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August 11 - 25, 2017

British Isles Explorer

Honfleur to London/Tilbury

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

An inclusive two-night trip to Paris begins this port-intensive journey through England and the Emerald Isles. Our overnight stay gives you a very special opportunity to explore the beaches of WWII Normandy with Roberta and Arnold!

For even more good times, join Roberta and Arnold on both this and the previous cruise, Antwerp to Honfleur, back-to-back! (Note: The 2-Day Paris Land Program cannot be included when doing the back-to-back cruises)

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

August 11

Paris, France

August 12

Paris, France

August 13

Paris/Honfleur, France

August 14

Honfleur, France

August 15

Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

August 16

Waterford, Ireland

August 17

Dublin, Ireland

August 18

Liverpool, England

August 19

Belfast, United Kingdom

August 20

Oban, Scotland

August 21

Cruising the North Atlantic

August 22

Invergordon, Scotland

August 23

Cruising the North Sea

August 24

London/Tilbury, England

August 25

London/Tilbury, England

August 11 - Paris, France

Enjoy the 2-day Inclusive Land Program in Paris!

August 12 - Paris, France

August 13 - Paris/Honfleur, France

Embark PM (Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.)

Honfleur's unique character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians over the ages. Nestled at the mouth of the Seine River, this small fishing port is renowned for the glorious voyages of discovery by its 17th century mariners, and has blossomed into one of Normandy's most appealing harbors. Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes, was born here in 1824 and artists such as Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir and Cèzanne have visited Honfleur. Preserved from World War II's destruction, this quaint old Norman town has managed to retain its charm of yesteryear. The "Old Dock," narrow jetty houses, the museums and monuments are witness to a rich heritage of art and history.

Our overnight stay gives you a memorable opportunity to explore Normandy with Roberta and Arnold!

August 14 - Honfleur, France

August 15 - Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

8 AM to 4 PM

Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers.

August 16 - Waterford, Ireland

9 AM to 6 PM

The port city of Waterford, founded in the 9th century, lies on the banks of the River Suir (pronounced Shure) and is the regional capital of Ireland's southeast. It is the perfect gateway for a host of sightseeing opportunities, from rolling green countryside to traditional villages, castles and abbeys. During the period of rule by the Norman and the English, this city was a focus for international trading and local development, particularly with regard to the celebrated Waterford Crystal. Although the original Waterford Crystal Factory was closed in 1851, its revival in 1947 has brought a new wave of prosperity to this region. Today, visitors from around the world marvel at the factory's award-winning displays and witness first hand the time-honored skills of glass blowing, cutting and engraving.

August 17 - Dublin, Ireland

4 AM to 10 PM

The Irish capital, Dublin, enjoys one of the loveliest settings in Europe. Craggy Howth Head shelters the natural harbor at Dublin Bay and the gurgling River Liffey flows through the center of town. The ancient Egyptians, as well as Norman and Viking warriors, visited Dublin. However, the city's most pervasive surviving influences come from the 18th and 19th centuries when elegant Georgian mansions were first built along the river and then outward from its shores. The arts also flourished during this period and Dublin served as the birthplace of some of our greatest literary figures such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce to name only a few.

August 18 - Liverpool, England

8 AM to 9 PM

Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century, as the riches of the Americas and the West Indies flowed through its docks and marketplaces. (At one point it even had more dock space than London.) Enjoy the Town Hall built in those flourishing years, the Walker Art Gallery, or the delights of the restored Albert Dock, with its classy shops and maritime museum.

August 19 - Belfast, United Kingdom

8 AM to 6 PM

Having the gift of understatement and optimism, the Irish call their decades-long civil strife "the Troubles." Happily, the Troubles have settled down, making enjoyable visits to Northern Ireland, most notably Belfast, no trouble at all. Merely a village in the 17th century, Belfast grew by leaps and bounds during the Industrial Revolution. The manufacture of linen and ships (Belfast has the world's largest dry dock) brought not only prosperity to the city, but beauty. Ornate Victorian homes and grand Edwardian civic buildings line the streets. The city also has many quaint lanes populated by pubs and boutiques dressed with overflowing window boxes and brightly painted doors.

One of the highlights of Belfast is the new fascinating Titanic Museum!

While there is much to detain you in lovely Belfast, you might want to take the quick trip over the lough, or small bay, to Carrickfergus Castle, the best-preserved Norman castle in Ireland.

August 20 - Oban, Scotland

8 AM to 6 PM

When you visit Oban, Scotland, you might find yourself torn. On the one hand, it is the perfect base for exploring nearby Isle of Mull and the other Western Isles. On the other hand, there is much to do right there in town. You can rent a bike and ride across the glens, enjoying views across the Firth of Lorn and the Sound of Mull. You can take a look at McCaig's Folly, an unfinished replica of the Roman Colosseum that sits on a hill overlooking the town. Built by banker John Stuart McCaig in 1897, at its highest point it is about forty-five feet tall and has a handsome landscaped courtyard. The locals, taking the structure a little more seriously than some visitors who pass through, call it simply "McCaig's Tower." Other diversions in Oban include shopping for locally-made crafts including glassware, Celtic jewelry, and kilts made with the tartan patterns of nearly every clan in Scotland. Sample oak-smoked herring at MacTavish's Kitchen. For drinks and some local flavor, try the pub at Oban Inn. With its exposed beam ceilings and popularity among town residents, it's full of Scottish atmosphere.

August 21 - Cruising the North Atlantic

August 22 - Invergordon, Scotland

8 AM to 6 PM

Lying quietly on the Cromarty Firth, Invergordon is the gateway to the highlands region of Scotland. From its early industrial days as one of the main producers of whisky, to its present-day involvement in the repairing of oil rigs, Invergordon and neighboring Inverness are steeped in history. Perhaps Invergordon's greatest claim to fame is Loch Ness, the narrow 23-mile-long body of murky water, home to the elusive monster "Nessie."

August 23 - Cruising the North Sea

August 24 - London/Tilbury, England

Arrive 7 AM

With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.

August 25 - London/Tilbury, England

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Honfleur

The 73rd Anniversary of D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy

August 14

This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

Departing the pier by motor coach, travel on an approximate two-hour panoramic drive through Normandy’s countryside, where memories will be evoked of D-Day.

At Arromanches-les-Bains, situated close to the famous Gold Beach, you will discover the seafront with traces of old tanks used by the allied to build the famous artificial “Mulberry Harbor”.

On June 6th, 1944, the largest amphibious assault with combined forces of over 190,000 troops invaded the Beaches of Normandy. Arromanches owes much of its fame to the “Mulberry” operation, the Allied establishment of an artificial prefabricated port. Some elements of the Normandy invasion remain and visits to the Landing Museum gives helpful insights into the Allied strategy. Afterward, proceed by motor coach to Port-en-Bessin for lunch at a charming restaurant.

Rejoining your motor coach, journey to Point due Hoc. Heavily fortified by the German troops, Pointe du Hoc was located to the west of Omaha beach landings and was the position of six 155mm cannons with a range of 25,000 yards. These cannons had a commanding view of both Omaha and Utah beaches and the potential to cause much damage to the invading force. The point stood on cliffs between 85 to over 100 feet high. At the base was a very small rocky beach that offered no protection. The 2nd Ranger Battalion comprised of 3 Companies (D, E, and F) of 225 men were assigned the difficult task of scaling the cliffs to destroy the guns emplacements and move inland to cut off the coastal highway that connected Grandcamp and Vierville. The American Troops suffered 70 percent casualties in triumphantly overtaking this important post. Today, visitors can appreciate the risk and scale of the operation by seeing the site, still pockmarked with bomb craters, and many of the original fortifications also still in place.

We then proceed to Omaha beach where the amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions took place.

A profoundly moving experience then awaits you at the American Cemetery in Colleville St. Laurent. Here, over 9,000 soldiers were laid to rest, marked by the iconic marble crosses that stand in orderly ranks over Omaha Beach. In memorial of those lost, flowers will be laid to rest followed by the traditional flag folding. Pondering the great importance and sacrifices of D-Day, begin the approximately 90-minute return journey to your Crystal ship.

Important notes:

Guests should be aware that there is an approximately 3½-hour, round-trip drive to the Normandy Beaches at Arromanches-les-Bains; however, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Should Château La Chenevière restaurant not be available on the day of your excursion, a lunch venue of similar quality will be substituted. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. To avoid crowding, order of sights visited may vary.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest’s shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged through the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

Excursion Code:

HNF-I

Highlights:

2017 marks the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. Today we visit the famous landing beaches of Normandy where you will experience the history of one of the largest amphibious invasion in world history, comprised of over 190,000 troops and successfully executed by land, sea, and air. Although thousands of troops lost their lives, D-Day’s success allowed the allies to achieve a foothold in Europe, which some historians considered to be the turning point in European Theater in World War II. WWII veterans and guests with interest in the events of World War II will not want to miss this journey to the site of the D-Day Invasion that took place in Normandy at “H” hour on June 6, 1944.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 11 hours

Price:

$279

Guernsey, Channel Islands

Channel Islands RIB Adventure

August 15

The turquoise waters surrounding Guernsey support a wide variety of marine and bird life. Navigate across the channel to a reef of rocks just to the north of Herm Island, known locally as “the Humps.” This designated nature reserve supports a breeding colony of Atlantic grey seals. You may catch a glimpse of them relaxing on the rocks as you pass.

A short but spectacularly fast trip takes you next to the Guliot Passage, which separates the islands of Sark and Brechou. Here, your RIB will nose into a vast cave under the cliffs before a smooth cruise to the southernmost tip of Sark. Here, your guide and local nature enthusiast will offer words about the impressive variety of seabirds that nest amid the rocky ledges.

As your one-hour boat trip comes to a close, brace yourself as your captain treats you to an exhilarating thrill ride with a top speed of 38 mph back to your Crystal ship.

This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical limitations, as well as guests with back or neck problems and women who are pregnant. All guests must sign a waiver of liability. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing, a jacket and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. As you may get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

STX-B

Highlights:

Experience the wildlife, scenery and marine wonders the Channel Islands have to offer aboard an exhilarating Rigid Inflatable Boat, or RIB. Your high-speed vessel will allow you to enjoy both the serenity and the thrill that a day at sea can offer.

Activity Level:

High Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 1-1½ hours

Price:

$119

Availability:

Extremely limited

Liverpool, England

In the Footsteps of the Beatles

August 18

Departing the tender pier aboard your motor coach, you will pass through the city center of Liverpool and into the suburbs, viewing the birthplaces, former homes, schools and venues associated with the Fab Four along the way. Pass such renowned sights as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field before pausing at Mathew Street to see the location of the old Cavern Club.

Return to Liverpool’s docks where you will visit magnificent Albert Dock, home to Britain’s largest collection of Grade 1-listed preserved historic buildings.

Built by Jesse Hartley between 1841 and 1845, Albert Dock was once heralded as England’s gateway to the New World. In the 19th century, over nine million people set sail for America from this port. Today, Albert Dock is a splendid quay-side destination, offering some shops, specialty restaurants and museums. For true fans of the Beatles, the highlight of today’s outing will be “The Beatles Story,” a walk-through, sight-and-sound experience located here at Albert Dock.

Starting with their childhoods in Liverpool and culminating with the death of John Lennon, the exhibition will give you a deeper appreciation for this musical phenomenon. Also featured is a reconstruction of London’s Abbey Road recording studios, the Yellow Submarine and the now-demolished old Cavern Club.

After enjoying this visit, you may return to pier independently should time permit, or re-board your motor coach for the return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

LVR-C

Highlights:

The highlights of Liverpool and the landmarks connected with the Beatles are yours to enjoy on this half-day excursion.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$109

Availability:

Limited

Oban, Scotland

Scenic Seil Island

August 20

Shortly after leaving the bustle of Oban, you will be enjoying views across fertile valleys and glimpse the sea-lochs and islets that provide safe haven for yachts seeking shelter from the mighty Atlantic.

Your route takes you off the main road and to the small community of Clachan Seil, with its fine old Clachan Bridge. Built in 1792, the simple, single-arched stone bridge links the Scottish mainland with the island of Seil. While often called the “Bridge Over the Atlantic,” Clachan Bridge is only 72 feet wide and 39 feet high and spans the Clachan Sound, which is more a stream than a vast body of water. The view of the relatively petite bridge is one of delightful, rural beauty.

Appreciate the pastoral scene with a photo stop before continuing south on Seil Island. First settled as early as 5,000 BC, the island is known as the former home of the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Today, the five-mile-long isle quietly hosts locals and visitors seeking the visual pleasures of an interesting coastline and the charm of small farms and villages.

One such village is Easdale, which is not to be confused with the island of the same name situated just across the narrow channel. The village’s original name is Ellenabeich, translating in Gaelic to “Island of the Birches.” This appellation can further confuse matters, as the village is neither an island nor seems to have any great population of birch trees.

There is certainly no confusion about Ellenabeich’s appeal. The town is picturesque, with a collection of neat white cottages, an open square overlooking the small harbor and an isolated location on the rugged shores of this historically significant Slate Isle. At the height of the Scotland’s slate industry in the 1870s, the output of the Slate Islands caused them to be dubbed “the islands that roofed the world.” Slate quarried from here can be seen on rooftops as far away as Melbourne, Australia, and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Independently explore the tiny village, appreciating its timeless quality and quaint atmosphere.

Your one-hour return journey to Oban and your Crystal ship takes you back along narrow, twisting roads, affording pleasing views of this western slice of Scotland.

Important Notes:

It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

OBA-B

Highlights:

We invite you to venture to Seil Island, one of the seven islands that make up the Slate Islands, so-called for their composition of slate that was quarried widely until the mid-twentieth century. Today, the island is a peaceful getaway, offering views of rugged shores and sparkling waters. Your visit includes a stop in the charming village of Ellenabeich, also known as Easdale.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 3 hours

Price:

$99

Availability:

Limited

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

DEDUCT $1,000 IF YOU ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE PARIS LAND PROGRAM

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $540

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $1,500.

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
E2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Extremely Limited View)
$ 6,455 ( $ 8,840)
E1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Limited View)
$ 6,545 ( $ 8,960)
D (5)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 6,780 ( $ 9,265)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 7,605 ( $10,335)
C1 (7,8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 7,795 ( $10,585)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 8,530 ( $12,540)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 9,280 ( $13,590)
A3 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 9,780 ( $14,290)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 9,875 ( $14,425)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 9,965 ( $14,550)
PH (10)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 14,320 ( $26,185)
PS (10)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 17,795