British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea

Travel information 7 days MS Spitsbergen
2 April 2023
Price from
2534 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Historic seaports, natural wonders and cultural gems await as we cruise the Irish Sea taking in four countries of the British Isles, and the Isle of Man. 

From Scotland’s Glasgow to Northern Ireland 

With its splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, Glasgow is a fitting port from which to launch your expedition around the Irish Sea. Reaching Northern Ireland, Dunluce Castle in Portrush is one of the most scenic and romantic castles imaginable. Visit the fabled Giant’s Causeway before sailing to Belfast where you can explore the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter and witness the proud heritage of its shipbuilding past.   

Viking isles and Welsh wonders 

The British Isles are blessed with incredible landscapes, and the Isle of Man is no exception — the entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Explore its rugged coastline and uncover Celtic and Viking History. Venturing further south we drop anchor at the charming fishing village of Fishguard in Wales, where you’ll stumble upon ancient monuments and Neolithic houses. 

Irish cheer 

Sample those timeless institutions that are the bedrock of British Isles society – pubs. Find out the “craic” – friendly talk and fun times – in Dublin’s cosy establishments of good cheer while sipping a pint of Guinness. Wander its bustling streets taking in the historic vibe, and pay a visit to Trinity College and Dublin Castle before sailing back to Glasgow as your final port of call. 

British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea British Isles Cruise – Expedition Around the Irish Sea
  • Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Setting sail from Glasgow

    2 April 2023

    Set sail from Scotland’s stylish city of culture and get to know your expedition ship and crew 

    Glasgow is an elegant city filled with splendid architecture in the Victorian and Art Nouveau styles. If you have any time prior to embarkation you’ll discover its museums, galleries, and lively spots to eat, drink and shop.  

    When you’re done, your comfortable expedition ship MS Spitsbergen will be waiting for you. You’ll be greeted by your friendly Expedition Team and after attending a safety briefing and settling in, you’ll sit down to a welcome dinner to mark the start of the cruise. 


    Want to really explore Glasgow and Edinburgh? Then we recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Pre-Programme that includes an overnight in Edinburgh. You’ll be able to see the main sights of Glasgow as well as the beautiful Edinburgh Castle. 

    Day 1
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Setting sail from Glasgow

  • Day 2
    Portrush (Northern Ireland)

    See the Giant’s Causeway

    3 April 2023

    Step out into little Portrush and see a giant natural wonder 

    Portrush is a small resort town that’s been popular since Victorian times. From here there are several walks you can go on, and this section of coast features long sandy beaches. Birders should trek up to Ramore Head, just north of the town.

    A big drawcard is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rising mysteriously from the coast. Meanwhile the Dunluce Castle ruins, set dramatically atop cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, provide a stunning backdrop to the wild beauty of this region. 

    • Included Portrush Sheepdog Demonstration
    • Included Dunluce Castle & The Giant’s Causeway
    Day 2
    Portrush (Northern Ireland)

    See the Giant’s Causeway

  • Day 3
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming capital with historic industrial links

    4 April 2023

    Roam Northern Ireland’s historic industrial city and discover its proud heritage. 

    Famed as the birthplace of the Titanic, Northern Ireland’s capital is a city of industry and elegance. Wander the Titanic Quarter and walk the Maritime Mile, a waterfront trail showcasing Belfast’s proud seafaring history.   

    Elegant Victorian architecture abounds here. Admire the detailed mosaics of St Anne’s Cathedral, and the majestic façade of the Grand Opera House. Climb Cave Hill, near Belfast Castle, for great city views.  

    There are tasty treats and great handicrafts for sale at St George’s Market, and the Ulster Museum will delight history buffs. 

    • Included Castle Espie Wetlands Centre
    Day 3
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming capital with historic industrial links

  • Day 4
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic isle

    5 April 2023

    Explore the capital of the Isle of Man, a hotbed of Celtic and Viking heritage   

    The scenic approach to Douglas is not to be missed! We head ashore to explore the capital of the Isle of Man; learn about the island’s Celtic and Viking heritage, trace its development as a Victorian tourist resort, and see its stunning rugged coastline.   

    There’s so much to pack into your day in Douglas. Visit the Manx Museum, check out the murals in St Thomas’s Church and discover the impressively spooky Peel Castle, originally a Viking stronghold and now said to be haunted. 

    • Included Isle of Man Beach Cleaning
    Day 4
    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Viking history on a Celtic isle

  • Day 5
    Fishguard, Wales

    The Welsh town with a long history

    6 April 2023

    Explore Fishguard and see its Iron Age settlements and the idyllic Dyffryn Fernant gardens. 

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming Welsh coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original hamlet and harbour in Lower Fishguard, and spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ on the clifftop.  

    Explore the ruins of Fishguard Fort at Castle Point, and spot marine life on a coastal walk along the Pencaer Peninsula. Get a feel for life in the neolithic inside the reconstructed roundhouses of Castell Henllys – while the Dyffryn Fernant gardens are a horticultural gem not to be missed. 

    • Included Shuttle to St David’s
    Day 5
    Fishguard, Wales

    The Welsh town with a long history

  • Day 6
    Dublin, Ireland

    Emerald Isle capital

    7 April 2023

    Discover the lively city on the River Liffey, famed for its cultural contributions. 

    Founded by Vikings, and later becoming the Kingdom of Dublin, Ireland’s capital has a remarkable history. But as one of Europe’s most youthful cities, ‘Dubs’ is also a lively cultural centre of live music, pubs and a very modern tech hub.  

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this fascinating city, visiting such places as Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Here, you’ll see the medieval manuscript the Book of Kells. Dublin Castle is also worth a visit, and don’t forget to sample a pint of Guinness. 

    • Included Dublin - Clean Coasts
    Day 6
    Dublin, Ireland

    Emerald Isle capital

  • Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow

    8 April 2023

    Finish off where you started – but why not stay a bit longer? 

    Our island-hopping expedition ends where we started out, in Glasgow. We know you’ll have had some wonderful experiences over the past 10 days, but why not linger a while and see some of the things you may have missed before you set sail. 


    If you want to fully explore Glasgow and Edinburgh, we recommend extending your stay by booking our optional Post-Programme. With an overnight in Edinburgh, you’ll be able to see the main sights of Glasgow as well as the majestic Edinburgh Castle. 

    Day 7
    Glasgow, Scotland

    Return to Glasgow



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What's included

Included in your voyage

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 restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team  


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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