Discover the magic of Ireland on this Maritime Memories cruise

Voyage 22

Celtic Charms

19th - 27th July 2015 / 8 days

We work very hard to arrange special cruises for all our friends and hopefully we’ve got this one absolutely right – a fun voyage to one of our favourite places… Ireland.

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With its lively folk music theme, Celtic Charms promises to be a very special get-together for us all, but there’s more…

Lots to enjoy on board

As well as Maritime Talks from our guest speakers including Captain Derrick Kemp, and maritime historian and author David Hutchins, we’ll be screening more rare maritime films. Enjoy our special Maritime Memory dinners and cocktail party, and an ‘End of Voyage’ fancy dress farewell – so dust off your old uniform!

When we reach Bangor, we’ve been invited to a special day out by the directors of Harland and Wolff to visit their famous shipyards in Belfast. They may even give each of us a special H&W souvenir as a memento.

Next is a VIP visit to the White Star Line’s only surviving ship, The Nomadic, followed by a party. She was built to take passengers to their liners at Cherbourg – including the Titanic. The Nomadic Preservation Society has completely restored her, so we can experience her exactly as she was all those years ago.

Something special for a good cause

The Nomadic Preservation Society still needs £40,000 for a new mast and I have said we will do our best to help them. So Maritime Memories has arranged for our favourite artist, Robert G. Lloyd, to do a painting of the Nomadic carrying passengers to the Titanic. Robert has agreed to donate this special work of art to the society to help them raise more money.

And if all that isn’t enough… When Titanic sailed from Belfast, she was carrying some good old Irish whiskey. We’re negotiating with a leading distillery to produce it once again. If all goes to plan, we’ll unveil Robert’s painting at the party together with the whiskey, with Robert’s painting on the label. We might even get a bottle or two to take home.

Robert’s painting will be sold at auction, and all proceeds of this and of limited edition prints will be given to the society. So we’ll enjoy, fascinating cruise and do some good along the way.

Ulla and I are really looking forward to this unique Celtic Charms voyage. So let’s get booking and make this an extra-special Maritime Memories get-together!

Itinerary

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July 19. Dover, England. Embark Saga Sapphire. Depart 1600.

July 20. At sea.

July 21. Dublin, Ireland. Arrive 0800. Depart 2330. Birthplace of Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and James Joyce, Dublin’s literary heritage and friendly character make it one of Europe’s most popular capitals. Located on the eastern side of Ireland and intersected by the Liffey, this delightfully compact capital is home to two cathedrals and Dublin Castle. There is so much to see and do, from enjoying the ‘craic’ in the city’s spirited bars, to exploring a host of museums and art galleries. See the sights on a range of excursions, which can take you on a cruise along the Liffey to Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, or further afield to the secret gardens at Malahide Castle. If you prefer to relax with a little retail therapy, the shopping district is full of elegant squares and Georgian architecture to admire while you shop.

July 22. Bangor (for Belfast), Northern Ireland. Arrive 0800. Depart 2000. Cruise into Bangor, an attractive seaside town and the gateway to Northern Ireland’s capital. Belfast was the birthplace of the Titanic and has a proud seafaring history. In recent years the city has undergone a remarkable rejuvenation and today you can encounter outstanding landmarks such as the restored City Hall in the centre of Donegall Square, the 19th-century Opera House and Queen’s University on a city tour. Or, if you wish to discover the Irish countryside, perhaps take a scenic trip to see the ruins of Dunluce Castle and the remarkable Giant’s Causeway.

July 23. Holyhead, Wales. Arrive 0800. Depart 1800. Birthplace of comedian Dawn French, the town of Holyhead was constructed around St Cybi’s Church, which is built inside one of Europe’s few three-walled Roman forts (the fourth wall being the sea, which used to come up to the fort). There’s a lighthouse to investigate, which is open to the public, or you may like to visit what is claimed to be Wales’ oldest lifeboat house that now houses the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

July 24. Ringaskiddy (for Cobh and Cork), Ireland. Arrive 0900. Depart 2200. There’s a panoramic view of Cork Harbour from a Martello Tower on the hilltop at Ringaskiddy, although the cultural city is easily reached, being just 15 kilometres away. You’re also close to the tourist seaport town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown and famously the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.

July 25. At sea.

July 26. St Peter Port, Guernsey. Arrive 0800. Depart 1500. The Channel Islands are geographically closer to France than England and are a delightful blend of Gallic and British influences. Endearingly quaint, the pretty town of St Peter Port has neat rows of houses, cobbled streets and steep alleyways. During your time on the island you could enter one of the fascinating museums or see relics of the German occupation in World War II. July

27. Dover, England. Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.

Booking

Contact Des or Ulla today on 01273 585391 or 01273 584470.
Email: des@snowbow.co.uk