We just know that readers all across the world are going to ask, “Just what does the motion picture Titanic have to do with this publication?” It has much to do with it.
It was from Southampton, our port of departure and return that the ill-fated ship also departed in April of 1912, sinking and sending 1,500 passengers to their horrible deaths in the deep and freezing depths of the North Atlantic. In Belfast, North Ireland, a midpoint lay-over, she was constructed by the shipbuilding firm of Harland and Wolff.
So, what is in store for us? Paraphrasing from the Norwegian Cruise Lines website:
We intend to explore coastal Ireland and the British Isles on this fascinating cruise, walking the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle perched high on the hill to the 17th-Century Holyrood Palace, the British Monarchy’s official residence in Scotland.
We will delight in Belfast’s ornate Victorian and Edwardian architecture, gracious gardens and friendly pubs, Trinity College in Dublin, afterward stopping for a pint in the Temple Bar and continue on the Ireland's green and lush countryside before docking in Cork to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Finally, we will stand in awe of Bath’s ancient Roman baths and her Gregorian abbey before seeing Salisbury's 13th cathedral and the prehistoric ruins of Stonehenge before continuing on to Heathrow Airport.