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Discover two fascinating countries on one of our luxury cruises to Ireland and Scotland. These unforgettable itineraries include 12-night sailings around the British Isles and 14-night journeys that visit ports in Iceland and Ireland.
Combine visits to vibrant cities like Dublin and Glasgow with stops in historic towns such as Cork and Waterford. Depending on the itinerary, these jam-packed cruises to Ireland and Scotland also include port days in Belfast, Reykjavik, and Liverpool, as well as at least three serene days at sea, where you’ll be able to discover all of the exciting venues and entertainment available aboard one of our award-winning ships.
Set sail from the port of Amsterdam, a dynamic city full of culture, art, and history waiting to be discovered. Make your way around its impressive array of museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, which features the world’s largest collection of works by the Dutch master. Visit historic landmarks, such as the Anne Frank House, where the famous teenage diarist hid during the Holocaust. Or make your way around the sights on two wheels, as Amsterdam is known as one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet.
Only two hours away from London, Southampton is one of the most convenient departure ports in Europe. Before embarking on your cruise, spend a day or two visiting London’s famous landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Tower, and Buckingham Palace. Or head to the nearby ruins of Stonehenge and marvel at the mysterious stone circle that some believe holds mystical powers.
The capital of Ireland is known for its burgeoning arts scene and festive attitude. Join in on the fun during an afternoon pub crawl, where you’ll stop by Temple Bar, the city’s most iconic pub. If you take your spirits seriously, you can also head to the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery and learn all about the country’s iconic beer and whiskey. Or if history is more your beat, visit the centuries-old Dublin Castle, the former center of British power.
Get a taste of Scottish culture in Glasgow, one of Scotland’s most alluring cities. Visit the Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest building in the city. Embark on a fun pub crawl and sample the region’s local craft beers. Go shopping for traditional tartan fabrics and kilts. Or enjoy a live music show that features the area’s signature Scottish bagpipes.
Immerse yourself in Medieval history and Gothic architecture while in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. This former Viking port has several fascinating attractions, including Blarney Castle, a 15th-century fortress with sprawling gardens and the legendary Blarney Stone, and the Jameson Experience Midleton, where you can learn all about the popular whiskey brand that dates back to 1780 and taste rare premium blends during a private tour.
Soak in the history of Ireland and Scotland by stepping inside historic castles and forts. In Dublin, pay a visit to Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in the country that dates back to the 12th century. During your day in Dover, head to Kent and go inside Leeds Castle, one of Henry VIII’s former residences. While in Inverness, stop by Urquhart Castle, the site of many bloody battles and one of the most popular attractions in Scotland.
On cruises to Ireland and Scotland, there are several natural wonders worth seeking out. In Dover, witness the striking chalk-white facade of the White Cliffs of Dover. If you’re departing from Southampton, take a day trip to Stonehenge and marvel at the mysterious, prehistoric circle of rocks. While near Belfast, witness the breathtaking beauty of the Giant’s Causeway, a stunning sight featuring thousands of basalt columns next to the ocean.
Both the Irish and Scottish people are known for their lively drinking culture. Embrace the jovial tradition of a pub crawl and make your way around popular bars and historic pubs in cosmopolitan cities like Dublin, Glasgow, and Belfast. And don’t miss sampling some of the region’s signature whiskeys during a tour around a local distillery, too.