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.

British Isles
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.
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Our Recommendations
  From Southampton
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Southampton to Singapore
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Southampton to Singapore
38 Nights with the Regal Princess
p.p.from $7,467
European Medley through Portugal and Spain
European Medley through Portugal and Spain
13 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Celebrity Apex
p.p.from $4,599
15 day journey on board the Anthem of the Seas from Southampton
15 day journey on board the Anthem of the Seas from Southampton
14 Nights with the Anthem of the Seas
 July 2020 - September 2020
p.p.from $3,337
Trip with Royal Caribbean from Southampton
Trip with Royal Caribbean from Southampton
8 Nights with the Anthem of the Seas
p.p.from $2,107
Cruising from Southampton with the Independence of the Seas
Cruising from Southampton with the Independence of the Seas
7 Nights with the Independence of the Seas
p.p.from $2,358
  Fly Packages
Voyage on Vasco da Gama via Suez Canal
Voyage on Vasco da Gama via Suez Canal
51 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Vasco da Gama
p.p.from $7,999
British Isles & Edinburgh Military Tattoo
British Isles & Edinburgh Military Tattoo
19 Nights Northern Europe, ...
 Celebrity Reflection
p.p.from $7,199
Desert Dunes to London
Desert Dunes to London
32 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Grand Princess
p.p.from $8,199
European Medley through Portugal and Spain
European Medley through Portugal and Spain
13 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Celebrity Apex
p.p.from $4,599
Discover Asia & the Mediterranean
Discover Asia & the Mediterranean
65 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Vasco da Gama
p.p.from $9,199
  Luxury Cruises
11 day journey on board the Azamara Pursuit from Lisbon
11 day journey on board the Azamara Pursuit from Lisbon
10 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from $4,499
16 day voyage from Southampton
16 day voyage from Southampton
15 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from $7,915
Cruising from Southampton (London) with the Azamara Quest
Cruising from Southampton (London) with the Azamara Quest
10 Nights with the Azamara Quest
p.p.from $4,755
13 day sail on board the Azamara Pursuit from Southampton
13 day sail on board the Azamara Pursuit from Southampton
12 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from $6,761
Delightful Amsterdam to majestic Dublin
Delightful Amsterdam to majestic Dublin
11 Nights with the Azamara Quest
p.p.from $7,906
Our Recommendations
23 day cruise from Southampton (London)
9 culture- and history-rich ports in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain and even France over 23 days! This itinerary really showcases the advantages of a cruise holiday, before ending your adventure in Florida.
Our advice:
Make the most of your time 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.

  • Southampton - Fort Lauderdale
  • Southern Europe,Canada and the USA East Coast,Northern Europe,Caribbean,Western Europe,British Isles,North America,Transatlantic
  • 05.10.2021

from $5,078
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12 day cruise with the Seven Seas Splendor to Southampton (London)
Dublin? Check.. London? Check.. Glasgow? Check. This 12-night voyage on the luxury, all inclusive Seven Seas Explorer will bring you to all of the British Isles nations during the summer of 2019. Port visits also include to Belfast, Liverpool and Waterford.
Our advice:
Enjoy two cruising days on board the Seven Seas Splendor, the pinnacle of luxury and comfort cruise ship. Enjoy a luxurious stay, with fantastic live entertainment and facilities.

  • Southampton - Southampton
  • Northern Europe,Western Europe,British Isles,Greenland
  • 11.09.2021

from $14,580
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Cruising from Bristol with the Magellan
Enjoy ten nights on board the Magellan. Start off in Bristol and sail to the Orkney Islands, Belfast, and more. This cruise will take you to both big cities and small island destinations.
Our advice:
The British Isles aren't well known for their fine cuisine but there are some delicious things you could try. Start with a pint of scrumpy (cider) in Bristol and when you're in the Highlands and islands, make sure to try some world-renown fish and seafood.

  • Bristol - Bristol
  • European River,Northern Europe,Western Europe,British Isles
  • 04.09.2020

from $1,789
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Top British Isles Ports
Southampton (London), England, United Kingdomfrom

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..
Dublin, Irelandfrom

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, Northern Ireland, United Kingdomfrom

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
Cobh (Cork), Irelandfrom

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.

Highlights of Cobh:
  • St. Coleman's (Cobh) Cathedral
  • Take a ferry to Spike Island, one home to a prison of which you can get guided tours.
  • The Titanic Experience, a museum about the history of the ill fated vessel in the old White Star Line offices, where some 123 passengers boarded.
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdomfrom

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.

Highlights of St Peter Port:
  • Take in the island's history in the gallery of St James Concert Hall.
  • Candie Gardens are a beautiful set of gardens at the top of the town that are open to the public.
  • While in Candie Gardens, enjoy the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery.
Tilbury (London), England, United Kingdomfrom

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.
Liverpool, Englandfrom

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.

Highlights of Liverpool
  • Home of the Beatles
  • Liverpool FC and Anfield
  • Royal Albert docks
Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland, United Kingdomfrom

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

Highlights of Greenock
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery
  • The Willow Tearooms
  • See Royal Exchange Square
Invergordon, Scotlandfrom

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.

Highlights of Invergordon
  • Starting point of British Isles and Scotland cruises
  • Close to the castles Dunrobin and Urquhart
  • See dolphins in bay
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, United Kingdomfrom

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
Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotlandfrom

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.
London, England, United Kingdomfrom

Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey. These are a sample of the world-famous landmarks you will see on your visit to London, one of the world's most visited cities. Creativity is everywhere you look in London, from architecture to theatre, music and food. A hugely multicultural city, London has long attracted dreamers from across the globe! A tip for visitors: get an Oyster Card at a Tube Station to make travelling about stress-free.

Highlights of London
  • Visit Westminster Abbey, a Gothic cathedral where every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned.
  • Visit Tower Bridge, but be careful not to confuse it with London Bridge, which is much less exciting!
  • Make the most of London’s free attractions which include the Natural History Museum and Tate Modern
Portland, England, United Kingdomfrom

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.

Highlights of Portland:
  • Explore Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a recreation of the town's busy wartime dockyard at Castletown D-Day Centre
  • Visit the 300 year old Portland Bill Lighthouse.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UKfrom

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.

Highlights of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Learn all about local history at the Discovery Museum
  • Visit the UK's biggest contemporary art, craft and design gallery - Buscuit Factory
  • Enjoy delicious offerings of the Michelin-starred House of Tides
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdomfrom

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.

Highlights of Edinburgh
  • Get a new perspective of the city from atop the Edinburgh Castle
  • Go on a royal tour through Holyrood Palace
  • Hike up Arthur's Seat for beautiful views of the city
British Isles

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.