12 Night British Isles Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam, Netherlands St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Castle Cornet
The 12 Night British Isles Cruise from Amsterdam, Netherlands visits Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland; Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland; Cork (Cobh), Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Holyhead, Wales; St. Peter Port, Guernsey; 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 Brilliance of the Seas
Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland
Day 4 - Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Cork (Cobh), Ireland
Day 7 - 8 - Dublin, Ireland
Day 9 - Holyhead, Wales
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Day 12 - Dover, England
Day 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Castle Cornet
View of Castle Cornet in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands
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12 Night British Isles Cruise

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Leaving from
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Onboard
Brilliance of the Seas
Day Port
1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Cork (Cobh), Ireland
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7 - 8
Dublin, Ireland
From Day 7, 2:00 PM - Day 8, 11:55 PM
9
Holyhead, Wales
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12
Dover, England
From 6:45 AM - 4:00 PM
13
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Brilliance of the Seas

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Brilliance of the Seas
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Brilliance of the Seas, Aerial View, Caribbean and European Destinations
Aerial View of Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Amsterdam , Russia, and Germany
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Brilliance of the Seas
Calling all backroads ramblers and culture cruisers— your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a movie poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

SEIZE THE SEA DAY

When you're not exploring onshore, conquer some bucket list firsts on deck. Catch a movie on the poolside screen, tee up for a game of mini golf, or scale the Rock Climbing Wall. Looking to unwind or break a sweat? Indulge in some "me time" at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

WOAH- WORTHY EATS

In between brag worthy destinations and social feed filling adventures onboard, you'll discover flavors that raise the bar. Like prime cuts of steak at Chops Grille℠ and Italian favorites at Giovanni's Table. Not to mention a Far East feast at Izumi and wines from around the world at Vintages.

SHOWTIME AT SEA

Watch and listen as outstanding singers and dancers showcase their skills in the variety revue, Center Stage. And sing along to modern stage hits in Now and Forever. This is entertainment that hits all the high notes.

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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Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Man Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 3
Edinburgh
S. Queensferry, Scotland
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Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland
Things to do in
Edinburgh
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Edinburgh is home to hills, history and haggis. It attracts over one million international visitors annually, making it the U.K.'s second most popular tourist destination. Explore Edinburgh's Old Town. Here, you'll find Edinburgh Castle, perched atop the dormant volcanic cliff of Castle Rock — the spot has been a defense outpost since the second century A.D. Then, head to St. Giles Cathedral, an elaborate Gothic church that served as a focal point of the Scottish Reformation in the 1500s. The city's New Town is equally worth a visit during your Edinburgh cruise. Peruse the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and climb the Scott Monument for sweeping views of the city.
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Edinburg Castle
A close up view of the Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Climb Castle Rock

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline from its position on Castle Rock. You can check out the free views outside. But there are many exciting paid exhibits inside, too, including the Crown Jewels, the Great Hall, the National War Museum and the Stone of Destiny.
Insider tip
Admire the views of Edinburgh Castle from Princes St Gardens, Calton Hill and Grassmarket.
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, National Museum of Scotland
Interior view of the National Museum of Scotland

Be a Wise Guy

Edinburgh is full of opportunities for learning. It's free to visit the National Museum of Scotland, with exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to medieval decorative art. The free Writers' Museum celebrates Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. For other educational stops, check out the Surgeons' Hall Museum and the Museum of Childhood.
Insider tip
If the timing coincides with your visit, definitely do a free walking tour with Little Fish Tours or SANDEMANs.
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Victoria Street
Colorful buildings lining Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland

Follow in Harry's Footsteps

Harry Potter fans will know all about Edinburgh's place in the creation of the much-loved books. Cruise to Edinburgh and head to the Elephant House and Spoon Cafes, where Rowling wrote parts of her first book. Greyfriars Kirkyard's gravestones inspired some of the characters' names, and colorful Victoria Street was the inspiration behind Diagon Alley. There's also the luxurious Rowling Suite at the Balmoral Hotel.
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Haggis Neeps and Tatties
A plate of haggis, neeps and tatties in Scotland

Local Cuisine

Be brave and try Scotland's signature dish: haggis. It's a savory pudding of meat (sometimes liver and heart), oats, onions and spices — and yes, it's cooked inside a sheep's stomach, but it serves more as a sausage casing than anything else. Not feeling up for the experience? Try one of the city's many upscale farm-to-table eateries, where you'll find dishes like local lamb served along daikon radishes and woodruff, a wild herb.
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Tartan Cloth
A rack full of tartan cloth kilts in Edinburgh, Scotland

Shopping

Harry Potter fans need to visit Diagon House or Galaxy. You can also pick up a tartan or cashmere keepsake at one of the Royal Mile's many souvenir stores, including the House of Edinburgh. For unique jewelry, prints and gifts handmade by indie designers from the U.K. and abroad, visit Hannah Zakari during your cruise.

Day 4: Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland

Day 4
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 8:00 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 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
FOR FOODIES
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

Day 6: Cork, Ireland

Day 6
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 8:00 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 7 - 8: Dublin, Ireland

Day 7 - 8
Dublin
Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland, Trong Tower of Dublin Castle
View of the Trong Tower of the Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland
Things to do in
Dublin
From Day 7, 2:00 PM - Day 8, 11:55 PM
With nearly half of the population under 25 years old, Dublin is a youthful city full of energy and creativity. Experience a Dublin, Ireland cruise to find many young residents getting festive at one of the city's 1,000 pubs, restaurants, and bars. But besides being the life of the party, Dublin is a city steeped in history. Walk the cobblestone streets of the lively Temple Bar neighborhood — dating back to medieval times, today the district is a hub for art institutes, pubs and boutique shops. Cross Ha'Penny Bridge, built in 1816, and head to the National Museum of Ireland, where you can see the famous Book of Kells and artifacts from ancient Celtic history.
Dublin, Ireland, Dark Irish Stout
A glass filled with a dark Irish stout beer

A Proper Pint

Ireland's No. 1 tourist attraction is the Guinness Storehouse. With seven floors of interactive experiences, the end reward is a perfectly poured pint at the world-famous Gravity Bar. If beer isn't your thing, visit the Jameson Distillery for a 40-minute tasting tour of Ireland's best-selling Irish whiskey.
Insider tip
Dublin is famous for its colorful Georgian doors, which can be found around Fitzwilliam and Merrion Squares.
Dublin, Ireland, Malahide Castle
Frontal view of the Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland

Toast the Past

Dublin has a long history, beginning with the Viking raids in the 9th and 10th centuries. Explore the city's past at attractions like Malahide Castle, which dates back to the 1100s and houses a complex walled garden. Check out St Patrick's Cathedral, another 12th century built in dramatic Gothic style.
Insider tip
Several companies offer fantastic daily free walking tours around Dublin city center.
Dublin, Ireland, Fallow Deer
A fallow deer in Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland

Play in a Park

Dublin has many open green spaces. Phoenix Park, which is the largest enclosed public park in any European capital city. It's home to a herd of fallow deer, Dublin Zoo, gardens and Ashtown Castle. St Stephen's Green is another option, as is the National Botanic Gardens.
Insider tip
Don't worry if rain is in the forecast — most of Dublin's biggest attractions are inside.
Dublin, Ireland, Typical Breakfast
A typical Irish breakfast on a white plate

Local Cuisine

There are almost too many choices for dining in Dublin, from Michelin-starred restaurant to character-filled pubs. To fuel up for you adventure, take down a plate of beans in spiced tomato sauce with toast, topped with a fried egg — the dish is often paired with black pudding, a traditional type of blood sausage.
Dublin, Ireland, Clover Leaf Pendant
A clover leaf pendant souvenir from

Shopping

Dublin's two main shopping streets are O'Connell and Grafton Streets. For a unique souvenir, visit Avoca for clothes, accessories, wool blankets and home wares. The Ireland-only store still uses the wool mill where it all began in the 1700s. The Irish Design Shop also stocks home wares, jewelry and gifts.

Day 9: Holyhead, Wales

Day 9
Holyhead
Wales
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Holyhead, Wales, View of Cliffs
Coastal cliffs at South Stack in Wales
Things to do in
Holyhead
From 7:00 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 10: Cruising

Day 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Couple with their Kids in the Pool
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
SUN DRENCHED DAYS
Girls Running on the Pool Deck
Girls Splashing and Running by the Pool

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.
Guest Lounging at Solarium
Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium

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.

Day 11: St. Peter Port, Guernsey

Day 11
St. Peter Port
Guernsey
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St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, View of harbor
View of the Saint Peter Port harbor in the Channel Islands
Things to do in
St. Peter Port
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Europe's prettiest harbor town is home to over 800 years of history. St. Peter Port's cobblestone streets, picturesque marina and historic attractions make it a perfect destination for everyone. Start your day by stepping back into time at Castle Cornet, a fortress dating back to the 1200s — perched atop a hill, the castle offers panoramic views of the harbor. Then, explore Hauteville House, home to French writer Victor Hugo. You can see Hugo's statue as you stroll through Candie Gardens, a Victorian public garden full of brightly colored flowers and fish ponds. Or find a charming seaside cafe to relax in with a fresh crab sandwich and watch the fishing boats go by.
St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Castle Corney Interior
The interior of Castle Cornet in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands

Scale the Castle

The royal fortress of Castle Cornet has kept the town and harbor of St. Peter Port safe for eight centuries. Explore the historic battlements, and enjoy breath-taking views towards the other islands. Then, wander the four formal gardens recreated in period styles from 17th to 19th centuries.
Insider tip
If you visit in October or November, you'll end up eating cheaper because of the Tennerfest, a popular food festival, where restaurants put out set menus.
St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Archives Building
The Island Archives building in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands

Literature Meets Architecture

Walk the halls of the Hauteville House, which was once home to the 19th-century French writer Victor Hugo. From the third-floor lookout, you can see panoramic views of the channel and the architecture of St. Peter Port. The Guernsey Island Archives, one of St. Peter Ports's most distinctive buildings, is right next door.
Insider tip
Take a cycling tour to explore the island in a fun, active way. There are several types of tours for all fitness levels.
St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Victorian Candie Gardens
The Victorian Candie Gardens flowers in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands

Sweet as Candie

Stroll the charming cobblestone streets of St. Peter Port's old town up to Candie Gardens. Once the formal gardens of a private home, they're now open for the public to enjoy. The tearoom has lovely views over the town and across to neighbouring islands. You'll also find the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery here.
St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Crab Cake Sandwich
A crab cake sandwich with a side of french fries and cole slaw

Local Cuisine

St. Peter Port's location in the Channel Islands makes it the perfect place to taste both British and French food. Enjoy a fresh crab sandwich from one of the many beach side stalls, or stop into a chip shop for classic British fish and chips. Head to an upscale restaurant on the pier for higher-end fare like roasted sea bass with lime and ginger or pan-fried brill filet with lemon butter.
St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Antique copper cans
Antique copper cans

Shopping

Head to the Old Quarter for your share of antique shops and locally crafted goods, including traditional copper milk cans and sweaters made from much-loved Guernsey wool. With many family-run business, no two shops are alike. Or check out High Street, lined with small boutiques, gift shops and larger, well-known stores.

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 6:45 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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