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Journey to the Irish Countryside and Arctic Circle

19 Nights featuring Dublin, County Wicklow, Belfast, Windsor, Norway and the Arctic Circle

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: July 1, 2024
(Sailing July 8, 2024)

About This Journey

Visit the awe-inspiring scenery of Ireland and Norway and immerse yourself in their rich histories on this Journey to the Irish Countryside and Arctic Circle. Start your journey with the warmth of an Irish Welcome, spending five nights “at home with the Irish.” From the fusion of contemporary and Celtic architecture in Dublin to the rolling farmlands of Wicklow, the Emerald Isle offers a unique small-town culture within a vast landscape. You will chat with locals and 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’s long history. Explore the cities of Dublin and Belfast, then visit Ireland’s beloved Guinness Storehouse and pour yourself a pint of their world-famous ale. Venturing outside the cities, we’ll travel to the Irish countryside to discover an ancient monastery in Glendalough. Meet an Irish farmer and his wife for lunch while you learn about daily life on the farm, then stop at a rural pub to meet the owner. You’ll then fly to London and enjoy two nights in Windsor, where you’ll stroll through the historic town and tour the famous Windsor Castle. Then, embark the Celebrity Apex for a 12-night cruise along the Norwegian coastline. Adorned with majestic fjords, you’ll visit the villages nestled within this breathtaking scenery and sail into the Arctic Circle to visit Norway’s northernmost mainland city before returning to London, no doubt regaling your sojourn through Celtic and Viking heritage.

Visits: Celebrity, Apex, 36917, Dublin, Windsor, Stavanger, Olden, Flam, Artic Circle, Tromso, Honningsvag, Kristiansand, Southampton, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Slane

Journey to the Irish Countryside and Arctic Circle


Start Date: July 1, 2024
(Sailing July 8, 2024)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Dublin – Transfer to Hotel, Afternoon City Tour and Welcome Dinner
2 Dublin – Guinness Brewery Tour and Free Time
3 Dublin – Tour of County Wicklow
4 Dublin – Tour of Boyne Valley
5 Dublin – Tour of Belfast
6 Dublin to Windsor –  Flight and Hotel Check-in
7 Windsor – Tour of Windsor and Windsor Castle
8 Windsor – Transfer to Southampton for Embarkation 4:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Stavanger, Norway 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
11 Olden, Norway 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
12 Flam, Norway 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
13 Arctic Circle (Cruising)
14 Tromso, Norway 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
15 Honningsvag, Norway 12:00 PM 9:00 PM
16 Arctic Circle (Cruising)
17 At Sea
18 Kristiansand, Norway 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
19 At Sea
20 Southampton – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport 6:00 AM

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin

Upon arrival the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Dublin. After check-in, you will have time to get settled in, relax and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, join your fellow travelers for a city introduction tour. Set off with your Irish Tour Director and drive into the heart of Ireland’s capital city. During this panoramic tour, your Tour Director will point 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. You will then drive across the River Liffey, along O’Connell Street with its Spire and the GPO  (General Post Office). This landmark building served as the headquarters to the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the façade is all that remains of the original building which has remained a symbol of Irish Republic. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Dublin, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one or two nights to your Dublin hotel stay.

Guinness Storefront

Day 2 – Dublin

Today we will take a journey of discovery into the very heart of what makes Dublin the vibrant city it has become. The morning will be taken up by a visit to the now world-famous Guinness Storehouse. 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. After the visit, you will be taken into the heart of the city where a free afternoon is yours to enjoy the sights of Dublin. There are countless places of interest to visit, explore, discover and enjoy. Perhaps, you could visit the 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 on 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! You will then return to your hotel for evening dinner after which you are free to perhaps wander to the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music line the narrow, cobblestone streets. (B)


Day 3 – Dublin and County Wicklow

After breakfast and a restful morning, you will depart the hotel for a short drive to the “garden county” of Ireland, County Wicklow. Driving south from Dublin you will pass under the shadow of the great Sugarloaf Mountain which dominates the skyline. Though only 1640 feet high, its isolation from other hills, steep slopes and volcanic appearance makes it appear much taller than it is. Our first stop in the heart of North Wicklow is Glendalough (or Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes)’, situated in the Wicklow Mountains National Park amidst 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 recognizable 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 ground 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, where you can be sure of a warm welcome in this little gem in the heart of Glendalough. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive through the Wicklow gap with breath-taking views of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains. Twisting and turning through the mountains, wide-open moors blanket the hills with gorse and heather where there is  barely a single tree, so nothing interrupts the stunning views. You will then return to your hotel to freshen up before heading out for a special dinner. Nestled at the base of Dublin’s mountains, enter a traditional establishment for an evening of music, dance performances and folklore, all the while enjoying a traditional Irish meal! (B, L, D)

Boyne Valley

Day 4 – Dublin and Boyne Valley

After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart for an interesting drive northward to the placid, historical scenic Boyne Valley. There, we will stop at a typical Irish family farm, not seen by any other tour group. Ireland produces enough food for 36 million people, and impressive statistic considering its population of less than 4 million! Lunch will be in a typical local village pub in the village of Slane. After an overview of the Boyne Valley area we will drive east to the sleepy village of Annagassan and Saltertown, then along the east coastline where families work the soil (mostly growing potatoes and cereals) and fish for a living. A rural pub at the crossroads of Togher is our next stop. This pub is typical of the area, where farmers came late at night for a drink and to share their stories. Here, we will listen to a natural and great storyteller, regaling tales of old Ireland and their working day. There will be music at the pub by a local band named “Farmer Dan” who will entertain you for about an hour. Two drinks of your choice will be served as you are entertained by Seamus Darby, a charismatic hostm and the evening is sure to be on 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! Dinner at the hotel is included. (B, L, D)

Peace Wall

Day 5 – Dublin and Belfast

This morning 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 famous (or infamous) Peace Wall where we will have a photo stop. This wall still separates the Protestant, Shankill Road from the Catholic Falls Road and you will see the famous Queen’s University, Belfast City Hall and the impressive Stormont Government buildings. We will enter the Titanic. Diving over the Lagan Bridge or along the historic Queen’s Road in the heaty of the former shipyard, you will see this 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 other nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore. You can 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, with evening dinner en-route at a locale noted for its award-winning cuisine. (B, D)

Day 6 – Dublin to Windsor

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to England. Check in to your hotel in Windsor, then enjoy a group dinner this evening. (B, D)

Windsor Castle

Day 7 – Windsor

Today we will explore Windsor, a picturesque market town in the county of Berkshire, England. Best known for its stunning Windsor Castle, which has been a royal residence for over 900 years, the town exudes a rich historical charm. We’ll explore its quaint cobblestone streets lined with traditional shops and cozy pubs before touring the famous Windsor Castle, which is the longest-occupied palace by a reigning monarch in Europe. Then enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel and the rest of the day on your own. Perhaps chat with the locals in a pub or take a stroll along the Thames River. (B, L)

Day 8 – Windsor to Southampton Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Apex for a 12-night cruise to Norway and the Arctic Circle. (B)

Day 8-19 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Apex (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 20 – Southampton Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Apex and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Optional 2-night London hotel available, see “special offers” section for details

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.


Port Highlights

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway: Whether you prefer outdoor adventure or ancient history, a Stavanger cruise offers a wide array of treasures to discover. Its charming streets climb from the waterfront and are dotted with timber homes painted in wonderfully vibrant colors. The city is a mix of old and new, charming and stylish with an eclectic collection of merchant shops, cafes and historic museums and churches. The Stavanger Cathedral is the country’s oldest cathedral, having been built between 1100 and 1125.  An easy day hike on Pulpit Rock, the cliff

rising over 1800 feet above the sea, offers gorgeous views of the Lysefjord and the surrounding lush terrain. Dining options in the area include outstanding fish and mussels, with French American, Japanese, and Indian influences found throughout the city.

Olden, Norway

Olden, Norway: Much of this picturesque town, located at the tip of the Nordfjord, looks as though it is straight out of the 17th century. Its many historic sites include Olden Old Church, built in 1759 on the site of the original stave church dating back to the 14th century, and the Singer Home, former residence of American painter William Singer. Nature lover? Explore the lush, verdant scenery of Lake Olden and experience its tranquility on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Want something more adventurous? On your Europe cruise, trek through the Norwegian wild to Briksdal Glacier, an arm of the largest glacier in continental Europe. You’ll hike along river paths and see gentle waterfalls created by the melting ice.

Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway: The town of Flam, Norway is nestled in a tributary of the world’s longest and deepest fjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls, and deep valleys, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind encounter with nature on your Flam cruise. This quaint Norway town is a place of extremes. The epic majesty of Flam’s dense green mountains dwarfs even the grandest of cruise ships, and the glass-calm water that surrounds the town woos adventurers from near and far. This is place where you can’t help but feel closer to nature for no other reason that it overwhelms at every turn. Climb aboard the Flam Railway for the world’s steepest train ride and rumble 2,800 feet up the wilds of Norway. Kayak through the calm waters of the Aurlandsfjord for breathtaking views of mountain farms with grazing goats or sheep perched at the fjord’s edge. You’ll find many restaurants and cafes offering local Norwegian fare made with farm-fresh ingredients. And you can sample the famous brown and white goat cheese in nearby Undredal. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, or taking a dizzying train ride into the mountains, Flam is a Norwegian wonderland that’s meant to be explored.

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle (Cruising): Crossing the imaginary line of the Arctic Circle as you cruise Norway’s starkly beautiful fjord-indented coast is a thrilling rite of passage to many travelers. Jagged, tooth-like mountains, their peaks dusted in snow even in summer, extend along the coast as far as the eye can see. Hundreds of rocky islets and skerries, remnants of the last Ice Age, are scattered across the sea.



Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway: Often referred to as the Arctic’s capital, this colorful northern Norwegian city is located above the Article Circle and is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. As a major cultural hub—previously called the “Paris of the North”—Tromsø will offer you a young and vibrant city center to explore, a buzzy harbor, and an exciting international dining scene filled with cozy cafes, pubs, and vibrant restaurants. You can also stop for a pint at Mack’s Ølhallen, one of the world’s northernmost breweries. Tromsø’s striking surrounding landscape also offers a playground for hiking, dog sledding, and skiing during your Norway cruise. Other must-see points include the Arctic Cathedral—a true icon of Northern Norway, built in 1965, with beautiful, stained-glass windows—the Tromsø Cathedral; the Polaria and Perspective museums; and cable car rides for stunning city views.

Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway: Located on the island of Magerøya, Honningsvåg is the northmost city in mainland Europe and the gateway port for cruise passengers heading up to the Arctic Circle. This rugged yet charming town features brightly painted wooden buildings with a surrounding landscape characterized by expansive stretches of tundra, breathtaking fjords, waterfalls, and dense forests. The tiny fishing town was completely rebuilt after World War II and is one of the best places to experience the “midnight sun,” a phenomenon where the sun doesn’t set in the summer and offers continuous light.

On a Norway cruise that visits Honningsvåg, ​​get a taste of the local culture in the town’s quaint cafes and restaurants which feature incredible local seafood, “koldtbord” (cold table buffets), or traditional “pølser” (sausages). Spend some time strolling downtown to shop for artisan crafts such as furs, woven cloths, textiles, woodcarvings, and pottery. Other highlights include Duken Mountain, North Cape Museum, Honningsvåg Church, and the Bamse Statue.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway: On the southern tip of Norway lies the country’s fifth-largest city. Kristiansand is full of family fun and is a haven for outdoor adventure seekers. Kids of all ages will love Dyreparken zoo and amusement park, and the charming Fiskebrygga is home to a lively fish market, gourmet restaurants, and open air concerts. Stick your toes in the white sand of Bystranda Beach in the city center or venture just outside downtown to explore trails, fjords, and much more.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Dublin to London, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Ireland
    • Dublin, Ireland: 5-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Dublin
      • Half-day tour of Guinness Brewery
      • Full-day tour of County Wicklow
      • Full-day tour of Boyne Valley
      • Full-day tour of Belfast
      • Farewell Dinner
  • 2-night pre-cruise land program in Windsor, England
    • Windsor, England: 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day tour of Windsor and Windsor Castle
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise Ireland land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Apex
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks, Wi-Fi and Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 7/31!
    • Sail with up to $1,400 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip


Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderate to active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. For the cruise portion 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 to 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

The focus of this Enrichment Journey is traditions and customs, literature, folklore, churches, castles and cuisine. You will visit the metropolitan city of Dublin, the rich farmland of Boyne Valley and the World-Famous Guinness Brewery.

You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches, and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Because this tour is in the summer, outside temperatures can get hot. Be sure to bring a light rain jacket with you for touring locations where the AC is on inside as well as to protect you from the summer storms. Afterall, its this rain that keeps Ireland so green! If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.


While on tour:

Dublin to Windsor: 1-hour and 25-minute flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 7/31!

Sail with up to $1,400 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!


All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires July 31, 2024 or when sold out.

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1-night Dublin Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Dublin a day early before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $275 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Dublin with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

2-night London Extension (post-cruise)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly home from London, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in London after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $799 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in London with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

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Dates & Prices
July 1, 2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Infinite Veranda – Partial View (E3) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Boston $250 Houston Intercontinental $350 Phoenix $450
Chicago $350 John F. Kennedy $0 San Diego $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Los Angeles $450 San Francisco $450
Denver $450 Orlando $350 Seattle $450
Washington – Dulles $250 Miami $350 Toronto $350
Newark $250 Philadelphia $250
– 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.

Leonardo Dublin Parnell Street

Moore Street Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin 1, D01 E0H3

Tel: +353 1 878 4900

Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street is within easy reach of many hidden gems and attractions. The hotel is located only minutes away from Dublin’s O’Connell Street, steeped with historic landmarks and buzzing with activities, shops and bars. The hotel is only 5 minute’s walk to Henry street shopping area and for sports fans visiting the city this is the ideal location if heading to Croke Park, the epicentre of Irish sport. The hotel features an all day coffee bar and a stylish onsite bar perfect for a relaxing drink after an exciting day in the city.

Macdonald Windsor Hotel

23 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LH England

Tel: +0 344 879 9101

With the magnificent Windsor Castle just two minutes’ walk away, you’ll get a sense of being somewhere quite unique when you arrive at Macdonald Windsor Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic town of Windsor. It’s easy to unwind in style in this contemporary townhouse, with 120 luxury bedrooms, richly hued interiors and a fabulously attentive team creating an atmosphere of calm and well-being. Step out and discover the local area – a real treat, with several of England’s best-known attractions within easy reach, and this beautiful hotel is the perfect base for exploration.

Celebrity Apex

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 contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting. Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by their Michelin-starred chef. Where their staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive. Where everything is designed to provide an unparalleled Relaxed Luxurysm resort at sea experience. Celebrity’s 15 award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.

Ship: Celebrity Apex

Celebrity ApexSM is the second of four sister Edge Class Ships and contains many unique features and a modern design unseen on any other ship currently at sea. The ship’s design is beautiful and streamlined with the outside spaces designed by architect Tom Wright and interior design by Kelly Hoppen. Some of the most exciting innovations and updates include the Rooftop Garden, the Adults-only Solarium, the Magic Carpet and the Infinite VerandasSM.

The Magic Carpet is a tennis court-sized sliding deck that allows for easy embarkation and debarkation for tendering and also serves as a viewpoint and outdoor bar with live music at night. The Infinite VerandasSM allow you to take advantage of your entire veranda stateroom, inside and out. At the touch of a button, your veranda doors will completely fold out of the way, allowing you a full view out over the water. You also have the option to keep the veranda doors open, but enclose the glass balcony, turning the railing into a floor-to-ceiling window.

The Celebrity ApexSM was designed to change the way you experience the world, and the culinary offerings don’t fall short of this either. Enjoy 29 unique food and beverage experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Apex will make the most of it. Celebrity Apex is sailing with Starlinkthe world’s most advanced broadband satellite internetto bring you high-speed connectivity for a better onboard experience.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. 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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.


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. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt 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)
  • Camera(s)

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.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, 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 for weight and size.


Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

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 have questions about a certain item, visit for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. 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.

Cell phones

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

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 speak with one of 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, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.


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

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

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

Note: as of June 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel in 2022. US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. More information can be found at


Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100–240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Ireland  uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP

Norway uses the Norwegian Krone (kr), currency code KR

Please visit  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Please visit  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit


With the tour covering various regions from Ireland into the Arctic Circle, you will most likely come in contact with warm and cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

Dublin 45/37 45/37 50/39 52/41 59/45 63/50 66/54 66/54 63/50 55/46 50/41 46/41
London 48/41 48/41 54/43 59/45 64/50 70/55 73/59 73/59 68/55 61/50 54/45 48/41
Tromso 30/23 30/20 34/25 39/30 48/37 56/44 62/49 59/48 51/42 42/35 35/28 32/25

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

UK: English (below are some differences between British and American English)

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Biscuit: Cookie
  • Chips: French Fries
  • Crisps: Potato Chips
  • Plaster: Band-aid
  • Ground Floor: Ground/First Floor
  • First Floor: Second Floor
  • Zebra Crossing: Crosswalk
  • WC (water closet) or Loo: Bathroom

Gaelic in Ireland

  • Dia dhuit (Jee-ah ghwitch): Hello
  • Slán leat (Slawn lat): Good bye
  • Tá (T-ah): Yes
  • Níl (Neel): No
  • Más é do thoil é (Maws aye duh hull aye): Please
  • Tapadh leat (Tapah lat): Thank you

Norway: Norwegian

  • Hallo (ha-low): Hello
  • Ha det (how-da): Goodbye
  • Tusen takk (toosen tak): Thank you
  • Ja (ya): Yes
  • Nei (Nigh) No

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Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.


  • Ireland is a snake-free island. Due to its isolation from the European mainland, Ireland lacks several species common elsewhere in Europe, such as moles, weasels, polecats or roe deer.
  • Halloween traces back its origins to the Gaelic festival of Samhain, a harvest festival held on 31 October to mark the end of summer. Samhain became associated with All Saints (1 November) from the early Middle Ages and the two progressively merged over the centuries, creating Halloween.
  • Cats now outnumber dogs by two to one as Ireland’s most popular pet.
  • Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 people in the population.
  • The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain.
  • The Irish consume in average 34.6 gallons of beer per year – the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic.
  • Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…”, which means respectively “son of …” and “grandson of …” in Gaelic.

Northern Ireland

  • Belfast is second largest city on the island of Ireland.
  • While Belfast stayed a small settlement during the Middle Ages, the city played a leading role in the Industrial Revolution and was Ireland’s largest city around the early part of the 20th century.
  • The Ulster Fry is one of the best known dishes in Northern Ireland, and while it is loaded with things that will make the health conscious run in terror, it is utterly delicious: bacon, egg, soda bread, sausage, potato bread, mushrooms, fried tomato, baked beans and pudding.
  • Titanic was built and launched from Belfast Harbor.


  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French).
  • French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
  • The English class system is not determined by money, but by one’s background (family, education, etc.). Many nouveau-riches, like pop-stars or football players, insist on their still belonging to the lower or middle class.
  • Fish ‘n chips isn’t any more of a traditional English dish than Chicken Tikka Masala is. The first fish & chips restaurant was only opened in 1860 by an immigrant, Joseph Malin.
  • Britain has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. Over half of England’s cider is produced in Herefordshire, and the world’s largest producer of cider is H. P. Bulmer, based in Hereford. Cider making was introduced by Viscount Scudamore in 1639, who brought the recipe from France. In 1674 he built the county’s largest house with cider money at Holme Lacy, near Hereford.


  • The Nobel Prizes for Peace, Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Physiology and Medicine have been awarded every year in Norway’s capital Oslo since 1901.
  • There are 2 versions of the written Norwegian language. Bokmål is used by the vast majority of the country, while Nynorsk is more popular in rural areas, particularly in the western fjord region.
  • 90% of Norway’s domestic power usage is drawn from hydroelectric power plants.
  • With a national population of just over 5 million people, Norway dominates the Winter Olympics with most medals won over any other country in Winter Olympic history and has hosted the games twice.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.


  • England: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • England: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • England: Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • England: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • England: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
  • Ireland: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Ireland: Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Ireland: Ireland and the Irish by John Ardagh
  • Ireland: A Short History of Ireland by Richard Killeen
  • Norway: The Norwegians by Arthur Spencer

Travel Guides


  • England: from classics like A Canterbury Tale to modern series like Downton Abbey, there are endless hours of British movies and TV series to watch before your trip. Here is a list to get you started:
  • Ireland: The Commitments (1991)
  • Ireland: Brooklyn (2015)
  • Ireland: Once (2007)
  • Ireland: Intermission (2003)
  • Ireland: History Channel drama series Vikings was mostly filmed in Ireland

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