Ireland or Scotland? London or Paris? Ancient castle ruins or thriving cultural hubs? One special itinerary aboard Princess Cruises®’ Caribbean Princess® makes the choice easy this summer: Do them all. Departing from Southampton, England, the 12-day Princess Cruises® “British Isles” AAA Vacations® sailing is notable for extended stays in iconic locations, which allow guests to explore well beyond the ports of call.
The itinerary lands at three storied cities on the island of Ireland. In Dublin, tour historic Trinity College; the library’s amazing Long Room displays its rarest volumes in a gallery lined with marble busts. Or stroll the equally hallowed grounds of the Guinness Storehouse and drink a pint of Ireland’s most famous export. (The Gravity Bar at the end of the tour is worth it for the views alone.)
The city of Cork is close to Cóbh, where Caribbean Princess® calls, but you can also explore some of Ireland’s lushest coastal scenery just to the west, particularly along the windswept Sheep’s Head Peninsula. In Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, you’ll encounter a once-divided city that has been transformed into a vibrant modern cultural center. The Titanic was built here; the ship is memorialized in a museum that’s housed at the head of its slipway.
Caribbean Princess® also makes three stops in beautiful Scotland, including at Invergordon, not far from Loch Ness; and Edinburgh, where a walk on the Royal Mile leads to the battlements of Edinburgh Castle. The ship overnights in Glasgow, allowing for explorations further afield. Golf and hiking lure us to the scenic Isle of Arran on a day trip, while Scotch whisky lovers will delight in the trove of distilleries, such as Glengoyne. In Glasgow, enjoy the fine Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, or dive into the city’s legendary pub and music scenes.