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Cruise in the Wake of the Celts—Register Early and Save

August 28th, 2012 by Greg Flanders
Iona Abbey

The abbey on the isle of Iona is one of the oldest and most important religious centers in Western Europe

Though they had no written language and never built an empire or a centralized state, the Celtic civilization spanned two thousand years and left an indelible mark on Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Normandy. Now UW Alumni offers you the chance to sail through history in luxurious comfort on the M.S. Le Boreal.

Since 2010, the M.S. Le Boreal has been cruising the waters of Northern Europe, delighting travelers from St. Petersburg to Reykjavik. Named the Best New Ship of 2010 by the European Cruiser Association, Le Boreal features all the amenities expected of a luxury cruise liner, including two restaurants, a state-of-the-art theater for lectures, performances and film screenings, wireless internet access, swimming pool, spa—the works. Le Boreal is small by cruise ship standards, allowing it to travel where larger ships cannot, and with only 120 staterooms, offers a unique, intimate cruise experience featuring destinations many ships just can’t reach.

MS Le Boreal

The MS Le Boreal

Let the M.S. Le Boreal be your home as you explore the rich history and magnificent landscapes of France, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Sail from northern France and the hallowed beaches of Normandy into the waters of the Celtic and Irish Seas to view the treasures of Dublin’s rich Celtic heritage, including the Book of Kells and Trinity College’s famed Old Library. From there, Follow in the footsteps of medieval and modern princes as you explore the castles and fortified monasteries of northern Wales. Then it’s further north and deeper into the past, as you soak in the austere beauty of the Isle of Skye and the Orkney Islands, and muse over the mysterious Neolithic stone monuments left behind by the ancient Celts.

Joining us for a portion of the cruise are two distinguished experts with personal connections to the sites you will be visiting. Dwight David Eisenhower II is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the definitive work on the actions of his grandfather, General (later President) Eisenhower during World War II. Internationally acclaimed author, journalist, television presenter and speaker Celia Sandys will also accompany part of the voyage, sharing insights and memories of her grandfather, Winston Churchill.

Reserve by Oct. 15, 2012 and save $2,000 per couple. This cruise has sold out every time we’ve offered it, so sign up early to get the berth you want!

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