There are many ways to explore the British Isles, but cruises offer a perfect mix of relaxation and exploration that can't be equalled by any other method of travel. That's why Princess Cruises has created a very special cruise itinerary which departs from London to uncover some of the most fascinating sights in Ireland, Scotland, England and even France! Below you'll find a sneak peek of what you can expect along the way, and a few tidbits about the cruise itself.
You'll be stepping aboard the Caribbean Princess for a twelve day journey that curves west from London, up and around Britain, allowing you to experience the unique charms of the region's most well loved cities in the easiest and most carefree way possible. As if the destinations weren't enough, there's also a few special bonuses that may be in store for those who decide to book this phenomenal cruise - these could include:
- Onboard credit
- A complimentary dinner for two in a specialty restaurant
- Bonus shore excursion credit
It's not hard to find a cruise: there are several different sailings you can opt for depending on your schedule but no matter which option you decide on, you'll want to make sure that you book quickly to ensure that you secure a berth on one of these fantastic voyages.
While some cruise voyages head out into the open ocean with scarcely a glimpse of land for the whole duration, this kind of cruise is all about the places you'll go. With this strong emphasis on destinations, it's fortunate that the cities you'll be visiting will include some of the most sought after tourist spots in the world. These are just a few of the places you'll get to explore along the way:
Founded as a Viking settlement more than a thousand years ago, Dublin has long been one of the most influential places in the region. Those with a love for history, architecture and old things will find themselves in paradise here, with medieval buildings like St. Patrick's Cathedral dating back to the 12th century, while those who are seeking more modern diversions can head to the Temple Bar quarter to get a taste for Dublin's film culture or Grafton Street for a little retail therapy and music appreciation.
For many years Belfast was a heavily industrialised city but although today it remains a key centre for industry, it has also bloomed into a haven for the arts. Music is huge in Belfast; there's even a dedicated establishment designed to give young musicians and artists a place to share ideas and kickstart creative careers. The city's creativity and resilience can also be seen in its political murals portraying the 'Troubles' of last century.
This port city has become Scotland's cultural hub, hosting world renowned ballet, opera, and theatre. Glasgow also has an explosive modern music scene which has produced numerous acts who've gone on to take the world by storm. Franz Ferdinand, Chvrches, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, The Vaselines... The list goes on. The city also features remarkable Victorian and art nouveau architecture, prime examples of which include the Glasgow City Chambers and Queen's Cross Church, respectively.
This isn't the type of place that makes it onto many travel lists, but that's merely because it's so remote that few ever make the long journey north. Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands, an archipelago in the northern isles of Scotland. The city is first mentioned in an 11th century Norse saga and retains many elements of its ancient past to this day, from prehistoric, Pictish and Viking artifacts to an actual surviving prehistoric subterranean monument.
Even with only a short amount of time to spend in the Scottish capital, you'll soon find yourself in awe of the elegance and beauty of hilly Edinburgh. Wander along the Royal Mile to discover the Edinburgh of a bygone era, head to Castle Rock to explore the imposing Edinburgh Castle and dive underground to walk the eerie tunnels of Mary King's Close - no matter where you turn in this city, you're sure to be astounded by the history, architectural magnificence and vibrant culture.
Paris itself is not a coastal city, but before you head back to London you'll drop in at Le Havre in Normandy, France. This port city is the gateway to Paris (giving you the opportunity to take in the fabled sights and tastes of the City of Light) but it also has great historical significance of its own: Normandy is where the now-immortalised D-Day landings took place in World War II, turning the tide of the conflict and signalling the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.
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