Love the Game of Thrones? Our new Thrones-focused Crystal Adventure takes guests to iconic production locations near Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they can step into mythical medieval life, shooting arrows, taking photographs with show costumes, and learning how real, centuries-old castles and towers were transformed into sets for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
From Belfast, guests will travel to the shores of Strangford Lough, location of 18th century Castle Ward and estate, which includes Forest Park and Audley’s Castle. The 820-acre landscape and medieval buildings have served as pivotal sites for the show’s first and second seasons, such as Winterfell, the Lannister encampment, Robb Stark’s campgrounds, and where he first fell in love with Talisa. Participants will learn how special effects are used to transform the real castles into those on-screen, and play their own Game game, matching actual sites to show scenes. Warrior-wannabes can also try their hands at the medieval sport of archery, and a photo op with series costumes will showcase the ingenuity that goes into creating characters’ different looks.
The half-day excursion is offered with these two upcoming luxury European cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity: http://www.crystalcruises.com/european-cruises/dublin-to-london–4220/shore-excursions and http://www.crystalcruises.com/atlantic-cruise/london-to-boston–4322