2022 British Isles Cruise with Anthony Sweat

Dates June 6-20, 2022
Destination United States Amsterdam, Netherlands; Day at Sea Inverness, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland Holyhead, Wales; Cork, Ireland Waterford, Ireland Dover, England;
Duration 15 days 14 nights
Price From 1,759
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We invite you to join author, artist, and BYU Professor Anthony Sweat onboard the Jewel of the Seas as we discover the rural beauty in the British Isles.  This cruise is a round trip from Amsterdam, and you will see the Netherland, Ireland, Scotland, and England on this cruise of a lifetime! 

Our cruise package includes the cabin of your choice on the 12-night cruise, a pre-night hotel stay in Amsterdam with transfers, and a city bus tour to enjoy your stay in this Dutch capital city.  Our group will have private shore excursions at most of our ports to be sure you don't miss any of the highlights of the trip.

When you do a British Isle cruise history is everywhere you look!  It is home to legendary villages, thatched-roof houses, and scores of castles, churches, and colleges from centuries past. Some of these highlights to look forward to are the Titanic Belfast monument in Northern Ireland included in our tour in Belfast where you will enjoy its interactive galleries and impressive structure on the old shipyard. You can find your craic (Gaelic for "fun") in Ireland amid rolling green hills and local pubs. We'll see the Scottish Highlands, home to the mysterious sites of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom's highest peak.  Spend a day in London and so much more on this cruise.

Whether it's these countries' long history or a pull to your ancestors, this cruise will have you connecting to all the highlights they have to offer.  This is an escorted group cruise with a Morris Columbus Travel host to help you make the most of this wonderful return to Europe.  We hope you will join us in discovering the British Isles in 2022.

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Day 1 and 2: Monday and Tuesday, June 6 - 7, 2022

USA Departures to Amsterdam

Today we will depart our USA home cities and fly overnight to Amsterdam.  Upon arrival, we will be met by our motorcoach and taken around the city and surrounding area to enjoy a panoramic view of this capital city and what it offers.   Afterward we will be dropped off at our hotel to check-in and the afternoon is yours to enjoy the city at your leisure.  

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.

Meals : In-flight
Day 3: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Today we'll board our beautiful home for the next 12 nights, the Jewel Of The Seas!  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Cruising

Don't miss these onboard favorite activities on board such as the Rock Climbing Wall, Mini Golf, Solarium and pools to relax by.  This afternoon we will have our first onboard group gathering with Anthony Sweat.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Friday, June 10, 2022

Inverness/Loch Ness Scotland

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.

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION - $199

Join us on a jam-packed journey in the Highlands, to enjoy many iconic Scottish experiences in just one day. Your adventure begins at the legendary Loch Ness, where we'll cruise to see the ruined Urquhart Castle - prime monster spotting territory! Lunch stop in beautiful Beauly or area. Learn the true story which inspired Outlander at Culloden Battlefield, and attempt your own journey through the stones at Clava Cairns.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Day at Sea

Today will be a great day to move about the ship and discover all the many culinary treats that await you.  Tonight you may want to indulge in one of the specialty restaurants or even enjoy the included room service for a treat.  

We will have a group gathering today again with Anthony Sweat.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, June 12, 2022

Glasgow, Scotland

Heralded as one of the world's friendliest cities, Glasgow is Scotland's cultural capital. It's also Scotland's biggest city, surpassing even Edinburgh. Glasgow experienced a cultural boom from the 18th to 20th century, giving birth to the ornate Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture you see here today. With your Glasgow, Scotland cruise check out Killingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the city's West End. You'll encounter everything from the remains of prehistoric mammals to mind-bending Dali paintings. Explore the city's deeper history in the East End, where you'll find Glasgow Cathedral, a monument of 12th-century Gothic design. Glasgow is also a UNESCO City of Music — stop into one of the 130 music events that are held here each week at venues like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Monday, June 13, 2022

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is a thriving, fast-growing metropolitan center that's full of surprises. The city played a key role in the 19th century's Industrial Revolution when it was the world's biggest linen producer. It also had a reputation for ship-building — the Titanic was built here. Learn more about this claim to fame when you visit the Titanic Quarter and the city's Titanic Belfast attraction. Then, grab lunch on the terrace overlooking Edwardian City Hall, one of the best examples of Belfast's great architecture. Ireland cruises offer you the opportunity to walk among exotic trees in the botanical garden, and reinvent your idea of Irish cuisine at one of the city's upscale, seafood-focused eateries.

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION - $96 PER PERSON

Discover the history of Belfast –we will discover the major figures from Belfast and find out how religion and cultural divisions impacted Ireland and Belfast in particular. We visit the oldest parts of town including the Cathedral Quarter and High Street where our guide will point out some amazing street art along the way and tell us the stories behind some of the stand-out pieces and how they reflect the conflict. Find out about famous people, times, and places and you'll discover how the legacy of the troubles has changed the landscape of the area. We will also have a visit to the Titanic Belfast museum. Titanic Belfast is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built, and launched in 1912. Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. The self-guided Titanic Experience extends over nine interpretive and interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Holyhead, Wales

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Day at Sea

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Cork, Ireland

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 prison-turned-museum Cork City Gaol, visit Blarney Castle and kiss its eponymous stone, and sample local culinary specialties 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.

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION - $99.00

On this excursion from Cobh, we will discover the highlights of County Cork, including Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and Cobh. We will visit Blarney Castle & Gardens where we will have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, explore the 15th-century castle, and wander discover the magnificent gardens. There will also be a stop at Blarney Woollen Mills. We will also see Charles Fort where our guide will tell us the fascinating history of this 17th-century fort and the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. Be amazed by the stunning scenery and the very sad tale of The Cunard Ocean liner RMS Lusitania. The tour will also include a panoramic driving tour of Cork city. See the sights like The English Market and Shandon Bells and learn about this fascinating rebel city from the time of Vikings through to The Anglo-Norman Invasion and right up to modern times. There will also be a stop at the charming village of Kinsale. Back in Cobh, we will see the majestic Cathedral with the largest carillon of bells in Europe. Take in the stunning harbor scenery here while you learn about the ill-fated Titanic, mass emigration, and its rich maritime history.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Friday, June 12, 2022

Waterford, Ireland

The oldest city in Ireland, Waterford is home to depths of history and nature waiting to be explored. Explore the historic Viking Triangle, Waterford's heritage and cultural quarter. Climb Reginald's Tower, a 12th-century circular fortress erected by the Anglo-Normans. Cruise to Waterford to see Middle Ages artifacts, including a 15th-century wine vault, at the Medieval Museum. Shop for Waterford Crystal in its place of origin — stop into a local artisan's shop and see how it's made. Walk among rhododendrons and camellias in Mount Congreve Gardens. Or hike the Copper Coast, a UNESCO Global Geopark, where steep cliffs formed by ancient volcanic activity overlook windswept waters.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Saturday, June 18, 2022

Day at Sea

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Sunday, June 19, 2022

Dover, England

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.

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION - $139.00

Today we arrive in London for our tour that will begin with a relaxing panoramic drive through this iconic city with our expert tour guide. Along the way, our guide will regale us with interesting stories and facts about London's long history. On this scenic journey through the city, we will see all of London's most iconic sights, including Westminster Abbey, the iconic Elizabeth Tower, also known as 'Big Ben', St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, and The Tower of London. There will be photo stops along the way to enjoy and a highlight for sure will be as we watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horseguard’s Parade. We will also enjoy a tour inside the historic Tower of London. before returning to the ship.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Monday, June 20, 2022

Amsterdam, Netherlands to Return Home

This morning our ship will return to Amsterdam where we will transfer back to the airport with wonderful memories to last a lifetime of our experiences in the British Isles.

Meals : Breakfast

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Highlights of the Tour:

  • Small group size (50 max) for the cruise package with optional air and transfers
  • Morris Murdock tour director through the whole trip
  • Private group shore excursions offered for our group (optional with cost listed below)

Included:

  • Pre Night Hotel Stay in Amsterdam with Bus Panorama City Tour
  • Round Trip Transfers - (Must match up to the group flights)
  • 12 Night Cruise on the Jewel of The Seas with Royal Caribbean
  • Group director while on your cruise for travel and group assistance
  • Special Lecture Series by Special Guest Host, BYU Professor and Author/Artist Anthony Sweat

Not Included:

  • Airfare Round Trip to Amsterdam $1559 from Salt Lake City Sold Out (Call for quotes from other cities)
  • Government fee's and taxes: $229.09 per person
  • Onboard Gratuities $174.00 per person
  • Optional Excursions in ports both private and group (see below)
  • Trip cancellation/Trip interruption coverage 

Optional Pricing:

  • $1759.00 Inside Cabin--or cruise only for $1399
  • $2049.00 Outside Cabin 
  • $2399.00 Balcony Cabin ++ Limited, confirmation comes after deposit   SOLD OUT
  • Cruise Excursions Listed Below

Payment Terms:

  • A deposit of $500.00 per person is due at booking
  • Final Payment is due March 6, 2022
  • ** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers traveling

NOTE: Fares shown are in U.S. dollars and are per person, based on double occupancy. Government taxes, fees, and fuel supplements (where applicable) are additional

NOTE: Cruise ports are subject to change before notice by the cruise lines and are beyond the control of the booking agency.

Optional Group Shore Excursions:

  • Inverness - Scottish Highlands Tour - $199.00 per person including lunch, based on 25 in our group
  • Belfast - City History and Titanic Tour - $96.00 per person, based on 25 in our group
  • Cork - Irish Castles and Country Side Tour - $99.00 per person, based on 25 in our group
  • Dover - The City of London Tour - $139.00, based on 25 in our group