• The British Isles

The British Isles

A cruise holiday is a fantastic way to visit some of the world’s most exciting and exotic destinations.

And it’s also a great option for getting to see some of our own brilliant cities and spectacular coastal scenery, while enjoying the luxury and comfort of your superb cruise ship.

And with so many great places within such a relatively small island group, you’ll get more time ashore to really experience the cultural variety and see the major sights that make Britain and Ireland such an interesting place to explore.

A cruise around the British Isles is also, of course, the perfect choice for those wanting to try a holiday of this type for the first time before, perhaps, venturing further in the future.

Dublin is a beautiful and charismatic city and your shore excursions here will offer a glimpse of the Irish capital’s rich history. You might visit the grand and ornate Merrion Square, home of the National Gallery.

You’ll also be sure to be offered a tour of the famous Guinness Brewery for a real Taste of Dublin’s finest.

The Giant’s Causeway with its uniquely quirky volcanic rock formations is one of the natural wonders of our islands and it’s a feature of any cruise that stops off at Belfast.

 As you progress north you may well call in at Greenock whose shipping credentials span the centuries and continue today with the town the modern day gateway to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.

Spend a few hours shopping here or take a tour up to the nearby shores of the lovely Loch Lomond if you have the time.

After you’ve skirted the rugged coastlines of western and northern Scotland, there’s usually the chance to visit the beautiful and colourful port of Kirkwall, your introduction to the wild and wonderful Orkneys with its picture postcard harbour cottages, variety of migrating bird species and ancient archaeological sites.

Most round Britain cruises will also give passengers the opportunity to spend some shore time in exciting and interesting Edinburgh and see the amazing Georgian architecture.

Perhaps you’ll take a trip to the famous castle and Holyrood, the Queen’s officials Scottish residence as well as venturing atop Arthur’s Seat for the spectacular views across the city to the surrounding countryside.

You can even take a short mini-cruise of just two or three days from various UK Ports, giving you a lovely time on your ship as well as the chance to visit the Channel Islands or Le Havre (the gateway to Paris)  and other exciting places like Bilbao, Copenhagen, Bruges, Amsterdam or Norway.

The beautiful Isles of Scilly and the charming Hebrides, as well as Channel Islands stop-offs and visits to other great port cities like Newcastle, Liverpool and Cork also feature on various itineraries offered by some of the world’s leading cruise lines.

Fred Olsen Cruise Line, P&O Cruises and Cunard Cruise Lines are just some of the leading cruise lines including the British Isles on their itineraries.