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.
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.
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.
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.
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.