Day 1 - Tilbury
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Tilbury, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Black Watch (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Christmas Eve - Falmouth
Cornwall is a county that embraces the Christmas season with an abundance of traditions. One of the most popular and most endearing is the arrival of the ‘Harmony Choir’ this morning. A tradition founded in 1900 brings together choirs from across the county to sing their way from the docks to raise money for the sick and unemployed. This is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit, with the rest of the day to enjoy the town and shop for gifts. Alternatively, take an excursion to see how the famous Eden Project celebrates the season.
Day 4 - Christmas Day - At sea
Enjoy a day of Christmas feasts and festive shows on board Black Watch.
Day 5 - Boxing Day - Cobh
As a waterside town, located in the southern county of Cork, Cobh has a long history entwined with the sea. Three million Irish made their way here to emigrate to new lands, convict ships sailed from here to Australia, the Cunard liner Lusitania fell victim of a German torpedo just off the shore and RMS Titanic took her last departure from these docks, then known as Queenstown, in 1912. Spend your time in a museum dedicated to these events and visit the vast, gargoyle-adorned, neo-Gothic cathedral, or take an excursion to Cork, a mix of traditional avenues crammed with snug pubs, shops and cafés, plus modern masterpieces. Maybe visit the City Gaol, which now holds a 1927 radio broadcasting studio, or sample some of Ireland’s finest whiskey at the Old Jameson Distillery.
Day 6 - Dublin
As you explore Dublin’s streets today you are sure to find festivities continuing through the streets of Temple Bar, as well as numerous museums and monuments throughout the capital. Fill your day with art galleries, castles and cathedrals. Taste a drop of the ‘black stuff’ at the Guinness Storehouse, and learn about wonderful Irish folkelore at the National Leprechaun Museum.
Day 7 - Belfast
Belfast has become modern and vibrant, full of interesting sites. The city inspired the literary classics Gulliver’s Travels and Chronicles of Narnia and is home to Titanic Studios where Game of Thrones is filmed. Continue learning of the Titanic’s story at the Titanic Belfast Experience and explore the shipyard where the Olympic and Titanic were constructed. Maybe discover Belfast’s earlier history at the Ulster Museum or visit elegant Belfast Castle, standing high over the city. Belfast is also perfectly placed for an excursion to the outstandingly beautiful Giant’s Causeway, steeped in myths and legends of mighty giants.
Day 8 - Cruising Fingal’s Cave
Our day of cruising takes us into Scottish waters and past incredible Fingal’s Cave. This stunning sea cave is formed entirely in hexagonal jointed basalt. Similar to the terrain of Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, it shares the myths of giants building a passage between the two lands.
Day 9 - Leith (Edinburgh)
We arrive in Leith for the opportunity to witness Edinburgh’s spectacular torch light procession tonight. The procession marks the start of Hogmanay, with thousands of torch bearers illuminating the city as, led by an abundance of enthusiastic Vikings to the sound of pipes and drums, they make their way to Calton Hill for a firework finale. We remain in Leith overnight.
Day 10 - New Year’s Eve - Leith (Edinburgh)
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is world renowned, and today you have the opportunity to travel the short journey from Leith to experience some of the spectacular events organised to celebrate the turn of the year. Long practised Scottish traditions include redding (cleaning) the house, saining the house (blessing it with holy water), bonfires and fire festivals to purify and drive away evil spirits, and the First Footing where a visitor, preferably a tall, dark man, would bring a gift of cake or coal to symbolise prosperity. These may not be visible on the city’s merry streets but the excitement of the New Year is unmistakable as the bells ring in midnight and the entire city unites enthusiastically in renditions of Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne.
Day 11 - New Year’s Day - At sea
Enjoy the first day of the year at sea, as Black Watch makes her final journey to Tilbury.
Day 12 Tilbury
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.