3 Cornwall (Falmouth) Cruise Reviews

I had a hard time finding reviews of this port, so I plan to take some time with this review. The actual port of Falmouth itself is industrial and not terribly inviting. I was given to understand that the port would like to attract more ... Read More
I had a hard time finding reviews of this port, so I plan to take some time with this review. The actual port of Falmouth itself is industrial and not terribly inviting. I was given to understand that the port would like to attract more cruise ship business, so it may have to work on this a bit. However, we were able to walk off the ship and straight onto our tour bus. We had a lovely drive through Cornwall with a knowledgeable guide. The Cornish countryside is just beautiful, as are the quaint seaside villages. It is a popular vacation spot and I would love to spend more time there. There were many interesting offerings of tours in Cornwall and we had a tough time choosing. We finally selected the tour to St. Michael’s Mount, a small tidal island which contains a historic castle that was once an abbey, as well as a small shop and two cafes. The guidelines caution that it is a strenuous tour. Truer words have never been written! Indeed, the guidelines compiled by the ship do not do it justice. The way to the island is via a rough, uneven cobble stoned walkway when the tide is out. (When the tide is in the island is accessible only by boat). The distance is billed as “500 metres,” but it seemed longer. Once across the walkway there is a strenuous climb to the castle at the top of the Mount. The path is steep, rough, and was slick that morning. There are only a few, limited places with handrails; most of the climb is without anything to grab onto, particularly the last part which is over open ground strewn with rough rocks that serve as footholds. Without my spouse’s help I could not have done this climb. And it is even more challenging coming down, which is the same way. There is no secret elevator or modern staircase. I say all this only as a caution, not to discourage anyone from going. Indeed, I am extremely glad that I chose to visit the Mount as it is one of the most unique places I have ever visited. The castle – complete with chapel and a small weapons museum – was very, very interesting and full of historical significance. I found it fascinating that the family which owns this castle still lives there, and that the Queen visited as recently as 2013. The views from the top are absolutely spectacular. And the Cornish cream tea we purchased at the Island Café was the best I have ever tasted. All in all, a fantastic shore excursion. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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