Awaiting Your Return From Shore
five-square-mile Guernsey is the second-largest of the Channel Islands. They
lie west of the Cherbourg peninsula and to the south in the English Channel.
Along with its sister island of Jersey, Guernsey has been a part of Britain
since 1066 though retaining a culture entirely of its own. The Channel
Islands were the only part of England occupied during World War II.
Today, the 60,000 or so residents rely on agriculture and tourism for
their income. Scores of visitors from England and the Continent come to
enjoy the mild climate, sandy beaches, semitropical vegetation, beautiful
seascapes and quiet country lanes. In recent years many banks, insurance
companies and other financial institutions were established in the Channel
Islands, attracted by a favorable tax status.
St. Peter Port is situated on a hillside overlooking the picturesque
harbor of the Island of Guernsey. Rows of brightly painted houses, granite
stairs and cobbled lanes climb the hill, providing great views of the port
and the medieval castle. Victor Hugo made this seaport his home for 14
years. Here he penned his famous novel, the Toilers of the Sea. He
graciously dedicated his work to "the rock of hospitality and liberty, to
that portion of old Norman ground inhabited by the noble little nation of
the sea - the Island of Guernsey."
To explore this unique destination, start with a look at St. Peter's
Church and the 13th-century castle. Among its former residents were
Guernsey's Royalist Lieutenant Governor, and French and German occupation
forces. Then take a ride through the idyllic countryside or stroll the
narrow streets of pretty St. Peter Port, enjoying the particular ambiance
that makes Guernsey so special.
Please Note: In the event of bad weather, the ship may call at
St. Helier, Jersey, instead.
Awaiting Your Return
Return to Your
Suite and Sail Away to The Next Adventure
and Dancing Await You