Seldom does an opportunity such as this present itself. A luxurious two week Celebrity Cruise to the Emerald Islesplus the Land of Ice and Fire. See Ireland’s historic cities of Cork, Waterford, Dublin and Belfast along with its lush green landscape. Visit Iceland’s steaming geothermal pools, volcanoes and rushing waterfalls which will take your breath away. Added to this cruise of Ireland and Iceland are some iconic British sites. UK highlights include the state rooms of Buckingham Palace, the labyrinth tunnels of the Churchill War Rooms, Highclere Castle, made famous by the hit Series Downtown Abbeyand beautiful Beaulieu historic home, gardens and motor museum. In three weeks you only unpack three times!!
If the Edinburgh Tattoo is on your bucket list you can include this experience along with extended time to visit relatives or explore the UK on your own.
"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - HENRY MILLER
6 – 30 AUGUST • 25 DAYS
NEW ZEALAND – SINGAPORE one night Singapore
Day 1 Today we depart New Zealand on Singapore Airlines bound for London and the start of our wonderful journey to England, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Iceland.
SINGAPORE – LONDON four nights London
Days 2–6 Our overnight transit in Singapore provides us with an opportunity to rest prior to our morning flight to London. On arrival, we’ll transfer to our centrally located hotel, perfect for exploring the sights of this great city. We’ll visit the Churchill War Rooms, the underground bunker from where Winston Churchill and his war cabinet plotted the allied route to victory during WWll. Included is a visit to Buckingham Palace where we see the lavishly furnished State Rooms of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces. There is ample time for iconic attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower of London, Hyde Park and Harrods.
OPTIONAL EDINBURGH TATTOO ADD ON:
Our stay in London coincides with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. If you’ve been to London previously and would like to take advantage of your time in the UK to visit the Tattoo, we can make arrangements to accommodate you. The Tattoo option is unescorted, however past trips have proven to be very popular, so speak with us if you are interested in finding out more.
LONDON – SOUTHAMPTON
Day 7 Today we transfer from London to Southampton where we join Celebrity Cruises MS Silhouette, and the beginning of our North Atlantic Odyssey.
14 NIGHT CRUISE ABOARD CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE
Days 7-21 MS Silhouette is Celebrity’s most modern of their fleet of 12 vessels, offering an array of innovative features for the cruise passenger who enjoys a little luxury, delivered in a casual and relaxed style. Our Balcony Staterooms are roomy, with plenty of storage space, 24 hour room service and a cosy seating area to relax. Unpack, settle in and explore your beautiful onboard surroundings as we prepare to sail!
ST PETER PORT (GUERNSEY)
Day 8 St Peter Port is the Capital of Guernsey and has been a busy port as far back as Roman times. Today it’s regarded as one of the prettiest ports in Europe, with Castle Cornet standing guard over the town as it has done for more than 800 years. The church is the town’s centerpiece and claims to be the closest church to a pub in the British Isles! You can learn about the Islands history at the Guernsey Tapestry, wander the beautiful Candie Gardens, visit Hauteville House, home to French writer Victor Hugo, or just relax unwind and explore the boutique shops, then sit back at one of the many cafes or bars and watch the world go by.
CORK (Cobh Port) (REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)
Day 9 Our day begins with a visit to Blarney Castle – a romantic ruin that dates back to 1446. Explore the castle gardens, climb the steps, kiss the stone and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top. Travelling through rolling fields our scenic drive takes us to Kinsale, regarded as Ireland’s gourmet capital, a picturesque and enchanting town just waiting to be explored. Before returning to our ship we’ll see the highlights of Cork City and the port of Cobh which was the original embarkation point for the hundreds of thousands of, mostly hungry and penniless, migrants seeking a new life in the Americas and beyond.
Day 10 The oldest city in Ireland, Waterford celebrated its 1100 anniversary in 2014. Its history dates back to Viking times and whilst the city has been extensively redeveloped, it still retains vestiges of its Viking and Norman past in the narrow streets and town walls of the Viking Triangle. Here you find three excellent museums telling the story of Ireland’s middle ages. We also find the home of the famous Waterford Crystal, where at The House of Waterford you can see how skilled craftsmen still use ancient wooden molds to shape hand-blown molten crystal to transform into stunning works of art. If crystal doesn’t make you want to sparkle, an optional ship shore excursion into the country side surely will.
DUBLIN two days in port
Days 11–12 Settled by Vikings in 841AD Dublin has been a magnet through the ages for saints, scholars, poets, playwrights and dreamers. An easy city to navigate by foot or hop-on hop-off bus with must see’s that include Trinity College, the Guinness Factory and Dublin Castle. For whiskey lovers a tour to the Jameson or Teeling Whiskey distilleries can be accommodated. For the shoppers, an array of options in close proximity to the town centre awaits, with Grafton Street, offering everything from high-end boutique to regular High Street fare. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shawand William Yeats are three of a long list of distinguished poets, playwrights and novelists, originating from Dublin and immortalized in bronze and stone across the city. In 2018 some of Dublin’s statues have been given a voice, and if you’ve ever wondered what a famous statue might be able to tell you if it could talk…in Dublin you’ll wonder no more! For those who enjoy gardens an optional excursion to Powerscourt Estate will reward you with exquisite vistas.
Days 13–14 Two days at sea to relax and enjoy the facilities and services of your floating resort. MS Silhouette has 15 dining options at your disposal including specialty restaurants to celebrate that special occasion, or to treat yourself to a more intimate dining experience. There are 10 lounges, bars and dance clubs for your enjoyment, a casino, fitness and spa facilities, shopping plaza with high-street and top-end stores including an innovation store. Enroll in a number of workshops and classes including wine appreciation, mixology, food and wine pairing, art, dance, language, yoga, fitness and wellbeing, technology and photography … the options to fill your day are almost endless! In the evening check-out the onboard entertainers, and of course the ships cabaret and shows, or catch the latest movie releases at the theatre.
REYKJAVIK (ICELAND) two days in port
Days 15–16 This morning we arrive at Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, located on the south west coast of the island. Norsemen chose this location to settle in 877A.D, due to its proximity to the hot geothermal springs, making life tolerable during the cold winter months. Today Reykjavik still utilizes the thermal springs to heat all of the town’s buildings. From Reykjavik we will explore the geothermal fields of Haukadalur, where geysers spout steaming water 30 metres into the air every 8 minutes. On the glacier fed Hvita River see the Gulfoss or Golden Falls, an iconic waterfall disappears into a 32 metre deep crevice.
Day 17 Today Akureyri (pronounced ak-koo-rare-ee) is Iceland’s second largest city with a population of around 18,000.It’s nestled at the head of Iceland’s longest Fjord, Eyjafjorour at the base of snowcapped peaks. In the summer flowering gardens belie the geographical location as it’s just a stone’s-throw from the Arctic Circle. The Akureyri Botanical Gardens has a wonderful collection of high latitude plants well worth visiting. You can expect quirky cafes, quality restaurants, a handful of art galleries and museums, well maintained walkways and trails. One museum Into the Artic would be of interest for those with a bent on polar exploration. Exhibits include old charts used by some of the first Polar explorers, the oldest dating back 300 years. Optional shore excursions include whale watching or a visit to Santa’s House where it’s Christmas every day of the year.
Day 18 At sea.
Day 19 Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city. During the heady days of the Industrial Revolution it was the largest producer of Irish Linen and had the largest rope making and shipbuilding industries in the world. Since the troubled times of the 1970’s and 80’s Belfast has been transformed into a new city. The city’s divided into cultural quarters being the Cathedral, Gaeltacht,Queens Quarter and the Titanic Quarter where visitors can see beautifully restored Victorian architecture, indulge in retail therapy at fabulous shopping outlets or enjoy the quintessential Irish experience at the lively waterfront lined with modern art galleries, live music, fantastic eateries, and a lively pub scene.
Follow the Maritime Mile waterfront trail to see the award winning Titanic Belfast to explore the exhibits of arguably the world’s most notorious maritime disaster.
An optional shore excursion to the Giants Causeway can be accommodated.
Day 20 At sea.
SOUTHAMPTON two nights Southampton
Days 21–22 Southampton is a bustling port city bursting with history, great shopping opportunities, wonderful restaurants and superb English pubs. There’s a deep connection here with WWll, having been the staging area for the D-Day assault on the beaches of Northern France. We’ll visit Highclere Castle location ofthe hit British TV series Downton Abbey and Beaulieu, boasting one of the finest stately homes and most beautiful gardens in the UK. It’s also home to the National Motor Museum,the Secret Army exhibition and World of Top Gear. The latest edition to Beaulieu, appropriately name Chequered History tells the story of motor racing from the early years to today’s high performance F1 machines. Arundel Castle built at the end of the 11th century by the Earl of Arundel is also on our list of visits. It’s one of a few castles that has descended directly from 1138 to its present day owners and has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years.
SOUTHAMPTON – LONDON – SINGAPORE one night Singapore
Days 23–24 After a leisurely morning we’ll be met by our coach and make our way to London Heathrow Airport, to begin our flights homeward, or to other points in Europe for those choosing to stay on a bit longer. We arrive in Singapore late afternoon and will be taken to our well positioned hotel where the remainder of the day and evening is at leisure.
SINGAPORE – NEW ZEALAND
Day 25 You have today to do anything that takes your fancy in beautiful Singapore, from shopping on Orchard Road or the Marina Bay shopping centre, to looking around Gardens by the Bay the impressive domed botanical gardens, or simply relaxing poolside before the final assault on the suitcase.
Day 26 On arrival in New Zealand our wonderful experience draws to a conclusion. It’s not the end of the journey though, simply a completed chapter in the book of unforgettable experiences.