British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea

British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea

British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea

British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea

Travel information 4 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
May 7, 2022
Price from $ 1,250
$ 1,125
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore the historic coastlines and seaports of England and Ireland on this cruise aboard our state-of-the-art hybrid electric–powered ship MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Historic stops in England and Ireland

Sail back in time along the beautiful English and Irish coasts. We’ll start from Portsmouth, which played a key role in World War II. Then it’s on to Fowey, in Cornwall, where pirates once smuggled rum and gold along the picturesque coast. Then we head to Waterford in Ireland, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. We’ll finish in Liverpool, a city steeped in modern culture and nostalgia.

Curiosities abound, from ancient ruins, castles, and Viking settlements to picturesque fishing villages, famous historic ships, and the vibrant modern city of Liverpool. Visit Cornwall’s rugged coastline and rocky coves, then drop in on the nearby Eden Project, which features the world’s largest enclosed tropical rainforest.

Cultural highlights, learning, and relaxation

There will also be plenty of time to relax, where you can pop into old pubs, sample cream teas in quaint harborside cafés, or stroll along sandy beaches. Our experienced Expedition Team is on hand to ensure you the best possible experience, both on board and ashore.

We make the most of our time on this short but eventful cruise aboard our brand-new expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, which features a Lecture Hall and onboard Science Center.

British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea British Isles – Historic Ports of the English Channel and the Irish Sea
  • Day 1
    Portsmouth, U.K.

    Setting out from historic Portsmouth

    May 7, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

    Our expedition cruise begins in Portsmouth, a modern seafaring city with a fascinating naval heritage. Before embarkation, take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth. Enjoy the atmosphere in its pubs, quaint tea rooms, and shops. Your comfortable expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, will be ready and waiting for you. Once you board the ship and check in, you’ll receive your complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket. Since we may encounter unpredictable weather along the way, it can come in handy. Take time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before attending a mandatory pre-departure safety drill.

    You’ll be greeted by your friendly Expedition Team. They’ll prepare you for the exciting days ahead. But their first priority is taking you through important health and safety principles to ensure the health and safety of you and your fellow explorers throughout the cruise.

    With that, we’re off! As we plot our course for the first port of call in Cornwall, MS Fridtjof Nansen will set off into the waters of the Solent Strait before heading to the English Channel.

    Stretch your legs on deck and further acquaint yourself with the different areas of the ship, your home-away-from-home for the next four days. Enjoy your first dinner in one of the ship’s excellent restaurants—one of many more delicious meals to come. Raise your glass and join the captain and crew in a toast to an enjoyable expedition.

    Day 1
    Portsmouth, U.K.

    Setting out from historic Portsmouth

  • Day 2
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

    May 8, 2022

    Today, we drop anchor off Cornwall, home to Arthurian legends and pirates of old. Fowey is a charming little historic harbor town set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty conservation area. This gorgeous fishing village sits on the west side of the Fowey Estuary, a flooded valley cut by meltwater after the last Ice Age.

    In this relaxing place, let a sense of peace flood over you as you watch fishing boats come and go and listen to the cries of gulls on the wind. Wander Cornwall’s crooked cobblestone streets and visit some of the many boutiques for gift shopping. Then try a clotted cream ice or sip a pint of local Cornish ale in one of its timeworn taverns.

    Feeling a bit more energetic? Wander by foot past woods, beaches, and small coves to the panoramic Gribbin Head. This is where author Daphne du Maurier set some of her famous novels. There are plenty possible routes, including the ‘Hall Walk’ along Pont Pill Creek or along the esplanade to the beach at Readymoney Cove and St. Catherine’s Castle.

    Or pay a visit to the nearby Eden Project. Feast your eyes on this immense eco-project, which features the world’s largest ‘captive’ tropical rainforest as well as a multitude of biomes, educational installations, and artworks.

    While in Cornwall, try the region’s most famous culinary export, the humble Cornish pasty. Try to find time to indulge in a cream tea at one of the picturesque harborside cafés—delicious!

    Day 2
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

  • Day 3
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

    May 9, 2022

    Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Set foot in Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century by a fjord on the River Suir. Waterford is a well preserved and walkable small city, famed for its production of beautiful crystal glass and its Norse roots. You’ll see incredible examples of street art painted on walls and houses as you explore this city of culture.

    Walk the Viking Triangle, named for the three-sided shape made by the thousand-year-old walls that once surrounded the city. Enjoy the great views from the top of Reginald’s Tower and stop at the Bishop’s Palace Museum, an exquisite architectural jewel that houses treasures from Waterford’s colorful past.

    For an authentic taste of times past, enter the atmospheric ruins of a medieval monastery and visit the King of the Vikings museum, where you can experience an amazing virtual reality adventure featuring bearded warlords, battle axes, and dragon boats.

    Visit one of the earliest Norman stone castles at the nearby 12th century Kilkenny Castle or take in the beautiful scenery with a bike ride along the Waterford Greenway. A visit to the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark offers spectacular scenery, as well as castle ruins and an ancient dolmen.

    Waterford is home to some of the world’s finest crystal glass, so don’t forget to stop by the House of Waterford Crystal visitor’s center. Consider grabbing a pint at a traditional Irish pub like The Munster Bar or The Gingerman before heading back to the ship.

    Day 3
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

  • Day 4
    Liverpool, England

    Landing in Liverpool

    May 10, 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Our expedition cruise up the coast of the British Isles comes to an end in Liverpool. This is a really exciting city to explore, if you can spend some time here after disembarking the ship. It features a curious blend of the old and the modern. The sense of history here is palpable, along with the lure of the sea in this profoundly maritime city.

    Liverpool is also where The Beatles are from. Don’t leave without going on a city tour to visit all the places associated with them. Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the boys’ childhood homes, and the Cavern Club are just some of the destinations fans you can see.

    The wide River Mersey made this lively city a key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th century. A sense of imperial grandeur is still present amid the Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

    Before heading home, explore the city and wander along the River Mersey waterfront and cast an eye on the iconic mercantile buildings known as the ‘Three Graces’: the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building. Keep an eye out for the famous Liver Birds, the city’s very own mythological creatures.

    Then maybe grab a bite at the Royal Albert Dock and reflect on your adventure over the past few days on this short but sweet cruise through history.

    Day 4
    Liverpool, England

    Landing in Liverpool



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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide 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 allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help 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
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area


  • 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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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Science Center
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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