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COLUMBUS 11th June 2017, Part 3 the final one

Tuesday 13th June 2017
We are heading up the long and winding River towards Antwerp and our arrival at 8.30 a.m. Today I plan to walk to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of our Lady.


Cathedral entrance

Arriving at the Gothic-style Cathedral which was built between 1352 and 1521, I was fortunate enough to be able to join a tour with an English-speaking guide, and the five of us walked, admired, and enjoyed seeing the treasures of this huge building on our hour-long tour. This included several works by the artist Rubens. It was an interesting comparison with our beautiful English Cathedrals and wonderful Cathedral cities back home in the United Kingdom.

Main square

Walking home again

Walking back to the ship was enjoyable, trying to decide where to stop for a cup of coffee on the way and looking at the sights.

Ship, flag & port sign seen from the viewing terrace

Stern view of Columbus from the terrace

Ship from the quayside, with train tracks still visible amongst the cobbles

Back on the quayside I took photographs of COLUMBUS and then returned on board to enjoy the rest of my time on the ship today, before we sail back to Tilbury overnight.

Wednesday 14th June 2017
We arrived back in Tilbury and had to disembark after an early breakfast, but we all agreed it had been an enjoyable short trip with many things to recommend Cruise & Maritime Voyage's new flagship COLUMBUS.