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July 15 - August 12, 2018

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Irish Sea Soliloquy & Vineyards and Vistas

London to Monte Carlo

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

An enriching study of the Emerald Isles features overnights in Dublin and Edinburgh, a maiden call in Dundee and visits to Europe's charming Low Countries.

Savor three delicious days in Bordeaux, the heart of France's famed wine region, sample ports in Lisbon and riojoas in Barcelona while en route to the South of France.

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

July 15

London/Tilbury, England

July 16

Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

July 17

Dublin, Ireland (overnight)

July 18

Dublin, Ireland

July 19

Belfast, United Kingdom

July 20

Greenock, Scotland

July 21

Cruising the Irish Sea & North Atlantic Ocean

July 22

Dundee, United Kingdom

July 23

Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland (overnight)

July 24

Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

July 25

Cruising the North Sea

July 26

Amsterdam, Netherlands (overnight)

July 27

Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 28

Zeebrugge, Belgium

July 29

London/Tilbury, England

July 30

Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

July 31

Cruising the English Channel and North Sea

July 31

Bordeaux, France (overnight)

August 01

Bordeaux, France (overnight)

August 02

Bordeaux, France

August 03

Cruising the Bay of Biscay

August 04

Oporto/Leixoes, Portugal

August 05

Lisbon, Portugal (overnight)

August 06

Lisbon, Portugal

August 07

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

August 08

Barcelona, Spain (overnight)

August 09

Barcelona, Spain

August 10

Cassis, France

August 11

Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight)

August 12

Monte Carlo, Monaco

July 15 - London/Tilbury, England

Depart 6 PM

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.

July 16 - Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

12 Noon to 6 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. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop

July 17 - Dublin, Ireland (overnight)

Arrive 5 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.

July 18 - Dublin, Ireland

Depart 7:45 PM

July 19 - Belfast, United Kingdom

6:30 AM to 8:30 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. 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.

July 20 - Greenock, Scotland

7 AM to 9 PM

Greenock, a former shipbuilding town on the River Clyde, is noted as the birthplace of James Watt, the engineer who perfected the steam engine. Nearby is the region of Ayrshire, birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet. Marvel at the dramatic landscape surrounding Greenock, your gateway to fairy-tale castles, glistening lochs, verdant countryside and the compelling city of Glasgow. Whether your interests include art, history, literature or architecture, this port of call offers insight and inspiration to all who visit.

July 21 - Cruising the Irish Sea & North Atlantic Ocean

July 22 - Dundee, United Kingdom

10:30 AM to 11 PM

The fourth largest city in Scotland, Dundee lies 40 miles north of Edinburgh and overlooks the Tay Estuary, a seaside location that has greatly influenced the town’s history. Dundee’s shipbuilding industry reached an apex during the golden age of sail, with the three-masted sailing ship RRS Discovery of the famed Robert Falcon Scott expedition being constructed here in 1901. One of the last of its type to be built in Britain, the ship is now on display at Discovery Point. Another vessel, the 46-gun frigate Unicorn, built in 1824, is one of the six oldest warships in the world and only a short walk along the riverfront from Discovery. You may also want to navigate your way to other city highlights, some quirky like the bronze statue of cartoon character Desperate Dan in the city square, and others historic, such as St. Mary’s Tower, the tallest existing medieval tower in the UK.

July 23 - Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland (overnight)

Arrive 8 AM

Dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag, Edinburgh is the celebrated capital of Scotland and boasts more than a thousand years of vibrant historical heritage. The Exchange building, the famous Royal Mile featuring St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox House, as well as Palace of holyroodhouse, the Queens official, are only a few of the architectural masterpieces found in this delightful Scottish city. Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

July 24 - Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

Depart 10 PM

July 25 - Cruising the North Sea

July 26 - Amsterdam, Netherlands (overnight)

Arrive 8 AM

Amsterdam derives its name from a 13th-century protective dam. Itis a beautifully preserved city with quaint architectural styles, priceless art treasures and welcoming people. Many of its wondrous highlights are located within the five concentric canals that gird the city's older neighborhoods and business districts. Whether cruising its waterways or visiting its exquisite galleries and museums, you will discover a wealth of fascinating sightseeing opportunities. A short drive away, characteristic towns preserve their traditional Dutch ways with intricate national costumes, sturdy wooden shoes and purposeful windmills.

July 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Depart 7 PM

July 28 - Zeebrugge, Belgium

8 AM to 5 PM

Belgium is a patchwork of small farms, picturesque rivers and natural lakes. It is dotted with ancient cathedrals and wonderful museums with awe-inspiring art. Zeebrugge, a small town located on the western side of Belgium, dates back to the beginning of the Christian calendar. A crossroad in the English Channel for centuries, Zeebrugges is the gateway to Flanders, whose Golden Age heritage resides in three historic cities: Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges. In this region, museums proudly display the glories of the old Flemish masters, from Van Dyck to Rubens. The summertime is a delight showcasing colorful flower-filled window boxes and the graceful arcs of windmills.

July 29 - London/Tilbury, England

6 AM to 6 PM

July 30 - Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

12 Noon to 6 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. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop

July 31 - Cruising the English Channel and North Sea

July 31 - Bordeaux, France (overnight)

Arrive 11:15 PM

Bordeaux was at one time France's richest community and largest port. It is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city. Today it is best-known for its glorious ch—teaux, mouth-watering cuisine and incomparable wines. It is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Médoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes. Crystal's sojourn in this world-renowned wine capital is bound to please even the most discerning bon vivant. Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

August 01 - Bordeaux, France (overnight)

August 02 - Bordeaux, France

Depart 10:30 PM

August 03 - Cruising the Bay of Biscay

August 04 - Oporto/Leixoes, Portugal

1 PM to 10 PM

Ideally placed where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, Oporto brings together the best of Portugal: warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, houses garnished with wrought iron, courtyards filled with geraniums. Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighboring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river or at Solar Vinho do Porto, an Oporto tasting room housed in a gracious, rose-clad villa. After your wine tasting, wander through historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

August 05 - Lisbon, Portugal (overnight)

Arrive 2 PM

Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.

August 06 - Lisbon, Portugal

Depart 2 PM

August 07 - Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

August 08 - Barcelona, Spain (overnight)

Arrive 6 PM

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.

August 09 - Barcelona, Spain

Depart 6 PM

August 10 - Cassis, France

8 AM to 10 PM

Take a picture of Cassis and you have an instant work of art, colorful and painterly in the manner of the French Impressionists. Certainly, the lively fishing port has all the elements to inspire a timeless composition: vibrantly hued boats bobbing in the harbor, rugged hills carpeted with luxuriant shrubbery, a headland crowned by a rocky plateau (called Cap Canaille), and a 14th-century castle, today a privately owned hotel, overlooking it all. Take a walk from town or board a boat to discover Cassis’s renowned calanques, steep-walled inlets with turquoise waters and small beaches. Naturally, you will want to have your camera ready to memorialize these and other sights, including the old fountains and open-air markets of the village and, farther afield, acres of vineyards and pine groves.

August 11 - Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight)

Arrive 8 AM

Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005. Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy. Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

August 12 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Disembark AM

FARES

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

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

Port Charge: $1.278

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $3,000 and Early Payment Discount (good until 1/9/18).

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)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 11,242 ( $15,493)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 12,339 ( $16,921)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 13,401 ( $18,296)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 16,166 ( $23,805)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 16,643 ( $24,468)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 17,033 ( $25,009)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 17,321 ( $25,423)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 17,613 ( $25,828)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 17,823 ( $28,202)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 18,028 ( $28,509)
PH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 26,388 ( $48,370)
PS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 35,597