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A British Isles cruise is an unforgettable journey around Britain’s shores. Think of top destinations such as Blarney Castle, the Georgian splendour of Edinburgh - the ‘Athens of the North’ - and the legendary Dublin craic, and you will begin to realise just how much this incredible voyage packs in. 

With itineraries starting from just two days, a British Isles cruise is the perfect taster experience for first timers, and is perhaps the best way to see Great Britain in style and comfort. With cruises embarking from Newcastle, Southampton, Liverpool, Harwich and Dover, you won’t have to travel far before you find yourself aboard, ready to begin a historic and exciting voyage.

Cruise Lines

For a voyage that celebrates all that is great about Britain, Cunard is the perfect choice. Step aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2 and experience the height of British elegance and style in surroundings that are luxurious and comfortable. Thomson Cruises provide an affordable option with a more relaxed and informal onboard atmosphere, great for first timers and families.

Cruise Ships and Accommodation

Voyages of Discovery’s MV Voyager ship has been designed to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. In contrast to today’s trend for cruise ships that are ‘floating resorts’, the MV Voyager is simplicity itself. Perfect for culture buffs, there’s a carefully thought-out lecture programme on each cruise that’s delivered by historians, explorers, naturalists and diplomats to help you make the most of each port of call.

Destinations and Itineraries

The Ocean Princess is one of Princess Cruises’s most luxurious liners and sets sail from Dover where it spends 8 days exploring Guernsey, Milford Haven, Dublin and Edinburgh. When in Guernsey, take time to enjoy the mild climate and peaceful ambience with a cup of tea in the harbour of pretty St Peters Port before checking out some of the historic World War Two fortification sites - relics from when Guernsey was under Nazi occupation. 

Five star luxury cruise ship, the Hebridean Island Princess, specialises in voyages around the stunning Hebridean Islands, whilst offering its guests the ultimate in elegance and comfort. A 7-night cruise starts with a gentle walking tour along the towpath of the Crinan Canal before an astonishing sail by the world’s third-largest whirlpool, Corryvreckan. Other highlights include the seabird colonies of Stac Lee and Boreray, the magnificent Callalish Stones and the Small Isle of Rum, in a journey that is a nature-lover’s paradise. 

Cunard offers a lengthier 15-day itinerary, which also includes the European destinations of Hamburg (Germany) and Stavanger (Norway). Sailing from Southampton, other ports of call include Greenock, Dublin Bay, Liverpool and Invergordon. Whilst in Scotland, whisky lovers should take the excursion to the world-famous Glenmorangie distillery to enjoy a guided tour before sampling a glass of the ‘liquid gold’. The excursion also visits the enchanting 12th century town of Royal Dornoch, with is Edwardian hotels, profusion of greenery, miles of sandy beaches – not to mention the galleries and internationally renowned golf course. 

For first time cruisers looking for a taste of life on the high seas, Fred Olsen’s 3-night mini cruise embarks from Liverpool for the historic port city of Belfast. Take in the charming Gaelic harbour and Victorian architecture of Northern Ireland’s biggest city, best known as the birthplace of the Titanic, and take a short excursion to the rugged Giant’s Causeway before you re-board. Those who like a tipple might want to check out the Bushmills Distillery before the cruise heads North to the Isle of Mull, and Tobemory, before crossing the channel for a tour of Scotland’s Greenock.

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