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Celtic Sea To Riviera Cruise

  • Departure DateSat 8th Jun 2024
  • Seabourn Seabourn Ovation
  • 24 Night Cruise From Dover
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Itinerary

  • Dover, UK
  • St Helier
  • Bristol
  • Fishguard(Wales)
  • Bantry, County Cork
  • Foynes
  • Le Palais
  • Bordeaux
  • Hendaye
  • Bilbao
  • Gijon
  • Lisbon
  • Cadiz
  • Marbella
  • Mahon, Spain
  • Port Vendres
  • Saint Raphael, France
  • Portoferraio,Elba
  • Santa Margherita
  • Monaco

What's Included

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  • Unlimited Beverages
  • Speciality Dining
  • Gratuities
  • Ultra-luxurious, all-suite accommodation on board modern intimate ships
  • World-Class Dining with no Reservations Required
  • Complimentary fine wines, spirits, champagnes, ales and soft drinks
  • Gratuities neither required, nor expected
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Suite Steward ensuring your stay on board is perfect
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for Owner’s Suites & above
  • Premium and Penthouse suites offering larger accommodations and additional personal touches
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Book With Confidence - Best Fare Guarantee and 100% Future Cruise Credit guarantee
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

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Day 1 - Dover, UK

Arrive: Sat 08 June 2024 / Depart: Sat 08 June 2024 at 17:00

Crossing the English Channel from continental Europe to Great Britain, the first view of England is the milky-white strip of land called the White Cliffs of Dover. As you get closer, the coastline unfolds before you in all its striking beauty. White chalk cliffs with streaks of black flint rise straight from the sea to a height of 350’ (110 m). Numerous archaeological finds reveal people were present in the area during the Stone Age. Yet the first record of Dover is from Romans, who valued its close proximity to the mainland. A mere 21 miles (33 km) separate Dover from the closest point in France. A Roman-built lighthouse in the area is the tallest Roman structure still standing in Britain. The remains of a Roman villa with the only preserved Roman wall mural outside of Italy are another unique survivor from ancient times which make Dover one of a kind.

Day 2 - St Helier

Arrive: Sun 09 June 2024 at 10:00 / Depart: Sun 09 June 2024 at 18:00

Jersey is a Crown dependency. It has formal relationships with, but is not part of the European Union nor the United Kingdom. As might be expected, its setting between those two has shaped a great deal of its history. The medieval castle of Mont Orgueil overlooking Gorey Harbour is a mute testament to the shifting political tides that have washed the island, as are the elaborate works created during the German occupation between 1940 and 1945. Wineries such as La Mare take advantage of the pleasant climate, as does the 32-acre Durell Wildlife Park, founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell. His foundation now supports the facility, which is dedicated to preserving species at risk of extinction in the wild. Visitors are welcome to see and learn about the over 130 species they maintain, including a famous family of lowland gorillas. During your time on Jersey, you are also likely to spot an example of an indigenous domestic species: Jersey cattle, which are renowned for their high production of milk and cream.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Bristol

Arrive: Tue 11 June 2024 at 10:00 / Depart: Tue 11 June 2024 at 20:00

Known as 'the city of the seven hills,' Bristol’s characteristic landscape of rolling hills, softened by the curves of the Avon River, is easily recognizable. Its key landmarks include the Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the 878-year-old, 300' (90 m) Bristol Cathedral towering above the old town. The stone structures of historic Bristol University with their awe-inspiring pillars, statues and fountains stand in stark contrast to the many ultra-modern buildings. Cabot Tower, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's 1497 voyage to the New World, stands on Brandon Hill. Though Bristol sustained significant damage during WWII, it remains a unique mixture of Victorian, Georgian, and post-war architecture. It was the Romans who first noted the area’s mild climate and built a number of villas along the Frome and Avon rivers. Bristol enjoys more sunshine than most of England and is one of the country’s warmest cities.

Day 5 - Fishguard(Wales)

Arrive: Wed 12 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 12 June 2024 at 16:00

Fishguard’s name in Welsh is Abergwaun, meaning the mouth of the River Gwaun. The English name comes from an Old Norse word for a fish trap, and indeed the community has profited from catching and drying herring for centuries. It has remained remarkably unchanged physically over the years. The waterfront has a traditional feel like many others in Pembrokeshire. At first glance, nothing would indicate that this is the site of the last invasion of Britain by a foreign power. But a bicentenary stone recalls the day in 1797 when 1400 French revolutionary troops landed here, only to be routed by the local folk, including a heroic woman shoemaker named Jemima Nicholas, who rounded up more than a dozen dismayed invaders while armed with a pitchfork. A large tapestry depicting the struggle is on display in the Fishguard Town Hall. The surrounding South Wales countryside is dotted with medieval castles, some impressive, such as Pembroke and Picton Castles, and others little more than scenically sited ruins. Cardigan also has a notable garden called Dyffryn Fernant, and St. David’s boasts an impressive early cathedral and a Bishop’s Palace. Prehistoric Pembrokeshire is represented by the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber, a massive dolmen with an intact 15-ton capstone made of the same type of rock that formed the inner sanctum of Stonehenge.

Day 6 - Bantry, County Cork

Arrive: Thu 13 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 13 June 2024 at 17:00

Bantry Bay, framed by the Sheep's Head Hills and the Caha Mountains, offers one of the Ireland’s most magnificent seascapes and picturesque harbors. As with other areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth-century Saint Breandán the Navigator, who was, in Irish folklore, the first person to discover America. A highlight of the area is stately Bantry House and Garden Estate. The magnificent garden is laid out in the Italian style over seven terraces. In addition to the many spirited Irish pubs are the Bantry Museum and the architecture of St. Brendan's and St. Finbarr's Churches. There are pristine, white-sand beaches, interspersed with jagged outcrops of rock and bordered by the verdant-green hills that make Ireland famous. County Cork is renowned for its megalithic stone circles and standing stones. Historic castles dot the landscape. The coastline of Cork is also home to basking sharks and fin, pilot, and minke whales.

Day 7 - Foynes

Arrive: Fri 14 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 14 June 2024 at 18:00

The village of Foynes has a population of 600. It is situated on the southern bank of the legendary River Shannon Estuary and is surrounded by the lush, green hills of County Limerick. Foynes is best known for its aviation history, especially from 1937-1945 when it became one of the world’s aviation hubs. Land-based aircraft lacked sufficient range for Atlantic crossings, so it was here that they would stop and refuel. The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum tells the exciting story of how seaplanes would use Foynes as their last port of call before crossing to North America. Within the museum is a full-size replica of a Boeing 314 flying boat. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt and other dignitaries, movie stars and refugees who landed at Foynes during the Second World War. The award-winning, three-acre (1.2 hectare), Knockpatrick Garden, which overlooks the Shannon Estuary, is well worth a visit. Knockpatrick is, in fact, a private farmhouse garden owned by Tim and Helen O’Brien.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Le Palais

Arrive: Sun 16 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 16 June 2024 at 17:00

Belle-Île is an island off the coast of Brittany in northwest France. In the main town La Palais, Citadelle Vauban is a star-shaped fortress. The fort at Pointe des Poulains, the island's northern tip, houses a museum dedicated to 19th-century actress Sarah Bernhardt. Sandy Donnant Beach lies on the rugged west coast. Nearby, the Grand Phare lighthouse looks out over the needles rock formations of Port-Coton.

Day 10 - Bordeaux

Arrive: Mon 17 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 17 June 2024 at 18:00

Bordeaux is the starting point for many exciting excursions into the surrounding wine country. The patricians of Bordeaux have always been merchants and shipbuilders. Under the Romans the city had a flourishing trade with Spain and Britain. In 1154, as a part of the dowry of Eleanor of Aquitaine, it became English and remained so until 1453. In the 18th century, Bordeaux prospered from the slave trade, and later in commerce with French colonies in Africa. Since Roman times the quality of the region's vines and wines has been zealously maintained.

Day 11 - Hendaye

Arrive: Tue 18 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 18 June 2024 at 17:00

Smaller than its neighbors St-Jean-de-Luz or Biarritz, Hendaye forms the political border between France and Spain on the Cote Basque, where the Pyrenees come down to meet the Atlantic. Politics aside, the whole area is culturally Basque, and the Basque language and flag are frequently heard and seen. Biarritz benefitted from the presence of the Empress Eugenie of France, who built a palace on the beach there in 1854 that survives as the Hotel du Palais. That attracted Europe’s crowned heads and secured its reputation as a seaside resort.

Day 12 - Bilbao

Arrive: Wed 19 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 19 June 2024 at 18:00

Straddling the banks of an estuary opening into the Bay of Biscay, Bilbao is the largest city in Spain’s northeastern Basque Country. Its earliest beginnings are preserved in the Casco Viejo, seven medieval streets that used to be guarded by walls. There visitors will find the city’s old churches, a large market, a public theater and the Academy of the Basque Language. Nearby sources of iron ore made Bilbao an important industrial and shipping center from the 14th century onward. The Spanish Civil War also started here. Today the city is being transformed by a growing service economy, and its prominence on the global traveler’s radar may be dated from the 1997 inauguration of the striking Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In fact, the estuary town has become a veritable magnet for architects, boasting notable masterworks including Santiago Calatrava’s beautiful Zubizuri (“White Bridge” in Basque) and airport complex, the 541-foot Iberdrola Tower by the Argentine Cesar Pelli, a subway system by Norman Foster, the 1909 wine warehouse called Alhóndiga, converted a century later by designer Philippe Starck and the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall by Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios. The Zorrozuarre area is also being redeveloped, following a 2007 master plan by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. For views of all of this, take the funicular from the city center to the top of Mt. Artxanda, where a sports complex, restaurants and a balcony await you.

Day 13 - Gijon

Arrive: Thu 20 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 20 June 2024 at 17:00

This ancient port city on the green Atlantic coast of Spain has a history of some 3,000 years. From its humble beginnings the city has grown to become an important port city in Spain. Its old historic fishing village Cimadevilla with its picturesque cobble stoned streets and old-world architecture remains today its main tourist attraction.

Day 14 - At Sea

Day 15 - Lisbon

Arrive: Sat 22 June 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Sat 22 June 2024 at 17:00

The great period of "the Discoveries" accounted for phenomenal wealth brought back from India, Africa and Brazil by the great Portuguese navigators. Gold, jewels, ivory, porcelain and spices helped finance grand new buildings and impressive monuments in Lisbon, the country's capital city. As you sail up the Tagus River, be on deck to admire Lisbon's panorama and see some of the great monuments lining the river. Lisbon is one of Europe's smallest capital cities but considered by many visitors to be one of the most likeable. Spread over a string of seven hills, the city offers a variety of faces, including a refreshing no-frills simplicity reflected in the people as they go unhurriedly through their day enjoying a hearty and delicious cuisine accompanied by the country's excellent wines.

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - Cadiz

Arrive: Mon 24 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 24 June 2024 at 18:00

To taste the true flavor of this ancient port city, one should stroll its seaside promenade, pausing to rest beneath the huge banyan trees. The narrow, winding streets of the old town fan out from the port, leading you to sunny, palm-lined plazas. Visit the Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral), begun in the early 1800s but not completed for 116 years. Its dramatic, golden dome rises over a striking interior. For those who enjoy people-watching as much as sightseeing, the seafood restaurants along the eastern edge of the port provide the ideal setting.

Day 18 - Marbella

Arrive: Tue 25 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 25 June 2024 at 17:00

Day 19 - At Sea

Day 20 - Mahon, Spain

Arrive: Thu 27 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 27 June 2024 at 18:00

Mahon is the capital of Menorca, second largest of the Balearic Islands. It stands out from the others because of the abundance of prehistoric structures, and because its culture was influenced by British occupation in the 18th century. The people who built the prehistoric constructions are believed to have been responsible for similar works in Sardinia, and for Stonehenge in England. Believed to have been founded by the Carthaginian General Mago, Mahon was held by the Moors from the 8th to the 13th century and in turn occupied by the English, the French and the Spanish. Mahon was finally ceded to Spain by the Treaty of Amiens in 1802.

Day 21 - Port Vendres

Arrive: Fri 28 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 28 June 2024 at 17:00

The gem of the Vermillion Coast, the chosen retreat of kings past, the inspiration of great 20th-century artists, Collioure is nestled in a small, rocky bay, dwarfed by the Alberes Mountains. The village is perfectly integrated into the countryside; the church and the stone chateau are the color of the rocks, the beach and the mountains. The town has kept much of its medieval character, with the bay separated into halves by the 13th-century royal castle of the Kings of Mallorca. Between the castle and the sea is a bustling old town, full of cafes, shops and art galleries. Among the great artists who have congregated here are Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Dufy and Derain.

Day 22 - Saint Raphael, France

Arrive: Sat 29 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Sat 29 June 2024 at 17:00

Day 23 - Portoferraio,Elba

Arrive: Sun 30 June 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 30 June 2024 at 18:00

Despite its small size, the island of Elba has been known since the beginning of recorded history. Called Ilva by the Ligurians and Aethalia by the Greeks, Elba passed to the Etruscans and later the Romans. It was ruled by Pisa in the Middle Ages, was a haven for Barbary pirates in the 16th century and then privately owned by the powerful Medici family. The island's most famous resident was Napoleon Bonaparte, whose first exile from France and short reign over Elba lasted from May 1814 to February 1815. During that time, Napoleon was able to improve the island by altering street plans, building new roads, modernizing agriculture and developing the iron mines. Iron ore is still mined above the Rio Marina and then shipped from Portoferraio (Port of Iron). With a population of just over 11,000, the town is the largest of the eight on the island and is considered its capital. Geologists and gem stone collectors find Elba a treasure trove with over 150 minerals and semiprecious stones found here due to the seismic turmoil that created the island. The rich soil also produces an astonishing range of foliage and flowers aided by sun that shines almost every day of the year. Despite summer tourism, the island is largely agricultural and the ambience is quiet and relaxed, allowing the visitor to enjoy Elba's natural charm, peaceful abundance and timeless beauty.

Day 24 - Santa Margherita

Arrive: Mon 01 July 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 01 July 2024 at 17:00

Set on the Gulf of Tigullio between Rapallo and Portofino, the resort/fishing town of Santa Margherita centers around the lovely harbor, where boating and sunbathing are the orders of the day. The town has some good shopping options, lovely cafes and interesting sights like its 16th-century castle and the 17th-century Basilica di Santa Margherita.

Day 25 - Monaco

Arrive: Tue 02 July 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Tue 02 July 2024

The Principality of Monaco is the epitome of Riviera chic. This tiny enclave of 370 acres surrounds a sheltered harbor that draws yachts from around the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery, mild weather and elegant casino. Glamorous Monte Carlo is one of Monaco's four quarters, which also include La Condamine, the business district; Monaco-ville, the capital; and Fontvieille, an area built on reclaimed land. Ruled by Prince Albert II, Monaco has a population of over 32,000, of which about 16 percent are citizens, or Monégasques.

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Ship Cabins

Veranda Suite

Located on Deck 5; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with shower.

Veranda Suite

Located on Deck 6,7,8,9, total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Decks 6, 7 ; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite (V4) Located on Decks 8,9,10,11; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature: A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Grand Wintergarden Suite

Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature: Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs

Owners Suite

Located on Deck 7, 8, 9 and 10; total inside space of between 576 and 597 square feet (54 and 55 square meters) plus veranda of between 142 and 778 square feet (13 to 72 square meters) Owner's Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TV Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service

Penthouse Suite

Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub Shower and large vanity

Signature Suite

Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space, plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service

Spa Penthouse Suite

Located on Deck 11; total inside space of between 639 and 677 square feet (59 and 63 square meters) plus one veranda of 254 and 288 square feet. (24 and 27 square meters). All Penthouse Spa Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub Shower and large vanity

Wintergarden Suite

Located on Deck 8; mid-ship suites 846 and 849 inside space of 989 square feet (92 square meters) plus one veranda of 197 square feet (18 square meters) Wintergarden Suites feature: Large windows Dining for six Whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two closets Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
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