The UK has so much to offer, and a cruise around the British Isles can be a great way to visit many different places within a short space of time. Liverpool, Belfast and Edinburgh are popular ports of call.
It's often the smaller ships that sail around the UK, and our Cruise Concierge team are on hand to advise you of the available itineraries for your cruise, as well as which cruise line will suit you best. Just give us a call for a friendly chat.
The Scottish capital is best known for the impressive castle that dominates the city skyline, but it is a city absolutely packed with interesting museums and historic sites, and Princes Street is a hub of fantastic shopping with a mix of chain and unique smaller shops. Edinburgh plays up to its tourist visitors with every side street populated with gift and souvenir stores. Dig through the stereotypical slogan t-shirts and tartan hats and you’ll find some absolute gems.
The city of Inverness has its own castle and a number of attractions to explore, but without a doubt most people who get off the ship here are heading on an excursion to Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness, perhaps the most famous attraction in the UK. Whisky trails, breath-taking scenery and of course the ‘myth’ of the Monster all capture the imaginations and hearts of those who visit.
The biggest port in the north of England, Liverpool can also lay claim to being one of the most cultural. Wander along the picturesque docks or head into the city centre to enjoy excellent shopping. And then of course there is the heritage of a certain band: tours and museums dedicated to The Beatles abound, with plenty to help casual and die-hard fans get their fix.
Holyhead itself isn’t a huge town, but it acts as a gateway for some of the best landmarks and excursions in Wales and even into England, with scenic drives along the North Wales Coast providing attractions unto themselves. Guests can visit Snowdon and the surrounding national park, or head to the famous city of Chester to explore.
A lot of Belfast’s heritage relates to The Troubles, which have long since ended but have left notable scars around the city. It’s fascinating to learn more about this period now that it is one of the most peaceful cities in the UK, or alternatively you can travel along the Antrim Coast to see the majestic Giant’s Causeway.
Pretty much every major cruise line offers some form of UK cruise, whether as part of a longer itinerary or as a dedicated sailing. Circumnavigation cruises generally last between seven and 10 days, but mini cruises are available for much shorter durations. It’s rare to find a large number of Brits on longer UK cruises, but everyone who visits tends to be friendly, and passengers from further afield will probably enjoy your company even more as you provide an authentic UK experience. Mini cruises are sometimes marketed as party cruises but our Cruise Concierge will inform you of the kind of atmosphere to expect on any particular itinerary you are interested in. The majority of cruises are tailored to an older market.
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