Europe and Mediterranean: British Isles with Portland Cruise

Princess Cruises

On a European cruise to the British Isles, walk in the footsteps of royalty, like the kings, queens and musical empires before you. Travel along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, where bagpipes greet you. See the world's oldest book, The Book of Kells, at Trinity College Library. Or walk along Abbey Road and visit the old stomping grounds of one of the world's most famous boybands. With Princess®, fortresses and musical memoirs await.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Port of CallSouthamptonDeparture 5:30p.m.

Overview

Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

Day 2Port of CallPortland/EnglandArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 7:00p.m.

Overview

The Isle of Portland juts out like a bird's beak into the English Channel but is not really an island, although it is only joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. The road is about two miles long and runs between Chesil Bank and the huge man-made naval harbour. The land is formed from a massive block of limestone rising from near sea level in the south to over 400 ft high in the north. Portland Castle is a fortress built by Henry VIII and lost amongst the naval buildings and a prison. Almost immediately the road went up a very steep hill to Verne Yeates with immense views of Chesil Bank and the coast as far as Lulworth. Portland has been inhabited since early times and traces of occupation have been dated back 7,000 years. The Romans knew it as 'Vindilis' and Thomas Hardy wrote about it as 'The Isle of Slingers' due to the fact that Portlanders used to throw stones to keep Kimberlins (strangers) away. The isle is an austere place, densely populated, with no trees and a lot of quarries, some still producing Portland Stone and some with dinosaur footprints in the stone. The island is a Royal Manor and many of the quarries are owned by the crown. Tout Quarry contains many sculptures, some of which are easy to see while others are much harder to find. The breakwater, which forms one of the largest harbours in the world (2130 acres), was finished in 1872. The twenty-three years of construction had cost the lives of twenty-two men. Most of the construction work was carried out by convicts, who had hewn stone to form the breakwater at a cost of £1,167,852. At the Bill of Portland there is a red and white lighthouse, built in 1906 and the Trinity House Tower that is now a bird observatory. In spite of the difficulty of actually standing up in the severe wind, several people had climbed onto Pulpit Rock. The 'Races', fast flowing currents, meet here and have been responsible for many disasters. The waves are spectacular.

Day 3Port of CallSaint Peter PortArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 5:00p.m.

Overview

St Peter Port, Guernsey's main town, is built into a steep valley leading down to the harbour, with spectacular views across to Alderney and the other islands. It has the most sheltered anchorage in the Channel Island and it has been a haven and eventually a harbour for over 2000 years. St Peter Port has been rated amongst the 50 most historic towns in England and Wales. Despite the predominance of international banks based here, the town has managed to retain its 17th century charm. The granite buildings now occupied by shops were once the homes of the town's wealthy residence and the High Street still has its original cobbles. The town was put on the map in 1855 when Victor Hugo, exiled from France, made his home at Hauteville House. Here he wrote Les Miserables. Renoir also painted a number of his masterpieces here. Several guided walking tours of St Peter Port begin at the Tourist Information Bureau during the summer months.

Day 4Port of CallCobhArrival 9:00a.m.Departure 7:00p.m.

Overview

Queenstown it was for some decades before reverting to its old Irish name in 1922 - the Cobh (cove) of Cork. Is there anywhere in Ireland more full of poignant memories than this embarkation point for America? From here hundreds of thousands of mostly hungry and penniless Irish men and women left to build a new life, especially in the Famine years of 1844-48. Many thrived and prospered, but many died on the journey in the terrible travelling conditions of the time. It is a pleasant town; its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the very fine St. Coleman's Cathedral which has a carillon of 47 bells. Cobh is situated on Great Island, one of the three large islands in Cork harbour which are all now joined by roads and bridges - Little Island and Fota are the others. The harbour is one of the largest and safest anywhere, being capable of taking the largest vessels afloat. The great Transatlantic liners used to come in up to the 1950s. On the quayside there is a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania, many of whom are buried in the old church cemetery. The ship was sunk off Kinsale in 1915 by a German submarine, an action which was responsible for bringing the United States of America into the Great War, the survivors were brought back here. Another unhappy association is with the Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world'. Queenstown was her last port of call on her fateful maiden voyage. The Queenstown Storey is based in the disused portions of the railway station at Cobh. This highly imaginative visitor attraction tells the storey of emigration from Cobh in the period of the famine in 1845 up to the era of the great Liners in the 1950s. The historical role which Cobh harbour has played as a port is also illustrated. At Cobh, one looks over Haulbowline and Spike Islands, formerly the base of the Irish Naval Service. To the east, Cork Harbour leads to East Ferry. Roches Point can be seen to the south. To the south west is the yachting centre of Crosshaven.

Day 5Port of CallDublinArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 6:30p.m.

Overview

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, Irish culture and cuisine. The regional and micro breweries that once flourished, although crowded out of business for the last hundred or so years by Guiness, more for its marketing and transportation triumphs than necessarily for qualitative reasons, are coming back to add local colour and variety to the famous old Irish pubs. Ireland has produced some of the world’s greatest writers, and in its traditional folk ballads and rich melodies you can hear the unique elements which form the roots of modern rhythm and blues music.

Day 6Port of CallBelfastArrival 8:00a.m.Departure 9:00p.m.

Overview

Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. At the head of Belfast Lough, the city is compact and easy to get around, whether by car or on foot. Like all capital cities, Belfast offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets, from cosy B&Bs around the university, to well appointed riverside self-catering establishments, to city centre boutique hotels.
Belfast is teeming with a multitude of stylish bars, gourmet restaurants, trendy clubs and some of the best shopping in the UK. Visitors can enjoy traditional Irish music in a local pub or dance the night away to the latest vibes – the choice is yours!
The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture, portrayed at its best at the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the many buildings still standing. The many parks, gardens and galleries offer a perfect haven to relax.
Within a couple of hours of Belfast, visitors can marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, walk the Mountains of Mourne, fish in Fermanagh or visit the many picturesque villages in Northern Ireland - a perfect location to discover the rest of Northern Ireland!

Day 7Port of CallGreenockArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

The largest and main settlement in the area is Greenock. Traditionally dependent on heavy industry and manufacturing relating to the shipping trade, Greenock is now one of the largest centres for high technology and modern communications media in Europe. IBM, National Semiconductor, Amazon and T-Mobile One all have their UK or European bases in Greenock. Continued redevelopment of obsolete industrial land has resulted in a comfortable blend of Leisure and Retail services occupying the waterfront area. Greenock has excellent transport links, Clyde Port Authority operate one of the largest container terminals in Scotland which doubles as a busy Cruise ship terminal. The road links provide easy access to Glasgow International Airport (20 mins), Prestwick International Airport (45 mins), the main Caledonian McBrayne Ferry terminal in Gourock and regular freight and passenger Rail transport to Paisley (30 mins) and Glasgow (40mins).

Day 8 Cruising
Day 9Port of CallInvergordonArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

Invergordon is a town whose history stretches back through two World Wars and has now developed into a centre for oilrig refurbishment and maintenance. It is also a major port of call for cruise liners, being the only deep water port in the area, 40 liners, with 21,000 visitors from all over the world, berthed in 2004. Ideally situated in the centre of the eastern Highlands, the town's High Street has recently been given a face lift with coloured granite blocks, speed controllers, a new restaurant and a mural has been painted on the Albyn Housing building. There are many places to eat, providing quick take-away food right through to a quality country house hotel and restaurant just inland from the town, Indian and Chinese food is also available as an alternative to the more traditional fayre. There is an Arts Centre, a Leisure and Sports Club, with swimming pool and an 18 hole golf course on the outskirts of town.

Day 10Port of CallQueensferryArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 7:00p.m.

Overview

South Queensferry is situated 8 miles west of Edinburgh, on the banks of the Forth Estuary. Its name is thought to have originated from the frequent journeys made by Queen Margaret of Scotland from Dunfermline, in Fife, south to over the estuary towards Edinburgh, in the late 11th century. The burgh prospered and was a leading seaport in the 16th century, as well as being the southern ferry port for the crossings to and from Fife. The town expanded even more in the 1880s during the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge, with its workforce of around 3000.The Navy established a base at the adjacent Port Edgar during the 1st World war. The other famous Forth Bridge, the Road Bridge, was constructed during the 1960s. The central part of the town is still quite old fashioned and retained much of its charm as a protected area. At the western end of the Main Street stands the Jubilee Tower, to comemmorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria's reign. The Hawes Inn lies at the other end of the main street. The Inn has quite a literary heritage. The Scottish novelist, Walter Scott, described the inn in "Antiquary" and Robert Louis Stevenson, another Scottish author, is said to have found the inspiration for his novel "Kidnapped" while a guest at the inn. There is also a 200 year old yew tree in the garden of the inn. South Queensferry is pleasant to visit for a stroll along the main street and to admire the spectacular views of the bridges. In the Summer months tourists can take a ferry to the nearby Inchcolm Island. The town has a good selection of coffee shops and restuarants, several with good views. It can be reached by train from Edinburgh in a few minutes and is around a half hour drive from my home town of Stirling.

Day 11 Cruising
Day 12Port of CallLe HavreArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 8:00p.m.

Overview

Le Havre is a major port in northern France's Normandy region, where the Seine River meets the English Channel. It's joined to the city across the estuary, Honfleur, by the Pont de Normandie cable-stayed bridge. Following WWII, Le Havre's heavily damaged city centre was famously redesigned by Belgian architect Auguste Perret. Today it features many landmark examples of reinforced-concrete architecture.

Day 13Port of CallSouthamptonArrival 6:00a.m.

Overview

Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

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This newest ship's, debut was in 2019, will include the best of the incredible features found on sister ships Regal Princess®, Royal Princess® and Majestic Princess® from the relaxing Sanctuary to the expansive three-deck Atrium to some of the newest dining venues with updated décor and design throughout the ship.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Movies

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Game Arcade
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theatre/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Adults Only
  • Pool - Children's
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Centre or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge Desk
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary/Medical Centre
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Educational Programs
  • Internet Centre
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

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Dining

Dining Room

Main Dining

Concerto Dining Room: At the time of booking, you may request your dining preference (seating time and table size), which will be assigned for the duration of the cruise. Table assignments are confirmed by the cruise line based on availability.

Allegro Dining Room: At the time of booking, you may request your dining preference (seating time and table size), which will be assigned for the duration of the cruise. Table assignments are confirmed by the cruise line based on availability.

Symphony Dining Room: At the time of booking, you may request your dining preference (seating time and table size), which will be assigned for the duration of the cruise. Table assignments are confirmed by the cruise line based on availability.

Chef's Table

Specialty Dining

Chef's Table Lumiere: A private dining experience that surrounds guests in a curtain of light. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Sabatini's Italian Trattoria: A new menu features handmade pasta dishes from Chef Angelo Auriana of renowned L.A. restaurants The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA, plus treasured family recipes from Italian chefs across the fleet.

Ultimate Balcony Dining℠: Upscale dining for breakfast or dinner, featuring delicious delicacies and private service, all on your own balcony. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Crown Grill: Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood items, the Crown Grill offers a truly special dining experience with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare fresh seafood; such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels, and cooked-to-order steaks. Set in opulent, rich wood surroundings, this classic steakhouse restaurant offers a warm and personal setting where Princess chefs make dining in the showplace environment something to talk about. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

La Mer: French bistro-style dining with a modern twist at La Mer, created with Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who holds the prestigious title of "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" (Best Craftsmen of France) and Chef of the Year by Le Chef, and whose Flocons de Sel restaurant has received three Michelin stars. Chef Renaut has created a tantalizing menu, showcasing authentic French dishes crafted with the Chef's signature flair. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Ocean Terrace: This stylish seafood bar offers an array of ocean treasures, including a flight of oyster shooters, sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna poke, king crab cocktail, chili and lime crab margarita, a royal lobster dish, and the world-renowned smoked Balik salmon, the salmon of the tsars. A la carte pricing makes it easy to pick and choose.

Gelato: It’s a gelateria and a creperie all in one. Indulge in delicious, Italian-style ice cream creations, including homemade waffle cones, creamy fruit smoothies, frosty shakes, banana and pineapple splits, as well as designer sundaes with and without alcohol. Choose from 20 toppings and sauces, including homemade fudge. And don’t miss the sweet crespelle (Italian crepes), with nutty banana or spiced Washington Apple filling. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

International Café

Casual Dining

Alfredo's Pizzeria: Featuring hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizza, hot out of the oven.

Salty Dog Grill: Treat yourself to "The Ernesto" burger, created by acclaimed chef Ernesto Uchimura. Or try one of the other 100% handmade Gourmet Burgers, including the Princess Burger or Triple Smoked Burger. The Salty Dog Grill also offers new Street Tacos featuring a choice of grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato-green chile. And don’t miss the Classic Hot Dogs, plus loaded fries in tempting varieties including chili cheese and bacon and cheese.

International Café: Open 24-hours a day, the International Café, located in the Piazza, is the place for an ever-changing array of small bite meals, treats and gourmet beverages. Grab a freshly baked croissant to start your day, snack on pies and quiche or choose from a wide variety of salads and sandwiches at lunchtime, and indulge in decadent desserts in the evening. Coffee and tea fans will love the New Grounds Crafted Coffee menu featuring a variety of specialty espresso-based drinks made from a custom blend of coffee beans, as well as iced tea fusions. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Slice Pizzeria: This top-deck pizzeria features a bold new look that sets the stage for tempting offerings that include specialties inspired by local favourites from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Try a Deep Dish Focaccia or a slice of signature Neapolitan-style classics. Savour some California Artisanal Toast with Cali-Avocado or Caprese toppings. Or go for a Sliced Stromboli, and enjoy an East Coast take on a classic Italian calzone that’s stuffed with delicious Italian deli meats and cheeses.

Room Service: Complimentary 24-hour dining in the comfort of your stateroom.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Interior (Category: IB)

Category: IB

Interior (Category: IC)

Category: IC

Interior (Category: ID)

Category: ID

Interior (Category: IE)

Category: IE

Interior (Category: IF)

Category: IF

Premium Oceanview (Category: O6)

Category: O6

Balcony (Category: BA)

Category: BA

Balcony (Category: BB)

Category: BB

Balcony (Category: BC)

Category: BC

Balcony (Category: BD)

Category: BD

Balcony (Category: BE)

Category: BE

Balcony (Category: BF)

Category: BF

Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: BW)

Category: BW

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DA)

Category: DA

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DB)

Category: DB

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DC)

Category: DC

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DD)

Category: DD

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DE)

Category: DE

Deluxe Balcony (Category: DF)

Category: DF

Premium Deluxe Balcony (Category: D4)

Category: D4

Deluxe Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: DW)

Category: DW

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M1)

Category: M1

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M6)

Category: M6

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MA)

Category: MA

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MB)

Category: MB

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MC)

Category: MC

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: ME)

Category: ME

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MF)

Category: MF

Owner's Suite with Balcony (Category: S2)

Category: S2

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S3)

Category: S3

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S4)

Category: S4

Premium Suite with Balcony (Category: S5)

Category: S5

Window Suite (Category: S7)

Category: S7

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Vista Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Will accommodate third personWill accommodate third person
Will accommodate third and fourth personWill accommodate third and fourth person
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms
Fully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower onlyFully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower only
Will accommodate fourth or fifth personWill accommodate fourth or fifth person
Balcony access when in port onlyBalcony access when in port only
Balcony door blocked when upper berth is in useBalcony door blocked when upper berth is in use

Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: Sky Princess
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2019
  • Maximum Capacity: 3,560
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 19
  • Number of Crew: 1,300
  • Officers' Nationality: British/Italian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 6
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 1,086
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 342
  • Tonnage (GRT): 141,000
  • Country of Registry: Bermuda
  • Total Staterooms: 1,780
  • Suites with Balcony: 346
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