One of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe, Amsterdam is perfect for a picturesque city getaway. Whether you're exploring the city on foot, by bike or by a canal boat, a tour is a great way to discover hidden gems as well as iconic landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Depending on the time of year, you may also experience the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens which are home to more than 7 million tulips.
Things to do in Amsterdam (Ijmuiden):
Situated in the centre of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, also known as the museum of Netherlands is home to an array of art, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. Showcasing over 800 years of history, this beautiful and historic building is an iconic landmark that’s popular with both tourists and locals.
Anne Frank House
Located next to Westerkerk, the Anne Frank House is a museum that honours the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. Situated on the Prinsengracht Canal, this fascinating but sorrowful landmark makes for a harrowing visit.
This picturesque park spans an incredible 120 acres. Full of picturesque flora and fauna, it features a cafe, bandstand and more. A tranquil way to spend your day in Amsterdam, many people choose to ride bikes around it.
DAY 329 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
The compact city of Newcastle has plenty to be discovered during a day onshore. Once an industrial hub, it has successfully transformed into a quirky and stylish destination, popular particularly for its vibrant nightlife. But, as well as the restaurants, bars and clubs, you'll find over 2,000 years of history and architecture thanks to the city's Roman origins. Discover the Roman ruins, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, many museums, parks and galleries to learn more about Newcastle.
Things to do in Newcastle:
A scientific and local history museum, The Discovery Museum is located in Blandford Square in Newcastle upon Tyne. There are several local history exhibits there, including the Turbinia ship. Showcasing the renowned maritime history, alongside fashion, science and technology, this diverse museum is fun for all the family.
The castle is situated in the heart of the city, and is a prominent mediaeval fortification that was constructed on the site of an ancient fortress. Within the castle, you’ll find the iconic fortified gatehouse (the Black Gate) as well as the Castle Keep and other impressive features.
Newcastle upon Tyne is home to the contemporary art gallery The Biscuit Factory. The Gallery underwent extensive renovations before opening in 2002, and was originally constructed in the late 19th century. The Biscuit Factory is the UK's largest commercial gallery for art, craft, and design, making it a popular attraction for those visiting the city.
DAY 531 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
A port town in the Scottish Highlands, Invergordon sits in the historic Ross and Cromarty region. Once a Royal Navy Dockyard, the town's maritime history can be discovered at the Naval Museum and Heritage Centre. The Mural Trail gives visitors a chance to see the town's more artistic side, while Invergordon is also the perfect place to start a tour into the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Things to do in Invergordon:
Invergordon Castle Grounds
These picturesque grounds used to lead up to a beautiful 13th century castle, which was destroyed during a fire. The castle was replaced in the 19th century by a mansion, which has now also been demolished. However, the castle grounds still provide a tranquil walk, filled with flora and fauna.
Covered with a distinctive mural, the Invergordon Museum is a centrally located attraction which showcases the naval history of the area. A local run, small museum, it’s the perfect attraction for those that love to learn about maritime history, or those who simply want to discover more about the surroundings.
Saltburn Community Woodland
A peaceful and relaxing walk awaits at the Saltburn Community Woodland. Although this is a little walk away from the port, the pretty flowers and trees you’ll see along the woodland are well worth the effort.
Lerwick, Shetland Islands
DAY 601 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
The Shetland Islands' only town, Lerwick is home to half of the island's population, and while it may be small, there's plenty to do during your time here. Perfect for those who love spending time outdoors, explore this remote part of Scotland by foot as you soak up the local wildlife, from ponies to rare birds. Before you leave, be sure to visit the Shetland Museum and Archive and the Mareel, where you'll learn more about life in Lerwick.
Things to do in Lerwick, Shetland Islands:
Shetland Museum & Archives
An award-winning Museum, the Shetland Museum and Archives is situated in the centre of Lerwick. At this modern museum, you’ll learn all about the history of the islands and discover an array of collections. Run by the Shetland Amenity Trust, this is a unique dive into the cultural heritage of the islands.
Broch of Clickimin
A key point of interest in Lerwick is the Clickimin Loch. Dating back to 500 AD, it has immortalised the settlement of travellers who came to the island years ago. Within it, you’ll find the Broch Tower, alongside remains of other historic structures.
Located in the centre of Lerwick, Fort Charlotte is an artillery fort dating to the late 17th century. Built to defend against the Second Dutch War, it features several bastions and other historic features; a fascinating landmark to explore in Lerwick.
DAY 803 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
With its turbulent Troubles in the past, Belfast has flourished into a thriving hub of arts, cuisine, architecture and history, with the cruise port being a short drive from the city. The most notable attraction is the Titanic Belfast Museum, which pays tribute to the tragic voyage through immersive exhibitions and galleries. Also popular with all visitors to Belfast is the fully restored and fascinating HMS Caroline, where you can learn about the Battle of Jutland.
Things to do in Belfast:
Any visitor to Belfast must see the Titanic exhibition, the largest of its kind in the world. The Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, and the Hamilton Graving Dock are nearby Titanic Belfast; this is the exact location where Titanic was conceived, constructed, and launched in 1911. From the Titanic's conception in Belfast in the early 1900s through its building and launch, through its maiden voyage and subsequent position in history, Titanic Belfast narrates the tale of the world-famous ship.
Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall, one of the city's recognisable attractions, was constructed in August 1906 and serves as the city's municipal centre. Self-guided tours are also offered around it, showing the stained glass window collection, artwork, and antiquities.
A free attraction in Belfast, the Dome offers unparalleled 360’ views of the city. A must-visit attraction, this unique structure is located within easy walking distance of the city centre.
DAY 904 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 10 AM to 7 PM
As you sail into Cobh, be sure to get out on deck to admire the stunning views of the rugged coastline. As the gateway into the quaint town of Cork, this cruise port has one of the world's largest natural harbours and an abundance of picturesque scenery which you can explore on guided tours. As well as this, you can discover the fascinating maritime history of the town through museums, monuments and galleries.
Things to do in Cork (Cobh):
Cork City Gaol
One of the most iconic and historic landmarks in Cork is the Cork City Gaol. Housed in a beautiful, castle-like building, this 19th century jail has a fascinating history; which you can learn about with a tour of the jail.
A public park in the centre of Cork, located next to the Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald’s Park lies on the banks of the picturesque River Lee and was opened in 1902. Spanning 12 acres, it’s filled with beautiful flora and fauna, which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Nano Nagle Place
A tranquil landmark in the centre of Cork, Nano Nagle Place is a restored convent that now houses community, education and spiritual projects. Within the building, you’ll find a museum, walled gardens, a shop and more.
DAY 1106 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 9 PM
Having undergone numerous refurbishments, Dover offers much more than just the stunning white cliffs and its fascinating history. As well as the Roman ruins, the excellently preserved Dover Castle and the Roman Painted House featuring impressive murals, visitors will find numerous seafood restaurants and bars along the waterfront to relax in. The town's close proximity to the cruise port makes it an idyllic spot for easy exploration, as well as a relaxing hotel stay before or after your cruise.
Things to do in Dover:
Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the port city of Dover, Dover Castle was built in the 11th century and is Grade I listed. A key defensive castle, it’s operated by English Heritage and offers several events throughout the year, including pirate shows and canon displays.
For incredible views out towards France, head to the White Cliffs of Dover. Reaching 350 feet, this prominent attraction is popular with tourists and locals alike due to the fantastic walking trails. Within easy reach of the castle and port, its striking appearance makes it a must see when stopping off or cruising from Dover.
Alternatively, you can head inland to Connaught Park; a spacious park that has lots of trails, a playground, tennis courts and breathtaking views out towards Dover and the channel. On sunny days, cruise ships can be seen docked at the port.
Customer reviews for Costa Favolosa
Based on 10 reviews
Value for money
We went to Brazil in March with Costa Favolosa we find it very dissapointing with the food and no buffet. After 5pm very little English speaking and it's costly for drinks and is dirty spoke to the waiter and they just look at you not recommend this ship but I hope not every costa ship is the same .
1 Jun 2015
We found the ship to be in excellent condition and well maintained. However, there were issues regarding extra expenses on board for items that on other cruise lines would have been free. The compulsory service charge would seem to be a way of extracting further money from the customer on top of the cruise price. The General Conditions state the contract price includes the services and facilities set out in the brochure. The layout of the ship in some areas was poorly designed. The reception area was badly positioned next to an entertainment venue and the noise level was not condusive to business needs at the desk. Lauren the Argentinian guest manager was extremely helpful and professional. Our waiters (Ruel and Rodrigo) and cabin steward (Generoso) were excellent and without fault. However, some additional training for other members of staff would be desirable. An example: staff pushing past you,not greeting you as is expected on other cruise ships where the customer always comes first. This could be a first class ship if these issues were resolved and apart from these examples given we enjoyed our cruise.
1 May 2015
Great itinery Brazil to Italy , great cabin with balcony, lovely ship decor wise but the food and the entertainment completely let it down . Also was dropped off at Nice airport eight hours before the return flight was due with nowhere to leave cases , unacceptable .
18 Apr 2015
I could not fault the holiday - travel arrangements/Ship/destinations. The restaurant food was delicious and always well presented, the staff always helpful, professional and polite. The same could be said for the cabin and customer staff. It was a wonderful holiday, thank you.
6 Nov 2014
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