Iceland & Ireland Royal Caribbean Cruise 03 June 2023 - 14 Nights
Jewel of the Seas offers its passengers a traditional cruising experience and has a laid-back atmosphere on board but also has plenty to keep you busy on sea days or as you cruise between ports. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa for a spot of pampering or enjoy a work out in the Fitness Centre.
Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004 and carries around 2,100 passengers. It was the final ship built in Royal Caribbean's Radiance-class family. In 2016, the ship underwent a refurbishment adding two new specialty restaurants, a new wine bar, an outdoor movie screen and the staterooms were also refurbished.
When it comes to food and drink you’ll be spoilt for choice. Tides is the ships main restaurant and then the popular Windjammer Café is the ships buffet restaurant. Savour fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, prime steaks cooked to perfection in Chops Grille℠ or take a culinary adventure at the Chef's Table. Giovanni’s table serves up a menu of rustic Italian dishes that are sure to please.
The highlight when it comes to bars is the popular Schooner Bar where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. While you're soaking up the vibe at the adults-only Solarium, grab a refreshment from the Solarium Bar, where friendly bartenders serve wine, beer, cocktails and chilled tropical drinks perfect for sipping beneath your poolside umbrella. The Vortex nightclub has a revolving bar, enjoy a Pit Stop in this racing themed bar, or sip wines from around the world at Vintages.
The facilities and entertainment are great as well, soak up the sun on the expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail. In the evening head for the theatre to enjoy a West End style show or enjoy a flutter in the casino. For the younger guests there is the Adventure Ocean kids' facility.
You’ll leave London for the Dutch capital Amsterdam where you’ll spend 2 nights in the 4* Grand Hotel Downtown with a buffet breakfast each morning included.
This 4-star hotel is 10 minutes by foot from Leidseplein and Museumplein. All the rooms at the Grand Hotel Downtown have free Wi-Fi and each air-conditioned room features a flat-screen TV, two complimentary bottles of water and a stocked minibar at an additional charge. The private bathroom has a shower and free bathrobe.
A buffet-style breakfast is served daily in the modern and stylish breakfast room and there are several restaurants within walking distance of Grand Hotel Downtown. The Bilderdijk and Overtoom tram stops are less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel. They provide direct access to Central Station in 15 minutes and Dam Square in 10 minutes. Anne Frank House and the historic Jordaan neighbourhood are both just three tram stops away.
Amsterdam is a wonderful city with so much to see and do, the city is woven together by an elaborate system of canals and is the city where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and you can admire his masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam is also home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist Vincent Van Gogh.
No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a stroll around the gritty Red Light District alleys or people watching amidst the bustle of Dam Square. Head to the Bloemenmarkt to see the fantastic sea of colours from the daily crop of flowers.
Relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops or taste beer at the Heineken Experience. Take a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals and gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions. Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time.
You’ll then board the Jewel of the Seas for a late afternoon departure and then the next two days are spent at sea where you can make the most of the on board facilities. Then you will arrive in Reykjavik for a two day visit and an overnight stay in the port.
Reykjavik is the beating heart of Iceland and the world’s most Northerly capital city. The church Hallgrimskirkja dominates the skyline, admire its distinctive Expressionist-style architecture designed to mirror the nearby mountains and glaciers during your Iceland cruise.
Take the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions. Hop on the hop on hop off sightseeing bus to get to see the whole of the city. Head out into the bay from the old harbour to see if you can spot the whales that come to feed.
Heading out of the city the famous Blue Lagoon is just a 45-minute ride from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. The brand new Sky Lagoon is even closer and a great alternative. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.
Leaving Reykjavik you head around the island to Isafjordur in the Westfjords. Enjoy this small but beautiful urban town, with breath taking hillside views, ferry rides to the national nature reserve on the Hornstrandir Peninsula and some of the best seafood restaurants you will find anywhere. The Dynjandi waterfalls, also known as Mountain Falls are a series of seven waterfalls with a cumulative height of 100 metres, living up to the meaning of its name as a thunderous beast. Hike up the slopes and stairs of this beautiful waterfall for some simply breath taking views.
Then overnight you travel further around the island to reach Seydisfjordur. Located at the end of Fjord, Seydisfjordur has a vibrant cultural scene. There are numerous ways to experience Seydisfjordur's interesting natural features and lush landscapes. Hike in and around this cultural capital and see what makes this very small city so great.
Seydisfjörður is surrounded by incredible nature, including mountains, waterfalls and beautiful sea views. About 17 kilometres from the town is the nature reserve Skalanes, boasting 47 species of birds, four species of Icelandic mammal and over 150 species of plant life. Reindeers wander the area and seals, and porpoises frequent the shores.
That evening you bid a fond farewell to Iceland as you head back towards the United Kingdom and after a day enjoying the facilities at sea, you arrive into Belfast.
Belfast is a thriving metropolitan city that is full of surprises, with a history steeped in shipbuilding, the Titanic was built here. You can learn more about the ship and her fate in the Titanic Quarter and the city's Titanic Belfast attraction. Step aboard Titanic's little sister, the SS Nomadic, or the HMS Caroline. Visit Edwardian City Hall, one of the best examples of Belfast's great architecture or take a stroll amongst exotic trees in the botanical garden and then end your visit at McHugh's pub, located in one of Belfast's oldest buildings.
Leaving Belfast behind it’s a short overnight hop to Liverpool, a city with so much to offer its visitors. It’s a city that’s produced some of the best musical talent including the legendary Fab Four and you can visit the Cavern Club where the Beatles took to the stage early in their career. The city has some stunning architecture like The Bluecoat Chambers and The Three Graces. For art galleries and museums head to the renovated Royal Albert Docks and Liverpool is the city of not one but two cathedrals and they couldn’t be more different. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is extremely contemporary while the Liverpool Cathedral, which also has the largest organ in the UK, features a more traditional Gothic style.
After Liverpool, the final port of call on your journey is the port of Cobh in Ireland. Cobh is Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal and the final port of call for the Titanic before it set sail for the United States. In Cobh itself, you can walk up West View, which is one of Ireland’s steepest hills, and take in the stunning views of St Colman's Cathedral as the backdrop to the rainbow houses or take the short, scenic ferry ride from Cobh to Spike Island and explore Fort Mitchel. Over 200 years old, the star-shaped fortress previously held 2,300 prisoners.
Many will opt for a trip to what the locals describe as the real capital of Ireland, the city of Cork. Situated on an island in the River Lee, you'll find one of Ireland's best foodie scenes, with lanes and streets filled with local watering holes and quality restaurants. Visit Cork City Gaol, this castle-like building once housed 19th century prisoners. It closed in 1923 to become a broadcasting station and reopened as a museum in 1993. Today, you can tour the cells and see the artefacts of early radio broadcasting.
Don't leave the region without getting up close and personal with the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, located eight kilometers northwest of Cork. Legend has it, if you literally bend over backwards to kiss the stone, you'll gain the gift of eloquence.
Departing from Cobh mid-afternoon the following day gives you one last day at sea to enjoy the on board facilities before arriving back into Amsterdam and your flight back to the UK.
03 June 2023 – 14 Nights
- Inside Stateroom £1449
- Ocean View Stateroom £1549
- Balcony Stateroom £1999
- Suite Stateroom £2949
- Return Flights from London (Regional Airport & Eurostar Available)
- 20kg Hold Baggage
- 2 Nights 4* Bed & Breakfast in Amsterdam
- 12 Nights Full Board Cruise
- Tips/Gratuities Included
Prices based on 2 share, please enquire about 3/4th Adult Discounts and Child Prices.
- Day 1 Fly from the UK and check-in to your hotel in Amsterdam
- Day 2 Free time in Amsterdam
- Day 3 Free morning in Amsterdam before embarking the Jewel of the Seas in the afternoon for a departure at 5pm
- Day 4 Cruising at sea
- Day 5 Cruising at sea
- Day 6 Reykjavik, Iceland Arrive 9am and stay overnight on board
- Day 7 Reykjavik, Iceland Depart 7pm
- Day 8 Isafjordur, Iceland Arrive 7am Depart 3pm
- Day 9 Seydisfjordur, Iceland Arrive 9am Depart 7pm, the ship is tendered
- Day 10 Cruising at sea
- Day 11 Belfast, Northern Ireland Arrive 11am Depart 8pm
- Day 12 Liverpool, England Arrive 8am Depart 5pm
- Day 13 Cobh, Ireland for Cork Arrive 10am Depart 4pm
- Day 14 Cruising at sea
- Day 15 Amsterdam Arrive 6am and fly back to the UK