More visits to Ireland and Northern Ireland, too.
Crystal Cruises, a leader in all-inclusive luxury at sea, announced on St. Patrick’s Day that the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity would have more port calls to the Emerald Isle this year than ever before.
Not once but twice this summer, the Crystal Symphony will cruise between Dover, England and Dublin, Ireland, on 7-night British Isles cruises.
Crystal Serenity also visits Ireland during a 14-day Trans-Atlantic voyage that departs September 5 and ends in America’s most Irish city, Boston.
All totaled, the two ships will visit six ports, two of which are maiden calls. The new ports include Galway, Ireland and Londonderry, North Ireland. Both ports represent an enormous opportunity for Crystal guests to experience ancient cities and ruins.
The other four ports include:
Waterford: With Georgian architecture as beautiful as the town’s famous crystal, Ireland’s oldest and windiest city is surrounded by craggy beaches, fishing villages, and walking trails throughout the county.
Dublin: Ireland’s literary and political capital, this relaxed metropolis combines the classic pubs and stone townhouses of yesteryear with modern architecture and acceptance.
Cork/Ringaskiddy: Gothic castles, the home of Irish whiskey, and the Blarney Stone can all be found in County Cork.
Belfast: Gentrified quaysides, hip hotels, and huge urban renewal have transformed this former battleground city into an enticing place of Irish pride for visitors.
Guests seeking shore tours a bit out of the ordinary, Crystal Adventures will take them by coach, foot, helicopter, horseback, and boat over, past, and into such sites as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway, Jameson’s Distillery, and Lough Erne Resort, home of 2013’s G8 Summit, where guests can stay overnight during a new Belfast to Londonderry Overland Adventure.
All-inclusive fares for the Irish cruises start at $3,405/person if booked by April 30. Contact a travel agent or visit CrystalCruises.com.
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