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

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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.

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再往北,前工业城市曼彻斯特(Manchester)、利物浦(Liverpool)纽卡斯尔(Newcastle)都是热闹且充满活力的地方,约克(York)则拥有灿烂的历史宝藏,但这片地区的自然景观、尤其是湖区(Lake District)高地的景观才是最吸引人的。 

如果从格拉斯哥(Glasgow)爱丁堡(Edinburgh)出发,您可轻​​松游览苏格兰最美丽的湖泊、峡谷和山峰,以及西海岸岛屿的壮丽风景。其中,爱丁堡或许有着英国最具吸引力的城市景观。 最后,去英国的邮轮之旅如果不在北爱尔兰停留就是不完整的。那里不仅有值得一游的首府城市贝尔法斯特(Belfast),还有壮观的巨人堤(Giant’s Causeway)