Cruises from the UK take all of the hassle out of a getaway. There’s no worrying about how to get to the airport, or sorting out navigating to the port on the other side, and no need for costly overnight stopovers either. Just arrive at the ship, and the world is your oyster! You will quickly realise that there are few more relaxing sights than the Southampton skyline disappearing from view as you make a toast to your first destination.
And there’s no limit on where you can go either – with cruises departing from Southampton heading as far afield as the Canary Islands, Norway, Morocco, New York and even the Caribbean, the need for air travel is now a thing of the past.
There are a number of cruise lines that operate out of Southampton, meaning that whether it’s a transatlantic voyage that takes your fancy or just a short hop across the channel, there’s plenty of choice available. When departing from the UK, it makes sense to go for a traditional British cruise line to complete the experience, celebrating the UK’s centuries-old marine tradition. Cruising giant P&O Cruises is an obvious choice, with over 288 round trip cruises to select from. Another traditional British company with its home in Southampton is Cunard, whose ships have set the bar for sophisticated ocean travel for over 150 years.
With so many cruise lines sailing out of the UK, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a cruise ship. An excellent choice for a Mediterranean Cruise is Azura, one of the largest vessels in P&O’s fleet. Featuring an al fresco cinema, 800-seater theatre, spa, gym, and art gallery, you’ll never have a dull moment on any days spent at sea. Or, for a real action-packed break, why not choose Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas? The perfect choice for families and adrenaline seekers, this ship features a climbing wall, basketball court, ice-skating rink and mini-golf course – and a spa for when you need some downtime.
cruises from Southampton start the moment you step onboard. Your luggage is taken care of and you’re escorted to your cabin and instantly eased into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s a mini cruise to the green shores and quaint architecture of Jersey and Guernsey - or a more extravagant transatlantic journey - your getaway is guaranteed to get off to a seamless start.
Popular itineraries for cruises from the UK include Western Europe, taking in the sights of glamorous Cote D’Azure, the fountains and frescoes of Rome, and the buzz of Barcelona’s bodegas – these cruises sparkle with possibilities.
Those wanting to take a short break from a hectic lifestyle can explore gems that lie closer to home in just a few days, such as the medieval city of Bruges and the cosmopolitan delights of Amsterdam, returning home relaxed and reinvigorated.
If you’ve a few weeks to spare, a truly indulgent option is a USA & Canada Cruise. With so much to explore on North America’s East Coast – from the mansions and vineyards of New England, to the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and the tropical Florida Keys - you cannot fail to be seduced by the promise and charm of the States.
A wildcard option is a cruise to the Norwegian fjords, an area of outstanding natural beauty that continues to lie a little off the standard tourist trail. Discover some of Scandinavia’s most breathtaking sights by sailing through them, before exploring the quaint architecture of port cities such as Bergen and Stavanger on foot.
The sheer number of destinations that can be reached direct from UK shores is surprising and raises an infinite number of exciting possibilities. With so many itineraries on offer, it is certain that you will be able to find the right one for you - and at the right price too!
Carnival Cruise Line
Onboard Carnival Dream
Departing 22 March 2014
Fly UK/Orlando, stay 7 nights in a 3* Lake Buena Vista hotel and then set sail from Port Canaveral for Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya, Port Canaveral/Fly UK
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With some of the best deals on everything from cheap cruises to Luxury Cruises, we pride ourselves on a range that caters to everyone. Whether a first time cruiser looking for a Mini Cruise, a family wanting to browse our Family Cruises or you’re keen to find out more about Cruise and Stay and Fly and Cruise - we’ve got the holiday for you.
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With great offers on a range of cruises, booking with Cruise Thomas Cook is a must. If you’re keen to set sail check out our 2014 Cruises and Last Minute Cruises – or if you’re planning ahead browse our 2015 Cruises. For those setting sail from the UK there’s a number of cruises from Southampton to choose from.