THE BRITISH ISLES & IRELAND
13 Day Cruise Aboard the Norwegian Jade
May 4 – 16, 2018
September 18 – 29, 2018
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Make your way around the British Isles, stopping to take in the delights of historic port towns all along the way. In Guernsey, explore 800-year-old Castle Cornet, the scene of sieges, intrigue and, most recently, German occupation during WWII. Tour 16th-century Trinity College in Dublin, afterward stopping for a pint in local pub. In the Scottish Highlands, see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster from the tower of Inverness’s Urquhart Castle. And when arriving in Southampton, leave time to explore the rich history and culture of London.
Day 1 London, ENGLAND Embark 5:00 pm
Day 2 Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K. 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Day 3 Portland, ENGLAND 7:00 am 3:00 pm
Day 4 Cork (Cobh), IRELAND 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Day 5 Dublin, IRELAND 8:00 am 9:00 pm
Day 6 Glasgow, SCOTLAND 8:00 am 7:00 pm
Day 7 At Sea — —
Day 8 Kirkwall, ORKNEY ISLES 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Day 9 Inverness, SCOTLAND 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Day 10 Edinburgh, SCOTLAND 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Day 11 Newcastle (Tyne), ENGLAND 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Day 12 At Sea — —
Day 13 London, ENGLAND Disembark
LONDON, ENGLAND – Protected from the frequent storms of the English Channel by the Isle of Wight, Southampton has survived a turbulent history to serve as a principal port of the United Kingdom today. Pay homage to one of the most famous ships to sail these shores at the Mayflower Memorial. Visit the stoic walls of Bargate and the Tudor House Museum.
GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS, U.K. – The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey’s sea cliffs and windswept grasslands are home to a history as dramatic as its landscape, from being a pirate haven during the Middle Ages to becoming occupied by German troops during WWII. Today, the island’s capital St. Peters Port is considered one of Europe’s most scenic port cities with its cobblestone streets, lush gardens, museums and boutique shopping. From the port, you can tour 800-year-old Castle Cornet, hike along cliffs offering amazing vistas or visit the museum at Hauteville House – home of famed French writer Victor Hugo.
PORTLAND, ENGLAND – Located along the English Channel, Portland is divided into two areas: north and south. The south end is where extensive stone quarries lie, a resource important to the region. Unique to the city is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, which hosts world sailing championships.
CORK / COBH, IRELAND – Ireland’s third largest city is a wonderful walking city built on the River Lee. Visit St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, a wonderful, triple-spired example of French-gothic architecture, and spend some time in The Old Gaol, where original 19th century cells tell some fascinating tales.
DUBLIN, IRELAND – Explore the Dubliana exhibit to see Dublin life from 1170 to 1540. Ireland’s thriving yet elegant capital sits at the mouth of the River Liffey. Visit a castle. Take a walking tour. Shop O’Connell Street. Have a pint at the Guinness Brewery.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Cruise ships follow the River Clyde into the centre of one of the most exciting cities in Great Britain. Glasgow showcases a mixture of architectural gems, from ancient castles and a magnificent 12th century cathedral, to the urban chic of revitalized neighborhoods featuring cutting-edge bars and restaurants.
KIRKWALL, ORKNEY ISLANDS, SCOTLAND – This starkly beautiful island holds many ancient treasures like the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, which was discovered with the furniture and indoor drains preserved. Make sure to visit the striking trio of St. Magnus Cathedral, the nearby ruins of the Earl’s Palace and Bishop’s Palace. After touring, stop in a pub to chow down on salmon and lamb dishes with the locals. And ask them about the wide range of Kirkwall’s specialty items, which includes cashmere, whiskey and crafts.
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND – Inverness is a city in the glorious Scottish Highlands. Teeming with bagpipe players and enthusiasts thanks to the city’s annual Northern Meeting in September, Inverness also boasts a diverse music scene. Gaelic was the native language until the turn of the 19th century.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Make sure you pack your walking shoes for Edinburgh. Stroll along the medieval Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to see the abbey and Queen Mary’s chambers. Savour the old town’s marvellous Georgian and Victorian architecture. Marvel at the impressive Edinburgh Castle, high on its volcanic crag with a fabulous view. Visit St. Giles’ Cathedral where John Knox once preached. Leave enough time to rest your legs at one of Edinburgh’s seaside restaurants to enjoy fresh salmon, scallops, lamb and prime Angus beef.
NEWCASTLE, SCOTLAND – Situated on the River Tyne in northeast England, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is a hub for arts, sciences and history. This Victorian city was born from the coal and steel industries and today boasts excellent art galleries, numerous delicious restaurants and cultural and historical attractions. Enjoy a walking tour of Newcastle and trace the city’s history back to the Celtic Age. Venture below ground into the historic Victoria Tunnel that was built for coal wagons between 1839 and 1842 and then used as an air raid shelter during World War II. Your children (or your inner child) will love stepping into the hands-on museum Seven Stories that’s a celebration of children’s literature. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.