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BONNY ISLES

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Round-trip London on Crystal Serenity
DATES : July 25 - August 8, 2015 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,720 Per Person

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With its rolling green glens and crystalline lochs, grand castles and stone fortresses, Waterford crystal and Liverpool music...the United Kingdom beckons.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jul 25, Saturday
London/Dover, England »   6 pm*
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.
Jul 26, Sunday
Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands » 8 am 2 pm
Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop
Jul 27, Monday
Waterford, Ireland » 8 am 6 pm
The port city of Waterford, founded in the 9th century, lies on the banks of the River Suir (pronounced Shure) and is the regional capital of Ireland's southeast. It is the perfect gateway for a host of sightseeing opportunities, from rolling green countryside to traditional villages, castles and abbeys.

During the period of rule by the Norman and the English, this city was a focus for international trading and local development, particularly with regard to the celebrated Waterford Crystal. Although the original Waterford Crystal Factory was closed in 1851, its revival in 1947 has brought a new wave of prosperity to this region. Today, visitors from around the world marvel at the factory's award-winning displays and witness first hand the time-honored skills of glass blowing, cutting and engraving.

Jul 28, Tuesday
Holyhead, Wales » 8 am 6 pm
Located in the northwest of Wales on Holy Island, Holyhead might be considered a remote locale. But connecting it to the mainland is the Four Mile Bridge and a causeway, which in turn carries both the A5 road and local rail line. Such routes easily transport travelers to the charming half-timbered town of Chester and to Britain’s primary city, London.

Yet there is much in Holyhead to keep visitors happily engaged right here. At the heart of Holyhead is St. Cybi’s Church, situated inside one of Europe’s only three-walled Roman forts. Indeed, local history stretches back to Roman times and before, with area settlements dating to prehistoric times. Maritime history is revealed in a museum where visitors can learn about the 100 or so shipwrecks that have occurred in the vicinity. Those who are feeling particularly energetic might make the trek to the South Stack Lighthouse, which stands guard over an area popular with birdwatchers.

Jul 29, Wednesday
Liverpool, England » 8 am 6 pm
Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century, as the riches of the Americas and the West Indies flowed through its docks and marketplaces. (At one point it even had more dock space than London.) Enjoy the Town Hall built in those flourishing years, the Walker Art Gallery, or the delights of the restored Albert Dock, with its classy shops and maritime museum.
Jul 30, Thursday
Greenock, Scotland » 8 am 10 pm
Greenock, a former shipbuilding town on the River Clyde, is noted as the birthplace of James Watt, the engineer who perfected the steam engine. Nearby is the region of Ayrshire, birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet. Marvel at the dramatic landscape surrounding Greenock, your gateway to fairy-tale castles, glistening lochs, verdant countryside and the compelling city of Glasgow. Whether your interests include art, history, literature or architecture, this port of call offers insight and inspiration to all who visit.
Jul 31, Friday
Dublin, Ireland (overnight) » 10:30 am  
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 1, Saturday
Dublin, Ireland »   10 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 2, Sunday
Belfast, United Kingdom » 7 am 10 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 3, Monday
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 4, Tuesday
Galway, Ireland » 10 am 8 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 5, Wednesday
Cruising the Celtic Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Aug 5, Wednesday
Cruising the English Channel  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Aug 6, Thursday
Portland, England » 8 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 7, Friday
Saint-Helier /Jersey, Channel Islands » 8 am 2 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 8, Saturday
London/Dover, England » 3 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.
All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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