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RUPA 2017 CRUISE

cruisemapThe next RUPA cruise for 2017 is going to be the “12 Day Celtic Adventure” on Holland America. It will depart from Copenhagen on July 30th and return back to Copenhagen on August 11, 2017. If you put down a Future Cruise Deposit with Holland in the past and haven’t used it, it will take care of your deposit for this cruise. We have never experienced this itinerary and it looks like a good one as it makes ports in Scotland, Ireland, England and Norway and Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the easiest European capitals to fall in love with and the people speak perfect English. The sights of colorful old buildings, cobbled streets and the tower- and turret-dotted skyline lend a fairy-tale charm—this was, after all, the home of author Hans Christian Andersen, and is the home of both the Little Mermaid statue and Tivoli Gardens. It may pay to spend some extra time here, either before or after the cruise to take it all in. The first port of call after leaving Copenhagen will be Portree (Isle of Skye) Scotland. Portree is the largest town on The Isle of Skye which in turn is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. The island offers an intriguing and curious contrast of landscapes and cultures with green rolling hills and jagged mountain ranges. In town at the Aros cultural center, you can learn of the island’s rich history and all about the area’s Celtic, Norse, and Scottish influence. Portree is the center of commerce and cultural life on the island, with a number of boutiques, cafés and pubs that belies the town’s size. The eye-catching harbor welcomes cruise ships and fishing boats bringing in the day’s fresh catch.

Belfast, Northern Ireland, the next port of call has emerged from decades of conflict to become one of Ireland’s most intriguing cities. In the 19th century, its location on the banks of the River Lagan made it an industrial center for, shipbuilding, tobacco and textiles. And this legacy shaped much of its architecture: Grand Edwardian and Victorian municipal buildings and warehouses are found throughout the city alongside telltale scars of its more recent past. While the legacy of Belfast’s complex conflict, known as The Troubles still looms, there are many other sides of Northern Ireland’s capital to explore, from the quaint streets of the Cathedral Quarter to the newly regenerated Titanic Quarter, where the ill-fated RMS Titanic was constructed.

The 3rd port of call brings you to Dublin Ireland where you will have two full days to let Dublin work its magic on you. Founded by the Vikings on the banks of the River Liffey in the 9th century, the city occupies one of the loveliest natural settings of any European capital. Its architecture is a jumble of different periods, including the medieval cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, the elegant terraces and leafy squares of the Georgian period, and the modern architecture of the revitalized Docklands district. But while its heritage is undeniably a major draw for visitors, these days Dublin is vibrant with thriving technology firms and a young population eager to make their mark. A not to be missed visit would be the Guinness Storehouse Museum which tells the story that began more than 250 years ago. You’ll discover what goes into making the ‘black stuff’ — the ingredients, the process, and the passion, ending with you and a pint of Guinness.

The next port of call is Liverpool, England, famous for its status as a 19th century world capital. It’s also celebrated for the landmarks that have earned it a UNESCO distinction. But probably nothing has affected Liverpool in the world’s imagination like the four young men who sang and played guitars in the 1960’s, The Beatles. You could visit their former homes, and places that inspired their music, like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, and see the places where they worked before they found fame and fortune as musicians.

Greenock, only a stone’s throw from Glasgow, is the 5th port of call, and is the deep water port for Scotland’s largest, and many would say, most exciting city. Although Glasgow has a long and distinguished history, dating back to as early as 4000 B.C., today it is a monument to Victorian architecture at its finest. Glasgow’s skyline is a kaleidoscope of architectural gems, encompassing the magnificent 12th-century cathedral, stunning Victorian cityscapes and revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings. Against this backdrop, the famed art galleries and museums of Glasgow have ensured that its cultural heritage stands alongside that of other major European cities. Surely it is here that you will find a distillery, where the ‘water of life’ — Scotland’s greatest gift to the world (although perhaps second to the bagpipe) — has been produced since modern man first discovered thirst.

The sixth stop on this cruise is South Queensferry the port for Edinburgh Scotland. A key attraction here would be Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile; the best way to appreciate the historical past of Edinburgh is to explore the Royal Mile. This famous thoroughfare was the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh during medieval times, and stretches from the high hillside setting of Edinburgh Castle for approximately a mile downhill to the Palace of Holyrood House. It is really a continuation of four streets joined together — Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate. Edinburgh Castle, an imposing castle-fortress, stands proudly at one end of the Royal Mile. There’s more to Scotland’s capital than the Castle, though. Edinburgh proudly displays multiple exhibits on national and international scientific achievement at the National Museum of Scotland, as well as some fantastic works of visual art at the National Galleries of Scotland.

The final port of call prior to the return to Copenhagen is Kristiansand Norway, the capital of the southern coastal region known as the Norwegian Riviera. Kristiansand has earned the nickname “Summer City.” The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures mild and snow to a minimum, so Kristiansand is Norway’s outdoor playground. Even within just a few hours, Kristiansand’s grid layout makes it simple to get around on foot to explore historic sites such as the old town, which dates back to 1631, and former military fortresses and installations.

Sample pricing per person for this cruise does not include the Explore 4 option and is as follows:


  • Suite SA $5,829pp

  • Suite SB $5,489pp

  • Suite SC $5,149pp

  • Cat SY $4,099pp

  • Cat VC Verandah $2,929pp

  • Cat E Outside $2,489pp

  • Cat L Inside $2,019pp

Other categories are available. Taxes and port charges are $227.93 per person subject to change.

If you traveled with us on the last RUPA cruise and you book this cruise before November 15, 2016, you will be eligible for a special bonus from Holland of up to $200 per person shipboard credit. A deposit of $600 per person will hold your cabin and is fully refundable until 75 days prior to departure. If lower prices become available, you will be rebooked at the lower rate. For more details on this cruise, go to Holland America website; under Destinations, select Europe, then select Northern, under Date select July, 2017, click on View and look for “12 Day Celtic Adventure.” We are working again with Jerry Poulin at Jerry’s Travel Service. If you have questions, please call him at 1-800-309-2033 ext.33, or 508-829-3068 or gpsp@aol.com.