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Scottish Highlands and Islands Cruises

Explore the rugged coast of Scotland, scattered with hundreds of islands and islets shaped by the sea or perhaps discover the country’s fascinating capital, Edinburgh, the traditional fishing village of Ullapool or Invergordon with its rich naval history on a small ship cruise.

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • This no-fly cruise from Newcastle explores the Norwegian fjords visiting picturesque villages and the vibrant city of Bergen. There is also an option to embark in Dundee

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astor
      Astor
      • A superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the history, beauty and heritage of our islands with visits to tranquil and remote islands, picturesque ports and lively cities

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Explore the stunning Norwegian fjords, the remote Shetland Islands and colourful Tobermory on the Isle of Mull on this no-fly voyage from Liverpool

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • Admire dramatic scenery, visit picture-postcard villages and explore Gaelic and Norse cultures on this superb no-fly holiday from Bristol Avonmouth to the remote Scottish Islands and Faroes

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Discover stunning landscapes, remote islands and traditional communities on this fascinating itinerary around the British Isles on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this no-fly holiday around the beautiful British Isles on board Astoria

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this fascinating holiday from London Tilbury around the British Isles on Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul, Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Marco Polo explores Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire with its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and geothermal springs and the remote Northern Isles on this no-fly holiday from Edinburgh Leith

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul

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    • MV Lord of the Glens
      MV Lord of the Glens
      • A unique 7-night cruise on Lord of the Glens from Inverness through the scenic Great Glen and Loch Ness to the Hebridean Islands of Mull, Skye, Iona and Eigg - full board cruise including excursions

      • Small Ship
      • 2015 - Sep
        2016 - May, Sep

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    • Hebridean Island Cruises Ship - Hebridean Princess
      Hebridean Princess
      • Join luxurious, 50-passenger Hebridean Princess on this unique, all-inclusive holiday exploring the Hebridean islands of Skye, Canna and Eigg as well as the privately owned, uninhabited Shaint Isles, with superb shore excursions accompanied by expert guides

      • Small Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover the stunning scenery, fascinating history and ancient cultures of the British Isles on this no-fly holiday from Liverpool on board Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
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    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • Discover the rich heritage and breathtaking scenery of the British Isles on this 11-night itinerary from Portsmouth in partnership with the National Trust, with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • A fascinating no-fly cruise from London Tilbury or Newcastle exploring Torshavn on the remote Faroe Islands, Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire and the rugged Scottish Isles

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager
      Seven Seas Voyager
      • A 12-night luxury all-inclusive cruise around the coast beautiful of Great Britain visiting Ireland and Scotland with unlimited free shore excursions

      • Luxury
    • FREE flights, FREE hotel package and unlimited shore excursions!

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Discover rich heritage, fascinating capital cities of Edinburgh and Belfast and the remote islands of Lewis and Sark on this superb holiday in partnership with the National Trust, with included shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery

Cruise from Scotland

Join small ship Lord of the Glens in Inverness for a cruise along the dramatic Caledonian Canal through the majestic lochs of Scotland’s Great Glen, including Loch Ness to Fort William in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis. Continue on to the hauntingly beautiful Hebridean Islands of Mull, Skye, Iona and Eigg. Visit colourful Tobermory and imposing Duart Castle on Mull, revel in the peace and quiet at Iona’s historic abbey and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles at Inverie before crossing the sea to Skye and the picturesque town of Portree.

Luxurious 50-passenger Hebridean Princess offers itineraries from Oban exploring the beautiful Hebridean Islands of Canna, one of the earliest Christian settlements, Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides and Eigg, owned by its community since 1997. The ship also calls at ports off the beaten track including the privately owned Shiant Isles and Tanera Mor, the largest of the Summer Isles located off the coast of Ullapool.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages offer superb-value no-fly voyages from Dundee to the beautiful Norwegian fjords on new flagship Magellan and from Edinburgh Leith to Iceland, the Land of Ice and Fire on classic ocean liner Marco Polo.

Itineraries visiting Scotland

We offer a fascinating selection of itineraries visiting Scottish ports on board country house-style Minerva, spacious and contemporary Voyager and traditional ocean liners Magellan, Astor, Azores and Marco Polo.

Cruises around the British Isles often visit the remote Orkneys, Outer Hebrides and Isle of Mull as well as the town of Invergordon on the shores of the Cromatry Firth and Rosyth, gateway to Edinburgh and Bannockburn.

Lerwick, the capital of the rugged Shetland Islands and Kirkwall, capital of the remote Orkneys are visited en route to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords and Iceland, the Land of Ice and Fire. Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th-century Dutch herring fleets. Today, it is home to the Shetland Museum which features archaeological and maritime exhibits. The town of Kirkwall is dominated by the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, Britain’s most northerly cathedral and known as the Light in the North.

Ben Nevis Glenfinnan Viaduct Castle Urquhart

Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is visited from the ports of Rosyth and Leith, the latter being home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, now open to visitors. Elegant Princes Street is lined with shops, and overlooked by cliff-top Edinburgh Castle. The famous Royal Mile stretches from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Tours can be taken by open-top bus around the city, which has an old town and numerous museums and galleries.

Edinburgh (Queensferry, Scotland)

Greenock

The city of Glasgow is served by the port of Greenock. Glasgow has a variety of shopping areas - the new Buchanan Galleries near famous Sauchiehall Street, the elegant Argyll Arcade and open markets. The Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintoch, offers tours, and Glasgow is also home to the magnificent Burrell Collection. The Museum of Transport has a fascinating collection of exhibits and Clyde-built ship models, and in the harbour visitors can board the restored Tall Ship Glenlee.

Greenock (Glasgow, Scotland)

Invergordon

Invergordon in Easter Ross is a gateway to the Scottish Highlands and lies on the Cromarty Firth, an area of natural beauty with a wide diversity of marine and birdlife, including a colony of bottlenose dolphins. Nearby are 14th-century Cawdor Castle and gardens, the site of the Battle of Culloden and several distilleries, including Glenmorangie. There is little of interest in Invergordon itself.

Invergordon (Inverness, Scotland)

Tobermory

The colourful waterfront houses of Tobermory are instantly recognisable. It is a small harbour town on the island of Mull, with galleries selling artwork and jewellery by local craftspeople and a choice of cafes. There is a short coastal walk to Aros Park and to the lighthouse where there are views to the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Further afield on Mull are Glengorm, Torosay and Duart Castles and gardens.

Tobermory (Isle of Mull, Scotland)
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We recently returned from the splendid Scottish & Highlands and Islands Cruise and must say that it is one of the best cruises we have ever experienced

Initially whilst booking we thought the price high compared with other river cruises. We were later to realise how unique the Caledonian Canal journey really was and taking into account that the excursions were covered by the price we finally felt that the holiday was value for money.

The scenery was stunning and views of Ben Nevis were magnificent!

The Crew were always so pleasant and this led to a very happy atmosphere aboard the ship. Brian the Hotel manager kept us all amused with his talks and his attention to every detail ensured that events went like clockwork. Konia our guide was a fount of knowledge and added even greater interest to excursions. Seeing so many Dolphins in the open sea was an extra bonus!

Above all the food was so good and varied, fresh, locally produced and well presented that this really made our holiday!

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We travelled in June 2013 from Inverness to Kyle for 7 days.  The competence of the sailing crew cannot be doubted - the locks on the Caledonian canal leave only inches each side of the vessel yet there was never the a hint of a "ding" which meant operating the vessel was most precise.  The weather was generally kind, it rained when it didn't matter and our times on-shore were mostly dry, if a bit cool.  To be able to see and learn of so much of Scotland in such a short period was a delight as was being in the company of such agreeable fellow passengers.
 
The ship is very pleasant: comfortable and reasonably spacious public areas, cabins lacked nothing and even had plenty of space to stow luggage.  But the real bonus was the staff who made our holiday such a pleasure.  Quite how the confined galley could magic 52 covers for every mealtime at such a consistently high standard is a mystery.  The serving staff were attentive, cheerful and efficient and worked well both as individuals and together.  Together with the Hotel Manager who seemed to be everywhere all the time, they are a superb credit to the operators of  Lord of the Glens - "professional" is the word that seems to come most to mind so bravo to all!
 
While not very experienced cruisers, we have been on 5 or 6 and this experience beats all of them by far - for us, it set a standard others should strive to match.

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An absolutely wonderful holiday.  The itinerary was great, the scenery incredible and the ship very comfortable.  However special thanks must go to the Captain, Brian, (the hotel manager) and crew of the Lord of the Glens whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm made it such an enjoyable experience. Your tour manager, Konia, was brilliant and gave us so much information about everywhere and everything. The quick and responsive action when our coach broke down on the way back to Inverness showed how efficiently everyone works together.

We have done and enjoyed a great deal of river cruising but this trip was something unique and special and one which we very much hope to repeat.

Many thanks to all concerned and to all at Blue Water Holidays - the booking arrangements were easy and clear and information and advice freely given.

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My husband and I have recently returned from our cruise down the Caledonian Canal and across to Mull on The Lord of the Glens.  The holiday was to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary and my husband had managed to keep the trip a secret from me until a couple of weeks before our departure date.  What a wonderful surprise!  And what a wonderful anniversary, I shall never forget it.

The cruise was everything I had hoped it would be, and certainly  lived up to our expectations - and more.

The ship is an amazing piece of floating elegance and luxury both in the public areas and in our cabin, and the food was magnificent - how on earth the crew managed to produce such varied and interesting menus in what must have been quite a limited space I shall never know, but breakfast, lunch and dinner were always a treat to look forward to each day and always impeccably served.

The staff and crew had just the right combination of friendliness and efficiency, they took their duties very seriously, were always smiling and nothing was too much trouble.  I wish I could mention them all here by name as they all deserve special praise, but I can't fail to mention Graham in the bar, Brian the Hotel Manager and of course the guide Koniya.  

What a pleasant, intelligent and competent lady.  She knew absolutely everything about the canal and the history of Scotland - both social and political - and I don't remember a single question being asked that she couldn't answer.  Yet all her knowledge was imparted in the most relaxed manner, her "little talks" were always informative and very entertaining.

The whole package was one of luxury and relaxation and not only for what the cruise provided but also for what was not on board; there were no children to shatter the peace and serenity, and no "on board entertainment every night" (in the form of live music, quizzes, games and the like).  What was provided, the videos on the history of the canal and the steam railways, informative talks etc., were exactly in keeping with the atmosphere of the cruise and never distracted from the ship or the stunning scenery through which we travelled.

I can only sum up by saying that this trip was the best of holidays and certainly the best anniversary present I have ever received!  We would very much like to take another cruise with The Lord of the Glens and would very much appreciate being kept up to date with what will be on offer for 2014.

Once again, many thanks to everyone, both on board the ship and the "backroom staff" in your office, who no less than the crew on board, deserve a mention as my husband tells me that you also were exceptionally  friendly and efficient in all his dealings with you.

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Just to let you know that our week on Lord of the Glens was as near perfect as any holiday we have ever had!

Absolutely nothing went wrong as the ship, the crew, the guide, the itinerary, the food, service and staff were wonderful!

"Lord of the Glens" by harive5 star
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We booked a cruise on the Lord of the Glens cruise ship for the first week in May 2012, for the cruise from Oban and along the Caledonian Canal.  The cruise was very well organised by the Captain and crew and all the on shore trips were most interesting and enjoyable, made all the more so by the excellent weather and knowledgeable guide.  The food on board was 5* quality and the waiters and waitresses who served our meals were most friendly and efficient.  We would thoroughly recommend this trip on Lord of the Glens cruise ship to anyone who wished to enjoy the magnificent Scottish scenery you wake up to each day.  Congratulations to the Captain and all his crew for such a wonderful time on board and on shore!

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We cruised on the 'Lord of the Glens' in late October 2010 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The Caledonian Canal with its varied vistas, awe-inspiring lochs and the complexity of navigating locks and bridges, was a perfect backdrop to a relaxing yet stimulating journey that more than met our expectations.

When we add to this to this the stylish ship, efficient yet amiable crew, the variety of shore excursions, and the excellent catering, we had for us the perfect scenario.

"MV Lord of the Glens" by doncolecat5 star
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My husband and I chose this Cruise as a treat for my 40th Birthday.  We were a little concerned that we might be a bit on the 'young side' for such a sedentary holiday!  From the moment we were picked up at Inverness Railway Station, everything went to plan and we ended up having the best holiday we have ever had.  The weather certainly added to a wonderful cruise as we didn't see one drop of rain. We were fortunate to see breathtaking scenery along with Dolphins, Seals, Golden Eagles, Deer & Red Kites.

There were a wonderful array of different passengers on board and as the days went by we made new friends and shared a magical journey.

The Food was outstanding and so was the Service - all the staff on board were helpful and our 'Hotel Manager' was great fun.  All our trips went smoothly and the coach drivers were very informative.

A very big thank you to everyone involved.

We can highly recommend this Cruise.

Donna & Wayne Cole 

 

 

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Last October we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise along the Caledonian Canal.

The MV Lord of the Glens is a superbly comfortable ship. The cuisine is the best of Scottish fare and the Captain and crew are absolutely wonderful.

Our cruise started early morning from Fort Augustus with a short foray out on to Loch Ness. We then began our trip in earnest by climbing the locks on to the Caledonian Canal itself.

For the next two days we gently wandered along the canal, stopping off to visit the Commando monument which overlooks Ben Nevis. We also went via coach out to the Glenfinnan Monument.  I climbed the hill at the back of the monument and was treated to a grandstand view of the railway viaduct used in the Harry Potter films as part of the journey to Hogwarts. In fact I swear that I heard a Dementor ,  I was also treated to a wonderful rainbow effect across the viaduct.

The next day we moored up overnight at Banavie before descending down Neptunes Locks and on out to sea via Corpach. I will never as long as I live forget the Red Dawn at Banavie overlooking Ben Nevis in all her glory.

After a morning cruising along Loch Linhe we crossed the sea out to the Isle of Mull. Vists to Duart Castle and Toronsay Castle were all included. Eventually we arrived to stay overnight in the very beatiful and quiet Balamory ( Tobormory). I even have the required sticker for my office door. Waking up in the morning, going up on deck and saying good morning to a seal who was pottering around in the harbour is quite special.

Incidently the Tobormory Malt whisky is not to be missed out on either.

On our final day we cruised back into the 21st century across to Oban and spent our final night moored up in Oban.

The Gala Dinner was superb and our after dinner entertainment consisted of some young Scottish dancers and a young piper. They were a credit to their art and their country. There wasnt a dry eye in the house  after the pipers final performance.

All in all this was a wonderful trip and I would strongly recommend it to anyone regardless of age or infirmity.

"Scottish Highlands and Isle of Mull" by WI Competition Winners4 star
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Imagine my surprise when I found I had won a cruise for two on "The Lord of the Glen" through the W.I. Membership booklet .
Dreams really do come true.  I had no preconceptions about a cruise, I had never been on one, but if this is  what it's like I'd like to do it again and again.

The food was really good and they catered for people with small appetites as well as normal or even large, no one should have gone hungry as there was a choice of menu .

The scenery was delightful and the staff ever willing to help in any way to make our trip special .  Konia was an excellent guide both knowledgable and amusing.
       
The guests were friendly and interesting.

Thank you Blue Water Holidays

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We arrived into Inverness Train Station for the pick-up point we had chosen. We had about an hour to wait until the pick-up so we locked our luggage away into the lockers (for a small fee) and then headed into the town, which was a stones through from the train station. The coach arrived bang on time and took use and the other passengers to the Lord of the Glens.

My 1st impression of the Lord of the Glens ship was WOW. It was beautiful, elegant and welcoming. I stayed in a category 2 cabin which was a reasonable size. There was a picture window, shower room, plenty of storage spaces and a TV however not much as reception was poor in the Highlands. The cabin was quite close to the kitchen but I didn't hear much noise which surprised me.

The food was superb, very nicely presented and enough. Breakfast was a buffet, lunch was two courses and dinner was 3 courses. So as you can see this was enough to fill me up. Tea and coffee was available throughout the day/night (free of charge) and the bar was reasonably priced too.

The scenery was excellent and the excursion we had provided by the cruise supplier all ran smoothly. I think it helped with the weather being excellent for the 5 days I was there.

I would certainly recommend this holiday. At 1st I was a little shocked by the price however once there I certainly knew it was money well spent. The staff members were wonderful.

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I am sure that I would have given this cruise 5 stars but unfortunately there were a few hic-cups!

The signalman strike meant that we did not go on The West Highland Train Trip, which I had been told was very scenic - so disapointment there. On the 4th day there had been accident which involved a vehicle and the barrier at the swing bridge across the Caledonian Canal.  This meant that we could not continue to our destination which was Fort Augustus.  This last leg of the journey was supposed to be one of the highlights.

This was my first experience of Scotland!

The boat, crew, cabin and food were all excellent

 

 

"Scottish Highlands" by S.Olsen5 star

Very capable crew and enjoyable itinerary. Can't say enough about the experience. Added to that, the people aboard were very compatible.  Would definitely recommend the Lord of the Glens cruise to friends.

"Scotland June 2013" by B.Maude5 star

The holiday was made for us by the presence of Konia the tour guide.  This was unexpected and very much appreciated.

Brian the Hotel Manager went out of his way to ensure that everything went smoothly.

The cruise personnel were all professional, welcoming and approachable. Special mention must be made of our tour guide (Konia) who was excellent. Her knowledge was of the highest standard and she communicated it in a most interesting way. We appreciated that she was always available to give extra information to those who showed interest. The Hotel manager (Brian) was involved and competently coped with changes in schedule.

he weather was so good we'd like to go again but know it'd be unrepeatable.  It was so good we had the opportunity to add some additional features to the itinerary including a trip to the Oban distillery - although not the best whiskey a good tour though.  It was a trip with my father-in-law who is 90 (later this year) and he was well looked after that is much appreciated.  They even took the effort to ensure we could utilise a wheel chair where available and booked them ahead.

All the staff looked after us well and interacted together well.  The 2 which should be pointed out for special praise were - The purser/hotel manager who was particularly very efficient and the tour guide who managed us all very well and was very efficient in giving us the background and information as required.

To experience Scotland in glorious sunshine and near perfect weather conditions while travelling on "Lord of the Glens" was memorable. The itinerary through the Great Glen then sailing to so many islands was wonderful.This was complemented by excellent excursions. The Hotel Manager,Brian and Constance (Konya)were most kind and friendly and looked after us in every way possible.

 We had a twin cabin on Lord of the Glens July Cruise 2013 and we had a fantastic time.  The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food excellent.  We were given lots of information as we travelled along and all excursions were great thanks to our tour guide. We would recommend this cruise without hesitation.

Regards Robyn and Gwen (Australia)

"Mull and Caledonian Canal" by honister house4 star

Excellent 4 nights' cruise on board Lord of the Glens last week ( 13-17th Oct 2008 ) - the best way we felt to experience the lochs and the locks ! Good food, first class service, spacious "superior" cabin ( slight plumbing problem in shower room ) and well organised and interesting excursions.

John and Susie Stakes

Our cruise on the 'Lord of the Glens' was an unmissable experience from the moment we arrived to the minute we left. Met on time in Inverness, comfortably transported by coach to Fort William and warmly welcomed by members of the crew, who made us each feel totally at home. As an ex naval man,and having done half a dozen Cruises on both sides of the Atlantic, I was very impressed by the vessel which has been very well designed for this type of cruise. The cabins were comfortable and spacious and very well co-coordinated. With only 54 passengers and a crew of 18, the ratio of 3:1 compares favourably with the larger cruise ships.

The public areas are well laid out, the decor excellent, and enough seating in the lounges for everyone, a most important feature. The dining room is a delight, and there could be no complaints about the quality or presentation of the food, with a generous breakfast, an adequate lunch and finally a varied evening meal menu each day.

The well stocked Bar, and as much tea/coffee and unlimited biscuits could not fail to please. The passage of the canal was well done, with adequate information made available each day, to add to the amazing views of the local scenery plus the various Lochs and Locks.  The excursions on the modern and comfortable coach gave an added flavour to the cruise. Overall, my wife and I can only say how much we enjoyed this trip, to say that we were spoiled by the crew would not be an over-the-top statement. And would we do it again ??? we certainly would, indeed we probably will.

Many thanks to you all at Blue Water, we are now looking forward to the river cruise you have arranged for us in June in Portugal. If it matches this one, we'll be more than satisfied.

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