British Isles Cruises 2017
The rural countryside of Ireland, the ancient castles and mysterious lochs of Scotland, the icons and museums of England and the uncontaminated nature of the Hebrides and the Channel Islands.
A cruise to the British Isles never fails to impress with a wide variety of memorably beautiful landscapes that is sure to remain with you long after you have departed its shores. The British Isles is a sublime wilderness- it is a place where the past comes to life. Breathtaking geographical and historical sites that are a must-see include England's Stonehenge, Scotland's Edinburgh Castle, Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway and Northern England's Yorkshire Dales.
While the summer is the peak time for tourist visits, the cities throughout the British Isles have an atmosphere of their own in winter with festivals, carol concerts and cosy pubs. Surfing in Newquay, drinking Guinness in Dublin, walking the walls of Conway Castle and walking on Dartmoor are just a small but exciting handful of activies available to tourists in this area. The rolling green countrysides and charming cities will leave you wanting to return to the region time and time again.
Southampton is a historical port city located in Hampshire county, England. Southampton is known for its location to the Southwest of the capital of London. Southampton is fast earning itself a reputation as a tourism capital of its own, welcoming approximately 4 million visitors per year in recent times. The history of the city means that a host of museums such as the interactive SeaCity Museum, can be enjoyed. Southampton also has a professional football team, Southampton F.C, while also being a cultural hub, with a vast array of music and theatre venues such as the Mayflower Theatre.Highlights of Southampton
- Visit the innovative and engaging SeaCity Museum
- Sports fans will enjoy a tour of the Southampton F.C stadium
- Catch a show at some of the city's exciting venues
Kirkwall is a town on the Orkney Islands, located 10 miles off the Scottish mainlands. The town itself is steeped in history and today, is the main hub of activity in Orkney. Visitors can admire Kirkwalls most prominent feature, St. Magnus Cathedral, seen as one of the finest medival buildings around . Kirkwall has a vibrant shopping scene with a refreshing selection of locally-owned stores. By night, many bars offer traditional live music, allowing visitors to soak up the unique culture of the Orkney Islands.Highlights of Kirkwall
- Visit the impressive St. Magnus Cathedral
- Discover Orkey's history and beauty in Orkney Museum
- Check out the selection of live music in the evenings
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is fast becoming a European cultural capital. The city is well-known for its connections to the Titanic and the impressive Titanic Belfast experience opened in 2012. The city offers a fantastic variety of shops, with multiple shopping centres such as the Victoria Square Shopping Centre. Belfast City Hall, open since 1906 stands at the centre of the city and on sunny days the surrounding grounds become a popular picnic spot.Highlights of Belfast
- Experience Titanic Belfast
- Stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens
- Experience a historic building while savouring a beer in the 'Crown Liquor Saloon'
Discover undulating hills every shade of green, jagged and menacing cliff facades, eerie ruins and a rich culture that has evolved over millennia.
A cruise to the British Isles allows passengers to delve into an enchanted past while also delivering a modern experience in cities such as London, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. These enduring islands offer everything, from charming hamlets to cosy pubs and famous landmarks that will leave you speechless. Most cruises from the British Isles depart from southern ports such as Tilbury and make their way to Ireland and Scotland where the rugged beauty and friendly people uphold their reputation with ease. Often these cruises venture as far as Iceland where the distinctive volcanic landscapes, winding glaciers and cascading waterfalls offer a nice contrast to the Emerald Isles.
Excursions and Activities in the British Isles
Marvel at the castle-studded coastline of these ancient islands as you sail around on your luxury liner equipped with all the modern comforts one would expect from cruise companies such as Cunard Lines, Azamara Club Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. These formidable fortresses give a sense of the scale of the splendour of ancient times when Celts ruled and druids were respected throughout the land. This dramatic and impressive architecture extends throughout cities like Edinburgh, Dublin and London, where they blend seamlessly with their modern counterparts. The nature of islands means that many settlements sprung up along the coast; these have since flourished into bustling cities with a unique maritime backdrop. The aforementioned cities are cornucopias of artistic and cultural delights where you can explore museums, do some shopping and take a guided tour as part of an informative shore excursion.