British Isles Cruises
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.
Southampton is a historical port city located in Hampshire county, southern England. A popular city in its own right, with attractions including the Tudor House, the stunning gardens of Mottisfont Abbey, and more, most of its appeal is held in its status as your gateway to the metropolis of London. Most cruise lines visiting Southampton will start or end their cruise here, or will offer excursions to explore nearby London. There you can enjoy everything from history to culture, cuisine and everything in between. The Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and a whole lot more await.
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. The impressive Titanic Belfast opened in 2012 and charts Belfast's rise as an industrial superpower, and showcases the huge slipways where the vessel was built. 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. Wander the waterfront to discover Belfast's stunning Victorian architecture and great spots to eat, drink and listen to music.
The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin showcases the best of Irish heritage, with layers of history from its 9th century Viking past, booming 18th century Georgian times, scars of early 1900s rebellions to modern groundbreaking infrastructure. Walk the grounds of Ireland’s oldest university, have a few scoops in Temple Bar, or learn how to pour your own perfect pint in the famous Guinness Storehouse. Whatever you decide to get up to, memories of your trip to Dublin will stay with you forever.
The small tranquil town of Invergordon is the starting point for many trips to Scotland and the British Isles. Embark on a quest to Loch Ness or marvel at the fairytale-like castles of Dunrobin and Urquhart. With a bit of luck, you might also be able to spot some dolphins in the Bay of Invergordon. The city has also become the capital of murals in the highlands and is a destinations for art lovers.
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.
Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands is 200 km north of the Scottish mainland . Its name means "bay of clay", and the first human settlements in the subarctic archipelago date back to the 1st century BC. The town has a distinctly maritime feel, with a stunning natural harbour teaming with fishing boats all vying for space.
Home to the Beatles and football, the historic port city of Liverpool is located in north-western England and since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and was 'European Capital of Culture' in 2008, it has become one of the UK's major tourist destinations. Liverpool is mainly known for its sport and music scene. Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, is a must see for any sports fans. Music lovers should head straight to the Cavern Club where the Beatles played over 300 times and music history was made. Another must-see is the Royal Albert Dock. Dating back to 1846, the dock is now a major tourist destination and how to restaurants, cafes and museums.
This British city is situated on the north bank of the Thames, next to a sea port and a fortress. Initially built to house railway and port workers, Tilbury became a major point of defense for England, along with neighboring town Gravesend, due to the narrowness of the Thames at this point. The forts constructed in Tilbury and Gravesend under Henry VII, due to this narrowness in the river, were of major importance as defenses during several wars, including during the Armada campaigns of 1588.
Cobh, in southern Ireland, is a picturesque town full of charm. It is located in one of the largest natural harbors in the world, Cork Harbour. Get to know the warmth of the Irish, explore the town and visit the St. Colman's Cathedral. During a visit to a typical Irish pub, you can experience the Irish way of life.
Guernsey's capital is one of the 50 most historically significant cities in Britain. La Valette, the Hauteville House and Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery are arguably the best sights of St. Peter Port. Enjoy the culinary delight of a freshly caught lobster.
In the surroundings of the Scottish village you will find a breathtaking nature. Take a trip to view Scotland's rugged landscape, or visit one of the many castles in the country. Greenock is a natural deep water port with offers magnificent views of mountains and beyond to all ships entering and leaving the port. The town of Greenock is home to some spectacular scenes of the River Clyde. Many examples of Victorian architecture can be found at Custom House and the McLean Museum
Holyhead is a small port town located in the British county of the Isle of Anglesey on the Welsh coast. The town is, historically, one of the major Irish Sea ports and has, until very recently, enjoyed a great flow of people coming from and going to Ireland. However, with the introduction of cheap flights, Holyhead's popularity has decreased. The city centre and the recently built Celtic Gateway Bridge leading to it from the train station and ferry terminal are both very much worth a visit.
The peninsula of Portland is located in the south of England. Portland Harbour, since it's inception was home to a Royal Navy base until 1995 and is still one of the biggest man-made harbours in the world, and was used as part of the 2012 Olympic Games. The area is also known for Portland Stone, a special stone quarried here used in St Paul's Cathedral and United Nations Headquarters. Portland has always been a place of significance throughout history and so there is certainly something for everyone to discover here.
Since 1437, Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland. The hilly city features an Old Town with medieval structures as well as a beautiful Georgian New Town with neoclassical architecture. While the Scottish monarchy resides in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the crown jewels can be found in Edinburgh Castle, towering over the city. More than one million tourists flock to Edinburgh every year for its cultural and historical attractions.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a city in the north east of England. It lies on the banks of the River Tyne and is home to Newcastle University. The history of the city goes back to the time of the Roman conquest of Britain. A Roman fortress used to be located here in the place of the current city. Newcastle is famous for its coal production. The buildings and the architectural feel of Newcastle is very enchanting, make sure you visit the grand St. Nicholas Cathedral and the old Castle of Newcastle.
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.
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