British Isles and Ireland Cruise

aboard the Crown Princess plus an overnight and tour in London

Tour Highlights

This cruise provides an opportunity to experience the wide range of scenic and cultural splendours the British Isles has to offer.
In Scotland we will see the awesome rugged landscapes, lochs and small stone villages. In Ireland we will admire the grand cliffs, tiny villages and, of course, the hills of 50 shades of green. We will also dock in some of the most charming ports in France and the Channel Islands. While enjoying the scenery we can also feast on the history and beauty of the monuments, castles and artistic treasures.

We will sail aboard Princess Cruise’s Crown Princess - the epitome of luxury and hospitality. This floating resort has all the amenities of a resort hotel. Take a dip in one of the pools, or indulge in a whirlpool, beauty treatment and massage in the Spa. Join the dance lessons, aerobics, wine tasting or curl up in the library with a good book. On-board experts offer lectures on the history and highlights of each port of call to help you decide on optional excursions.

Food is an art form on Princess ships, as the Italian chefs are renowned for their international cuisine. Dining options include formal elegance in the dining room, a 24-hour International café, the Pizzeria and fantastic buffets. As for entertainment you can enjoy after dinner drinks in one of the elegant lounges, Broadway style cabarets in the show room, first-run movies, dancing and the casino.

Our attractive staterooms have TV, phone, safe, twin beds, private bathroom (shower only) and generous closet space.

After our cruise we will overnight at a hotel in central London, with dinner, breakfast and a city tour included.

* All shore excursions are optional and may be purchased in advance on Princess Cruises’ website or on board the ship.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for London.
We arrive in London and transfer to Southampton where we board our ship. This evening is our first delicious dinner aboard.
The Channel Islands are exceptionally picturesque and they also have a fascinating history. We disembark at the historic fortress of St. Peters Port. This is a lovely town in which to stroll, and you may want to visit Victor Hugo's house of exile which is now a museum.
Today you will have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and then stroll along Cork’s lively pedestrian shopping street. Optional tours will be offered to see some of Ireland’s other remarkable landmarks, as well as the wonderful green countryside.
A full day to explore the charms of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Walk around the beautiful 18th century Georgian Squares and houses, the 12th century St. Patrick's Cathedral and Leister House (the Irish parliament).
Another day to explore Dublin. Perhaps visit the world renowned Glendalough monastery which is said to be “one of the most beautiful places in Ireland’. Some say that the highlight of any visit to Dublin is to enjoy a local brew at one of the local pubs.
Northern Ireland’s capital is a beautiful city of imposing Victorian architecture set within picturesque hills. See the grand City Hall, Opera House, the Stormont Parliament Buildings and beautiful parks.
There are many attractions to see in and around this great city, including the gothic Glasgow Cathedral, Inverary Castle and the cottage of the poet Robert Burns. An optional tour will be offered to the glorious highlands to see the mountains and heather.
A welcome day of rest after the past week of sightseeing. Watch the passing seascape, and of course the spa is open for a hairdo or massage.
Welcome to the capital of the Scottish Highlands - gateway to Loch Ness. Here you will enjoy the history, beauty and the legends of the Highlands dating back to the 13th century. You may choose to go and see the ruins of the Runrobin and Urquhart Castles, or go shopping for tartans and tweeds. Perhaps an optional tour to Loch Ness and the opportunity to look for Nessie. Have your camera ready in case you have a sighting!
There is so much to see in Scotland’s lovely capital. You will want to visit Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city, and climb to the top for wonderful views. History comes alive along Princes Street and the Royal Mile, and the parks and gardens provide a lovely setting in which to stroll.
A final day to relax or enjoy the activities on board our ship.
The beaches of Normandy are home to many World War Two landmarks. You will have an opportunity to visit them, or join an optional tour to Paris.
We disembark in the morning in Southampton and proceed to London where we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour. Highlights include Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Canadian War Memorial and much more. Our tour finishes at our centrally located hotel where we will have some time at leisure before dinner.
We transfer to the airport for our flight back to Canada.

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