Port Descriptions


Day One | Saturday, June 1

Embark on board the Regent Seven Seas Explorer and join fellow cruisers for a Hillsdale College welcome reception.


Day Two | Sunday, June 2

Enjoy Hillsdale College seminars-at-sea, as well as the luxurious amenities of the Regent Seven Seas Explorer.


Day Three | Monday, June 3

Edinburgh Castle sits high atop Castle Rock in Scotland’s capital city and houses the crown jewels of Scotland and the Scottish National War Memorial. Explore the Old Town, including the Royal Mile and quaint side streets, or visit St. Giles Cathedral, known for its crown spire. Discover the Palace of Holyrood House, which dates from the 15th century and is the Queen’s official Scottish residence.


Day Four | Tuesday, June 4

Enjoy Hillsdale College seminars-at-sea, as well as the luxurious amenities of the Regent Seven Seas Explorer.


Day Five | Wednesday, June 5

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is situated along the River Clyde. The work of renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh can be seen throughout the city, including the Glasgow School of Art. Visit the University of Glasgow—founded in 1451, it is where the author of the Wealth of Nations Adam Smith taught in the 18th century. A short drive away is Loch Lomond, largest of the Scottish lakes.


Day Six | Thursday, June 6

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, sits at the mouth of the River Lagan. The Titanic Belfast museum is located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the RMS Titanic was built. Sightseeing options include City Hall, which was built in the Baroque Revival style, the Grand Opera House, and the Botanic Gardens. Or visit one of the many pubs and restaurants on the Golden Mile.


Day Seven | Friday, June 7

Stroll along the seaside promenade while admiring the charming Victorian architecture of Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man. Ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway up to the island’s highest point, where on a clear day you can see Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland. Enjoy shopping for authentic Manx souvenirs, including beautiful tartans, scarves, smoked kippers, and locally made cheeses.


Day Eight | Saturday, June 8

Known as the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is the home of a number of architectural landmarks, including the Town Hall, St. George’s Hall, the neo-gothic Anglican cathedral, and the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral. Other points of interest include Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, the Albert Dock, and the Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library.


Day Nine | Sunday, June 9

Holyhead is located on the western side of Anglesey, an island separated from Wales by the narrow Menai Straits. Approaching Holyhead from the sea, towering cliffs gradually come into view above the waves. See the South Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs, St. Cybi’s Church, or spend the day exploring the beautiful Welsh countryside.


Day Ten | Monday, June 10

Founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin is the capital of Ireland and its largest city. It is the birthplace of many prominent literary figures, including Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats. Sights include St. Patrick’s Cathedral (where Swift is buried), Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, the Dublin Writers Museum, and the Guinness Storehouse.


Day Eleven | Tuesday, June 11

Waterford—home of the House of Waterford Crystal—features medieval city walls, cobbled streets, and a colorful waterfront. One of the city’s best-known landmarks is Reginald’s Tower, the oldest tower of mortared stone in Europe. Also see the Bishop’s Palace, the magnificently restored City Hall, and the Heritage Museum with its fine collection of Viking and medieval artifacts.


Day Twelve | Wednesday, June 12

The Isle of Portland, southernmost point of the county of Dorset, is a gateway to Stonehenge, as well as to the geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast. These include the stone arch known as Durdle Door and the layered cliffs of Lulworth Cove. Along with the nearby resort town of Weymouth, it hosted the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games.


Day Thirteen | Thursday, June 13

Following disembarkation, extend your trip by joining the exclusive Hillsdale College London post-cruise tour.