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Ireland and Great Britain travel adventures abound as you discover vibrant and historied capital cities... explore captivating islands off the beaten path... enjoy premier hotels that have been shaped by history filled with charm and character... and discover the cultural mix of Celtic, Norse and British influences.

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Spectacular landscapes, royal gems and historic jewels are present throughout all of these destinations as you explore capital cities, idyllic countrysides, castles and manor houses and medieval towns. Drink in the beauty of the Ring of Kerry... learn how Guinness is made and poured... enjoy tea at Edinburgh Castle and a medieval lunch in Northumberland castle... punting along the River Cam... and discovering the hidden wonders of St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Meeting Winston Churchill's granddaughter in London… discovering whiskies, tartans, and castles in Edinburgh... tasting Irish traditions in Dublin, at a whisky distillery, at castles and family farms… seeing Shakespeare's home, Churchill's birthplace, learned Oxford, mysterious Stonehenge, and the Book of Kells… Tauck welcomes you on land journeys to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland…

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These are lands of legends, castles, fortresses, Neolithic sites and verdant heaths that immerse visitors in a magical world. Elves, druids and great kings are part of tradition in the magical countries of Ireland and Scotland . Meanwhile, England has its own treasures to offer, with beautiful islands and bustling cities. 

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Bustling towns, castles and fortresses, breathtaking wildly beautiful landscapes... A cruise to Scotland, Ireland and England means a journey with unexpected magic around every corner. Here, we look at 10 unmissable things that keep British and Irish legends alive.

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The Essentials - Ireland, Scotland, England

From Celtic shores to typical British towns, cruises to Ireland, Scotland and England offer you the opportunity to explore a wealth of culture with strong identifies, legends and fascinating stories. Here is a taste of what you can expect.

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Gauge Dublin's pulse - Ireland

Gauge Dublin's pulse - Ireland

Dublin has plenty of charm on both sides of the Liffey. There are lots of historic landmarks to visit: while you can see the Custom House and Bank of Ireland from the outside, you should definitely venture into Trinity College . This, Dublin's oldest university, is home to the Book of Kells : a 1,200-year old manuscript and a real illumination masterpiece among thousands of works. Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle are also unmissable. But, to appreciate the whole package offered by the Irish capital, you need to gauge its pulse. There's no better way to do this than walking along pedestrianised Grafton Street , or through the Temple Bar district, with its many pubs, restaurants and shops.

Treat yourself to a getaway in Edinburgh - Scotland

Treat yourself to a getaway in Edinburgh - Scotland

Perched in a fabulous location high on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a Scottish icon. This fortress which has dominated the city since the 12th century has long been used as a royal residence and for military purposes. The castle offers fantastic views of the surrounding area as well as the chance to immerse yourself in Scotland's eventful history as you view the different architectural styles of the buildings and the Scottish crown jewels in one particular room. Edinburgh is also a vibrant city. To see this for yourself, go to its most famous street: the Royal Mile .

Spend a day in Cork - Ireland

Spend a day in Cork - Ireland

Cork in the south of Ireland is one of those lively cities worth exploring on foot due to its manageable size. It would be impossible to visit Cork without stopping off at the Neo-Gothic Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral or the Church of St Anne (in the Shandon area) which is famous for its bells, which entered Irish popular culture via a 19th-century song: The Bells of Shandon . Foodies will enjoy a trip to the English Market : one of the city's main attractions. For over 200 years, the market has been showcasing the best regional produce, including specialities like drisheen (a kind of black pudding) and pig's trotters. Its 55 food stalls are packed with food products: each more mouth-watering than the last.

Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool - England

Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool - England

It was Liverpool that sealed the Beatles ' fate. Penny Lane, St Peter's Woolton, the university School of the Arts, the Casbah Coffee Club, the Empire Theatre, Arnold Grove, Dovedale School, Quarry Bank School... Retrace the steps of the "Fab Four" during a coach tour that takes in some of the places that contributed to the legend and played a role in their story.

Walk on the Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland

Walk on the Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland

Legend has it that the Giant's Causeway was the result of a quarrel between two giants: one Scottish and the other Irish. Mocked by the former, the latter threw rocks into the sea to encourage him to come over and fight. Seeing the strapping Scotsman arrive, the Irishman was frightened and disguised himself as a baby. Noticing how brawny the baby was, the "invader" could only imagine what its father might look like, so fled, destroying the pathway between the two countries as he went. Despite this, 40,000 vertical and hexagonal stone columns can still be seen today. In truth, they are cooled lava prisms from a basaltic lava flow 40 million years ago which have been eroded by the sea.

Explore London on a panoramic tour - England

Explore London on a panoramic tour - England

There's nothing better than a panoramic tour if you want to see the English capital's most iconic landmarks . In just a few hours, you can visit Buckingham Palace (the queen's home), Trafalgar Square, the 135-metre big wheel known as the London Eye , the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey (where British royalty is crowned and buried).

Take a breath of fresh air in Connemara - Ireland

Take a breath of fresh air in Connemara - Ireland

Narrow roads that wind between lakes and lands that are green or red depending on the season, and breathtaking endless views. The Connemara region has many legends, always amazes and leaves visitors speechless. Start your trip with a cruise on Lough Corrib with its 365 islands. Exploring Galway, Ireland's most vibrant city, is also a must. Its bohemian and artistic vibes, the flower-covered pubs, the music that emanates from within, the remains of ramparts in the medieval area and the various boutiques all contribute to its charm.

Get away from it all on the Isles of Scilly - United Kingdom

Get away from it all on the Isles of Scilly - United Kingdom

Who would have thought that these dots of land surrounded by turquoise waters would be in the middle of the Celtic Sea? The Isles of Scilly enjoy a microclimate due to the Gulf Stream. Thanks to the latter, a real Garden of Eden has been planted and grown up over the past 170 years on Tresco . Tresco Abbey Garden contains plants from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America and the Mediterranean, as well as native species. This exotic flora is simply incredible.

Enjoy the majesty of nature on the Isle of Skye - Scotland

Enjoy the majesty of nature on the Isle of Skye - Scotland

It's impossible not to be moved by the wild beauty on the Isle of Skye . A few pastures sit alongside uncultivated plains. The heathland extends as far as the eye can see, criss-crossed by rivers and waterfalls. Steep cliffs plunge down into turbulent waters and jagged landforms soften out into gentle slopes until they reach deserted pebble beaches or sea lochs. And then sometimes, a shadow looms proud despite the age of its stones, and reminds us that we are in the Highlands . Dunvegan Castle owned by the MacLeod clan is in no way a ruin. A tour is a good idea if you want a moving experience being immersed in Scotland's past.

Go on a magical adventure, Hebrides Islands - Scotland

Go on a magical adventure, Hebrides Islands - Scotland

Stone houses with thatched roofs, white-sand beaches bordered by cropped green vegetation, small ports, peaceful locks and sheep farming... The Hebrides Islands paint the perfect Scottish landscape. See the magic for yourself on Lewis with a visit to one of the most impressive prehistoric sites: the Callanish Stones . This is the second most important site in Great Britain after Stonehenge and dates back to 3000 BC. During the Neolithic, the stone's arrangement vis-à-vis the moon and stars allowed farmers to track the seasons.

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Dos. Anyone who wants to make a good impression in Great Britain and Ireland should abide by a few basic principles: always be polite, don't queue-jump, arrive on time and pay for your round at the pub.

Don'ts. In Scotland, it's not the done thing to add soda to your whisky. Instead, use still water to reveal the power of each flavour.

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Kept at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, the Book of Kells enthrals lovers of Celtic art and illuminations. Its cover, which was supposedly brimming with gold and precious stones, was torn off when the work was stolen in 1007 and has never been found. The variety of details and colours in the drawings is impressive. In 800, when the book (which brings together the four gospels) was written, only four colours were normally used. However, the Book of Kells contains many more that were made using pigments from materials shipped in from all over Europe and the Middle East. The most expensive, lapis lazuli, was used for blue and came from Afghanistan.

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Lexique indispensable

Bonjour / bonsoir : Good morning / good afternoon Au revoir : Goodbye Bienvenue : Welcome Excusez-moi / s’il vous plaît : Excuse me / please Merci : Thank you Oui / non : Yes / No Comment allez-vous ? : How are you? Très bien, merci, et vous : Very well, thank you, and you? Je m’appelle... : My name is...

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Fish and chips is known and enjoyed in England, Ireland and Scotland. These sizeable fillets of fried cod are given a lift by lemon zest and accompanied by chips. And the dish's secret? The Irish add stout to the batter.

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Myths & legends

More than a symbol, clover (especially four-leaf clover) is seen by the Irish as a lucky charm. For the druids, it had real power against evil spirits. The believed that the first leaf represented hope, the second, faith, the third, love and the fourth, luck. You have to find a four-leaf clover by chance at full moon for the magic to work.

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Books. Although mainly known for Treasure Island, good Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson actually wrote a touching body of work including several travel narratives about his native soil. Walking through Edinburgh, a ramble on the Isle of Mull, exploring the Fife Coast, memories of the Pentland Hills... The French-language À travers l’Écosse , which contains translations of some of Stevenson's English travel writing, provides a nice starting point and nostalgic portrait of the region in the 19th century.

Music. The harp features on Irish coats of arms for a good reason: it represents one of the first instruments played by ninth-century Gaelic clans. Gradually dance music also emerged and was played especially in pubs. This rhythmic repertoire of 6,000 melodies is performed on various instruments: the bodhrán (a traditional drum), the bagpipes, the fiddle (a version of the violin) and the Irish bouzouki (a kind of large mandolin).

Film. Awarded two Palmes d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 for T he Wind That Shakes the Barley , and in 2016 for I, Daniel Blake , Ken Loach is undoubtedly the most-loved British director, as well as the most divisive in his country. The positions he takes and his way of depicting UK society, social deprivation and the dark hours in the country's history raise some people's hackles, while others applaud his efforts. His work always contains nicely British humour, with feature films that are touchingly accurate and moving characters with which the director surprises and stirs his public each and every time.

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Big Ben is definitely one of London's most iconic monuments. This nickname refers to its large bell which comes in at an impressive 13.7 tonnes, 2.2 metres high and 2.7 metres in diameter . The striking hammer weighs 200 kilos .

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Our Journey Planners have designed this voyage aboard Borealis to showcase some of Scotland and Ireland’s most scenic landscapes, including the iconic Cliffs of Moher and the bonnet-shaped island of Bac Mòr. Borealis will also take you along picturesque Loch Hourn and past the extraordinary basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave and the rugged cliffs of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, which offer a sanctuary for wildlife. You’ll have the chance to embrace local traditions such as Gaelic dancing and folkloric tales, and sample local cheeses and fudge during your visit to Kirkwall. Enrich your journey even further by delving into legendary Neolithic history at sites like Skara Brae, Callanish and the Ring of Brodgar.

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Iconic Cliffs & Scenic Isles

This cruise aboard Borealis showcases some of Scotland and Ireland's most scenic islands and spectacular cliffs. Join us on deck for an abundance of scenic cruising accompanied by commentary from our experts, where you'll witness the dramatic Cliffs of Moher rising out of the Atlantic, and once you have departed from Kirkwall, you will pass the red sandstone sea stacks of The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy, intriguingly shaped needles of rock that stand as high as the cliffs alongside them. You will also see the diverse landscapes of the Small Isles; the dramatic rock formations of Fingal’s Cave basalt columns on the uninhabited Island of Staffa and bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr, also known as Dutchman’s Cap. Borealis will divert into the fjord-like Loch Hourn, offering unforgettable sights of steep mountains, bays and beaches that break the untamed water’s edge.

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Immerse yourself in traditional Scottish and Irish island life by discovering more about the Gaelic culture that lingers in this magical area. Spend time with charming miniature Shetland ponies, tour a Shetland croft and learn about the daily life of the crofter and his sheepdogs or try a drop of the local dram at a Highland Park Distillery, and continue this experience with a tasting of local Scottish whisky on board Borealis . 'City of the Tribes', Galway, is a hub of traditional Irish music, with Eyre Square as a focal point for gatherings, so do make time to explore here on your visit. 

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Tales of Legendary Landmarks

This Scottish and Irish Isles cruise will take you to an abundance of iconic sites with intriguing stories and histories. The mythical giant Finn McCool constructed Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa when he bridged the Giant's Causeway between Ireland and Scotland to vanquish his adversary Benandonner. At the well-preserved town of Skara Brae, you can explore Neolithic history and learn about the way of life of the 5,000-year-old residents of the Ness of Brogdar complex. From Galway, you will have the chance to be captivated by tales of the city's past when exploring the Town Walls, Lynch’s Castle and Spanish Arch, and the 14th century Saint Nicholas Church.

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Sister ship to Bolette , Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

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Sister-ship to Bolette , Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

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Michelle, a Professor of Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen, is an expert in the endangered Gaelic language and culture, having spoken extensively on the subject worldwide. Join Michelle to hear about the history of Gaelic in Scotland and learn about its rich culture.

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Which Cruise Lines Go to Ireland and Scotland?

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If you’re planning a cruise to Ireland and Scotland, you’re in luck – there are several cruise lines that offer itineraries to these beautiful destinations.

Celebrity Cruises

One popular option is Celebrity Cruises, which offers a variety of itineraries that visit Ireland and Scotland. Some of their most popular routes include stops in cities like Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

Celebrity Cruises is known for its luxury amenities, including gourmet dining options and spacious staterooms.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Another great option is Norwegian Cruise Line. They offer several itineraries that visit Ireland, Scotland, and other destinations throughout the British Isles.

One of their most popular routes is a 12-day journey that begins in London and includes stops in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, and more. Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its laid-back atmosphere and fun activities like rock climbing walls and water parks.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International also offers itineraries that visit Ireland and Scotland. Some of their most popular routes include stops in cities like Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, and Inverness.

Royal Caribbean is known for its family-friendly amenities like Broadway-style shows and ice skating rinks.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line also offers cruises to Ireland and Scotland. Their itineraries often include stops in cities like Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

Holland America Line is known for its elegant ships and upscale amenities like cooking classes taught by professional chefs.

Princess Cruises

Last but not least is Princess Cruises. They offer several itineraries that visit Ireland and Scotland as well as other destinations throughout the British Isles.

One of their most popular routes is a 12-day journey that includes stops in cities like Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Princess Cruises is known for its excellent service and gourmet dining options.

In conclusion, there are several cruise lines that offer itineraries to Ireland and Scotland. Whether you’re looking for luxury amenities or family-friendly activities, there’s a cruise line out there that will suit your needs.

So start planning your trip today and get ready to explore the beautiful landscapes and vibrant cultures of these two amazing countries!

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Ireland and Scotland are always among our most popular destinations, and these tours visit both! In Ireland you'll find amazing historical sites, traditional pubs and bars, and the famous friendly Irish hospitality, alongside the modern tech scene of Dublin. Over in Scotland, Edinburgh's impressive hilltop castle and winding old streets will enchant visitors, while the Western Highlands have unrivalled scenery. Check out the Highland Games, or if you're here on December 31st, the unforgettable Hogmanay!

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Our guide Michelle was excellent. The city sightseeing tours on the bus were a waste of time. Our local tour guide in Edinburgh was awful. Why the laughing through most of her talking? Very irritating. The Fish & Chips dinner in the local dumpy restaurant was the worst meal of the trip. Otherwise just what we expected.
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England, Scotland and Ireland end Dublin

Our trip was wonderful! The places we went and things we saw along the way were great. But Kumamoto and Jose were the highlights. Their friendship together was really cool and fun!

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Best of Ireland & Scotland (Classic, 14 Days)

My wife and I had a great time. Greg was incredible, so knowledgeable. We loved his stories, choice of music, he made the trip.

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This was a fantastic tour. It was fast paced, and I was able to see a lot of Ireland and Scotland's highlights from the countryside's to the cities and villages. Our tour guide and bus driver were fabulous and quite entertaining.

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Scotland and Ireland with London

Loved the chosen sites, met great people, had clean hotels and good free breakfasts! Communication during the tour between the tour and travelers, especially in relation to leaving/arriving details and posting places within the hotels caused problems multiple times. We lost time that could have been spent at our destinations. Knowing beforehand that our tour guides would not be native English speakers would have been verfy helpful to those of us who struggle with understanding unfamiliar accents. Having written daily details would have solved that problem.

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I had a wonderful trip and it was because our tour Director and driver Peter and Eion they were so knowledgeable about their country's

Best of Ireland & Scotland (Small Groups, 14 Days) Tour

Best of Ireland & Scotland (Small Groups, 14 Days)

The tour itinerary was full allowing a broad experience to be gleaned from both Ireland and Scotland respectively. The quality of the travel, hotels and experiences were a complete delight to share with the whole group. We gelled as a group and this made the excursion thoroughly enjoyable, despite the wet weather! Our driver was exemplary which made for safe and enjoyable travel on the coach throughout. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable and experienced which added plentifully to the daily tours. A very enjoyable tour, highly recommended.

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Highlights of Ireland and Scotland (11 Days)

The tour was interesting and great. The guides were good and explain the places well. The scenery was beautiful.

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This is the second trip with Indus 1st trip a self drive tour our itinerary was excellent - hotels were great we had a fabulous trip 2nd trip Egypt and dubai - our guide Ramy made our trip so informative , interesting and fun- he knew each one of our names that was impressive - our hotels were excellent the cruise on the Nile was like a dream loved every minute of our tour - definitely recommend people to take this tour

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Our guide Michelle was excellent. The city sightseeing tours on the bus were a waste of time. Our local tour guide in Edinburgh was awful. Why the laughing through most of her talking? Very irritating. The Fish & Chips dinner in the local dumpy restaurant was the worst meal of the trip. Otherwise just what we expected.
Guides were great and the tour was an excellent way to see lots of places in a short amount of time
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  • Belfast & Galway and the pristine Connemara district are also scenic stops along many cruises.
  • Visit Cork, a quaint city on the River Lee with a university atmosphere and some excellent traditional Irish pubs.
  • Explore ancient ruins, like the ancient monastery at Glendalough, Dingle, or the volcanic site known as the Giant's Causeway.
  • Go birding in the Aran Islands, where you'll see shocking numbers of diverse endemic birds.

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Fascinating history and pastoral landscapes await.

On a cruise to Ireland and Scotland, take in the wonderfully contrasting scenery, from Ireland’s lush, rolling countryside to Scotland’s much starker beauty, where mountains slope down to serene lochs, inlets from the sea carved by ancient glaciers. 

This corner of Europe is packed with culture and history, both ancient and more recent. In Scotland, you’ll come across grand, turreted castles and atmospheric ruins, as well as cosmopolitan cities including Glasgow and Edinburgh, each with world-class art galleries. In Ireland, you’ll find history shaped by everything from the Vikings to the golden age of shipbuilding. Don’t forget those famously cozy pubs—the perfect setting for sampling a pint of Guinness.


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Dynamic Belfast, once famed as a community divided by “The Troubles”, has reinvented itself as a thriving, modern city with a bustling waterfront, grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a lively pub scene. Take a city tour to see the vivid street art on the Peace Wall, and explore the superb Titanic Belfast to learn about the ill-fated liner. Or head to the Giant’s Causeway, an expanse of 40,000 basalt columns on the wild Atlantic coast, created by an ancient volcanic eruption.

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As well as being a center of imposing Victorian architecture, the buzzing university city of Glasgow is rich in culture, from the priceless art of Kelvingrove to the archaeological treasures of the Burrell Collection. Edinburgh is just over an hour away, and you’re also close to serene Loch Lomond and the forested mountains of the Trossachs National Park. The shopping in Glasgow is superb, whether you’re in the market for tartan, Scottish whisky and craft gin, or your own set of bagpipes.

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

Immerse yourself in the medieval history and Gothic architecture of enchanting Cork. Visit romantic Blarney Castle, a 15th-century fortress with beautiful gardens, and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to be granted the “gift of the gab”. Sample the famed Jameson Irish Whiskey, shop for exquisite Waterford Crystal, and get a taste of life in Victorian times on a tour of the imposing Muckross House, located deep in the verdant countryside.

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From rugged cliffs to rowdy pubs and rolling countryside, Ireland has something for everyone.

Known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is characterized by its rolling green hills and lush countryside, dotted with friendly country towns, dry stone walls and crumbling castles. Cruise to Ireland to visit the Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark, about a two-hour drive from Cork, to see where the bright blue waters meet towering sea cliffs, or head to Cork's Blarney Castle to be granted the gift of gab by kissing the famous Blarney Stone. To step back in time, see Dublin's Malahide Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Don't leave without enjoying a pint of Guinness and listening to traditional Irish music at a local pub on Dublin's Fleet Street or Grafton Street.

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Over one million people visit the Cliffs of Moher annually, and you could be one of them — they're about a two-hour drive away from  Cork . Witness the majesty of Ireland's top natural attraction, which stretches for five miles and rises up to 214 meters. Be prepared, though: The Atlantic sea breeze at the Cliffs of Moher can literally blow you away. 

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Get the gift of gab at Cork's famous Blarney Castle, where you'll find the Blarney Stone, which legend says will bestow on you the gift of eloquence (but only if you can bend over backwards to kiss it). Or explore the 12th-century Romanesque architecture of the Rock of Cashel, Ireland's most-visited heritage site, about an hour's drive from  Waterford .

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To connect with nature in the middle of the city center, head to St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, where you can find an ornamental lake and several walking paths. If you're looking for an animal adventure during your Ireland vacation, visit Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in any European capital city and home to the Dublin Zoo and roaming deer.

Northern Ireland, Cave Hill Country Park


Just outside the city center, the  Belfast Hills  offer stunning views of Northern Ireland's expressive capital city and the surrounding bay. The Castle Trail up Cave Hill will take you to these sights in an easygoing 30-minute hike.

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Whether you enjoy art galleries, museums, shopping or bar hopping, you'll never run out of things to do in Ireland's urban centers. Learn about Irish history in  Dublin  and  Belfast , or experience colorful and quaint Cork. 

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A cruise to Ireland brings you to some of the world's most charming and colorful towns. In Cork, pastel-colored homes line the waterfront, and nearby Kinsale's downtown area is home to streets with brightly colored shops in purple, green and virtually every other hue imaginable selling books, art, crafts and local trinkets.

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Incredibly, there are over 750 pubs in  Dublin  and its surrounding area, so you never have to wander far for a drink. Temple Bar is the most popular area in town for a pint, but the best place to grab a Guinness is the Guinness Storehouse. Learn how the beer is made before pouring your own perfect pint.

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Although you can cross the coast to the Cliffs of Moher within a day, there are other doable day trips closer to Dublin, too. Wicklow is nicknamed the Garden of Ireland and is home to Wicklow Mountains National Park. Step into the past at the seaside town of Howth and Malahide Castle, which has parts remaining from the 12th century.

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Explore Dublin, with its cobblestone streets, nightlife, museums and green spaces. Then head into to the Irish countryside, dominated by colorful villages, greenery as far as the eye can see and breathtakingly rugged landscapes. And don't miss out on popular attractions such as "Game of Thrones" sightseeing and Titanic history in Belfast.

Westminster Abbey in London


Don't stop at just one  British Isle .  Belfast and Northern Ireland  are a doable day trip from  Dublin , and charming cities like  London  and  Edinburgh are just a stone's throw across the Irish Sea. Just remember that once you cross the border, the British Pound is the main form of currency.

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There's a lot to see and do in Ireland with your cruise. Here are some helpful hints for getting around the Emerald Isle.

Ireland is so lush because it frequently rains. The country's weather is unpredictable year-round, so always pack a waterproof jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes and an umbrella just in case.

You can visit Ireland anytime of the year, but summer is the busiest season. Visiting in the shoulder vacation seasons of spring and autumn will let you avoid large crowds.

Many attractions and things to do are closed on Sundays, so try to plan for museum visits and castle-hopping on Monday through Saturday.

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The Spookiest Places in Europe for Ghost Hunters | Royal Caribbean Cruises

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the golden fountain of the Piazza de Spagna at sunrise. Europe.

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Reveal the most romantic ideas for a couple’s weekend getaway while traveling on a Paris vacation. Experience love and the charming city built around it.

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If you're planning to drive around on a day trip, remember that Irish road signs are in kilometers — 10 km is just over 6 miles, so things may be a little closer than you think.

If your day trip will involve train travel instead, book your Irish Rail tickets in advance to receive discounts and guaranteed travel.

Tipping isn't customary in Ireland, but take a look at your bill because some restaurants will add a 10 percent service charge to the bill.


Irish food is synonymous with comfort. Whether it's a hearty Irish stew or traditional bacon and cabbage, Ireland's cuisine is all about stick-to-your ribs satisfaction — all served with an equally comforting pint of Guinness, of course.

Irish Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

Irish stews come in many forms, but the three key ingredients are lamb, potatoes and onion. Carrots often make an appearance in the dish's rich broth, and the addition of thyme complements the gamey flavors of the lamb. You'll find traditional Irish stew on most pub menus.

Irish Cabbage and Bacon Dish


Bacon and cabbage is a simple but beloved Irish dish. It includes sliced back bacon — which is thick-cut and steak-like rather than thin and crispy — boiled with traditional cabbage and potatoes. It's often prepared with spicy mustard seeds and fresh parsley or another herb sauce to balance out the hearty flavors.

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Made famous in the Irish tune "Molly Malone," cockles are small saltwater clams found along the Irish coastline, and they've become a local delicacy. They're usually served boiled alongside mussels, or in a chowder-like soup with a creamy, buttery broth.

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Visit the Blarney Castle in Cork to kiss the Blarney stone, or pop into the Temple Bar neighborhood in Dublin for a pint of Guinness, or make your way to Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, to see where the famous Waterford Crystals originated. 

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Akureyri, Iceland

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Cork (Cobh), Ireland

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Flam, Norway

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Fredericia, Denmark

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Geiranger, Norway

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Hamburg, Germany

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Honningsvag, Norway

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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Dublin, Ireland

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Helsinki, Finland

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Kristiansand, Norway

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Molde, Norway

Olden, Norway, Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Olden, Norway

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Oslo, Norway

St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Isaac Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Russia

Skjolden, Norway, Mountain Landscape

Skjolden, Norway

Stockholm, Sweden, Aerial panoramic view

Stockholm, Sweden

Skagen, Denmark, A beach with lighthouse in distance

Skagen, Denmark

Tromso, Norway, Mountain landscape

Tromso, Norway

Visby, Sweden, View of the building rooftops

Visby, Sweden

Waterford, Ireland, Coastal cliff

Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland

Stavanger, Norway, Cliff Preikestolen

Stavanger, Norway

Vladivostok, Russia Cityscape

Vladivostok, Russia

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Bremerhaven, Germany

Panorama of fjord in Norway

Maloy, Norway

Norway is beautiful in the summer.

Haugesund, Norway

Seydisfjordur, a small town by the fjords at the northeast part of Iceland.

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

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Nordfjordeid, Norway

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Petropavlovsk, Russia

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The best cruises to book for 2024

Whether you're looking to sail near or far, these are the best cruises to consider for 2024

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So many places, so little time - and the best cruises for 2024 are ideal for seeing as much of the world as you can.

They also open up spectacular views you wouldn’t get on land, such as fairytale castles dotted along the Danube or the rolling vineyards flanking the Douro Valley .

Choosing a cruise means seeking new adventures, perhaps travelling to a continent you’ve never set foot in before or trying new activities like hiking, wildlife spotting or cooking . There are other ways to expand your horizons on a cruise too, such as seeing some local entertainment or making new friends on board.

As it’s become ever-more important to us to take a stress-free holiday, we've rounded up the very best cruise packages that won’t disappoint, with everything from the best river cruises to amazing cruises for couples and excellent cruises around the UK .

It doesn't matter when you're looking to sail either, as these cruises take in all the seasons. Fancy a wintery adventure? We've got an epic Norwegian expedition cruise for that. Feel like a spring cruise to escape the summer crowds? We've got the perfect cruise around Japan at the height of cherry blossom season . Japan cruises are always popular and tend to sell out early, but we've got you covered with an excellent 2025 sailing already available — make sure to take a look before it sells out.

However or whenever you want to travel, there's a trip for you, and the best cruises in 2024 take you to the most incredible destinations. You can travel with celebrities on star-studded holidays , visit lesser-known towns and villages to get a real taste of a location and sail to amazing wildlife destinations.

These are the best cruises for 2024.

Venetian Lagoon - Best cruises

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Venice is a city that's famous for its water, and a cruise around the Venetian Lagoon reveals more of this romantic and fascinating destination than a hotel city break ever could.

On a Venetian cruise, you can visit the islands of Venice's northern lagoon, including Mazzorbo, Torcello and Burano during a sailing on the luxurious SS La Venezia. Burano is known for its traditional lacemaking and its vividly colourful fisherman cottages lining the lagoon.

The opportunity to visit Burano isn’t the only reason to pick a cruise in the Venetian Lagoon. On Good Housekeeping's special cruise , you’ll sail in the company of top chef James Martin, who will give a talk and Q&A about his career, and design and cook a grand gala dinner on board the luxurious ship SS La Venezia.


If you fancy an autumnal sailing with more of a musical theme than a foodie one, you might choose to join an eight-day cruise of the Venetian Lagoon in the company of world-famous tenor Russell Watson, who will give a special talk and Q&A, sign your complimentary CD, and give an exclusive intimate concert. You’ll have a chance to explore the highlights of the Lagoon as well, with trips to its islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello and private visits to Venice's iconic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.

Croatia - Best cruises

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If you're looking for a sunny Mediterranean cruise you'd do well to consider Croatia and its stylish seaside towns and dozens of sun-kissed islands and islets off the glittering Dalmatian Coast.

With their astounding natural scenery, stylish coastal towns and off-the-beaten-path beaches, Croatia’s islands are wonderful to explore by small ship where you can dock in hard-to-reach corners only accessible by boat.

There mainland has no shortage of attractions either, with bustling cities to be explored too, like Dubrovnik, with its labyrinth of limestone streets and alleyways, palaces, churches, monasteries and picturesque piazzas, and Split, which has a long and varied history and excellent museums.

On Good Housekeeping's cruise you'll dock in Hvar, Dubrovnik and Split as well as one of Croatia's most beautiful beaches at Zlatni Rat - the Golden Horn - whose distinctive shape has made it an icon of Croatian tourism. You'll also visit the island of Mljet and discover the Mljet National Park with its serene saltwater lakes and verdant pine forests.

Vietnam and Cambodia - Best cruises

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A cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia is a fantastic way to discover the rich cultures, fascinating histories, and delicious cuisines of these two Southeast Asian gems. The countries are connected by the mighty Mekong River, which is a destination in itself, providing a home for diverse ecosystems and fishing communities on the delta and with ancient archaeological wonders along its banks.

Good Housekeeping is offering a 17-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, which includes seven nights cruising the Mekong on board the Mekong Jewel - an ornately decorated luxury ship.

You'll visit Ho Chi Minh City, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples, Phnom Penh, Cambodia's thriving capital, and Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, where you can visit excellent museums and historic sites before indulging in some delicious Vietnamese street food.

There are excursions to the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat, the remnants of the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and to local villages and markets on sampans - traditional wooden boats.

Northern France - Best cruises

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If you want to enjoy pretty coastal towns with a touch of history, a cruise to Northern France can offer you all of this without having to spend a huge amount of time at sea.

Sail to the Normandy region and you'll discover charming harbourfront towns like Honfleur, where you can sample local delicacies like camembert and Calvados, a rich local brandy made from apples and pears. Originally occupied in the 9th century by the Vikings, Honfleur has attracted artists for many years, including a young Claude Monet.

Join Good Housekeeping on a cruise to Normandy on board the luxurious ship Borealis. On the way to Northern France, you'll make several stops in the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands, including Guernsey, with its elegant Georgian and Regency architecture, and St Mary's, a marine conservation zone with lovely coastal walks. FIND OUT MORE

Japan - Best cruises

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As each new spring begins, millions of Japanese residents and tourists wait with anticipation for the first buds of the pink cherry blossom, known as sakura , to appear.

These blossoms are a symbol of renewal, vitality and beauty, and they make Japan's already spectacular cities and landscapes even more breathtaking than usual.

You'll have the chance to experience this phenomenon for yourself with Good Housekeeping's once-in-a-lifetime two-week cruise around Japan. The journey begins and ends in Tokyo, where you'll find soaring skyscrapers contrasting with blooming gardens and traditional noodle houses.

Along the way, you'll stop in Hiroshima, where you can learn about its devastating Second World War history, Osaka, where you can see some of the country's most ornate shrines and temples, and you'll even make a stop in Busan in South Korea to enjoy the city's subtropical landscapes. FIND OUT MORE

Norway - Best cruises

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Another wonderful European cruise destination for seeing the Northern Lights is Norway. It's one of Europe's best destinations for aurora spotting, especially if you head north above the Arctic Circle, where sightings of the lights are an almost daily occurrence at certain times of year.

From the Arctic capital of Tromsø, you can sail on to the remote and mysterious Lofoten Islands and visit North Cape, Europe's most northerly point, passing ancient Viking villages and herds of reindeer on the way.

On Good Housekeeping's Northern Lights cruise of Norway , you'll enjoy all the highlights of Norway's spectacular coastline: from exploring the Unesco-listed port of Bergen, the city of Tromsø and the ancient Viking trading post of Trondheim. You'll sail through some of Norway's most jaw-dropping landscapes, cruising past more than 1,000 mountains and 100 fjords. There'll be opportunities for wildlife spotting and stargazing and you'll be sailing with an expert expedition team who'll give you the best chance of catching a unique light display.

If you'd prefer a summer sailing, Good Housekeeping has a wonderful cruise over the August bank holiday weekend. You'll sail through several of Norway's most heavenly fjords, learning about ancient Viking history and the fascinating myths and legends that surround these icy waters.

Scottish Highlands - Best cruises

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Loch Ness, Loch Nevis, the Sound of Mull, Iona, Eigg, Skye, Fort Augustus, Fort William… these names conjure up images of glistening waters, wild landscapes and towering castles, majestic flora and fauna, and ancient myths and legends.

A cruise in this part of Scotland would surely be a contender for the most scenic of British getaways. You can travel through the Highlands and islands of Scotland to explore the endlessly beautiful Caledonian Canal, the magical islands of Scotland's western shore and hidden sea lochs that are only accessible on the water.

The deluxe Lord of the Glens hosts a maximum of 54 passengers and is one of the best ways to sail the Highlands. Guests stay in outward-facing en-suite cabins and enjoy superb cuisine throughout.

You can experience this ship on a exclusive sailing with weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who'll join you on a journey through the tranquil Caledonian Canal and onwards towards the Sound of Mull, sharing stories of her Scottish family's history.

Egypt - Best cruises

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If you're looking for a culture and history-filled cruise a little further afield, a river cruise through Egypt is a great option. Sailing along the Nile allows you to visit magnificent temples including Kom Ombo, Philae, Edfu and the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty.

Good Housekeeping has a fabulous 12-day trip to Egypt packed full of historical and archaeological excursions. The trip begins in Cairo, where you'll take a trip to Giza to see the ancient pyramids and the Great Sphinx before heading to Luxor and boarding an opulent river ship for your seven-night cruise.

Making this cruise extra special is the company of historian Lucy Worsley. Lucy is an expert in Agatha Christie and will share her knowledge of the author's work during Q&As and talks, pointing out her connections to Egypt and the locations which inspired one of her most famous works, Death on the Nile.

Antarctica - Best cruises

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Choosing the best Antarctic cruise can seem like a daunting task. It’s an investment of your time and money and likely something you may only do once and remember in exquisite detail. It’s a remote and thrilling part of the world to explore, where 12 million penguins live in the coldest, highest, and driest place on earth.

To get the best out of this bucketlist experience, you need to go with experts who will take care of everything. Hurtigruten expedition cruises have explored Antarctic waters for over 20 years, and their premium ships have been designed so guests can explore the region comfortably.

Good Housekeeping’s Antarctic cruise on MS Fridtjof Nansen has one of the lowest possible CO2 footprints of all expedition ships in Antarctica, thanks to a special hybrid engine on this future-ready vessel.

You’ll depart from Ushuaia, a city nicknamed ‘End of the World’ and head through the icy waters of the Drake Passage, home to the incredible marine life you may have only seen on screen, where the white wonderland envelopes you on an adventure like no other.

The Hebrides - Best cruises

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For a slightly different kind of island holiday - one that's more about getting out and about in wild, untamed nature and spotting incredible wildlife - try a cruise around the dramatic Hebrides .

These Scottish islands offer rugged coastlines, varied flora and fauna and delicious local whisky to taste at several historic distilleries.

Each island has its own special charms. There's the outstanding wildlife haven of Arran, the Isle of Mull with its brightly painted harbourfront houses, the 'whisky island' of Islay, world-renowned for its peaty single-malts, and the uninhabited Hirta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you're interested in exploring the Hebrides, we have an eight-day sailing that will take you to Iona, Eigg, and Skye, as well as many other picture perfect locations on the mainland.

Greece - Best cruises

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The idyllic Cyclades, a collection of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, are known and loved for their pretty white-walled houses draped in pink bougainvillea, sandy beaches and bright blue waters.

But there is more to the Cyclades than just sun, sea and sea. These isles have a rich history, shaped by their many past conquerors, including the Minoans, Persians, Byzantines and Romans. You'll see remnants of these cultures in the architecture, from the Monastery of the Apocalypse Patmos to the cliff-clinging monastery of Hozoviotissas on Amorgos.

Discover a range of these intriguing buildings and monuments with Good Housekeeping on a cruise of the Cyclades . As well as the Cyclades you'll also spend time in Athens and Kusadasi, a beach resort in Turkey.

Douro River - Best cruises

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Anyone wanting to explore the Douro wine region should choose a cruise along the Douro River. This scenic waterway is central to the Portuguese wine trade and is flanked by rolling hills and vineyards, with storybook villages rising from the banks.

The Alto Douro, the name of this wine-producing valley region, holds UNESCO status and is one of the oldest and most renowned wine-making regions in the world.

Good Housekeeping offers an exclusive cruise along the Douro, where you can truly soak in the beauty of this golden valley as you travel.

Whereas some cruises like their passengers to dress in their finest gowns for dinner, A-ROSA ALVA has no such rules. Instead, an eight-day cruise invites its guests to relax on a wine-themed voyage where you'll visit multiple wine estates. Depending on the time of year, you might even get the chance to take part in a traditional grape harvest, including crushing the grapes underfoot in traditional granite troughs.

Germany - Best cruises

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The Rhine Valley is a captivating part of Germany, characterised by storybook castles and hilltop vineyards. A cruise on the Rhine is particularly inviting during the weeks leading up to Christmas, when the towns, villages, and cities along its banks go all out for their famous Christmas markets.

Good Housekeeping has a Christmassy cruise which will take you to the best of these markets. Starting in elegant Cologne, you'll see the incredible Gothic cathedral before boarding your beautifully appointed ship and setting sail along the Rhine.

You'll make several stops along the way, including in Mainz, Frankfurt, Koblenz, and Rüdesheim. At each stop you'll have time to browse the fairytale markets, picking up unique gifts and trying local delicacies as the heavenly scent of roast almonds, mulled wine and spiced cider fills the air.

India - Best cruises

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The Ganges is India's most sacred river, meandering 2,500km through the country from its starting point high in the Himalayas. Flowing through sprawling cities, tiny villages, and spectacular nature, a cruise down the Ganges is a fantastic way to see some of India's best attractions.

On a Ganges cruise, you can visit highlights like the Rajbari temple complex in Kalna, the artisan village of Matiari, and the neoclassical Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad.

Good Housekeeping has a once-in-a-lifetime tour of India , which includes a seven-night cruise down the Ganges. After exploring India's Golden Triangle – including an unforgettable trip to witness both sunrise and sunset over the Taj Mahal – you'll board the luxurious Ganges Voyager II, a spectacular ship adorned with hand-painted murals.

Another highlight of any trip to India is the food, and you'll be joined on board by the Michelin-starred British-Indian chef Atul Kochhar, who'll share his passion for Indian cuisine in a live cooking demonstration.

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The enchanting Danube is a wonderful river for a culture-packed European cruise. It winds through seven European countries and boasts opulent cities on its banks, as well as picturesque towns and villages and dramatic unspoilt rural scenery, including the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley.

Good Housekeeping is offering a week-long Danube cruise , where you'll discover the highlights of three of the great capitals on its banks. You'll enjoy the culture and culinary treats of Vienna, marvel at the its magnificent buildings in Budapest, and take in the Gothic architecture and imposing castles of Bratislava.

In Vienna, you'll also have a very special event to look forward to; a trip to the famous Royal Lipizzaner Stables and Spanish Riding School with one of UK's best-loved historians, Lucy Worsley. Here, you'll get an insight into the training work of the riders with their Lipizzaner stallions as you watch them train to the sounds of classical Viennese music.

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Princess Cruises to Sail Largest-Ever Europe Cruise and Cruisetour Season in 2026

New sun princess one of five to sail region. season also features total solar eclipse cruise - return to copenhagen – plus new roundtrip rome itineraries..

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 9, 2024) – Princess Cruises is going big in Europe for 2026. The “Love Boat” line today announced that its 2026 European cruise and cruisetour season will be its biggest ever, with five Princess cruise ships sailing the region, including the sensational new Sun Princess. Set to sail on a record-breaking 222 cruises, guests will have unparalleled opportunities to explore the beauty and diversity of Europe.

Running March through November 2026, the European season features 59 unique itineraries, visiting 101 destinations across 29 countries, ranging from five to 42 nights. Highlights of the upcoming season include an opportunity to experience the 2026 total solar eclipse; sail on the newest Princess ship – Sun Princess; the return of roundtrip cruises from Copenhagen and new itineraries from Rome. The robust season goes on sale May 23, 2024.

“There’s incredible demand for European vacations and we don’t see that slowing down anytime soon,” said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises. “Guests should book early as our best pricing will be when these cruises first go on sale. Our 2026 season delivers the best of Europe with incredible voyages visiting a mix of marquee ports, as well as smaller, off-the-beaten-path spots offering guests their very own personalized journey.”

2026 Europe Highlights

Sun Princess , the next-level Love Boat from Princess, will sail 7-, 14- and 21-night Mediterranean voyages departing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Piraeus (Athens), and Barcelona. Guests on a 14- and 21-night voyage can enjoy an itinerary without calling to the same port twice for a Grand Mediterranean Adventure .

  • Itinerary Sample: A seven-night Mediterranean voyage sails roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona, calling at Santorini, Kotor, Corfu, and Messina (Sicily).

The newest Princess ship is a true engineering marvel, offering an extraordinary cruise experience with not-to-be-missed culinary, entertainment and luxury accommodations. Sun Princess debuts new eye-catching experience venues including The Dome, a groundbreaking geodesic, glass-enclosed structure at the top of the ship inspired by the terraces of Santorini. The outward and suspended Sphere Atrium, the namesake of this new class of ship, takes the central Piazza hub of the ship into a new dimension. With 30 inviting restaurant and bar venues with an unprecedented collection of celebrity collaborators, high-end ingredients and culinary experiences, Sun Princess has something for every guest to love.

The 3,660-guest Sky Princess will return for its sixth year to home port in Southampton. Sky Princess takes guests on itineraries ranging from seven to 28 nights to destinations including Northern Europe, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.

On August 12, 2026, Sky Princess will sail directly into the “path of totality” on a special 14-night Total Solar Eclipse Cruise which also visits France, Spain and Portugal. The cruise departs Southampton August 8, 2026.

NEW for 2026 is a 28-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean itinerary sailing roundtrip Southampton and calling to Skagen, Copenhagen, Warnemunde (for Berlin), Stockholm (overnight), Helsinki, Tallinn, Visby, Zeebrugge (for Brussels/Bruges), Southampton, Vigo, Cadiz (for Seville), Malaga, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Bilbao, Le Verdon (for Bordeaux). Departs September 12, 2026.

NEW for 2026, the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess offers Mediterranean itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), ranging from five, seven, eight, and 14-nights.

  • Itinerary Sample: A seven-night Mediterranean & Adriatic sailing roundtrip Rome (Civitavecchia) to Dubrovnik, Kotor and Corfu.

For the first time-ever, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess is sailing roundtrip from Southampton , offering British Isles and Northern Europe itineraries ranging from 11, 12 and 14 nights. British Isles voyages take guests to historic ports across England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, while the Northern Europe itineraries include stops in Scandinavia, Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

  • Itinerary Sample: A 14-night Northern Europe cruise visits Haugesund (Norway), Skjolden/Sognefjord (Norway), Olden/Nordfjord (Norway), Aalesund (Norway), Reykjavik (Iceland), Isafjordur (Iceland), Akureyri (Iceland).

Princess Cruises returns to Copenhagen after six years with the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess , providing 12-night Northern Europe itineraries.

  • Itinerary Sample: Visits to Skagen, Oslo, Gdynia, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Nynashamn (for Stockholm), and Visby.

Prior to sailing from Copenhagen, Sapphire Princess sails in the Mediterranean for two months between March and April 2026, from Barcelona, plus itineraries sailing roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome).

Cruisetours: Guests can combine a Europe cruise with multiple days on land to experience more of the region with five cruisetours to choose from. Guests can choose to sightsee in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid on the Highlights of Spain cruisetour, visit Florence and Rome on the Classic Italy cruisetour, explore Mediterranean treasures on the Best of Greece cruisetour or take in the spectacular landscapes of Ireland on the Ring of Kerry cruisetour.

Grand Adventures and Passages: All five ships sail ultimate transatlantic crossings, offering voyages ranging between 14- and 29-nights.

More Ashore: 19 ports include ‘More Ashore’ late-night stays on select itineraries, and three ports provide overnight stays – Alta, Hamburg and Stockholm.

With Princess Plus and Premier inclusive packages guests enjoy the ultimate in savings by adding popular amenities like WiFi, beverages, fitness classes, crew gratuities and more at an even greater savings of up 65% when amenities are purchased separately.

Princess Captain’s Circle members can take advantage of an early booking window starting May 16, 2024, and are eligible for a special discount if booking before August 31, 2024.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting www.princess.com .

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