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; on this westbound version, cruise from London to Dublin, and spend two nights each in the heart of each city. 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 flowers, and historic sites that offer an enchanting world apart; on St. Mary’s you’ll visit Hugh Town and see 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." 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 Experience. Explore idyllic Guernsey, a resort island in the English Channel that was occupied by the Germans during World War II, where military installations, bunkers, and an observation tower still stand amid charming villages and beach hotels. 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.