Explore the British Isles in luxurious style with Cunard - February 2018
Throughout the course of 2018, many ships will depart out of ports around the UK to a range of spectacular destinations throughout Europe and further afield. Each of these itineraries offers a chance to visit a large number of destinations in a short period of time, as well as offering an opportunity to visit a range of towns and cities that you may not otherwise consider visiting. The latter of these points is particularly valid when considering a British Isles cruise.
While a cruise around the British Isles may not instantly be high up on your list of must-do experiences, you may be surprised by the vast range of hidden gems you can visit. Better yet, you can travel to stunning locations throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Channel Islands while also enjoying the blissful luxury aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria. This week, GoCruise takes a look at everything you can enjoy aboard this spectacular 13-night cruise.
Sailing out of Southampton, Queen Victoria will be your base for the next two weeks as you wake up to a new destination each morning. From spacious staterooms to gourmet restaurants, this luxurious vessel has so much to offer and will certainly leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. From the moment you step aboard Queen Victoria, you will be amazed by the classically-designed interior areas that represent more than 175 years of maritime history.
From inside staterooms all the way up to the luxurious suites in the Queens Grill, you will have plenty of space to relax and unwind in privacy after each day on shore. Some of the higher accommodation grades even offer butler service and private dining experiences. Speaking of dining, you will be overwhelmed by the gourmet options available on board. With expertly-sourced meats, succulent seafood, fresh salads and decadent desserts, a cruise on board any of the three Cunard ships is a foodie’s paradise. All of this comes in addition to a relaxing spa, dazzling entertainment, wine tasting sessions, dancing lessons, onboard bars and much more.
Ireland and Northern Ireland
Sailing westward out of Southampton, you will have a whole day at sea to appreciate the beauty of Queen Victoria. After this, your first sight of land will be the small Irish seaport of Cobh, which offers an authentic insight into Irish culture and was the last port visited by the Titanic on her ill-fated voyage. In the town, you can visit the Titanic memorials and embark on a trail that offers a deeper understanding of the local maritime heritage. This is followed by a call into Dublin, where you wander the city streets and enjoy a pint of Guinness, treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy of visit renowned landmarks including Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
Ireland is home to some of the most naturally beautiful coastlines in the world and this is no more apparent than in the regions surrounding Killybegs. Some of the most breath-taking landmarks to visit include Malin Head, Fanad Head and Sliabh Liag – all of which showcase the beautiful rugged landscapes in spectacular style. You will then head eastwards, once again, and enjoy a call into the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. Take a stroll around this iconic city and soak in landmarks including the City Hall and St Anne’s Cathedral. Alternatively, you can travel a little further afield on an open-topped bus tour and admire the many murals that decorate the sides of houses throughout the city.
Sandwiched between calls into Dublin and visits to Killybegs, you will have a chance to dive into some of the iconic sights of Scotland. Greenock is the first port of call and, from here, it is possible to travel further inland towards the city of Glasgow. The city centre itself is well worth a slow stroll, taking in sights such as Glasgow Cathedral and the City Chambers along the way. If you are looking for a sense of peace and tranquillity, a journey to the Botanic Gardens offers a chance to admire an extensive range of tropical plants from around the world.
Staying on the subject of serene environments, a journey to the Isle of Skye, in the Inner Hebrides, offers a chance to experience an authentic taste of Scotland. You may choose to visit scenic highlights including the picturesque Trotternish Peninsula or Kilt Rock which, as the name suggests, is a cliff face that bears striking resemblance to a tartan-patterned kilt. You will also have a chance to visit the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, which offers a gentle pace of life. Friendly locals will provide you with a warm welcome, while local landmarks including the impressive 12th century St Magnus Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace.
On the return leg back to Southampton, you will have a chance to visit the Mersey city of Liverpool. Recent urban revitalisation has brought the city into the 21st century and created a modern atmosphere that is unparalleled to anywhere else in England. However, the city has also remained true to its roots and this is perhaps most apparent by the waterfront.
A visit to the Merseyside Maritime Museum offers an invaluable insight into one of the leading industries within the area, while The Beatles Story features artefacts from the band and their lives in Liverpool. The city centre also offers many hidden discoveries, with statues of famous figures who resided in the area. It also goes without saying that Liverpool is home to two of the biggest football teams in the world and there are opportunities to tour both stadia.
Prior to returning to Southampton, you will have a chance to experience the Guernsey island capital of Saint Peter Port. This island offers an ideal place to soak up the sun, while also offering many significant historical artefacts. Castle Cornet defended Saint Peter Port for more than 800 years and is today home to a total of five museums, gardens and a refectory. It is also worth noting that the Channel Islands were the only part of the UK to be occupied by German troops during WWII. A visit to the German Naval Signals Headquarters and the German Occupation Museum offer an authentic insight into this tragic point in the island’s history.
Departing out of Southampton 12th May, this fabulous sailing from Cunard offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the hidden gems of the British Isles and Ireland. You will also be able to appreciate a traditionally luxurious style of cruising that is synonymous with the early 20th century.
For more information or to book your stateroom on board this amazing 13-night sailing, contact our friendly GoCruise team today via Freephone: 0800 121 8250 or complete the online enquiry form and let us get back to you.