On the surface, a British Isles cruise may seem a bit familiar, a bit close to home, but that’s actually what makes the British Isles so special. Regardless of how well you think you know your home country, a cruise to the beautiful coastal locations, historic cities, and scenic beaches always presents new sights, unexplored towns, and hidden gems. A cruise around the UK is the also the perfect taster cruise for those who aren’t sure whether life at sea is really for them, and ideal for those who hate flying, or don’t wish to travel too far.
While experienced cruisers enjoy visiting both new delights and old time favourites, new cruisers appreciate the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cruise ambiance without committing too greatly to the unknown. Whether you’re witnessing the unspoilt beauty of Scotland and the Shetland Islands, the stunning landscape of the Isle of Man, the endless beaches of Norfolk, the charm and elegance of Guernsey, or the glorious coastlines of Wales and Cornwall, you’re sure to discover somewhere new to fall in love with.
On an around-Britain itinerary, you’ll visit places you’ve never had the time to tour, and you’ll also find little treasures you never knew existed! Discovering everything England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have to offer in two weeks or less, is ideal for those who need a break but are restricted by work commitments.
Due to the relatively small size of the British Isles when compared to other cruise regions around the world, time on board is limited to one or two sea days at a time, meaning there is the perfect blend of time spent on board, enjoying the bars, dining options, and entertaining and informative activities, and time spent on shore, strolling around the alluring ports of Britain and Ireland.
In Ireland, you’ll be taken to destinations that give you a first-hand glimpse into how diverse the Emerald Isle really is. One day, you’ll dock into the vibrant and bustling city of Derry, where you’ll have unlimited shopping opportunities within the historic walls. However, there’s a more isolated, peaceful, and serene side to Ireland, and when you tender just off the coast of Galway, you’ll truly understand how much of a mixed bag Ireland really is.
Do you think that the only golden sand and picture perfect beaches lie in Spain?
Think again! Britain is home to some real gems, giving even the Caribbean a run for its money! Lancashire’s Barrow-in-Furness is not only home to Roanhead Beach, considered to be one of the most picturesque in all of Europe, but also to West Shore Beach which is not only the perfect place to enjoy a swim in the calm waters of Earnse Bay, but is also one of the world’s best kitesurfing destinations, with perfect conditions created by the winds from the Irish Sea.
Cruising to the Channel Islands can be as exciting and intriguing as taking a trip abroad. Although a part of the UK, both Jersey and Guernsey lie closer to the French Mainland than to Britain, they produce not only a fascinating blend of culture, but also bring the fantastic weather that France is renowned for.
The appeal of a British Isles cruise becomes clear the more you discover about the interesting and compelling ports that the major cruise lines visit. This type of holiday provides a convenient getaway from everyday life, combining the excitement of visiting some of Britain and Ireland’s major cities whilst exploring some largely undiscovered treasures. Cruising is a refreshing and eye-opening way to see exactly what your home country has to offer.