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About Guernsey

St. Peter Port, the principal town on the island of Guernsey, charms travelers arriving by sea with its waterfront of grey and white stone buildings interrupted by colorfully painted row houses. The ridge above is fringed with trees and punctuated with church and monument spires. It's a town that beckons visitors down winding streets and leafy alleys, yet its signature landmark -- a fortified castle that sits atop a promontory jutting out into the harbor -- is notable for its more imposing mien.

Guernsey is second-largest of the several Channel Islands located 30 miles west of France's coast of Normandy and 75 miles south of Weymouth on the south coast of England. At 15 miles by six (at its widest point), it is tiny and easily circumnavigated as part of a day trip. It has a population of some 62,000, 16,000 of which live in St. Peter Port. Guernsey is the principal island of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which includes the tiny neighboring islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney.

At the beginning of steam navigation, the island developed into a hugely popular British holiday destination, due to its comparably sunnier climate than the U.K. and warmer waters, lovely beaches, rugged coastline and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome and much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. More recently, the delightful setting and the island's tax benefits have attracted large numbers of off-island Brits to settle there. While its status is of a British Crown Dependency, the islanders have a good deal of independence, and most visibly to tourists, Guernsey has its own coins, banknotes and stamps.

The Channel Islands became a part of the Duchy of Normandy (France) in 933 A.D., but after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, when the Dukes of Normandy became the kings of England, the island became English property. When the English monarchy was restored, the islanders were given the choice in 1204 to revert to the French or stay with the English and remain self-governing, which they remain so to this day, with their own legal system, taxes and the aforementioned currency and stamps.

During modern times, Guernsey's most difficult period came during World War II, when the British government stated that it would not protect the Channel Islands from invasion and then gave the population a few days to decide to stay or leave. Half left, mainly women and children, and the number of Germans who came to occupy the island matched the population. They stayed almost five years; and by the occupation's end, the local population and the German soldiers were virtually starving due to a food embargo by the U.K. in an attempt to starve out the occupying force. The Channel Islands were finally liberated some 11 months after the Normandy landings, which ironically were within sight and sound along the nearby French Coast, on the 9th May 1945 -- one day after the rest of Europe as the German commander refused to surrender until the following morning. The German occupation left a large number of sites that can be visited today, including fortifications all along the coast, trenches, bunkers, disused anti-aircraft guns, an underground military hospital and an occupation museum. (And for some pre-trip reading, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society," a delightful book, brings alive the German occupation period and its aftermath in a series of fictitious letters.)

Today, visitors come to enjoy St. Peter Port's bustling harbor scene, museums and historic attractions, as well as to head out into the countryside and along the coastline for short walks and scenic views. The island also has a number of festivals throughout the year, starting with the May 9th Liberation Day celebrations, and including literary, nautical and culinary events, as well as local shows and carnivals.

Guernsey has become increasingly popular as a cruise ship port of call in recent years, with more than 100 calls scheduled in 2015. The season starts in May and runs through until October as part of round-Britain or Atlantic Island cruises, during repositioning voyages between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean and on short-break trips that leave from Southampton.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    Lisbon
    Visiting:
    Porto, Bilbao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    10 Night Cruise to St. Peter Port (Guernsey) Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Lisbon
    • Day 2
      Porto (Leixoes)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
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      Bilbao
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Bordeaux
    • Day 6
      Bordeaux
    • Day 7
      Bordeaux
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 10
      Berlin
    • Day 11
      Southampton
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    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    ImaFrugalCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent Food and Service on a Great Ship
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Another brilliant cruise with Azamara
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to St. Peter Port (Guernsey) Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 4
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 5
      Dublin
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      Belfast
    • Day 7
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 10
      South Queensferry
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Paris
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining options abound

    Cons

    Small cabins and balconies feel tight

    Bottom Line

    Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining

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    Regal Princess Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasio...

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    G.W.
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Princess is the Best, Why mess with the rest.
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    Cozumel Jim
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    9 day back to back Feb. 1st to the 10th
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to St. Peter Port (Guernsey) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
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      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Cobh (Cork)
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      Dublin
    • Day 5
      Dublin
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Reykjavik
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      Reykjavik
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      Akureyri
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Belfast
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
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    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    No more Celebrity!!!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Enjoyable Cruise on a Terrific Ship
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      Soda and Juice
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 29 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven) ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    29 Night Cruise to St. Peter Port (Guernsey) Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cape Cod
    • Day 2
      Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven)
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 7
      Corner Brook
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Labrador Sea)
    • Day 9
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
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      Nuuk
    • Day 11
      Paamiut
    • Day 12
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 13
      Cruising (Denmark Strait)
    • Day 14
      Isafjord
    • Day 15
      Reykjavik
    • Day 16
      Reykjavik
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Torshavn
    • Day 19
      Kirkwall
    • Day 20
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 21
      Rosyth
    • Day 22
      Newcastle (England)
    • Day 23
      North Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 24
      London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
    • Day 25
      Le Havre
    • Day 26
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 27
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 28
      Holyhead
    • Day 29
      Belfast
    • Day 30
      Dublin
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Navigator - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Lovely public spaces, excellent cuisine, free tours, drinks and tips

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited and offerings could use a refresh

    Bottom Line

    Intimate, all-inclusive ship is a comfortable home base for exploration

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    These days, the 33,000-ton, 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator feels so elegant and contemporar...

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    The Shadow
    Sail Date Feb 2018
    Brown water in bath
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    St. Peter Port, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to St. Peter Port (Guernsey) Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
    • Day 3
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 4
      Dublin
    • Day 5
      Belfast
    • Day 6
      Liverpool
    • Day 7
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 10
      South Queensferry
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Paris
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining options abound

    Cons

    Small cabins and balconies feel tight

    Bottom Line

    Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining

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    Regal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasio...

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    FelizaGarciaLaos
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Breathtakingly beautiful. Impeccable.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Regal 1/19/20-1/26/20
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    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Guernsey

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Seville , Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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