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October 19, 2016

A Royal Invitation to Visit the Land of Princesses, Tiaras & Castles
A Rare British Isles Cruise Vacation – a Limited Offering

Breathtaking Mountains and Rolling Green Countryside Scenery
Made Famous By Movies Such As Braveheart

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A Royal Invitation to Visit the Land of Princesses, Tiaras & Castles

A Rare British Isles Cruise Vacation – a Limited Offering

Spectacular scenery and a rich historical and cultural background, there’s no doubt that a voyage to the British Isles offers the very best that a cruise vacation has to offer.  From the breathtaking Cliffs of Dover, to the Crown Jewels of Edinburgh Castle and the immaculate gardens of Henry VII Hampton Court Palace, there are countless travel treasures in Britain, Ireland and Scotland. 

Take a panoramic drive through rugged and glorious landscapes, have tea and shortbread in quaint villages steeped in history and culture, or visit a pub in Dublin, where Guinness has a history dating back to the 1700’s. 

All this- and more- is possible on a British Isles cruise- and the fantastic shore excursions that are found along the way.  These cruises are limited, however, and generally only available from May through August, so now is the time to book for 2017!

Here are some examples of British Isles cruises from CruiseCompete; for more cruising options, please visit

Princess Cruises, Caribbean Princess          
12 Day British Isles (with Kirkwall) Roundtrip from London (Southampton), England

Starting in London (Southampton), England with stops in Guernsey (St. Peter Port), England; Cork, Ireland (Cobh - For Blarney Castle); Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Scotland; Inverness/Loch Ness (Invergordon), Scotland; Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland; Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France; London (Southampton), England

2017 Sails: May 1, May 25, Jun 18, Jul 12, Aug 29 

Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth       

13 Night Voyage Q723 Arts and Literary Tour of the British Isles roundtrip from Southampton

Starting in Southampton, with stops in Rotterdam, Newhaven, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Dublin, Liverpool, St Peter Port, Southampton

2017 Sails: Jul 1 

Holland America Line, Prinsendam
34-Night North Cape, Irish & Scottish Explorer

Starting in Amsterdam with stops in Eidfjord, Scenic cruising Hardangerfjord, Bergen, Alesund, Longyearbyen, Scenic cruising Liefdefd Fjord, Scenic Cruising Polar Icecap, NY Alesund, Scenic cruising Lilliehook Fjord, Longyearbyen Outer P/S, Cruising Jan Mayen Island, Akureyri, Scenic cruising Eyjafjordur, Isafjordur, Scenic cruising Isafjardurdjur, Reykjavik, Rosyth, Invergordon, Scrabster, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Milford Haven, St Marys, Portland, St Peter Port

2017 Sails: Jul 15 

Here is a sampling of the many wonderful shore excursions to be had on a British Isles Cruise:

Wonders of Wicklow Mountains

Absorb the tall tales and legends of Glencree Valley and the famous Sally Gap. Soak up the breathtaking Wicklow mountain scenery and rolling green countryside at locations made famous by movies such as Braveheart, P.S. I Love You, and Vikings.

The stunning scenery of the route includes Glencree Valley, a photo stop at the Guinness Lakes, the bog lands and heather fields of the Sally gap and Glendalough. Situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, the 10th century monastic round tower settlement in Glendalough is the jewel in the crown of the Wicklow Mountains Tour. Offering up leisurely (or more challenging) walkways to the lower and upper lakes, Glendalough is a must for any visit to Ireland.

Price: $42.00

To read more about this excursion, visit and select “Dublin”.


Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh

The tour begins at Usher Hall, gifted to Edinburgh and Scotland by Stuart Usherï¾’s family. Stuart presents his extensive knowledge of Edinburgh’s history, architecture, and famous citizens in an informative, enjoyable, and humorous manner.

Visit the famous Royal Mile and other sites while Stuart keeps you amused and entertained with stories of famous characters associated with Edinburgh. Enjoy anecdotes about characters such as the great historical romance author, Sir Walter Scott; inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell; creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; writer of the original Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson; and Deacon Brodie.

Price: $282.00

To read more about this excursion, visit and select “Edinburgh”.


Private Taste of Dublin, A Taste of Guinness

The history of Guinness, although not quite as old as the cities, dates back to the mid-1700s and certainly has been an influence on some of the city’s history. At one point, 1 out of every 30 citizens worked for Guinness. In addition, the Guinness family was involved in housing and food programs, early employee benefits including medical treatment, the refurbishing of St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1860, donated a public park for the city (St Stephen's Green) so it would be hard to find many locals who have not been effected by the Guinness presence somehow.

Price: Starting at $190.00/person

To read more about this excursion, visit and select “Dublin”.

And if you are so inclined, the British Isles are home to some of the world’s most sacred places, which can also be visited on via a cruise ship:

To see a list of worldwide sacred places that are accessible via cruise ship, click here.

And here’s some information about the excursions available while traveling the highlands via the Scottish Highlander luxury barge….

The Scottish Highlander offers everything from castles to distilleries in its shore excursions- By Edward Garrett

The Scottish Highlander offers a number of rather good excursions by minibus on a daily basis hosted by the ships very charming tour guide Loren.

Included on our cruise were beautiful Cawdor Castle immortalized in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Invermoriston Falls, romantic Eilean Donan Castle (the setting for the film “The Highlander,”) the WW II Commando memorial, Neptune’s Staircase — the longest staircase lock in the UK, which lifts boats 64 feet, the woolen mills at Spean Bridge, the mystic battlefields of Glencoe and the Ben Nevis distillery.

There are also bicycles available on board for use between locks or to visit local villages, walks following the same routes or hikes up into the surrounding mountains.

Fort Augustus offers a charming heather laced golf course where sheep act as greens keepers, roaming the course at will. The grinning starter pointed out in his best brogue that sheep droppings could simply be kicked off the greens without the loss of a stroke! And by the way, getting out of the heather is much more difficult that the rough found on American courses.

The last evening of the cruise is a farewell Captains Dinner; men wear jackets if they have them. Our genial captain arrived for dinner in kilt (which we hoped he would do), and talked to us of his life in the Highlands. During cocktails we were serenaded by a local piper in full kilt for about half an hour. He joined us for a wee dram after.

One gains a new appreciation for bagpipes when you see them played in full kilt with the misty Scottish Highlands as a background.

In fact, one gains a new appreciation of the Scottish Highlands from the deck of the Scottish Highlander. It’s as good as it gets in this rough Highland countryside, and a truly unique experience.

Read more from this voyage at


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While there is a perfect cruise vacation for everyone, not every cruise line is the ideal match for every family. Some lines have minimum age requirements for children (and pregnancy policies for expectant parents!), and others don't permit children to sail at all. In addition, while a line may allow children to sail, it’s not a given that the line has specially designed children’s programs in place. 

With these things in mind, determining the best cruise line for your family takes careful research, preparation and planning. The travel experts at CruiseCompete have composed the “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner,” which details every aspect of the family cruise vacation experience.

The “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner” is designed to kick-start your cruise vacation planning, and covers the entire spectrum of options with information on mainstream lines like Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as unique alternatives like luxury, river and small ship excursion companies.

All information has been compiled in an easy-to-read format, with brief “at-a-glance” summaries to see if the cruise line fits your basic requirements, followed by more detailed information about the atmosphere on board, the destinations you can travel to and the specific programs available for children.

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