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Dublin to London on Crystal Symphony
DATES : August 24 - 31, 2014 (7 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,955 Per Person

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Explore the ancient walled city of Londonderry, listen to traditional Irish music in Galway, experience the unique blend of French and English influences in St. Helier...all maiden ports of call.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Aug 24, Sunday
Dublin, Ireland »   7 pm
The Irish capital, Dublin, enjoys one of the loveliest settings in Europe. Craggy Howth Head shelters the natural harbor at Dublin Bay and the gurgling River Liffey flows through the center of town. The ancient Egyptians, as well as Norman and Viking warriors, visited Dublin. However, the city's most pervasive surviving influences come from the 18th and 19th centuries when elegant Georgian mansions were first built along the river and then outward from its shores. The arts also flourished during this period and Dublin served as the birthplace of some of our greatest literary figures such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce to name only a few.
Aug 25, Monday
Belfast, United Kingdom » 8 am 9 pm

Having the gift of understatement and optimism, the Irish call their decades-long civil strife "the Troubles." Happily, the Troubles have settled down, making enjoyable visits to Northern Ireland, most notably Belfast, no trouble at all.

Merely a village in the 17th century, Belfast grew by leaps and bounds during the Industrial Revolution. The manufacture of linen and ships (Belfast has the world's largest dry dock) brought not only prosperity to the city, but beauty. Ornate Victorian homes and grand Edwardian civic buildings line the streets. The city also has many quaint lanes populated by pubs and boutiques dressed with overflowing window boxes and brightly painted doors.

While there is much to detain you in lovely Belfast, you might want to take the quick trip over the lough, or small bay, to Carrickfergus Castle, the best-preserved Norman castle in Ireland.
Aug 26, Tuesday
  Londonderry, Northern Ireland » 8 am 4 pm

One of the oldest inhabited places in Ireland, Londonderry dates to the 6th century and is the only walled city in Ireland whose walls remain completely intact. In fact, it is one of the few walled cities in Europe that have never had its fortifications breached, giving the town its nickname, “The Maiden City.” The walls, built in the early 1600s, form a rugged walkway around the inner city, providing a unique vantage point from which to survey the Renaissance-style street plan below. The city is also home to the world’s oldest department store, Austins, which predates Macy’s by 25 years.

Aug 27, Wednesday
  Galway, Ireland » 9 am 6 pm

Galway has been called the “most Irish,” “most bohemian,” “sexiest” and one of the “best travel destinations” in the world, ahead of all European capitals except Edinburgh and even in front of perennial favorites such as Venice.  During your visit, you will discover that all of these Galway designations, which are both official and anecdotal, are appropriate. After all, Galway is where you will hear Irish spoken among the locals; find lively entertainment ranging from jugglers along the medieval streets to festivals in the historic squares; take a pleasant walk along the promenade to the shores of Galway Bay; and enjoy a bit o’ local flavor with a taste of Galway’s famed oysters or Ireland’s popular Guinness brew.  Western Ireland’s “soft” weather is brightened by the colorfully painted facades of shops and pubs, not to mention the cheerful lilt of song and conversation wafting out of them.

Aug 28, Thursday
Cork/Ringaskiddy, Ireland » 8 am 5 pm
Cork was first founded by Viking raiders, attracted by its superb bay-among the best natural harbors in Europe-and its mild climate, due to warm ocean currents. Today Cork remains a superbly authentic corner of Ireland, with a strong seafaring tradition and one of the first yachting clubs in the world.
Aug 29, Friday
Portland, England » 10 am 10 pm
In some ways, the “Isle” of Portland is a misnomer. Measuring about four miles long by one-and-a-half miles wide, the small land mass located in the English Channel is limestone tied, connected to the mainland by both a beach and bridge.

 

Discussions of whether Portland qualifies as an island aside, there is no doubt as to its historic significance. Part of the Jurassic Coast, Portland is a World Heritage Site, so designated for its geology and landforms. Important manmade forms include Portland Castle, built by King Henry the VIII in 1539. The structure remains one of the best preserved castles of the period. Portland’s famous white limestone, meanwhile, has found its way to London, with iconic buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the eastern front of Buckingham Palace constructed with the Portland limestone Sir Christopher Wren used to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666.

 

Aug 30, Saturday
  Saint-Helier /Jersey, Channel Islands » 8 am 1 pm

The largest town on the largest of the Channel Islands, Saint-Helier offers a generous slice of local and world history.  The island’s war time past is recounted at the Occupation Museum located in town. Another museum worth discovering is the Maritime Museum with interactive exhibits about Jersey’s sea-related history, which, interestingly, includes pirates.  A third is the Jersey Museum, hosting a covey of displays about Jersey’s wildlife, traditions in farming and period of Occupation.

If you wish to step outdoors, there are plenty of sights and sounds to reward an afternoon amble. Jersey is considered an “island of flowers,” having a temperate climate that nurtures colorful blooms. Out on an islet in St. Aubin’s Bay, accessible by foot at low tide, you’ll find the 300-year-old Elizabeth Castle. Also walkable—indeed, best seen by foot—are Liberation Square and the pleasantly pedestrianized town center.

Aug 31, Sunday
London/Dover, England » 8 am*  
For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London's legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
*  Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
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