New for 2017! This 12-day cruise aboard a luxury small ship takes you to major cities in Britain and Ireland, as well as captivating islands off the beaten path; the cruise runs both east and west. On the eastbound version, begin with two nights at the Conrad Hotel in the heart of Dublin, then sail to the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, where you’ll discover its unique cultural mix of Celtic, Norse and British influences. Visit historic Belfast, where the Titanic was built, and experience the compelling interactive exhibits at the Titanic Museum. Explore idyllic Guernsey, a resort island occupied by the Germans during World War II, where military installations, bunkers, and an observation tower still stand amid charming villages and beach hotels. Explore Portsmouth, England’s premier naval city, and walk the decks of the restored HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s ship that won glory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Cruise to the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish peninsula, sparsely populated islands of white beaches, fields of daffodils, and historic sites that offer an enchanting world apart; on St. Mary’s you’ll visit Hugh Town and Star Castle, that once defended the island from Spanish invaders and pirates. Immerse yourself in the Irish charms of colorful Cork and Kinsale; enjoy Liverpool, “England’s finest Victorian city,” and its history as home of the Beatles and the "British Invasion". Arrive in London for two nights at the Langham Hotel in the city’s West End, a favorite of royalty and celebrities since it opened in 1865; dine in grand medieval Guildhall, site of the Mayor’s ceremonial banquets; tour the city aboard a private double-decker coach, and more. Your ship, Le Soléal, is small enough to provide a truly intimate experience with luxury amenities including restaurants, lounges, bars, fitness center, and staterooms with ocean views.