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DUBLIN To LONDON (Tower Bridge)

NORTHERN EUROPE & BRITISH ISLES expedition cruise Silver Cloud Expedition

If, like the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns, your heart “lies in the highlands”, then the next 12-days will fill your soul with song. Wild moors and rugged coasts, mighty mountains and hauntingly beautiful landscapes are the backdrop for birders to spot a startling variety of seabirds. Complete the trip with castles and cathedrals plus one of the greatest train rides in the world.
Voyage 1912

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Cruise itinerary

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Ask any Dubliner what's happening and you may hear echoes of one of W. B. Yeats's most-quoted lines: "All changed, changed utterly." No matter that the decade-long "Celtic Tiger" boom era has been quickly followed by the Great Recession—for visitors Dublin remains one of Western Europe's most popular and delightful urban destinations. Whether or not you're out to enjoy the old or new Dublin, you'll find it a colossally entertaining city, all the more astonishing considering its intimate size.

With a population of 120 residents, Iona is Located off the Southwest of Mull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide but draws in thousands of visitors each year due to its natural beauty and historical interest. Saint Columba and his fellow monks landed here in 563. This beautiful stretch of coastline brings out the true beauty of Iona facing onto the Gulf Stream that gives the island its mild climate.
The stunning Isle of Lunga is the largest island in the Treshnish archipelago. With volcanic origin the isle was populated until the 19th Century, and remains of black houses can be seen around this magnificent coastal jewel. Abundant plant life and exotic birdlife are now the main inhabitants of the area. Fortunate visitors view the magnificent array of birds, especially the great puffins that breed on the islands plateau. One can sit within just a few feet away without disturbing the avian ambassador’s peace.
Oban, "little bay" in Gaelic, today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles." The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.
The thriving port of Mallaig is situated on the North West coast of Scotland. A vibrant fishing port, its remote location makes it a perfect getaway to this quiet area. Walks around the town present magnificent views over the picturesque harbour and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart. The well-known Jacobite steam train that was featured in the Harry Potter movies follows the wonderful road to the isles that ends at Mallaig.
The Isle of Skye ranks near the top of most visitors' priority lists: the romance of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, combined with the misty Cuillin Hills and their proximity to the mainland all contribute to its popularity. Today Skye remains mysterious and mountainous, an island of sunsets that linger brilliantly until late at night and of beautiful, soft mists. Much photographed are the really old crofts, one or two of which are still inhabited, with their thick stone walls and thatch roofs.

St Kilda is a remarkable uninhabited archipelago some 40 nautical miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. The stunning cliffs and sea stacks are home to the most important seabird breeding colony in northwest Europe. St Kilda is one of the few places in the world to have received dual World Heritage status from UNESCO in recognition of its Natural Heritage and cultural significance. Village Bay on the island of Hirta once supported a population of over 200, but the last islanders left in the 1930s.
In bustling Kirkwall, the main town on Orkney, there's plenty to see in the narrow, winding streets extending from the harbor. The cathedral and some museums are highlights.

Founded by Dutch fishermen in the 17th century, Lerwick today is a busy town and administrative center. Handsome stone buildings—known as lodberries—line the harbor; they provided loading bays for goods, some of them illegal. The town's twisting flagstone lanes and harbor once heaved with activity, and Lerwick is still an active port today. This is also where most visitors to Shetland dock, spilling out of cruise ships, allowing passengers to walk around the town.

Exploring the sandstone cliff faces of the Isle of Noss will reveal ledges loaded with gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, kittiwakes, Razorbills, fulmars and Great Skuas. The island was recognized as a National Nature Reserve in 1955, and has one of Europe’s largest and most diverse seabird colonies. Sheep have grazed the inland hillsides of Noss since the late 1800s and early 1900s when around twenty people lived on the island to manage the sheep farm. Along with the sheep, shaggy Shetland ponies graze the windblown slopes of Noss.
With close to 220,000 inhabitants, Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city. Locally quarried grey granite was used during the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries for many of Aberdeen's buildings, and hence the nicknames it has earned as the Granite City, or the Grey City. Aberdeen granite was also used to build the terraces of the Houses of Parliament and Waterloo Bridge in London. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen has also been called the Oil Capital of Europe or the Energy Capital of Europe.

Scotland’s first port of call, Eyemouth is the largest town in Berwickshire and is located 5 miles north of the border with England. The small town has been a fishing port since the 13th Century and today the harbour is still active with its colourful fleet, the sights sounds and smells around the bustling harbour a constant reminder of the importance of fishing to this picturesque town. On the 14th October 1881 A devastating storm struck Eyemouth drowning 189 fishermen, the local museum now illustrates the town’s history including a 15ft tapestry exemplifying the disaster blow that occurred.
Kingston upon Hull is the perfect starting point for an excursion to see York and York Minster. York was an important Roman city and part of the original city walls remain. After a short panoramic tour of York you will continue on to the celebrated York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest Cathedral. A guided tour will feature the highlights of the cathedral, including the famous 14th century stained glass.
This must see historic port in Ramsgate has a bustling harbour that borders a yacht packed marina giving great views and attracting visitors all year round. In the early ages, Ramsgate was just a small fishing port but developed at the end of the 17th Century as the shipping trade started to show a great importance. Proud to be England’s only Royal harbour, Ramsgate holds the mysterious St.
London is an ancient city whose history greets you at every turn. If the city contained only its famous landmarks—the Tower of London or Big Ben—it would still rank as one of the world's top cities. But London is so much more. The foundations of London's character and tradition endure. The British bobby is alive and well. The tall, red, double-decker buses (in an updated model) still lumber from stop to stop. Then there's that greatest living link with the past—the Royal Family with all its attendant pageantry.

View 2 Land programme(s) in LONDON (Tower Bridge)

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Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

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Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

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Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96m² including veranda

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Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

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Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

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Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

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Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

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Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22m²

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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer. In case Promotional Flights are not available or for guests not utilizing the promotional bundle offer, we are pleased to offer a $2,000 Air credit. Terms and conditions.

Silver Cloud Expedition

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

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Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

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Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96m² including veranda

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Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

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Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

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Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

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Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

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Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22m²

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Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Land programmes and 2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us to go deep into Scottish and English history, touring from Dublin to London via Scotland by sea and by train. We will sail from capital to capital, Dublin to London, over 12 days, starting in vibrant Dublin and heading first to the Isle of Lunga for birdwatching (mainly for the iconic Atlantic Puffin) and then to Iona Abbey, one of Scotland’s most sacred and historical sites. We’ll go ashore at the incredible Orkney archipelago to see prehistoric (Neolithic and Mesolithic), Norse and medieval architectural elements, evidence of civilization dating back more than 5,000 years. We will ride across the picturesque Scottish Highlands on the train that inspired Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express and visit Aberdeen, gateway to the Royal Deeside and five spectacular castles. You can look forward to arriving at St. Kilda, Scotland, a rare dual UNESCO World Heritage Site to see many bird species (including thousands of Northern Gannets) and prehistoric (Neolithic) ruins. In England, we will visit the majestic York Minster, one of the largest and most ornate examples of Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

St. Kilda, Scotland – Go ashore at this dual UNESCO World Heritage Site (recognized for its natural heritage and cultural significance) and observe one of the world’s largest homes of the Northern Gannets (as well as the iconic Atlantic Puffin). St. Kilda boasts both medieval ruins and even prehistoric architectural features from the Neolithic period.

Isle of Skye, Scotland –Visit breath-taking natural scenery, as well as some of the most well-known Hebridean/Scottish castles: either the Eilean Castle or Dunvegan Castle. Lucky visitors may see seals, whales or dolphins surrounding the island.

Aberdeen, Scotland – Visit beautiful, history-laden Aberdeen, moving from bustling city to the magnificent valley of the River Dee, affectionately nicknamed the Royal Deeside as it houses the summer home of the Royal Family: the stunning Balmoral Castle. There are other castles to visit there as well: Braemar, Drum and Crathes, with its world-famous gardens.

York Minster, England – Walk the charming, cobblestone streets of York and step inside the incredible York Minster, a glorious Gothic cathedral and the largest of its kind in Europe, dating back to the 13th century, AD (but not completed until the 15th century).

London, England –We’ll take a panoramic tour of London.

Cultural Highlight:

Enjoy an evening ashore in the Orkney Islands and sample local food while story-tellers and a local band (including a dance caller) will entertain the guests.

Wildlife Watch List:

Birds of note: Corncrakes (mainly heard, but difficult to see) at Iona, Atlantic Puffins, Manx Shearwater, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Northern Gannets, Herring Gulls, Black Guillemots,

Sea mammals: porpoises and grey seals.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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