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Journey to Southern England & Wales

16 Nights featuring Bermuda, the Azores, Stonehenge, Bristol, Cardiff, Bath and Windsor

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

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

Start Date: March 22, 2025
(Sailing March 22, 2025)

About This Journey

From iconic landmarks like Stonehenge and Windsor Castle to picturesque countryside villages, Southern England is an alluring destination. Writers like Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and Virginia Woolf drew inspiration from the region’s landscapes and society, capturing its essence in their works. Artists such as J.M.W. Turner and John Constable found inspiration in the region’s natural beauty, immortalizing its rolling hills, quaint villages and dramatic coastlines in their paintings. On this Journey, you’ll discover for yourself the rich history and cultural heritage that continues to inspire artists and travelers alike. Your Journey starts with a transatlantic cruise onboard the Celebrity Eclipse, with stops in Bermuda and the Azores along the way. Upon disembarkation, visit the ancient site of Stonehenge, one of the world’s most iconic prehistoric monuments, before settling into your hotel in Bristol. On a visit to the capital of Wales, we’ll explore medieval Cardiff Castle and the surrounding town. In Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will discover the history of Roman England and tour the well-preserved Roman baths. Conclude your Journey with a visit to Windsor Castle, one of the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the world and official residence of the British royal family. This Journey to Southern England promises an unforgettable trip filled with rich heritage and cultural exploration.

Visits: Celebrity Eclipse, 38740, Fort Lauderdale, Royal Naval Dockyard, Ponta Delgada, Southampton, Bristol, Windor.

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Itinerary

Start Date: March 22, 2025
(Sailing March 22, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 3:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
5 At Sea
6 At Sea
7 At Sea
8 At Sea
9 Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 Southampton to Bristol – Disembarkation; Tour of Stonehenge 6:00 AM
14 Bristol – Tour to Cardiff
15 Bristol – Tour to Bath
16 Bristol to Windsor – Tour of Windsor
17 Windsor – Hotel Check Out and Return Flight Home

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Land Program

Day 1 – Fort Lauderdale Embarkation

Embark the Celebrity Eclipse for a 12-night transatlantic cruise to Southampton, visiting Bermuda and the Azores along the way.

Day 2-12 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 13 – Disembarkation

Stonehenge

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and meet with your guide. Our Journey begins with a visit to Stonehenge, one of the oldest and most mysterious prehistoric monuments in the world. Dating back over 4,000 years, the massive stones arranged in a circular formation continue to intrigue archaeologists, historians, and tourists alike, sparking endless theories and speculation about its purpose and construction. Stonehenge’s enduring allure lies in its enigmatic aura, inspiring wonder and contemplation about the ancient civilizations that created it and the mysteries it holds. After our visit, we will have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Bristol. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Bristol

As a historic port city, Bristol played a significant role in maritime trade and the development of the British Empire, evident in its historic docks and maritime heritage sites like the SS Great Britain. Today, Bristol is celebrated for its vibrant arts scene, diverse cultural offerings, and pioneering spirit, with a thriving music, street art, and culinary scene that reflect its eclectic and progressive character. (L)

Day 14 – Bristol

Cardiff Castle

Today we will visit Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Our first stop will be at Cardiff Castle for a guided tour. Situated in the heart of the Welsh capital, the castle is a magnificent medieval fortress with a history spanning over 2,000 years, from Roman origins to Victorian splendor. Its architectural beauty, historical significance, elaborate interiors and stunning gardens make for an inspiring visit. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will then tour the highlights of the city of Cardiff, including views of Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral. We will then make our way back to Bristol, where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 15 – Bristol

Bath Abbey

Today we will visit Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our first stop will be at the Roman Baths Museum for a captivating journey back in time to explore one of the best-preserved ancient Roman bathing complexes in the world. Through immersive exhibits and interactive displays, visitors can uncover the fascinating history of Roman Britain, marvel at the intricate engineering of the baths, and experience the therapeutic rituals that were integral to Roman society. We will then visit Bath Abbey, renowned for its stunning Perpendicular Gothic architecture, intricate fan vaulting, and rich history dating back over a thousand years. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will then tour further highlights of the city of Bath, including Pulteney Bridge, The Royal Crescent and The Circus. We will then make our way back to Bristol, where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 16 – Bristol to Windsor

Windsor Castle

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and depart Bristol for Windsor. Upon arrival, we will spend some time exploring the quaint town before sitting down for lunch. Then, enjoy a visit to Windsor Castle, one of the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the world, as it has served as an official residence of the British royal family for over 900 years. The castle’s magnificent architecture, including the iconic Round Tower and St. George’s Chapel, showcases centuries of royal craftsmanship and cultural heritage, while its extensive grounds and state rooms offer visitors a glimpse into royal life and centuries of tradition. After our visit to Windsor Castle, we will check in to our hotel for the evening. (B, L)

Day 17 – Windsor

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Note: if you wish to visit London, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about adding a two-night hotel stay in London to your reservation.
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

King’s Wharf, Bermuda

King’s Wharf, Bermuda: King’s Wharf has something for everyone. Taste local flavors and stroll through the shops and museums. Or have a close encounter at Dolphin Quest, where you can see, pet and swim with these magnificent marine mammals.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, Azores: Formed from the peaks of a vast underwater volcanic mountain range, Ponta Delgada is the capital city of São Miguel island and is considered by many to be the most important city in the Azores archipelago. A stroll along the town’s harbor front promenade will provide gorgeous scenic views of the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean, as well as fascinating architecture dating back to the 16th century Renaissance. Hiking, kayaking and surfing are among the popular water sports on cruises to Azores. April through September whale watching joins the ranks of water activities when regular sightings of various types of the mammal can be spotted during the season, including short-finned the pilot whales, Sowerby’s beaked whale and sometimes even a blue whale.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 4-night post-cruise land program in England
    • Bristol, England: 3-night hotel stay
      • Enroute visit to Stonehenge
      • Full-day tour to Cardiff
      • Full-day tour to Bath
    • Windsor, England: 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour to Windsor
  • Tour Leader throughout the post-cruise 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 Eclipse
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks and Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/21!
    • Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 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

Pacing

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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 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. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. 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

Southern England is known for its rich cultural heritage, characterized by traditions, literature, and architecture. The region boasts historic landmarks such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, reflecting its deep-rooted history. The city of Bath is famous for its well-preserved Roman baths, showcasing ancient bathing rituals and architecture. Bath’s elegant Georgian architecture, including the iconic Royal Crescent and the Circus, contributes to its UNESCO World Heritage status and offers a glimpse into the city’s past as a fashionable spa resort. Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, showcases a vibrant cultural tapestry steeped in Welsh traditions and contemporary influences, including the iconic Cardiff Castle, a symbol of medieval heritage, and modern-day marvels.

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

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.

Transportation

While on tour:

Southampton to Bristol: 2.5-hour coach transfer

Bristol to Windsor: 2-hour coach transfer

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 $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 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—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/31!

Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 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 May 31, 2024 or when sold out.

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2-night London Extension (post)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will fly out of a London airport, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for two nights in London after the conclusion of your tour, giving you time to explore London on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $650 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

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

3-night Edinburgh Extension (post)

With this optional extension you will fly from London to Edinburgh and stay for three nights in Edinburgh after the conclusion of your tour, giving you time to explore Edinburgh on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $995 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • Flight from London to Edinburgh
  • 3-night hotel accommodations in Edinburgh with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from the airport to your Edinburgh hotel and from the Edinburgh hotel to the airport

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Dates & Prices

03/22/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (V2) $6,665 $4,999 $1,666 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $7,132 $5,349 $1,783 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $7,932 $5,949 $1,983 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $400 Houston Intercontinental $350 Miami $0
Baltimore $350 John F. Kennedy $300 Newark $300
Boston $400 Los Angeles $400 Orlando $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Chicago $350 Vancouver $400
Washington – Dulles $350
– 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.

Accommodations

Clayton Hotel Bristol City

35-37 Broad Street Bristol BS1 2EQ

Tel.: +44 117 345 9401

The 4-star hotel is located right in the heart of Bristol City. From fine dining, shopping and culture, you’re connected to everything. Located in the old city at the walls of St Johns, a short stroll from Bristol’s shopping quarter and Bristol harbourside, it’s a place that has everything from food, culture and entertainment. If you want to see even more of the area, it is conveniently located by several bus routes with scooter and bike rental available nearby.

A modern contemporary hotel housed in the Grade ll listed Everards print works. The design of the building celebrates Bristol’s connection to art whilst restoring a piece of local history.

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 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 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 Eclipse

Unwind in stylish accommodations, including Concierge Class and our spa-inspired AquaClass® with exclusive dining at Blu. And, the ultimate in luxury, exclusive sanctuary, The Retreat® which includes private restaurant dining and 24/7 lounge. Enjoy globally inspired cuisine in distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef. Make a toast in the Passport Bar, Martini Bar or World Class Bar. Enjoy endless ocean views, catch some sun and play your favorite outdoor games on a ½ acre of real grass at The Lawn Club. You’ll feel refreshed in The Spa, which features soothing treatments to invigorate the senses. Savor an incredible five-course meal designed by our Global Culinary Ambassador, Chef Daniel Boulud. Onboard experiences also include shopping at the finest boutiques and family fun activities, including Hot Glass classes and theatrical events. Set sail and discover a whole new level of rest and relaxation.

Celebrity Eclipse 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.

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. 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.

Labeling

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 www.tsa.gov 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.

Hotels

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. 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 https://travel.gc.ca/, 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.

Vaccinations

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 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel 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 https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ 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

Bermuda uses the Bermudian Dollar, but as it is fixed to the U.S. Dollar, the U.S. Dollar is commonly accepted

Portugal uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

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

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ 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 $10-$12 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Celebrity Cruises, please visit https://www.celebritycruises.com/faqs/gratuity-program.

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 https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or 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:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Ponta Delgada 61/52 61/50 61/52 63/52 66/55 70/59 73/61 77/64 75/63 70/59 64/55 63/54
Bristol 46/38 47/38 51/41 55/43 62/48 67/53 71/58 70/57 65/53 58/48 52/43 48/40

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 keywords and phrases:

Portugal: Portuguese

  • Oi (oy): Hello
  • Tchau (chow): Goodbye
  • Sim (sing): Yes
  • Não (now): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Obrigado(a) (obri-GAH-du or obri-GAH-da): Thank you
    • If you are a male, say Obrigado (regardless of who you are speaking to)
    • If you are a female, say Obrigada (regardless of who you are speaking to)
  • Casa de Banho (KAH-zah deh BAH-nyoo): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/portuguese/ for more phrases with sound.

England: 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

Fun Facts

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

Bermuda

  • Over 300 shipwrecks have been found in the coastal reefs surrounding Bermuda.
  • Bermuda is two miles wide at its widest point, so you’re never more than a mile away from the ocean.

The Azores, Portugal

  • The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, 900 miles west of mainland Europe.
  • 9 main islands make up the archipelago.
  • Portuguese sailors reached the islands in 1427 or 1431, but they did not start to colonize the region until 1445.
  • Portugal abolished its monarchy in 1910, establishing a Republic. In 1974, Portugal became a free democracy and in 1986 it joined the European Union.
  • Be sure to try bacalhau, salted cod, which is a beloved staple in the Portuguese diet.

England

  • 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.
  • London has a reputation of being rainy, but it actually receives less rain than Paris or New York.

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.

Books

  • 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
  • Portugal: The Portuguese: The Land and Its People by Marion Kaplan
  • Portugal: Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson (an interesting history of port wine)
  • Portugal: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

Travel Guides

Films

Journey to Southern England & Wales

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