St. Helier

Elizabeth Castle
Liberation Square
Statue of the Toad

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St. Helier/Jersery

The Deep Blue Waters of the English Channel

Saint Helier is found on the island of Jersey, the largest in the English Channel and is one of the twelve parishes and capital of the city that takes its name from Saint Helier, an ascetic hermit who lived on the island in the 6th century.

 
On your MSC cruise, you will have the chance to explore this extravagant place full of charm, history and culture.
 
Until the end of the 18th century, Saint Helier consisted mainly of a series of houses, shops and warehouses that stretched along the coastal dunes on either side of the church and adjacent market. Today, many places in this beautiful city have been formally listed as special interest sites by the Jersey Department of Planning and Environment.
One of these is Elizabeth Castle, a dark stone castle located on an islet at the end of the bay where Saint Helier is located. The current building is named after Elizabeth I, who was Queen of England in the 16th century when the castle was built.
 
The focal point of the city is Liberation Square, built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jersey. At the center of the square is a monument in remembrance of the end of the German occupation at the conclusion of the Second World War. There is a large statue in the middle of a fountain depicting a group of citizens holding a flag of the United Kingdom blowing in the wind. To the north of the square is Hotel Pomme D'Or, which was used by the Nazis as their headquarters during the occupation.
 
One of the most curious features of Saint Helier is a statue of a toad. The island is actually the only one in the Channel that boasts a species of indigenous toad, a British variety that is unique and different from those present in the rest of England, given protected status and monitored to ensure its survival.

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    United Kingdom

    God Save the Queen
    God Save the Queen

    The United Kingdom is not just one country but four – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and a multitude of cultural identities: God forbid you should call a Scot or a Welshman English for example.


    Don’t miss the true London experience during your holiday to the United Kingdom; the capital is the one place that features on everyone’s itinerary. 

    Brighton and Canterbury offer contrasting diversions – the former a lively seaside resort, the latter one of Britain’s finest medieval cities. 


    The southwest of England holds the rugged moorlands of Devon, the rocky coastline of Cornwall, and the historic spa city of Bath, while the chief attractions of central England are the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge

    Further north, the former industrial cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are lively, rejuvenated places, and York has splendid historical treasures, but the landscape, especially the uplands of the Lake District, is the biggest magnet. 


    The finest of Scotland’s lochs, glens and peaks, and the magnificent scenery of the West Coast islands, can be reached easily from Glasgow and Edinburgh – the latter perhaps Britain’s most attractive urban landscape. Finally, a cruise to the United Kingdom isn’t complete without a stop in Northern Ireland with its capital city Belfast and the spectacular Giant’s Causeway.