Cruises Around the British Isles

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Cruises Around the British Isles
Cruising Around the British Isles (western isles coast image by David Woods from

Visiting the British Isles to experience the culture, history and language becomes especially memorable on a cruise. The view from the ship's deck adds a sense of drama to the ocean and landscape. Many cruise ships offer trips around the British Isles. Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and the Fred Olsen Cruise line each offer unique voyages around the British Isles.

British Isles 12 Day Cruise, Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises offers a 12-day trip of the British Isles. Leaving from Southampton, the cruise ship Crown travels to selected destinations in England, Ireland and Scotland, with a stop at Paris and Normandy before returning to Southampton.

Highlights include Cork to visit Blarney Castle, and Dublin for exploring bookstores, pubs, and historical sites. Liverpool shows off the home of the Beatles, followed by Belfast. In Scotland, passengers can visit Loch Ness and look for Nessie, and then wander the streets and shops of Edinburgh. The final port is Le Havre, with chances to visit Paris and Normandy before returning to Southampton.

The cruise ship Crown Princess sports 15 decks. The Star Deck holds a jogging track and golf links, and the Sky Deck with the Skywalker's Nightclub and Movies Under the Stars. The Sports Deck offers swimming and relaxing. One of the ship's pools has a "swim against the wave" feature. The Sanctuary is a spot for massages and light refreshment. The library offers a quiet place to read and look at the ocean and islands.

Princess Cruises Corporate Headquarters 24844 Avenue Rockefeller Santa Clarita, CA 91355 1-800-774-6237

Ballads of Britain 7 Day Cruise, Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises offers a seven-day tour of the British Isles. The cruise ship Crystal Symphony leaves Dover, England, in the early evening and begins arriving at ports of call during early morning to early afternoon or evening, then cruising during the evening, and arriving at the next port by morning.

Passengers explore Guernsey, St. Peter Port and the Channel Islands, followed by the Irish cities of Waterford, Dublin and Belfast. On the return trip, the ship stops in Liverpool, England, before a day of cruising the English Channel, and returning to Dover the next morning.

Travellers on this Crystal Symphony voyage have a choice of going to the spa, attending enrichment classes in languages, visiting the casino, or swimming in the pools. A new pricing offer allows children and youth under 17 to sail for free when sharing a cabin with two adults who have a paid fare. The price also includes some airfare and on-board ship credit.

Crystal Cruises Corporate Headquarters 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 310-785-9300 888-799-4625

UK and Ireland Cruise, Black Watch, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines schedules ships for a seven-night trip around the British Islands. After leaving Southampton in the evening, the ship anchors overnight the next night in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. After cruising to Harwich, England, the ship moves on to Kirkwell and Stomoway in Scotland, then to Dublin, Ireland, and Fowey in Cornwall, before returning to Southampton.

Travellers seeking a more intimate cruising experience can select the Black Watch, one of two Fred Olsen Cruise ships. The Black Watch is smaller than other cruising vessels, and it holds about 800 travellers. The majority of the accommodations are outside rooms on the first four levels. The main deck holds the swimming pool and exercise pools, and refreshments, with a cafe, lounge areas, restaurant, and the Piper's Bar, named for the Scottish Black Watch pipers.

On upper levels are the gaming rooms and library, a second pool and jacuzzi. The top deck offers golf nets, fitness centres, and sauna area. The majority of the passengers are repeat travellers, of British nationality, in the age range of 45 to 55. While the passengers enjoy socialising, they tend to go to bed early and generally avoid late-night parties. Children are welcome, and the staff arrange for age-appropriate activities.

Fred Olsen House White House Road Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5LL Tel +44 (0) 1473 742424

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