Belfast

Donegall Square, the city’s heart
The Queen’s University and the Ulster Museum
The Giant’s Causeway

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Belfast

Where the Titanic was built

Waiting to be enjoyed on an MSC Northern Europe cruise excursion, Belfast has a pace and bustle you’ll find nowhere else in Northern Ireland.
 
In appearance Belfast closely resembles Liverpool, Glasgow or any other industrial port across the water, and, similarly, its largely defunct docklands – in which, famously, the Titanic was built – are undergoing massive redevelopment.

Though the city centre is still characterized by numerous elegant Victorian buildings, there’s been an enormous transformation here, too, not least in the greater prosperity of the shopping streets leading northwards from the hub of Belfast life, Donegall Square. In the city centre, you can concentrate on the glories resulting from the Industrial Revolution – grandiose architecture and magnificent Victorian pubs – and the rejuvenated area from Ann Street to Donegall Street now known as the Cathedral quarter.

To the south lies Queen’s University and the extensive collections of the Ulster Museum, set in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens. Ever since 1693, when the Royal Society first publicized it as one of the great wonders of the natural world, the Giant’s Causeway has been a major tourist attraction and it’s just waiting for you to visit it too on an MSC Northern Europe excursion.

Made up of an estimated 37,000 black basalt columns, each a polygon, it’s the result of a massive subterranean explosion, some sixty million years ago, that stretched from the Causeway to Rathlin and beyond to Islay, Staffa and Mull in Scotland.

A huge mass of molten basalt was spewed out onto the surface, which, on cooling, solidified into what are, essentially, crystals. Though the process was simple, it’s difficult, when confronted with the impressive regular geometry of the columns, to believe that their production was entirely natural.

Must see places in Belfast

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Ujedinjeno Kraljevstvo

"Bože čuvaj kraljicu"


Ujedinjeno Kraljevstvo ne čini samo jedna, već čak četiri zemlje - Engleska, Wales, Škotska i Sjeverna Irska. Također se sastoji i od mnoštva kulturnih identiteta: ne dao Bog, na primjer, da Škota ili Velšanina nazovete Englezom.

 
Tijekom vašeg krstarenja Ujedinjenim Kraljevstvom nikako nemojte propustiti jedinstveni doživljaj Londona jer ovaj glavni grad je na "must-see" popisu svih putnika. Brighton i Canterbury nude različite doživljaje - prvi je živopisno turističko mjesto na obali, a drugi jedan od najljepših britanskih srednjovjekovnih gradova. 
 
Na jugozapadu Engleske nalazi se ruralni krajolik Devona, stjenovita obala Cornwalla i povijesno lječilište Bath, a glavne znamenitosti središnje Engleske su sveučilišni gradovi Oxford i Cambridge.
 
Dalje na sjeveru su nekadašnji industrijski gradovi Manchester, Liverpool i Newcastle koji su danas živahna i obnovljena mjesta, kao i York koji je prepun veličanstvenih povijesnih blaga, ali ono što najviše privlači ljude u ovo područje je krajolik, posebice visoravni okruga Lake
 
Do najljepših škotskih jezera (loch), uskih dolina (glen) i vrhova, kao i do nevjerojatnih pejzaža otoka West Coast, lako se može doći iz Glasgowa i Edinburgha koji nudi možda najatraktivniji urbani krajolik Britanije. I na kraju, krstarenje Ujedinjenim Kraljevstvom neće biti potpuno ako se ne zaustavite u Sjevernoj Irskoj gdje se nalazi njezin glavni grad Belfast i spektakularni Prolaz divova (Giant's Causeway).