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Rick's British Isles Cruise 2023

Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam before embarking on this fascinating cruise around the British Isles. Admire the towering White Cliffs of Dover and see the ruins of Stonehenge near Dorset. Step inside Gothic cathedrals in Cork and visit the birthplace of the Beatles in Liverpool. Discover Viking history in Waterford, go on a pub crawl in Belfast, and walk across pristine beaches in the Shetland Islands.

Dates and Ports

UK Ports

Embark from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Once you arrive on your cruise to Amsterdam, be sure to catch the city’s highlights, especially the iconic houses that straddle the snaking canal system of which the city is known for. When in Amsterdam, do as the Dutch and discover this first-class city on two wheels as this is one of the most bike-friendly places on the planet. When it comes to viewing the world’s great artistic masterpieces, you could hardly pick a better city. Pay a visit to the famous Van Gogh Museum and ponder the works of Holland’s favorite son. Afterwards, pop into a cozy cafe or tavern and let the charms of this city wash over you.

The ship departs at 5PM.

Amsterdam Canal

Dover, England

The White Cliffs of Dover stand as a symbol of England's legendary strength and character. These cliffs were the first sign of home for British soldiers returning from the battlefields of WWII. Dover is a post-war city whose beauty lies in the history and pride that lives beneath her terrain. Among Dover's attractions are the massive Dover Castle and the unique archaeological site of the Roman Painted House, uncovered 28 feet underground by a road crew in 1970. Dover Castle, easily the most iconic and enduring attraction of this clifftop city, dates back some 2,000 years. So much history passed through the stone walls of this ancient castle, the best way to relive it is through the wonderful, immersive tours that are offered on your Dover cruise. You will have the opportunity to see the secret underground tunnels the English army used to conduct operations, as well as to evacuate many troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. Take in the Old-English opulence on a tour of Leeds Castle, whose stately grounds and grand chambers have played host to six medieval Queens. You’ll also find plenty of scrumptious and hearty English dining options fit for a royal feast, from Steak and Ale Pies to plenty of international choices, including Greek, Mexican, Italian, and French restaurants.

The ship is docked from 6AM to 7PM.

White Cliffs of Dover

Portland, Dorset, UK

Landing at this huge 19th-century harbor in Southern England, originally constructed for the Royal Navy, puts you within a few hours of countless world-renowned icons, including those of London. The town sits on a tiny peninsula jutting into the English Channel. At the tip is Portland Bill, with three lighthouses. Two 18th-century towers have been converted into holiday apartments and a birdwatching center. The 1906 lighthouse, painted red and white, invites you to climb its 153 steps to the top. Today a tourist economy centers on its picturesque old harbor, the site of lovely pubs, cafés, and restaurants. Hoist a pint. Try the fish and chips. A stroll around this vibrant harbor is one of life's simple pleasures.

The ship is docked from 7AM to 4PM.

Portland Bill

Cork (Cobh), Ireland (overnight)

Affectionately referred to as ‘The real capital of Ireland’, Cork is a musical and resilient place where tradition and modernity often meld; where live music and local pride are the order of the day. Navigate Cork's hilly streets and discover the melody of Ireland's most talkative citizenry with their signature gift of gab.
We're spending the night here, so it's a great chance to wander the pubs in the evening. You’ll easily find yourself downing a pint of stout in a cozy pub or enjoying hearty Irish favorites at a corner bistro. The town also boasts an array of market-source international restaurants serving French, Spanish, and American cuisine. Visit local artisans and witness their skills in the arts of weaving and cutting crystal. Cork is filled with the lore, tradition, and good cheer of Ireland at its best.

The ship arrives at 10AM and stays overnight in Cobh. Cork is a 25 minute drive away.


Cork (Cobh), Day 2

Cobh is a town in Ireland, on an island in Cork city’s harbour. The seaside town of Cobh is located on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork and is considered one of the world’s most noteworthy, natural harbors. For history buffs, Cork is also a great find. Ring the Shandon Bells inside the 300-year old tower of St. Anne’s Church. Admire the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral and stroll through 17th-century alleys surrounded by the River Lee. Ireland’s second city is fast becoming one of Europe’s most playful destinations.

The ship departs at 5PM.

Cork and Cobh

Liverpool, England

With a history that dates back more than 800 years, Liverpool has been a major port for centuries. The awe-inspiring architecture, and amazing restaurants are just the beginning of this exciting city. The art scene is probably best known for the Beatles, and you can visit where it all began for them. The amazing galleries, theatres and museums make Liverpool a cultural capital.

The ship is docked from 8AM to 6PM.


Waterford (Dunmore E.), Ireland

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford, was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walled core still stand. Explore the area’s history and heritage with a visit to the archaeological finds on display at the Waterford Museum of Treasures. The Waterford Crystal factory is another must-see, where craftsmen, glass blowers, cutters and engravers have been crafting elegant crystal creations since 1783. Another way to come face to face with Waterford’s Viking and Norman past is to head to the Viking Triangle where you’ll find the best museums in all the country. Reginald’s Tower, the oldest standing building in the city that dates back to the 13th century and is the first structure to use mortar in its construction. The tower once served as a prison, an arsenal, and a mint. Almost 300 years of Waterford’s history can be found under the single roof of an old Georgian mansion known as Bishop’s Palace. All sorts of period flatware, furniture and other items can be found here, including a Waterford crystal decanter from the late 1700s.

The ship anchors near Dunmore East, with tenders from 8AM to 6PM. Waterford is a 25 minute drive away.

Lismore Castle in Waterford Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast has undergone an enormous transformation in recent years and, thanks to a focus on expansion and regeneration, the city is now experiencing a tourism renaissance. Today, free from the mayhem that once was, this capital city of Northern Ireland has done a terrific job in both recovering from her tumultuous recent past and creating a thriving, positive public image. With new cultural quarters—the Cathedral Quarter, the Gaeltacht Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter—the former linen and shipbuilding epicenter is a flourishing community that blends industry with culture. Here, where the Titanic was so carefully built, you can see beautifully restored Victorian architecture, indulge retail therapy at a fabulous shopping center, and enjoy the quintessentially Irish experience at the lively waterfront, which is a friendly hub of live music, overflowing pubs and modern art. During your cruise from Belfast, experience amazing waterfront lined with modern art galleries, clubs that feature music from artists both local and from abroad, a chef-driven food scene that favors local and seasonal ingredients, and pubs pulsating with the Belfast way of life.

The ship is docked from 10AM to 8:30PM.

Belfast, Ireland

Sea Day

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive in Lerwick, Scotland.

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Lerwick, Scotland

Almost 100 islands make up the Shetland Islands, which sit on the northernmost part of the British Isles. Lerwick is Shetland's only town and is a cosmopolitan seaport that offers warm hospitality to its visitors. The old waterfront is filled with pleasure boats, visiting yachts, and more. Travelers can experience everything from lively "theme" bars and clubs to a Town Hall that boasts breathtaking stained glassed glass windows, each with its own story.

Lerwick, Scotland

Sea Day

While at sea, take the time to recharge and relax before we leave the ship in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Celebrity Apex arrives at 6AM.

From here you have the choice to hurry home, or better yet, stay a few days to explore the many museums, canals, and streets of this wonderful city.

Amsterdam Canal and Bikes

Celebrity Apex

Celebrity Apex

Celebrity Apex is the second ship in the Edge® series. With innovative designs and visionary spaces, Celebrity Apex will revolutionize the way you experience the world with unparalleled luxury and accommodations that unite indoor and outdoor living. This new ship was inaugurated November 2021 and has a tonnage of 129,500.

Starting at around 200 square feet, rooms on Celebrity Apex are 20% larger than previous classes, and they have a revolutionary design that includes a partially enclosed balcony. Accommodations feature neutral tones and clean lines that have a soothing zen-like appeal. True king-sized beds, premium eXhale linens, and Celebrity's exclusive Cashmere mattress make it easy to relax. For an experience that's even more luxurious, choose a Concierge or AquaClass stateroom to enjoy premium amenities without full-freight fares. Apex also has specialty cabins for singles, families, and handicapped travelers.

Apex AquaClass guests enjoy a state-of-the-art infinite veranda, king-size cashmere mattress bedding, soothing stateroom touches and complimentary fitness classes. Plus, unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite, complimentary dining at Blu restaurant, and a personal spa concierge.

Infinite Veranda Cabin

Edge Infinite Veranda / Aqua Class Veranda

Size: 243 sq. ft.

Inside Cabin

SOLO Edge Infinite Veranda

Size: 184 sq. ft.


Ocean View

Size: 200-242 sq. ft.

Deluxe Inside Cabin

Deluxe Inside

Size: 181-202 sq. ft.

Booking with Rick includes the classic unlimited beverage package, crew gratuities, and unlimited wi-fi.

  • A2 – Aqua Class Veranda – $3829 pp plus tax.
  • E2 - Edge Infinite Veranda - $3129 pp plus tax.
  • O2 – Ocean View – $2619 pp plus tax.
  • D1 – Deluxe Inside – $2239 pp plus tax.
  • We have SOLO staterooms available upon request, please ask Rick

Taxes and port fees are $210 per person for this sailing and will be added to the cabin rates.

Those booked in our group will be invited to our private and exclusive shore excursion adventures, and our Red Hot Sail-Away party as we depart Amsterdam. We will invite everyone in our group to our our private welcome reception and cocktail party. More details on our fun adventures to come!

Pre and Post Pacakages
We will host a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam and post cruise stay in Dublin, Ireland

Deposits are $450 per person and due within 7 days of booking. Deposits are fully refundable through our final payment due date of February 13th, 2023. Deposits can be made with any major credit card by calling Rick at 425-501-4206. There are no penalties for cancellations made prior to February 13th, 2023.

Cabin space is limited To make a reservation please contact Rick Scadlock by text or phone at 425-501-4206, or send a message on facebook messenger, or email rick@rickscruises.com.

Trip Cancelation and Travel Protection plans are available for our sailing, they provide comprehensive protection to cover your entire trip including the air, cruise and land portions of your journey.