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GRAND BRITANNIA

V6219

Round-trip London on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 23 - August 6, 2016 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,915 Per Person

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A truly proper exploration and immersive tour of the United Kingdom, complete with fortresses and castles, rolling glens and shimmering lochs and overnight stays in Dublin, Edinburgh, and London.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jul 23, Saturday
London/Tilbury, England »   10 pm

With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.

Jul 24, Sunday
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?

Jul 25, Monday
Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands » 7 am 5 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 26, Tuesday
Waterford, Ireland » 11 am 7 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 27, Wednesday
Liverpool, England » 8 am 7 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 28, Thursday
Dublin, Ireland (overnight) » 8 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.
Jul 29, Friday
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.
Jul 30, Saturday
Belfast, United Kingdom » 7 am 7 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.
Jul 31, Sunday
Portree, Isle of Skye, UK » 10 am 6 pm

Remote and rugged, the Isle of Skye possesses a certain magic. Just saying the words, “Isle of Skye,” evokes a lyricism and romance that inspires a sigh of longing. If you have been longing to experience this spot of Scotland for yourself, here is your opportunity. Arrive in the pretty little harbor lined by colorful buildings and either head straight out into the wild and wooly surroundings—by boat, foot or even pony—or  stay in the snug town for an immersion in old-time charm. The pier, designed by renowned Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason Thomas Telford, is one attraction. Another is the award-winning Àros Centre, which presents theater productions, concerts and films, and houses an exhibition centered on Skye’s history and natural wonders.

Aug 1, Monday
Kirkwall, UK » 8 am 4 pm

Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, is a place of balance and contrast: It is small compared to Glasgow or Edinburgh yet large compared to virtually anywhere else in Scotland; it is a departure point for ferries to Orkney’s other islands and a stopping point worth a linger; it is both a historic enclave and a local shopper’s mecca. It is a city (or a town, depending on your perspective) buzzing with activity and quietly putting itself on the map of favorite destinations. Notable features include the impressive St. Magnus Cathedral, considered one of the finest medieval churches in the north of Scotland. Opposite the cathedral are the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace. Two museums also deserve a visit—the Orkney Museum displays local artifacts in a restored 16th-century townhouse, while the Orkney Wireless Museum features a collection of radios and other items related to recorded sound. The town of Kirkwall itself is a veritable museum, a wonderful example of an ancient Norse settlement.

Aug 2, Tuesday
Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland (overnight) » 8 am*  
Dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag, Edinburgh is the celebrated capital of Scotland and boasts more than a thousand years of vibrant historical heritage.

The Exchange building, the famous Royal Mile featuring St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox House, as well as Palace of holyroodhouse, the Queens official, are only a few of the architectural masterpieces found in this delightful Scottish city.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Aug 3, Wednesday
Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland »   9 pm*
Dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag, Edinburgh is the celebrated capital of Scotland and boasts more than a thousand years of vibrant historical heritage.

The Exchange building, the famous Royal Mile featuring St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox House, as well as Palace of holyroodhouse, the Queens official, are only a few of the architectural masterpieces found in this delightful Scottish city.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Aug 4, Thursday
Cruising the North 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, Friday
London/Tilbury, England (overnight) » 6 am  

With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.

Aug 6, Saturday
London/Tilbury, England » Disembark am  

With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.

*  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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