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Portsmouth to Dublin - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Enjoy a post-card perfect vacation aboard the luxurious L'Austral on this 8-day cruise of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Enroute from Portsmouth to Dublin, you'll stop at Guernsey, Scilly Islands, Cork, Liverpool, the Isle of Man, and Belfast to learn about the local lore, ancient traditions, and storybook legends. Visit the ruins of once-proud castles and Belfast's renowned Giant's Causeway, a most curious geological formation that is the font of many a tale. Conclude your journey in metropolitan Dublin, where a busy city atmosphere is complemented by that trademark Irish charm. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Portsmouth, United Kingdom | Embark
Day 2 : Guernsey
Day 3 : Isles of Scilly
Day 4 : Cork
Day 5 : Douglas
Day 6 : Liverpool
Day 7 : Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 8 : Dublin, Ireland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the old port of Liverpool a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Visit Blarney Castle, an imposing fortress with numerous hidden treasures
  • Discover the Giant's Causeway a massive geological formation in Belfast
  • Enjoy Dublin, the Irish capital brimming with an authentic charm

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sheep walking on the road in the countryside. The unique rock formations of Giant's Causeway The rolling hills of the British Isles. Belfast City Hall and Ferris Wheel Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin

Day 1 Portsmouth, United Kingdom | Embark

Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The hometown of Charles Dickens and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, seafronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 meters into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.

Day 2 Guernsey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island delights you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

Day 3 Isles of Scilly

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south-west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

Optional excursions such as a visit to Tresco Abbey Garden, Garrison walking tour, and wildlife boat tour are available for additional fees. 

Day 4 Cork

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This charming stopover on the southern coast of Ireland certainly wins you over with its pastel-shaded houses layered up the hillside. A little train avoids you from having to climb the steep streets of the historic center. Once you’re there, you come to Saint Colman cathedral overlooking the coastline. The extensive panorama provides views of the little islands in Cork Harbour. Down below, the pubs complete with their floral window displays are enough to catch your eye. The pubs are famous for their traditional dishes like “colcannon” - a steaming hot soup made with cabbage served in a bowl, or a plate of boxties - crispy potato cakes with horseradish.

Optional excursions such as a visit to Blarney Castle & Kinsale, Cork city walk, and panoramic tour to Cork & Old Jameson Distillery are available for additional fees.

Day 5 Douglas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Douglasᅠis the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its grueling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. Take a stroll or horse tram along the busy promenade and visit the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. You can take a steam train into the mountainous interior, to see medieval castles and pretty villages and farms.

Optional excursions such as a visit to the Great Laxey Wheel, the scenic Southern Isle of Man, and the historic Manx are available for additional fees.

Day 6 Liverpool

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatlesメ birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight you can also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what really impresses you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as positive energy.

Optional excursions such as The Story of the Beatles and a visit to the cathedrals of Liverpool are available for additional fees.

Day 7 Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is none other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Optional excursions such as a visit to Giant's Causeway, tour to Belfast and Titanic, and a day along the Antrim Coast are available for additional fees.

Day 8 Dublin, Ireland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin Bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and art centers. Next, to Trinity College, famous for its 18th-century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home.  

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Special Savings - Book now and receive $300 onboard credit per person. Select departures only. For new bookings after February 18, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to May 10, 2020 departure

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For all new bookings made from March 9 onward, 2020 departures are fully refundable until 30 days prior to departure and 2021/2022 departures are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. A full refund may be made in either cash or future cruise credit. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2022

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
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  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
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  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
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