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Journey to Ireland and the Americas

22-Days featuring 6 included tours in Ireland and a 16-day cruise aboard Celebrity Eclipse including calls in Boston, New York, Bermuda and Nassau

Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling

Departs October 22, 2017

About This Journey

According to historians, more than one-half of the population of Ireland immigrated to the United States during the middle half of the nineteenth century, adding to the hundreds of thousands who came in the years prior. It is a fact that all of them made the passage by ship, many arriving in Boston and New York. On this unique Enrichment Journey you can share some of that experience as you join a 22-day Journey that combines an escorted land vacation in Ireland with a 16-day Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Boston, New York, and Bermuda before arriving in Florida. The journey begins with the warmth of an Irish Welcome as you spend five nights in Dublin “at home with the Irish.” You’ll meet real people as you personally discover what makes the Irish so vibrant and beloved. Meet the owner of a pub established in 1595, and hear his story about the pub. Travel to the countryside and discover an ancient monastery. Learn about the history of Guinness as you pour yourself a pint. Meet an Irish farmer and his wife and have lunch while you learn about their daily life. Stop at a rural pub to meet Seamus Darby, and spend time exploring Dublin and Belfast. Then travel to Southampton to board the Celebrity Eclipse as she cruises the Atlantic with considerably more comfort than was available 200 years ago. You’ll spend six relaxing days at sea enjoying Celebrity hospitality and then experience the thrill of arriving in Boston and New York. Enjoy an overnight call in New York, and then plan an evening ashore during your overnight in Kings Wharf, Bermuda. You’ll make a stop in Nassau, Bahamas before ending your journey in Miami. Visits: Dublin, Ireland; Southampton, England; Boston, Massachusetts; New York; King’s Wharf, Bermuda; Nassau, Bahamas and Miami, Florida; ocean-crossing

Journey to Ireland and the Americas

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Dublin  – Transfer to Hotel
3 Dublin
4 Dublin
5 Dublin
6 Dublin
7 Transfer Southampton and Celebrity Eclipse  4:30 PM
8 At Sea
9 At Sea
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 At Sea
14 Boston, Massachusetts  7:00 AM  5:00 PM
15 New York, New York 3:00 PM
16 New York, New York  5:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 10:30 AM
19 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 12:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Nassau, Bahamas 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
22 Miami, Florida  7:00 AM
 

Land Package Highlights

DAY 2 – Arrive Dublin and transfer to Hotel

  • Arriving in Dublin you will be met and greeted by your Irish Tour Director. Your first call is for a tasty full Irish breakfast, which is included, in the quaint and traditional Irish pub called the “Man O War.” Situated in North County Dublin, this ancient pub was established in 1595. The owner will give you the full history of this quaint pub and its interesting past.  With its thatched roof, whitewashed walls and superb traditional-style bar, lounge and restaurant, the setting is a picture to behold. In the afternoon, we will drive into the heart of Ireland’s capital for an overview tour of the city. We will take a journey of discovery into the very heart of what makes Dublin the vibrant city it has become. You will be given a panoramic tour of the city pointing out the interesting public buildings, lovely parks, rows of Georgian houses with their brightly painted doorways, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the city’s museums and the regenerated South Bank. Then we will drive across the river Liffey and along O’Connell Street with its spire of Dublin, and then on to the GPO (General Post Office). This is a landmark building which served as the headquarters to the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.  An original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display in the An Post museum at the GPO. The building has remained a symbol of Irish Republic.  After checking into the hotel the rest of the day and evening is yours to explore the city and enjoy its buzz and spirit.

DAY 3 – Dublin and County Wicklow

  • After breakfast we depart the hotel at 10.00 am for the short drive to the “garden county” of Ireland, County Wicklow. We will drive South from Dublin and pass under the shadow of the great Sugarloaf mountain which dominates the skyline. Though only 501 meters high, its isolation from other hills, steep slopes and volcanic appearance makes it appear much taller than it is. Our first stop after a beautiful drive is in the heart of North Wicklow, the 12th Century monastic site of the old Saint from the 6th Century, St. Kevin.  Glendalough (or Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes’) is situated in the midst of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and is surrounded by stunning scenery.  The ancient monastery is fascinating, having been founded in the 6th Century by St. Kevin who chose the site because of its beautiful and remote setting in a glaciated valley with two lakes.  The monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The round tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the area.  The site also includes a Celtic High Cross, St. Mary’s Church and St. Kevin’s Church. Your tour director will take you on a walking tour through the sacred grounds to see the old churches, St. Kevin’s kitchen and the round tower. After your guided walk you will be served lunch in a local pub, Lynhams, where you can be sure of a warm welcome in this little gem in the heart of Glendalough. (Lunch included).
  • After lunch, you will return to Dublin following the scenic drive through the Wicklow gap with breath-taking views of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains. Arriving back in Dublin, you will visit the now world famous Guinness Brewery. The oldest brewery in Dublin is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. You will be able to see the history of Guinness through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship.  At the base of the atrium lies a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the brewery site. In the Perfect Pint bar, you may pour your own pint of Guinness. You will then return to your hotel for a free evening, perhaps wandering to the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music line the narrow, cobblestone streets.

DAY 4 – Dublin and Boyne Valley

  • After breakfast we will depart at 10.00 am for and interesting drive to the placid, historical and scenic Boyne Valley through Slane. While in Slane, we will stop at a typical Irish family farm, that of Peter Mongey. We are privileged that Peter and his wife have opened their farm for us as it is not used by any tour group. The farm is of a medium size and three generations of the family work the land here. Ireland as a whole produces enough food for 36 million people, an impressive statistic considering we are a population of less than 4 million! Lunch at the farm will be provided. After an overview of the Boyne Valley area we will drive east to the sleepy villages of Annagassan and Salterstown along the east coastline where families work the soil growing potatoes, cereals, and fishing for a living. The rural pub of Seamus Darbys at the crossroads of Togher is our next stop.  A natural and great storyteller regaling tales of old Ireland and their working day, Darbys is typical of the area where farmers came late at night for a drink and to share their stories. There will be music at the pub at approximately 4pm by a local band named “Farmer Dan” who will entertain you for about one and a half hours. Further to this, there will be traditional Irish dancers performing in this rural pub. Seamus Darby is a charismatic host and the evening is sure to be one of fun and laughter. You will return to your hotel for the evening. Hopefully, spirits will be high with a sing song on the bus returning to the hotel!

 

DAY 5 – Dublin’s Fair City

  • Today is a free day to enjoy the sights of Dublin. There are countless places of interest to visit, explore, discover and enjoy.  Perhaps, you could visit Trinity College. Founded in 1592, this ancient and renowned university was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge.  It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland’s oldest university. The college holds the famous and priceless Book of Kells, a 9th Century manuscript known throughout the world. Perhaps, you would wander quietly in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland and founded in 1191. There are numerous natural museums and galleries, such as the Natural History Museum or the National Gallery of Ireland. Or, perhaps it is time for some retail therapy..!

 

DAY 6 – Dublin and Belfast

  • After breakfast we will board the coach for an easy drive north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. You will have an overview of this interesting, historical and infamous city. We will drive around West Belfast, the home of the Peace Wall.  Take pictures of the famous Peace Wall still separating the Protestant Shankill Road from the Catholic Falls Road, and see the famous wall murals commemorating the past both good and bad. You will see the Queen’s University, Belfast City Hall and the impressive Stormont Government buildings. You might want to change some money to Pound Sterling as you are now in the United Kingdom.
  • We will enter the Titanic quarter and the recently opened museum.  Driving over the Lagan Bridge or along the historic Queen’s Road in the heart of the former shipyard and you will see a stunning piece of architecture. It is no coincidence that the ultra-modern building’s shape resembles the hulls of four ships. The height and position of the building are also a nod to slipway number 2 where Titanic was constructed and the towering presence it exerted over Queen’s Island. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore.  Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. You will board the bus for our trip back to Dublin.

 

 

Port Highlights

Boston, Massachusetts: Hailed as the “Cradle of American Independence,” Boston is filled with historic sites. Boston was America’s first great city. In the 19th century, Boston was rightly described as the “Athens of America.” Today this city of 800,000 retains its vitality, combining historic districts with revitalized urban centers while remaining faithful to its venerable roots. It is a city every American should visit at least once. Follow the Freedom Trail along three of the most historic miles in the country. See the site of the Boston Tea Party, trace the route of Paul Revere’s famous ride, and stand on the bridge where Minutemen fired “the shot heard ’round the world.” In the old Charleston Navy Yard you can see the USS Constitution, the nation’s oldest commissioned warship.

New York, New York: A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture and fashion, and entertainment. The city consists of five boroughs and an intricate patchwork of neighborhoods. Some of these include Lower Manhattan and the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park and South Street Seaport, Chinatown, trendy SoHo and Greenwich Village, along with Little Italy, the flat Iron District and Gramercy Park. Famous Central Park covers 843 acres of paths, ponds, lakes and green space within the asphalt jungle. Many districts and landmarks have become well-known to outsiders. Nearly 170 languages are spoken in the city and over 35% of its population was born outside the United States.

King’s Wharf, Bermuda: The Royal Naval Dockyard, the westernmost point in Bermuda, not only showcases Bermuda’s nautical heritage, but it also provides a home for an impressive array of attractions and shopping opportunities. The fortifications of the Royal Naval Dockyard were built by British convicts and slave labor during the mid-1800s. Since then it has served many purposes, including the headquarters for the Royal Navy and a strategic defense post for the British in the North Atlantic. Most recently it has been redeveloped into a fascinating attraction offering visitors a glimpse into Bermuda’s history, and has become a fun place to shop or explore. The centerpiece of the Dockyard is the commanding Clocktower building, which once served as a naval store and the captain’s offices. Today, it has been marvelously restored. Throughout the Dockyard, you will find several restaurants, art galleries, the Bermuda Craft Market, and the Bermuda Maritime Museum, as well as an array of specialty shops and boutiques.

Nassau, Bahamas: Underwater adventures introduce you to new and fascinating marine life. Seafood so fresh you’ll be spoiled for life. And souvenir shopping galore – to please your friends and family at home, of course. For the more relaxed traveler, the Bahamas are the perfect islands to re-energize. Recline on the sandy white beaches or move to the rhythm of the steel drums. Turquoise waters, tropical breezes and welcoming locals make this Celebrity journey even more inviting.

Journey to Ireland and the Americas

Included Features

  • Included airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Five nights in Dublin (4-Star Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, or similar.)
  • Daily Breakfast during hotel stay and Most Lunches and Dinners
  • Local Irish tour hosts
  • Six included and fully escorted tours in Ireland including:
    • Panoramic city tour of Dublin
    • County Wicklow
    • Glendalough
    • Guinness Brewery
    • Boyne Valley – typical Irish farm
    • Coastal and countryside towns including Annagassan, Salterstown and Togher
    • Titanic Belfast museum and experience
    • Belfast city tour
    • And much more!
  • 16-day Celebrity Eclipse cruise from Southampton
  • $75 Onboard Credit for the Cruise

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 22-day excursion, you will explore Dublin and other nearby landmarks for five nights. There will be a flight transfer from Dublin and London and then a motorcoach from London to Southampton. Then the group will board the ship for a 16-day journey to the Americas. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, involving walking to several historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads, stairs, and to historical landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in Glendalough and the countryside. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Through battles for freedom, land and preserving tradition, Irish culture has spread and lays claim to more than 70 million people worldwide. Many people feel drawn to visit for connecting with old clans or simply rediscovering their Celtic roots. By visiting both Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the island’s traditions and differences between regions. A trip from the old world to the new world is also unique in and of itself, and there is nothing quite like experiencing that same epic journey as many of our families did in year’s past, including that iconic moment when you will sail past the Statue of Liberty towards New York City. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when meeting people abroad and in unique situations. Although Ireland is an English-speaking country and provided the foundation of many American traditions, you may be surprised at the amount of Gaelic still spoken, especially in the countryside and among the older generations, and cultural differences.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The weather will vary greatly – it can be warm, cold, and rainy all in one day! – so pack accordingly. Bring breathable, cotton items. Sturdy shoes will be needed during most tours.

Recommended Reading List 

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Ireland – In a Glass of Its Own by Peter Biddlecomb (Ireland)

A Secret Map of Ireland by Rosita Boland

A Short History of Ireland by Richard Killeen

Dubliners by James Joyce

Children’s Books

Great Irish Legends for Children by Yvonne Carroll

Irish Fairy Tales by Philip Smith

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

Travel Guides

Rick Steves’ Ireland 2013 by Rick Steves, Pat O’Connor

Lonely Planet Dublin 2013 by Lonely Planet, Fionn Davenport

Blogs

Susan’s Ireland Travel Blog – Irelands Hidden Gems http://www.irelands-hidden-gems.com/ireland-blog.html

Videos

Braveheart (parts were filmed in Ireland)

The Field (about an Irish farmer)

Far and Away (about Irish immigrants starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Miami – Dublin Airplane 14 Hours (with connections)
Dublin – London Airplane 1.5 Hours
London (Heathrow) – Southampton Motor Coach 2.5 Hours

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Special Offers

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Dates & Prices
10/22/2017 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
2B (Veranda) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
C3 (Concierge) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
C2 (Concierge) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
A2 (Aqua Class 2) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $600 Houston Intercontinental $500 Philadelphia $450
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $300 Phoenix $550
Denver $500 Los Angeles $600 San Diego $600
Dallas-Ft. Worth $500 Orlando $300 Seattle $600
Newark $300 Miami $0 San Francisco $500
Washington – Dulles $400 Chicago $300 Tampa $300
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa

Maynooth Road, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland

Telephone: +353 1 801 3500

With a sophisticated combination of traditional old-world opulence and contemporary design, Dunboyne Castle sets a new precedent and fresh interpretation of a Luxury Castle Hotel in Ireland, only 13 miles from Dublin. One of the leading 4 star hotels in Ireland, Dunboyne Castle stands on 21 acres of mature manicured lawns and gardens. The Castle’s most unique attribute is the peaceful oasis it offers guests while also being located in such close proximity to Dublin’s City Centre, surrounding golf courses and Dublin Airport. The first part of the present day Castle was built at the start of the 1700’s and the building that we see today was completed in 1764. Beautifully restored, the historic mansion, once home to the Lord of Dunboyne, today serves as one of Ireland’s foremost exclusive hotels on Dublin’s Doorstep. Every detail has been carefully considered, from its dazzling soaring interior to sumptuous soft furnishings.

Celebrity Eclipse

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are readily available in major cities throughout your Journey. However, some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry a little cash in case of emergencies or in the event you would like to purchase items from local markets.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their guidelines regarding baggage allowance. Not adhering to these guidelines may result in additional fees. All bags will be screened before flights and ship boarding.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening at the airport, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines regarding weight and size. 

Labeling

Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable journey. October will be colder in some cities, warmer in others, so pack accordingly. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Skirt/pants with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment, Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but accrue additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free in Ireland and other port cities.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside their trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.

This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra as well just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journeys package. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high caliber of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Ireland and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is also advisable to email these documents to yourself and someone back home, in case anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Europe.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, visitors can travel within the EU for up to 90 days without a visa.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. When traveling, it is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to get. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Ireland uses 220-240v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip from Europe to the U.S.. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

Ireland – WET

Bermuda – UTC

Boston, New York, Nassau, Miami – ET

Money Matters

Since you will be visiting several countries throughout the journey, you will need multiple kinds of currency (Euro, British Pounds and Bermuda Dollar). This is only needed for additional shopping, food , tipping or extra expenses, as most things are included in the price of the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for Ireland and Bermuda.

Ireland – Euro

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500

Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)

Exchange – $1 USD to .75 Euros

England (transit only – useful if you buy something in the airport or port) – British pound sterling

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50

Coins are in 1-50 ‘pence’ and 1-2 ‘pounds’ (100 pence in a pound)

Exchange – $1 USD to .65 UK pounds

Bermuda – Bermudian dollar

Banknotes in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and $1 BMD

Exchange – $1 USD to $1Bermudian Dollar

 

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Ireland, though, usually requires less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Europe that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers , drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journey local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 USD per person, per day.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Dublin, London, Boston, Bermuda, Nassau, etc.). The spring and summer months of May, June, July and August are warmest, while winter months of December-February can be colder. Temperatures can vary within the countries too.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Dublin 46/36 47/36 50/37 53/38 58/43 63/47 66/51 67/51 62/48 57/45 50/39 46/36
Bermuda 70/58 70/59 70/58 73/62 76/66 82/72 85/75 87/76 85/75 81/71 75/65 72/62
Boston 37/22 36/21 40/28 48/33 56/41 65/52 71/57 72/59 64/48 57/40 48/27 39/21
Nassau 80/64 80/65 82/66 84/68 87/72 89/75 91/76 91/76 90/76 87/74 83/70 80/66

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Ireland

Dublin – 242

Bermuda

Island average – 20

USA

Boston – 19

New York – 6

Nassau – 121

 

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top fun phrases in Gaelic.

Irish Gaelic

Maidin mhaith (Modjin mot): Good morning

Conas ata tu? (Cunn-us ah-taw two): How are you?

Tapadh leat (Tapah lat): Thank you

Gabh mo leithscaal (Govh muh leh-skayle): Excuse me

Ní thuigim (Knee higimm): I don’t understand

Taim i gcruachais anois (Tah-imm ih grew-cuss ah-nish): I need your help now

An mor ata air? (On moor ah-taw err): What price is this?

An dtogann tu caratai credit? (On duggan two car-tee credit?): Do you take credit cards?

Slainte! (Slawn-cheh): Cheers!

De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain (Day rare ah kayla a hug-tur nah cosh-lawn): It takes time to build castles

The official language of Bermuda is English

However they typically switch ‘v’ for ‘w’, and here is some Bermudian slang you might hear:

Ace boy: Close friend

Bermy: Bermuda

Football: Soccer

Greeze: Food

Inna/Innit: right? Isn’t that so?

 

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Ireland, Bermuda, Boston, New York City and Nassau before you embark on your Journey.

Ireland

  • In an area slightly larger than West Virginia, Ireland has roughly 4.7 million people. Dublin is the largest city and more than 80% of the country is Roman Catholic.
  • Ireland has a 99% literacy rate among its people.
  • In Ireland, lakes are called as loughs (pronounced as locks).
  • St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true. There have never been any snakes in Ireland.
  • According to the Irish birthday traditions, people hold the birthday child upside down and bump the head slightly on the floor. The bumps correspond to the age of the child. It is believed that this tradition brings good luck.

Bermuda                               

  • Bermuda is the oldest British Colony.
  • Bermuda has the most golf courses per capita of any location in the world, with 9 golf courses in the 20.75 square miles.
  • St. Georges, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited town of English origin in the western hemisphere.
  • Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse is 362 feet above sea level has been warning ships since 1846 and was the second cast iron lighthouse ever constructed.
  • Bermuda has one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world, is home to over 650 species of fish, and has pink sand due to particles of shells mixing with pieces of coral and calcium carbonate.

Boston

  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is one of the only places in the world where a boat can sail under a train passing under a car driving under an airplane
  • The Library of Congress contains the most volumes in the country (29.5 million), Harvard University is second with over 15 million and the Boston Public Library is third with over 14 million.
  • Boston was originally named Shawmut by the local Native Americans. It was founded in 1630 and named after Boston, England, a town in Lincolnshire.
  • The Boston Cream Pie was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston and remains the official dessert of the state.

New York City

  • New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
  • More than 47 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak another language other than English at home.
  • Central Park is larger than the principality of Manaco

Nassau

  • The name “Bahamas” comes from the Spanish words “baja mar”, meaning shallow water or sea.
  • Nassau was a popular haven for pirates of the Caribbean in the 18th Century (no, not the movie, the real deal folks!)
  • The first people that inhabited the island were called the Tainos.
  • During the glacial period, the sea level was as low as 250 feet below its present level. During this time, the limestone that forms the islands was eroded by acid rain, which ended up cutting hundreds of systems of vertical and horizontal caves that are now below the islands.

 

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