Celtic coastlines

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Celtic coastlines

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 24 April 2017 to 1 May 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Portsmouth
    Arrival Port : Dublin

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S240417

    From Portsmouth to Dublin, Ponant invites you to discover a new itinerary in the heart of the Celtic Sea.

    Step aboard the Le Soléal for an 8-day cruise to lands of legend and romance.

    One port of call will be at the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. Here, long sandy beaches stand alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops.

    Step ashore at Cobh, a maritime port in County Cork in south west Ireland, and take a trip to discover the picturesque village of Blarney - a village famous for its castle - and Kinsale - a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

    Le Soléal will take you to the Isle of Man, located between the United Kingdom and Ireland. Along the way, between Douglas and Castletown, discover a place brimming with mystery and magic: Fairy Bridge.

    During your stopover in Belfast, you can visit theGiant's Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns.

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      24 April 2017 – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Portsmouth

      Embarkation 24/04/2017 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 24/04/2017 at 19H00 .

      Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.

      25 April 2017 – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      25 April 2017 – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Arrival 25/04/2017 at 12H00 . Departure 25/04/2017 at 19H00 .

      Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

      26 April 2017 – Scilly Islands

      26 April 2017 – Scilly Islands

      Arrival 26/04/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 26/04/2017 at 18H00 .

      Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

      27 April 2017 – Cork

      27 April 2017 – Cork

      Arrival 27/04/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 27/04/2017 at 18H00 .

      This charming stopover on the southern coast of Ireland will certainly win you over with its pastel-shaded houses layered up the hillside. A little train avoids you from having to climb the steep streets of the historic centre. Once you’re there, you come to Saint Colman cathedral overlooking the coastline. The extensive panorama provides views of the little islands in Cork Harbour. Down below, the pubs complete with their floral window displays are enough to catch your eye. The pubs are famous for their traditional dishes like “colcannon” - a steaming hot soup made with cabbage served in a bowl, or a plate of boxties - crispy potato cakes with horse radish.

      28 April 2017 – Liverpool

      28 April 2017 – Liverpool

      Arrival 28/04/2017 at 14H30 . Departure 28/04/2017 at 23H00 .

      The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight youメll also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".

      29 April 2017 – Douglas

      29 April 2017 – Douglas

      Arrival 29/04/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 29/04/2017 at 18H00 .

      Douglas ᅠis the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its gruelling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. Take a stroll or horse tram along the busy promenade and visit the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. You can take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where you'll see medieval castles and pretty villages and farms.

      30 April 2017 – Belfast-Northern Ireland

      30 April 2017 – Belfast-Northern Ireland

      Arrival 30/04/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 30/04/2017 at 18H00 .

      The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

      1 May 2017▸30 April 2017 – Dublin

      Dublin

      Disembarkation 01/05/2017 at 08H00 .

      The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        Discovery of Dublin (1 day)
        01/05/2017

        180.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Dublin on your own (2 days/1 night)
        01/05/2017

        383.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. Before your cruise

        Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Portsmouth with panoramic tour of Portsmouth and lunch (half-day)
        24/04/2017

        203.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      3. During your cruise

        Sunset River Cruise ( 1 day )
        28/04/2017

        260.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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