British Isles & Ireland Heritage

Norwegian Spirit

British Isles & Ireland Heritage Overview

Departs:  26 June 2019

11 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Southampton

 

What's included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Cruise 
  • Gratuities & Service Charges
  • Baggage Allowance

Ports of call

Southampton • Newhaven (for Edinburgh), Scotland • Invergordon (for Inverness), Scotland • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands • Greenock (for Glasgow), Scotland • Belfast, Northern Ireland • Liverpool, England • Dublin, Republic of Ireland • Rigaskiddy (for Cork), Republic of Ireland • Portland, England • Southampton

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFER:

£100 Transport Allowance per booking

 

Day 1

Depart Southampton (PM)

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.

Day 2

At Sea

 

Day 3

Newhaven (for 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.

Day 4

Invergordon (for 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.

Day 5

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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 speciality items, which includes cashmere, whiskey and crafts.

 

 

Day 6

Greenock (for 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 revitalised neighborhoods featuring cutting-edge bars and restaurants. Explore more of Glasgow on a European cruise!

Day 7

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Exploring Belfast is a treat for urban fans. The city is rife with trendy cafés, restaurants, and nightlife yet it also boasts a lovely historical district. Whilst the city is packed with things to do, rural landscapes are within a short reach

Day 8

Liverpool, England

A wealthy port city since the 19th century, Liverpool is noted for its rich architectural heritage, diverse communities and innovative infrastructure, as well as being the birthplace of The Beatles. The history of the city as one of the world's greatest seaports unfolds at The Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the exhibitions at The Beatles Story take you on a journey through the lives and times of the Fab Four.

Day 9

Dublin, Republic of 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. Explore more of Dublin on a European cruise!

 

Day 10

Rigaskiddy (for Cork), Republic of Ireland

 

Ringaskiddy is your gateway to Cork, a city brimming with history and culture and is located in one of Ireland's most stunning settings. Situated on the River Lee, which splits into two channels, Cork's city centre is split into islands. Bridges crisscross the city leading to many intriguing landmarks, including the gorgeous Gothic revival St. Fin Barr's Cathedral, with its spiking spires and grimacing gargoyles, as well as the Tower at the Church of St. Anne, considered a symbol of the city-look for the 11-foot weather vane, a salmon, at the top. You're also five miles away from the Blarney Castle. Head to the top of the castle and kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone whilst lying on your back with your head tilted backward. Doing so gives you the gift of the gab, or the gift of eloquent speech.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Arrive Southampton (AM)