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.
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.
Make the most of your overnight stay onboard the Crown Princess in Dublin. Start your holiday off with a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, a walk about the grounds of Trinity College and a few scoops in an Irish pub without having to worry about getting back to the ship early.
- Dublin - Dublin
- British Isles
- May 2019 - September 2019
For fans of The Beatles, Day 8 of this adventure is of particular interest, as a visit to Liverpool, the home of the famous 60s band is on the agenda! The most popular museum in the city, The Beatles Story, is well worth a visit, and why not venture to Abbey Road to reenact the bands' famous pedestrian crossing album cover?
- Southampton - Southampton
- British Isles
- September 2019 - September 2019
With 28 nights and the opportunity to stay overnight onboard in cities including Edinburgh, Reykjavic and Dublin, this will be a relaxing adventure, with minimal fuss and no rushing your port days. Visits to rugged remote Scottish Islands and scenic, narrow Icelandic inlets are made possible onboard Holland America's smallest vessel.
- Amsterdam - Amsterdam
- British Isles
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.Highlights of Southampton and London
- Visit the innovative and engaging SeaCity Museum in Southampton
- Enjoy a magical day in Warner Brothers Studios in London, hugely popular with Harry Potter fans!
- Frequent London's Madame Tussauds to come face-to-face with the worlds most influencial figures..
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.Highlights of Dublin
- See the Book of Kells at Trinity College, or wander the grounds of Phoenix Park
- Have a pint and some grub at an Irish pub
- Tour the 26-hectare Guinness Storehouse
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.Highlights of Belfast
- Experience Titanic Belfast
- Visit St George's Market on a weekend where there is a different theme every day
- Savour a beer in the Crown Liquor Saloon - a historic Victorian masterpiece
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.Highlights of Tilbury:
- The old military base of Tilbury fort
- Coalhouse Fort
- The Gravesend-Tilbury Ferry which crosses the River Thames, the last crossing point before the sea.
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.Highlights of Lerwick
- Bath in history at the Shetland Museum.
- See great views of the harbour from the top of Fort Charlotte.
- See a traditional dwelling of the island in the Croft House Museum.
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
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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