British Isles Explorer -anyone take this cruise?

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Richard B.
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Re: British Isles Explorer -anyone take this cruise?

Hi Jim,

I did most of the reverse version of that cruise (London to Bergen) a couple of years ago. We actually left the cruise early, but I can offer comments on the London to Belfast segment.

In general, most of the day trips from the ship are timed for the middle of the day, so you likely won't get too much in the way of interesting light.

Greenwich: The Royal Observatory, Naval Museum and the Cutty Sark. Plenty of interesting museum style stuff.

Dover: Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, great medieval architecture. We arrived at Dover overnight and they did hold the ship just outside the harbor, so we got some nice early morning light on the cliffs of Dover.

Dublin, great walking city, interesting architecture, excellent museums. I am not sure what they might be offering for excursions, but if they offer a trip to the medieval city of Glendalough, it is worth the visit. You should have the opportunity for some dock pictures from the ship as you arrive/depart Dublin

Holyhead: We took the excursion to Beaumaris Castle, excellent castle, nice little village to explore. The excursion was only half a day, so my wife and I stayed longer and made out own way back to the ship by taxi.

Liverpool: Plenty of Beatles stuff (which my wife did), I stayed in the dock area, plenty of interesting architecture and museums.

Belfast: We took the excursion to the Giants Causeway, but it was middle of day light and crawling with people.

We left the cruise in Belfast due to the prospect of severe weather the next day. (Neither my wife or self enjoy rough seas!) We went back to Dublin for a couple of days and then took a plane to Bergen. Bergen is a great walking city, especially the old wooden section. The harbor is in the middle of the town. If they offer a fjord cruise, it is well worth it.

If interested I have some galleries from that trip at

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