British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

Travel information 7 days MS Spitsbergen
April 2, 2023
Price from $ 3,904
$ 3,514
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Historic seaports, natural wonders, and cultural gems await as we cruise the Irish Sea, taking in four countries of the British Isles and the Isle of Man.

From Glasgow to Northern Ireland

With its splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, Glasgow is the perfect port from which to launch your expedition cruising the Irish Sea. Reaching Northern Ireland, Dunluce Castle in Portrush is one of the most scenic and romantic castles imaginable. You’ll visit the fabled Giant’s Causeway before sailing to Belfast, where you can explore the cobblestone streets of the Cathedral Quarter and witness the city’s proud shipbuilding heritage.

Viking isles and Welsh wonders

The British Isles are blessed with incredible landscapes, and the Isle of Man is no exception. The entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Explore its rugged coastline and uncover Celtic and Viking history. We’ll drop anchor farther south at the charming fishing village of Fishguard in Wales, where you’ll find ancient monuments and Neolithic houses.

Irish cheer

Pop into one of the timeless institutions that form the bedrock of society in the British Isles: pubs. Find some ‘craic’ in Dublin’s cozy establishments of good cheer while sipping a pint of Guinness. Wander Dublin’s bustling streets and take in its history. Don’t miss Trinity College and Dublin Castle before sailing back to Glasgow as your final port of call.

 British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea  British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea
  • Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Set sail from Glasgow

    April 2, 2023

    Setting of from Scotland’s city of culture, get to know your expedition ship and crew.

    Glasgow is an elegant city filled with splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. If you have time before embarkation, discover its museums, galleries, and lively spots to eat, drink, and shop.

    When you’re done, your comfortable expedition ship MS Spitsbergen will be waiting for you. The friendly Expedition Team will be on hand to greet you. After attending a safety briefing and settling in, sit down for a welcome dinner to launch the cruise.


    Want to further explore Glasgow and Edinburgh? We recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Pre-Program, which includes an overnight stay in Edinburgh. You’ll see the main sights of Glasgow as well as beautiful Edinburgh Castle.

    Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Set sail from Glasgow

  • Day 2
    Portrush (Northern Ireland)

    See the Giant’s Causeway.

    April 3, 2023

    Step out into Portrush and see a giant natural wonder.

    Portrush is a small resort town that’s been popular since Victorian times. From here, there are several walks you can go on, and this section of coast features long sandy beaches. Birders should trek up to Ramore Head, just north of the town.

    A big draw is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. This contains around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rising mysteriously from the coast. All the while, the ruins of Dunluce Castle sit dramatically atop a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, provide a stunning backdrop to this region’s savage beauty.

    • Included Portrush Sheepdog Demonstration
    • Included Dunluce Castle & The Giant’s Causeway
    Day 2
    Portrush (Northern Ireland)

    See the Giant’s Causeway.

  • Day 3
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming capital with historic industrial links

    April 4, 2023

    Roam Northern Ireland’s historic industrial city and discover its proud heritage.

    Famed as the birthplace of the Titanic, Northern Ireland’s capital is a city of industry and elegance. Wander the Titanic Quarter and walk the Maritime Mile, a waterfront trail showcasing Belfast’s proud seafaring history.

    Elegant Victorian architecture abounds here. Admire the detailed mosaics of St. Anne’s Cathedral and the majestic façade of the Grand Opera House. Climb Cave Hill, near Belfast Castle, for great city views.

    There are tasty treats and handicrafts for sale at St George’s Market, and the Ulster Museum will delight history buffs.

    • Included Castle Espie Wetlands Centre
    Day 3
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming capital with historic industrial links

  • Day 4
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic isle

    April 5, 2023

    Explore the capital of the Isle of Man, a hotbed for Celtic and Viking heritage.

    The scenic approach to Douglas is not to be missed! We’ll head ashore to explore the capital of the Isle of Man; learn about the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage; trace its transformation into a Victorian tourist resort; and discover its stunning, rugged coastline.

    There’s so much to see and do in Douglas. Visit the Manx Museum, check out the murals in St. Thomas’ Church, and discover the impressively spooky Peel Castle, which was originally a Viking stronghold and is now said to be haunted.

    • Included Isle of Man Beach Cleaning
    Day 4
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic isle

  • Day 5
    Fishguard, Wales

    The Welsh town with a long history

    April 6, 2023

    Explore Fishguard and see its Iron Age settlements and the idyllic Dyffryn Fernant gardens.

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming Welsh coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original village and harbor in Lower Fishguard and enjoy spectacular sea views from the main town on the cliff-top.

    Explore the ruins of Fishguard Fort at Castle Point and spot marine life on a coastal walk along the Pencaer Peninsula. Enter the reconstructed roundhouses at Castell Henllys to get a feel for life in the Neolithic period. And the Dyffryn Fernant gardens are a horticultural gem not to be missed.

    • Included Shuttle to St. David’s
    Day 5
    Fishguard, Wales

    The Welsh town with a long history

  • Day 6
    Dublin, Ireland

    Emerald Isle capital

    April 7, 2023

    Discover the lively city on the Liffey River, famed for its culture.

    Founded by Vikings, and later becoming the Kingdom of Dublin, Ireland’s capital has a remarkable history. As one of Europe’s most youthful cities, ‘Dubs’ is also a lively cultural center for live music and pubs. It’s also a modern tech hub.

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this fascinating city, visiting such places as Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Here, you can see the medieval manuscript the Book of Kells. Dublin Castle is also worth a visit—and don’t forget to sample a pint of Guinness!

    • Included Clean Coasts
    Day 6
    Dublin, Ireland

    Emerald Isle capital

  • Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow

    April 8, 2023

    Finish off where you started … But why not stay a bit longer?

    Our island-hopping expedition ends where we started: in Glasgow. Even though you’ve spent the past 10 days enjoying wonderful experiences, why not stay a little longer and and see some of the things you missed before you set sail.


    If you want to explore Glasgow and Edinburgh, we recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Post-Program. An overnight in Edinburgh will allow you to see the main sights of Glasgow, as well as the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow



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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
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