 weeks before departure.

Travel

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

Flights are currently possible from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh to Amsterdam subject to availability at time of booking the flights, and a supplement may apply. Alternative UK departure airports may become available, we will look at all options when you book.

•Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight/size subject to airline rules.
• Flight duration around 1 hour.
• Transfer time to ship around 40 mins.

Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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      4-star Dutch Bulbfields & Amsterdam Cruise

      5 days by Rail or Air, 24 April 2023 – from £1199 per person

      Itinerary

      Day 1: UK to Amsterdam
      Mid-morning, escorted 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.

      Day 3: Enkhuizen to Hoorn
      Short sailing to Hoorn, arriving mid-morning. This historic city has a unique waterside location with 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. 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.

      Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.

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

      Excursions must be booked prior to departure. All operate subject to minimum numbers.

      Accommodation

      MS Carmen

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      Reception lift
      Reception
      Cabin desk area
      Mid-deck standard front cabin with fixed window
      Upper-deck French balcony cabin
      Mid-deck cabin with half-French balcony
      Lower-deck single cabin
      Lounge-dining salon
      Dining salon
      Bar
      Lounge
      Sun deck
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      MS-Carmen2
      Reception lift
      Reception
      Cabin desk area
      Mid-deck standard front cabin with fixed window
      Upper-deck French balcony cabin
      Mid-deck cabin with half-French balcony
      Lower-deck single cabin
      Lounge-dining salon
      Dining salon
      Bar
      Lounge
      Sun deck
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      GN Holidays & Voyages is chartering the elegant four-star MS Carmen for some exclusive cruises in 2023. The Carmen was fully renovated to a high standard in 2016 and accommodates 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 breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners.
      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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