Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling
Departs October 22, 2017
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
|2||Arrive Dublin – Transfer to Hotel|
|7||Transfer Southampton and Celebrity Eclipse||4:30 PM|
|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|
|18||King’s Wharf, Bermuda||10:30 AM|
|19||King’s Wharf, Bermuda||12:00 PM|
|21||Nassau, Bahamas||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|22||Miami, Florida||7:00 AM|
DAY 2 – Arrive Dublin and transfer to Hotel
DAY 3 – Dublin and County Wicklow
DAY 4 – Dublin and Boyne Valley
DAY 5 – Dublin’s Fair City
DAY 6 – Dublin and Belfast
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
Great Irish Legends for Children by Yvonne Carroll
Irish Fairy Tales by Philip Smith
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola
Rick Steves’ Ireland 2013 by Rick Steves, Pat O’Connor
Lonely Planet Dublin 2013 by Lonely Planet, Fionn Davenport
Susan’s Ireland Travel Blog – Irelands Hidden Gems http://www.irelands-hidden-gems.com/ireland-blog.html
Braveheart (parts were filmed in Ireland)
The Field (about an Irish farmer)
Far and Away (about Irish immigrants starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)
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|
|10/22/2017||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|2B (Veranda)||$4,689||$3,749||$940||CALL FOR RATES|
|C3 (Concierge)||$4,939||$3,949||$990||CALL FOR RATES|
|C2 (Concierge)||$5,732||$4,299||$1,433||CALL FOR RATES|
|A2 (Aqua Class 2)||$5,559||$4,449||$1,110||CALL FOR RATES|
|Boston||$300||John F. Kennedy||$300||Phoenix||$550|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$600||San Diego||$600|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Dublin – 242
Island average – 20
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.
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
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.
New York City
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