Spain & France Cruise
From €895pp including flights from Dublin
- Depart From
- Fly from Cork or Dublin
- Departure Date
- 25 May 2019 - 01 Jun 2019
- 7 Nights
- Spain, France & England
- From €895pp including flights from Dublin
Ports of call: London (Southampton), England | La Coruna, Spain (for Santiago de Compostela) | Bilbao, Spain | Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France | Guernsey (St. Peter Port) | London (Southampton), England
Fly from Cork or Dublin to Southampton and board the Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise to Spain, France and England.
With La Coruña's impressive and extensive history, visitors are often surprised at how modern the city is. It was from here that, in 1588, Spain sent its "invincible" Armada sailing. A year later, Sir Francis Drake sent those ships scrambling, burning most of the city just for good measure. Drake's invasion was ultimately repelled by the peoples of La Coruña, inspired by the local heroine, María Pita.
In the process, La Coruña lost all of its Roman antiquities, including the Torre de Hercules, the present day monument as undergone several transformations over the centuries, the most important one carried out in 1788 by the engineer Eustaquio Giannini, who built the current façades around what remained of the Roman lighthouse, now declared a World Heritage Site. The city does, however, still offer incredible vistas, situated as it is on an outstretch of land blanketed on each side by the sea.
Bilbao used to be off the beaten track, but Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum literally put Bilbao on the map. The city offers impressive, 19th-century buildings and bridges and is the gateway to the Basque country.
Perched on the hills above the rust-colored waters of the Nervion River, Bilbao is a thriving port and the commercial heart of Spain's Basque country. The city dates back to the Middle Ages - it was granted city status by Don Diego Lopez de Haro, Lord of Biscay, in 1300 - but it was the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution that cemented Bilbao's economic status.
Among the city's charms are the jumble of bars and restaurants found in Siete Calles, the city's old quarter. The Gran Via and the Alameda Mazarredo are graceful, wide 19th-century boulevards. And while the port still bustles with maritime traffic, the undulating lines of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum attest to Bilbao's cultural vitality in the 21st century.
Lying on the south bank of the Garonne estuary, Le Verdon is your gateway to what is arguably the finest wine-producing region in the world: the vineyards surrounding Bordeaux. Though the city has long been an important trading center, the foundation of its prosperity has always rested on the wine trade.
That trade began in the Middle Ages, when Bordeaux shipped Claret to England in exchange for British wool. While Bordeaux itself is a charming city that boasts superb examples of 18th-century neo-classical architecture, wine lovers are seldom able to resist the lure of the fine wine estates of the Medoc.
The British isle of Guernsey lies just eight miles off the coast of France. The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey possesses a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, unspoiled ambience.
All these attributes combine to make it a popular destination for British and French vacationers. Once the haunt of sea dogs and pirates, St. Peter Port is one of the prettiest harbours in Europe. Castles and forts dot the Guernsey coastline, including German fortifications from World War II. The Channel Islands were the only part of the United Kingdom to be occupied by the Nazis.
As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim.
Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.
- Last Refurbished: March 2018
- Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
- Number of Crew: 1,100
- Tonnage: 115,875
Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
- Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
- Chef's Table Experience^
- Chocolate Journeys℠
- Sabatini's℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
- Sterling Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.
- Discovery at SEA™ Programs
- Festivals of the World
- The Piazza
- Shops of Princess
- Art Gallery & Auctions
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Platinum Photography Studio
- Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
- Lawn Court (golf putting and lawn games)
There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Original Musical Productions
- Music & Dancing
- Vegas-style Casino
- Featured Guest Entertainers
- Princess Theater
- Skywalkers Nightclub
- Club Fusion (dance club)
- Churchill's (cigar lounge)
- Crooners Bar
^Nominal charges may apply.
Sat, May 25th 2019: London (Southampton), England
Sun, May 26th 2019: At Sea
Mon, May 27th 2019: La Coruna, Spain (for Santiago de Compostela)
Tue, May 28th 2019: Bilbao, Spain
Wed, May 29th 2019: Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France
Thu, May 30th 2019: At Sea
Fri, May 31st 2019: Guernsey (St. Peter Port), Channel Islands
Sat, Jun 1st 2019: London (Southampton), England
- Fly from Dublin: from €895pp
- Fly from Cork: from €995pp
Price is per adult sharing and includes:
- Return flights and charges
- 7 night cruise on board the Sapphire Princess, in an inside cabin
Please ask us about adding great value:
- Travel insurance
- Upgrade to an oceanview or balcony cabin
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.
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