19 Nights Regal Princess
Includes Flights, Hotels, Meals, Guided Sightseeing
London, Liverpool, England; Edinburgh, Invergordon and Glasgow, Scotland; Cork and Dublin, Eire; Belfast, Northern Ireland; St Peter Port, Guernsey; Le Havre, France
About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins, when available, saving you the single supplement. You won't be left alone, the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you - there will be group activities almost every day.
Stephen Romei is a journalist, writer and film critic. In 35-plus years of journalism he has covered everything, from the front page to the back page, from 9/11 and American elections when based in New York, to federal and state politics, business, science and medicine, social affairs and sport at home. For the past 15 years his focus has been on books, writers and writing, as editor of The Australian Literary Review and now literary editor of The Australian newspaper. He has met most of the bestknown writers, local and international. He is also one of The Australian's film critics, working alongside David Stratton to review each week's movies. He is particularly interested in the connection between books and movies. If he had to choose a favourite novel it would change from time to time, but Herman Melville's Moby-Dick would be up there, which perhaps is not recommended reading on an ocean liner.
DAY 1 Thursday August 6, 2020 Depart Australia
Today we depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on our overnight flight to London.
DAY 2 Friday August 7, 2020 London, England
This morning we arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach to drive to London. We will visit the London home of Charles Dickens before enjoying a walking tour of Dickens's London. Using excerpts from Dicken's novels and insights from those who knew him personally the guide brings Dickens and his world to life. We visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for a pint. Rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of London in 1666, the pub is known for its literary associations. Regular patrons included Dickens, GK Chesterton and Mark Twain. We continue to our hotel for check-in.
DAY 3 Saturday August 8, 2020 Southampton, England
In the morning travel to Chawton, in East Hampshire to visit the Jane Austen House Museum. This was where Jane lived for the last eight years of her life and wrote many of her novels. The museum also fosters research and understanding of early women writers to restore them to their rightful place in the history of English literature. We continue to Winchester to visit Winchester cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is also the resting place of Jane Austen, now celebrated as one of England's greatest novelists. When she was buried in the Cathedral in 1817 at the age of 41, her original memorial stone made no mention of her books. We are transferred to Southampton to board the Regal Princess for our voyage around the British Isles. Southampton served as Britain's historic ocean liner gateway for the British Empire and the intense North Atlantic passenger trade to the U.S. and Canada. Today it is the U.K.'s leading cruise port.
DAY 4 Sunday August 9, 2020 St Peter Port, Guernsey
This morning we arrive at St Peter Port, Guernsey's main town, built into a steep valley leading down to the harbour, with spectacular views across to Alderney and the other islands. The granite buildings now occupied by shops were once the homes of the town's wealthy and the High Street still has its original cobbles. The town was put on the map in 1855 when Victor Hugo, exiled from France, made his home at Hauteville House and where he wrote Les Miserables. We will visit the sites in the book the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and the film based on the book including Guernsey Harbour where Elizabeth arrived during Nazi occupation and WW2.
DAY 5 Monday August 10, 2020 Cork, Eire
This morning we arrive at the port city of Cork, the third-largest city in Ireland after Dublin and Belfast. On our tour today we visit The Queenstown Story Visitor Centre, which explores Ireland's emigration phenomenon. We will return to the ship at lunch time and enjoy our first Book Club at Sea discussion in the afternoon. Colm Toibin's Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce. This is not a long book and it's by one of the most famous living Irish authors, who Stephen Romei knows. The book deals with the fathers of two of the geniuses we will be discussing on the tour: Joyce and Yeats. Stephen thinks this book will be a great way to open up general discussion about writers from England, Scotland and Ireland.
DAY 6 Tuesday August 11, 2020 Dublin, Eire
Today we arrive in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and wellknown as being a place of friendliness and 'craic', and a city well over 1000 years old. Ireland's famous capital is located on the River Liffey and looks seawards to its port and the waters of Dublin Bay. We first visit the James Joyce Centre, which is dedicated to promoting the life and work of James Joyce. From this location we will enjoy a walking tour of Joyce's Dublin. The guide will explain the real life inspiration behind Joyce's writing and how central the streetscapes of Dublin are to the authors life and art. We continue with a visit to the Dublin Writers Museum, opened in November 1991 in an original 18th century house. Our next visit is to the National Library and the exhibition of W B Yeats Life and Works. During this visit we are able to hear Yeats reading some of his poetry.
DAY 7 Wednesday August 12, 2020 Liverpool, England
This morning we arrive into the port city of Liverpool, the capital city in the county of Lancashire, a city full of culture, excitement and important maritime history, and famous for its Mersey waterfront. Liverpool is where Beryl Bainbridge was born and grew up. On our sightseeing tour we will see the Merchant Taylors girls school from where Beryl was expelled and the Liverpool Playhouse, where Beryl's father found a job for her as an assistant stage manager. The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge has it's beginning set in Liverpool before master Georgie travels to the Crimea. We will visit the refurbished Central Library, which has a Literary Pavement at its entrance. Liverpool is also known throughout the world for being the home of the Beatles, at the time when the Mersey Beat was born. On our sightseeing tour we will we will see Matthew Street, the home of the Cavern Club where The Beatles played.
DAY 8 Thursday August 13, 2020 Belfast, Northern Ireland
We dock in Belfast this morning. Belfast is one of the great industrial and commercial cities of the Victorian era. We see Donegall Square the hub of Belfast. Bordering the Square are Yorkshire House and the Linden Hall Library two grand buildings. During our time in Belfast we will visit the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University. Seamus Heaney was friends with the Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan who wrote an amazing piece on his final visit with Heaney. Stephen will bring a copy of this book, which he will share with the group. Stephen will also bring Seamus Heaney's 100 poem's to read out during our journey. We will walk through Belfast Writers Square, where quotations from 27 celebrated local writers are carved into the pavement.
DAY 9 Friday August 14, 2020 Glasgow, Scotland
Today we arrive at Glasgow, a city full of style, energy, and its own gritty history. From its humble beginnings, Glasgow reaped the wealth of the industrial revolution, as we will see on our tour. We drive past Glasgow Cathedral and travel through the Merchant City. We continue from Glasgow Cross into the old medieval part of town and Glasgow Green. We will visit locations from Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. We will see sights from Andrew Hagan's novel Our Fathers such as Glasgow's post World War 2 residential developments. The ship will moor overnight in Glasgow.
DAY 10 Saturday August 15, 2020 Glasgow
Today we visit Charles and Margaret Rennie Mackintosh's designed Hill House, built for the publisher Walter Blackie. Designed by Charles, the uniform and greyish exterior blends in with Scotland's cloudy skies. Margaret designed the interior in the Arts and Crafts style. In the afternoon we have free time to individually explore Glasgow.
DAY 11 Sunday August 16, 2020 Invergordon, Scotland
We travel along beautiful Cromarty Firth to visit Novar. The walled garden and park created by Sir Hector Munroe to complement his Georgian mansion are a model of 18th century garden making. The walled garden has charming arched entrances and an oval fountain is embellished with a contemporary bronze fountain. In the 20th century a water garden was established with a delightful series of well planted ponds. In the afternoon prior to our visit to Edinburgh we have our second book club discussion of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
DAY 12 Monday August 17, 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland
Today we visit Edinburgh, the Royal and ancient capital of Scotland, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. On our sightseeing tour we see the ancient Royal Mile with its cobbled streets that form the backbone of the Medieval Old Town and lead from the Palace of Holyrood House (HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland) all the way to Edinburgh Castle. This impressive fortress is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny. We will see locations from JK Rowlings Harry Potter series. We will enjoy lunch at Robert Louis Stevenson's house, while talking about Stephen's favourite travel memoir by RLS's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.
DAY 13 Tuesday August 18, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the morning we will enjoy a talk by Stephen Romei about his life with books. We will screen Madam Bovary based on Gustave Flaubert's Madam Bovary. In the afternoon we have our last Book Club discussion on Gustave Flaubert's The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitalier.
DAY 14 Wednesday August 19, 2020 Le Havre, France
We dock in Le Havre this morning for a visit the Museum of Modern Art Andreau Malraux containing many Impressionist Paintings. We continue to Rouen to visit Musee Flaubert d'Histoire de la Medecine, originally the hospital where Flaubert's was born and where his father was the director of surgery. Most of the collection in the museum consists of strange medical relics. We travel to Rouen Cemetery to see Flaubert's grave and visit Rouen Cathedral to see the beautiful stained glass window of St Julien, which inspired Flaubert.
DAY 15 Thursday August 20, 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland
Early this morning we arrive back into Southampton. After breakfast and clearing customs we are transferred to the airport to fly to Edinburgh. On arrival we check into our hotel our home for four nights.
DAY 16 Friday August 21, 2020 Edinburgh
We visit the Edinburgh Book Festival. Stephen will introduce the group to famous authors, who are talking at the Festival.
Day 17 Saturday August 22, 2020 Edinburgh
We visit the Edinburgh Book Festival. We will attend interesting talks by famous authors.
DAY 18 Sunday August 23, 2020 Departure
We visit events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and we will attend some interesting talks. Early evening we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Australia.
DAY 19 Monday August 24, 2020 In flight
DAY 20 Tuesday August 25, 2020 Australia
We arrive in Australia today and tour arrangements conclude.
|CABIN||CATEGORY||DECK||TWIN FARE PP||SINGLE FARE|
|Included port and handling charges||$580||$1,060|
|Included air taxes as at 1/5/2019||$190||$190|
Included port and handling charges
Included air taxes as at 1/5/2019
All cabins are subject to availability. Please call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343 for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy at a single supplement.
You can stay longer in Britain for minimal extra cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The Regal Princess is operated by Princess Cruises and the fly, cruise and tour arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure. All passengers must complete the Princess Cruises online check-in on www.princess.com as well as a Travelrite booking form.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 92 days prior to the commencement of the fly, tour and cruise holiday.
CANCELLATION CHARGES: Number of days before sailing.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|92 days or more||$1000|
|92 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Nonappearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
The cruise is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport. If not an Australian passport holder, check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from such events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Passengers qualify for a 23kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.
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Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1000 to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL::
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 35 years and operating in Victoria for more than 35 years. It has two offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotels, tour and transport operators. It is fully ATAS accredited A10538. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
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