Many people prefer to book UK cruises for convenience, removing the need to fly out to their embarkation port before the start of their cruise holiday. A cruise from the UK makes for a comfortable and convenient experience, especially when you can opt to cruise from the UK on an itinerary that returns to the same port you embarked from, or indeed, another in the country. A number of lines offer itineraries which cruise from the UK, heading to a wealth of destinations for both short breaks and longer holidays.
You can choose from a range of ultra-luxury ships and also those targeted at couples and families, meaning you’ll be able to find a cruise that is perfect for both you and your fellow travellers.
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Don't think that choosing to cruise from a UK port means you'll be limited in your choice of cruise lines - rather there is something to suit every taste. The majority of the larger cruise lines tend to sail from Southampton, although Dover and Harwich are also popular ports. For some of the British cruise lines, you can also find cruises that embark from various ports around the UK including Liverpool, Hull, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Of course the classic British cruise lines of P&O Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Cruise & Maritime Voyages all offer a wealth of cruises that set sail from the UK, with plenty of destinations to choose from. And with the stunning newest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, the Britannia, there has never been a better time to think about booking a cruise with one of these traditional cruise lines.
Yet there is plenty of competition too from international lines. Families will find the exciting ships of Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises to be packed with features, while the premium styles and sophisticated touches of Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America and Princess Cruises offer a contemporary, relaxing way to sail from these shores.
Cruises to Northern Europe are perfect for culture vultures and landscape-lovers alike. You can take a short city break cruise to Amsterdam, Bruges or Paris, or travel further afield on a Baltics voyage to see the most memorable sights of such countries as Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Russia. The delights of Norway and Iceland are also yours to uncover with a voyage around the Fjords and the Arctic Circle.
Most Mediterranean cruises from the UK will focus on the Western Mediterranean due to its closer proximity. These are your ticket to such ports as Barcelona, Marseilles and Civitavecchia - the port for Rome. However, it’s also possible to take a longer Eastern Mediterranean voyage which will introduce you to the sun-kissed charms of such countries as Greece, Turkey and Croatia.
One of the best ways to truly experience everything that a cruise ship has to offer is by embarking on a transatlantic cruise. It will give you more days at sea and therefore the opportunity to get acquainted with the ship and immerse yourself in its features. From live entertainment and sports facilities to swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spa treatments, you’ll have plenty of time to experience it all. Of course, there’s the added bonus of your arrival at a great destination on the other side of the ocean, once your voyage is over.
The ultimate cruising experience, a round the world package lets you spend months travelling the globe, visiting more destinations in one holiday than you’d ever have thought possible. You’ll be able to experience a wide range of cultures and sights across numerous continents and explore them further with the help of any number of dedicated shore excursions. Of course, with a round the world cruise, you’ll still have more than enough time to simply relax, unwind and enjoy the facilities of your ship, too.
You don’t have to travel far to have an amazing cruise experience and with a cruise around the UK, you’ll see the British Isles in all their glory. With stops in ports all around the country, you can experience some of its most captivating cities and idyllic rural locations, along with a host of sights and landmarks linked to the rich history of the UK.