Treasures of Ireland & The British Isles
Select from various cruises that go to England, Scotland and Ireland to explore charming port towns. Experience the romance of gardens and lush landscapes, colorful houses made of timber and slate, and rich cultural and historic heritage.
The main Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagoes itinerary offers the most unique stops, including Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK; Wicklow, with its well-known gardens and national park; Dartmouth, a town that embodies the English countryside; Guernsey, a Channel Island with floral landscapes and former home to exiled writer Victor Hugo; and Normandy’s Honfleur, where pre-impressionist painters thrived, as do their museum-housed works, today.
The alternative British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise uniquely visits Penzance, to discover Cornwall and its vast, green and wild expanses, plus its sheer cliffs and its sandy coves. The alternative Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise features special guest musicians for concerts at sea between shore visits. Unique to this itinerary is a visit to Douglas, capital of Isle of Man. Here, enjoy living a postcard from the United Kingdom of yesteryear, with a Victorian atmosphere.
The Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides & the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys itinerary uniquely visits Holyhead, Wales, with its seabirds and historic landmarks; and Kinsale, Ireland, offering colorful houses, art galleries and theaters as well as a 17th century fort. This itinerary is tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. These voyages uniquely include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.
Three luxury French vessels operate these cruises that go to England, Ireland and Scotland: 264-guest L’Austral and 180-guest Le Bellot and Le Dumont D’Urville. Enjoy refined and attentive service, a plethora of onboard activities and unrivaled elegance. Appreciate understated sophistication, an international feel and top-notch guides aboard these ships. Identical ships Le Bellot and Le Dumont D’Urville feature 100% private balconies or terraces, innovative equipment, elegantly designed guest accommodations, welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside and the Blue Eye underwater lounge–a multi-sensory space in the ship’s hull featuring hydrophones, expansive underwater views and other amenities that create the feeling of being underwater beside the marine life that the ship is sailing past. On all three ships, a variety of onboard activities engage guests while underway.