12 Night British Isles Cruise on Jewel of the Seas from Amsterdam, Netherlands England Liverpool City Centre Three Graces
The 12 Night British Isles Cruise from Amsterdam, Netherlands visits Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Holyhead, Wales; Liverpool, England; Cork (Cobh), Ireland; Dover, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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12 Night British Isles Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Jewel of the Seas
Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 6 - Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland
Day 7 - Holyhead, Wales
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Liverpool, England
Day 10 - Cork (Cobh), Ireland
Day 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Dover, England
Day 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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England Liverpool City Centre Three Graces
England Liverpool City Centre Three Graces
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12 Night British Isles Cruise

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Leaving from
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Onboard
Jewel of the Seas
Day Port
1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Belfast, Northern Ireland
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Holyhead, Wales
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Liverpool, England
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10
Cork (Cobh), Ireland
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Dover, England
From 5:50 AM - 4:00 PM
13
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Jewel of the Seas

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Jewel of the Seas, Exterior View, Caribbean and European Cruise Destinations
Exterior view of Jewel of the Seas Cruise With Destinations in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, and more
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Jewel of the Seas
After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DECKED OUT FOR ADVENTURE

Discover countless ways to spend your days between ports, like fueling friendly competition in a round of mini golf and taking adventure to new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. If you're after laid back lounging, catch a movie on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

DIG INTO DARING

Whether you're sipping wines from around the world at Vintages, savoring fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, indulging in prime steaks at Chops Grille℠ or sitting down to a five-course epicurean adventure at Chef's Table, you're bound to find flavors as thrilling as the shores you'll explore.

NOT THE SAME OLD SONG & DANCE

Travel from London's West End to New York City in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production. And journey from ancient Atlantis to colorful India in the celestial show City of Dreams. On this ship, every show's a hit.

Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 1
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Dancing Houses
The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Departs at 5:00 PM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload— from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every color. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark— or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Spa Couples Massage
Couples Getting Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 3: Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland

Day 3
Inverness / Loch Ness
Scotland
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Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Ruins of Urquhart Castle
The ruins of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness
Things to do in
Inverness / Loch Ness
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Scottish Highlands are home to famous battles, historic castles and to an even more famous legendary sea monster: Nessie of Loch Ness. Explore Inverness' picturesque riverside on foot. You'll pass by the 18th-century Old High Church and the Castle of Inverness, built of red sandstone in 1863 on the site of an 11th-century fortress. Join a Loch Ness cruise to explore Culloden Battlefield, a windswept moor where the Jacobite's last stand took place in the 1760s. Seeking even deeper roots? See a 4,000-year-old burial site built by neolithic farmers at the Clava Cairns. Before you depart, toast your adventure with a wee dram of single-malt Scotch whisky, savoring its distinctive peaty aromas.
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Yellow flowers blooming on shore
Yellow flowers blooming on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland

Search for a Sea Monster

Cruise Scotland's famous lake, Loch Ness, with camera at the ready to see if its legendary monster, Nessie, will finally make a definitive appearance. Or cast your eyes wide over the lake from the ruins of Urquhart Castle.
Insider tip
Scots take pride in being Scottish. Remember, Scotland is distinct from England, though both are part of the U.K.
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Dunrobin Castle
View of Dunrobin Castle from a garden

Castles and Shakespeare

The Scottish Highlands have several castles to explore. Dunrobin Castle has a museum, a falconry and gardens inspired by those at France's Palace of Versailles. Check out Cawdor Castle's tower and legendary thorn tree, where Shakespeare set one of the (many) murder scenes from "Macbeth."
Insider tip
The currency here is the British pound, though you'll find notes in Scotland marked with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Sometimes shopkeepers in other parts of the U.K. don't like to accept Scottish notes.
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Malt Scotch Scotch Glasses
Four glasses of malt Scotch

A Wee Dram

No trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling some fine single-malt Scotch whisky, with its distinctive smoky, peaty quality. There's no "e" in the Scottish spelling; "whiskey" is for the Irish and American versions. Learn about the whisky-making process at the award-winning distillery Glenmorangie.
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Cullen Skink Dish
A bowl of Cullen Skink fish soup in Scotland

Local Cuisine

Fans of Boston clam chowder should try cullen skink, a similarly rich fish soup made with potatoes and smoked haddock. For dessert, cranachan is the Scottish version of parfait, with raspberries, cream, toasted oatmeal — and a little Scotch whisky, of course. As you wander the streets of Inverness, the scents wafting from the local chippy will make it hard to pass by without ordering some fish and chips.
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Kilts for sale
Various kilts for sale in Scotland

Shopping

Scottish sweets like shortbread, toffees, caramels and Edinburgh rock make an ideal gift — if you can prevent yourself from eating them before you get home. Cruise to Loch Ness and pick up a bottle of the favorite single-malt you sample from one of the local distilleries. You'll find many products made in tartan patterns, a type of plaid associated with specific Scottish clans.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Table with assorted dishes
A top-down view of assorted dishes on a table at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean ship
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables - Chefs Table Restaurant
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables at the elegant Chefs Table restaurant. Enjoy cruise line fine dining menu with artisanal ingredients

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Main Dining Room Sliced Steak Topped With Sea Salt
Two slices of steak topped with sea salt served with a side of vegetables at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.
Room Service Breakfast
Room Service Bottle Glass in Bed

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 5: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 5
Belfast
Northern Ireland
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Belfast, Northern Ireland City Hall
The city hall building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Things to do in
Belfast
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Belfast is a thriving, fast-growing metropolitan center that's full of surprises. The city played a key role in the 19th century's Industrial Revolution, when it was the world's biggest linen producer. It also had a reputation for ship-building — the Titanic was built here. Learn more about this claim to fame when you visit the Titanic Quarter and the city's Titanic Belfast attraction. Then, grab lunch on the terrace overlooking Edwardian City Hall, one of the best examples of Belfast's great architecture. Ireland cruises offer you the opportunity to walk among exotic trees in the botanical garden, and reinvent your idea of Irish cuisine at one of the city's upscale, seafood-focused eateries.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Ship Propeller and Rudder
A vintage ship propeller and rudder

A Titanic Legacy

Travel back in time to the Titanic Quarter. Titanic Belfast is a must-see — it was named the world's leading tourist attraction in 2016. Step aboard Titanic's little sister, the SS Nomadic, or the HMS Caroline. Finish your visit at McHugh's pub, located in one of Belfast's oldest buildings.
Insider tip
There's a free bus running every 20 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays, from the city center to St. George's Market.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Famous Dark Hedges
A man walking down the road at the famous dark hedges in Northern Ireland

Winter(fell) Is Coming

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Belfast's Titanic Studios is where the series is filmed. Take a tour to visit filming locations across Northern Ireland — you'll experience Winterfell, Dragonstone and the Wall like never before.
Insider tip
Spend a day exploring locations just outside the city, like Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Student Quarter
a street in the student quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Political Paths

If you're interested in learning more about Belfast's political history, strike out on Irish Tour Ticket's Belfast Political Walking Tour. Cruise to Ireland and walk the streets where the city's historic political events took place and learn more than any guidebook can tell you.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Fish and Chips
a tray of fish and chips

Local Cuisine

Belfast cuisine is about more than fish and chips (although there's plenty of that, too). It's also about fresh-caught seafood including oysters and small crabs — served alongside a proper pint of ale, of course. Upscale modernist fare more your thing? Head to one of the restaurants that overlook the River Lagan, where you'll find everything from forward-thinking updates on British cuisine to Italian small plates.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Souvenir Titanic Bell
a replica souvenir bell from the titanic

Shopping

Check out the Titanic Store at Titanic Belfast with your Ireland cruise. Souvenirs include vintage posters, food products, collectibles and clothing. On weekends, St. George's Market has a variety of local vendors selling handicrafts. Danielle Morgan's Flax Fox brand specializes in gift ware and limited edition Irish-inspired prints.

Day 6: Glasgow, Scotland

Day 6
Glasgow
Greenock, Scotland
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Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, City View
City view of Glasgow, Scotland
Things to do in
Glasgow
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Heralded as one of the world's friendliest cities, Glasgow is Scotland's cultural capital. It's also Scotland's biggest city, surpassing even Edinburgh. Glasgow experienced a cultural boom from the 18th to 20th century, giving birth to the ornate Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture you see here today. With your Glasgow, Scotland cruise check out Killingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the city's West End. You'll encounter everything from the remains of prehistoric mammals to mind-bending Dali paintings. Explore the city's deeper history in the East End, where you'll find Glasgow Cathedral, a monument of 12th-century Gothic design. Glasgow is also a UNESCO City of Music — stop into one of the 130 music events that are held here each week at venues like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Kelvingrove Museum Glasgow University
View of Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland

Get Artsy

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Glasgow's (and Scotland's) finest museum, with over 8,000 pieces from artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is known for its contemporary collection. There's also the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Burrell Collection and Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
Insider tip
Depending on your time, itinerary and preferences, Glasgow is less than one hour by bus from Edinburgh.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Riverside Museum
A vintage ship docked next to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland

Hang by the Riverside

Late architect Zaha Hadid designed the Riverside Museum, which won European Museum of the Year Award in 2013. It houses the former — and beloved — Museum of Transport's collection, which includes trams, rockets, locomotives, prams and more. There's also The Tall Ship, a restored 19th-century sailing ship with maritime-themed exhibitions.
Insider tip
Always have correct change if taking a public bus, as many drivers won't have (or give you) change.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Acoustic Performers
Two musicians performing an acoustic show

Vibe in the Live Music

Glasgow is Scotland's home for live music. Check out Stereo, a local favorite with good food and almost daily performances. On the Southside, head to the the Glad Cafe, an eatery, music venue and arts space. Or head to the popular venue/pub Blackfriars.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Haggis Dish
A white plate with haggis and gravy

Local Cuisine

Glasgow's cuisine is inspired by the traditions of Scottish fare. Try haggis — a savory pudding of meat, offal, oats and spices — with its traditional accompaniment, neeps and tatties (local parlance for turnips and potatoes). Cruise to Glasgow, Scotland and head to the districts north of the River Clyde to explore the city's budding gastronomic scene. Farm-to-table spots serve up inspired takes on Scottish flavors, like rabbit terrine flavored with prunes and Laphroaig or confit duck leg with barley risotto.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Pocket Watch
A pocket watch on a chain

Shopping

Buchanan Street is Glasgow's shopping hub. Head to the Buchanan Galleries for designer fashions and Princes Square for stylish boutiques during your cruise. Explore Glasgow's Style Mile in the city center, which has everything from independent boutiques to flagship stores. Janet and John in Glasgow's West End neighborhood stocks art, stationery, Celtic jewelry and home wares from many Scottish designers.

Day 7: Holyhead, Wales

Day 7
Holyhead
Wales
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Holyhead, Wales, View of Cliffs
Coastal cliffs at South Stack in Wales
Things to do in
Holyhead
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The largest town on the isle of Anglesey in Wales, Holyhead is all about outdoor adventures and ancient history. Separated from mainland Wales by a narrow channel, the town's international port is just a short 2 hour ferry ride from Dublin. Cruise to Wales and stroll through Holyhead's ancient town center, built around Saint Cybi's Church, which dates back to 550 AD and was built on the site of the Roman fort Caer Gybi Roman. Walk along the still-standing fort walls, or head just outside town for some coasteering — an adventure along the sea cliffs that involves light rock climbing, sea cave exploration and (for the brave) even a dive into the waves.
Holyhead, Wales, Breakwater Park Stone Hut
A stone hut at Breakwater Park in Holyhead, Wales

Throw It (Way, Way) Back

Immerse yourself in all things historic and prehistoric in Holyhead. After you've seen the Roman-era fort walls and the church dating back to 550 AD, head to even more ancient sites — there's a neolithic burial chamber at Trefignath, a mile and half outside town, and a group of Bronze-Age huts on the south slope of Holyhead Mountain.
Insider tip
Driving is the best way to reach South Stack and Holyhead Golf Club.
Holyhead, Wales, View from Holyhead Mountain
The view of Holyhead and the harbor from the top of Holyhead mountain

Park It

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park has something for everyone. Check out the wildlife and industrial exhibitions, then explore the Rocky Coast and the lake Llyn Llwynog. The park offers access to both South Stack island and Holyhead Mountain, and walks here are perfect for families.
Insider tip
Be prepared with extra layers — Britain's coastline is known for being windy and a bit chilly year-round.
Holyhead, Wales, South Stack Lighthouse
The South Stack Lighthouse in Wales

Get On Island Time

South Stack is an island located off the Holy Island coast. It's famous for its lighthouse, which you can visit by crossing a footbridge. South Stack's cliffs support large colonies of seabirds — catch a glimpse of the puffins from Ellin's Tower with your Irish Sea cruise.
Holyhead, Wales, Welsh Griddle Cake
Four welsh griddle cakes on a blue and white plate

Local Cuisine

Holyhead's dining scene is impressively eclectic. Head to Wavecrest Cafe for traditional Welsh griddle cakes, and hit up the Harbourfront Bistro for modern British cuisine, with lots of local seafood and slow-cooked lamb and beef. Interested in Indian cuisine? Locals love Nuha Tandoori.
Holyhead, Wales, Traditional Home Souvenirs
Miniature traditional homes souvenirs

Shopping

Head to the streets lining the Old Harbour or take the drive to nearby Anglesey to find independent boutiques stocked with unique souvenirs and giftware. Seek out distinctive finds at vintage furniture stores. Pick up locally made decorations for your home or kitchen as many cruise ship visitors do. There's even a traditional watch and clock shop if you're looking to upgrade your timepiece.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Schooner Bar with Piano
QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks

Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to begin.
West End to Broadway Cruise Show, Performers Dressed in Costumes on Stage, Jewel of the Seas
Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas

West End to Broadway

Savor every note as you travel from the Big Apple across the pond in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production.
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - on a 220 square foot outdoor movie screen above the main pool area. On select ships.
Vintages Couple Having Dinner
Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine

Vintages

Whether it’s malbec, merlot, riesling or pinot grigio, you’re sure to find all your beloved reds or whites at Vintages wine bar. From France to California, the wide world of wine is well-represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers, including some exclusive bottles you won't find anywhere else.

Day 9: Liverpool, England

Day 9
Liverpool
England
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England Historic Liver Building Clocktower
England Historic Liver Building Clocktower
Things to do in
Liverpool
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Liverpool, England has so much to offer visitors. From stunning architecture — like The Bluecoat Chambers and The Three Graces — to epic eateries that serve up some of the best food in the U.K., there's something for everyone. If you're looking for the buzzing center of the city, head down to Royal Albert Dock, which not only has the most listed buildings in the city, but is also the spot packed with galleries, museums and more.
England Liverpool Cathedral Merseyside County
England Liverpool Cathedral Merseyside County

Contemporary vs. Gothic

The city is home to two cathedrals that look nothing like each other. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is extremely contemporary while the Liverpool Cathedral, which also has the largest organ in the U.K., features a more Gothic style. Architecture junkies will want to visit both to explore both styles.
England Liverpool Central Library
England Liverpool Central Library

Books and Beauty

History and literature lovers can't come to Liverpool without visiting the Liverpool Central Library. It houses more than 1,500 rare books that you can peruse through in the Oak Room and Hornby Library. Plus, the Picton Reading Room, with its domed ceiling is considered to be one of the most beautiful library rooms in the entire world.
England Liverpool Cavern Quarter Mathew Street
England Liverpool Cavern Quarter Mathew Street

Stroll the Street Art

Between the Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery, famous artwork is not hard to come by in Liverpool. But there's even more to be found outside the museum walls. As you walk around the city, keep your eyes peeled for Liverpool's renowned street art. Visit the Baltic Triangle, the city's creative district, to see some stunning murals. Other hot spots include London Road, Gildart Street and Stanley Dock. If you prefer a more planned adventure, book a walking tour.
England Liverpool Scouse Beef Stew
England Liverpool Scouse Beef Stew

Local Cuisine

Quality is everything when it comes to dining on a delicious meal, and Liverpool is serving up something tasty in every corner of the city. Enjoy afternoon tea with perfect sandwiches while overlooking the city at Panoramic 34, the U.K.'s tallest restaurant, or sink your teeth into Scouse, the traditional Liverpool stew made with lamb or beef, onions, potatoes and cabbage.
England Liverpool Old Red Brick Buildings
England Liverpool Old Red Brick Buildings

Shopping

If vintage stores are your thing, you've come to the right place. You'll find buried treasure in the form of vintage clothes, unique trinkets and Liverpudlian history.

Day 10: Cork, Ireland

Day 10
Cork
Cobh, Ireland
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Cork (Cobh), Ireland Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church in Cork, Ireland
Things to do in
Cork
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The real capital of Ireland — that's what the locals call Cork, a university city in the country's southwest. In the city center, situated on an island in the River Lee, you'll find one of Ireland's best foodie scenes, with laneways and streets filled with local watering holes and high-end restaurants. Cruise to Ireland to check out the the prison-turned-museum Cork City Gaol, visit Blarney Castle and kiss its eponymous stone, and sample local culinary specialities in the English Market. Cork is just a 25-minute drive from Cobh, Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal and the final port of call for the Titanic before it set sail for the United States.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Blarney House
The Blarney house in Cork, Ireland

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Don't leave the region without getting up close and personal with the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, located eight kilometers northwest of Cork. Legend has it, if you literally bend over backwards to kiss the stone, you'll gain the gift of eloquence.
Insider tip
In Cobh, walk up West View — one of Ireland's steepest hills — to photograph St. Colman's Cathedral backdropping the rainbow houses.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Old City Gaol
The gaol in Cork's old city

Go to Gaol

Going to prison is usually a bad thing, but Cork City Gaol (the Celtic spelling for "jail") is the exception. The castle-like building once housed 19th century prisoners. It closed in 1923 to become a broadcasting station and reopened as a museum in 1993. Today, you can tour the cells and see the artifacts of early radio broadcasting.
Insider tip
Visit the friendly staff at Cobh's tourism information center for the best local tips.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Fort Mitchel
A building at Fort Mitchel on Spike Island in Ireland

Fortify Yourself

Take the short, scenic ferry ride from Cobh to Spike Island — named the top European tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards — and explore Fort Mitchel. Over 200 years old, the star-shaped fortress previously held 2,300 prisoners. For brave souls, the island even offers After Dark tours.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Traditional Stew
A serving of traditional stew with a pint of beer on the side

Local Cuisine

Visit the local artisans selling their fresh produce at English Market in Cork, where trading has been happening since 1788. You'll find artisan cheese and bread, locally raised meats, fresh produce and seafood. Then, head to a traditional restaurant on Oliver Plunkett street for a classic dinner of fish and chips or lamb stew with potatoes and vegetables.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland Souvenir Magnets
Various souvenir Irish magnets

Shopping

St. Patrick's Street in the city center is Cork's main shopping district to see with your Ireland cruise. You'll find modern pop-ups like Wild Design, which offers ethically made handicrafts and jewelry. Traditional Irish stores like Kilkenny Shop specialize in everything from pottery to home decor. The common theme here is high-quality, Irish-made goods.

Day 11: Cruising

Day 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Father and Son Playing Basketball On Board
Father and Son Playing Basketball in the Sports Court

Sports Court

Whether it's a game of one-on-one or an all-out tournament to fuel your competitive fire, our Sports Court is just the spot for basketball and volleyball action.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.

Solarium

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Day 12: Dover, England

Day 12
Dover
England
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Dover, England, White Cliffs
View of the white cliffs of Dover
Things to do in
Dover
From 5:50 AM - 4:00 PM
Dover is England's place of poetry. Immortalized in Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach," this port town in County Kent holds remnants of England's ancient past. See Richborough Roman Fort — founded after the Romans invaded Britain in 43 A.D., it became a shore fort when the Saxons took it over in the year 277. Check out Dover Castle, a medieval fortress dating back to the 11th century, where you can see the Roman Lighthouse or climb the Great Tower. Cruise to Dover, England and be sure to explore the White Cliffs of Dover — an iconic piece of the British landscape that witness both the Roman invasion and the return of forces from Dunkirk in World War II.
Dover, England, White Cliffs
Aerial view of the white cliffs of Dover, England

Walk the White Cliffs

The chalk composition of the White Cliffs of Dover gives them their stunning natural appearance. Walk along the cliff top to soak in the views of the busy English Channel and French coast. Or carry a book in your back pocket and wander aimlessly through a field of green.
Insider tip
Remember to bring extra layers year-round if walking along the White Cliffs of Dover.
Dover, England, Dover Castle Aerial
Aerial view of Dover Castle in Dover, England

Castle Crawl

Dover Castle dates back to the 11th century. Its Great Tower is fantastically furnished to resemble a medieval court — performers included. The castle is also home to the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Built during Napoleonic times, the tunnels were used until the end of WWII, where you can now find exhibits inside tracing their history.
Insider tip
It's fortunately very easy to walk between Dover sights, so don't worry about hiring a vehicle.
Dover, England, Bronze Age Tools
An assortment of five different bronze age tools

Museum Medley

Dover Museum is free, with exhibitions on Dover's history from the Stone Age to the Saxons and the town's growth since medieval times. Then, there's the award-winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery, which is home to the world's oldest known seagoing boat. The Dover Museum Shop is also stocked with souvenirs such as postcards and figurines.
Dover, England, Grilled Shrimp
Grilled shrimp on a black board

Local Cuisine

Dover's dining options range from traditional, no-frills eateries to hip urban bistros. Naturally, seafood is a specialty — try shell-on local king prawns or whitebait, lightly battered and fried golden-brown. Cruise to Dover, England and head to a pub for English fish pie, with smoked cod, haddock or halibut in bechamel sauce with mashed potatoes, covered in flaky puff pastry.
Dover, England, Porcelain China
Assorted porcelain china cups and plates

Shopping

The Vintage Bubble, located inside The Wrong End of Town, is Dover's only handmade and personalized gift shop. It stocks gifts for everyone (including pets), with handmade home furnishings and an extensive collection of wooden toy boxes. Head to Pebbles Kiosk for Dover souvenirs or De Bradelei Wharf for an outlet shopping center during your England cruise.

Day 13: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 13
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Tulip Field
Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload— from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every color. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark— or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

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