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United Kingdom Cruises

The United Kingdom is fast becoming a popular cruise destination and has much to offer with more coastal cruises being introduced each year. The UK has the benefit of five different countries all within close proximity from London’s museums, royal attractions, and boutique shopping to Scotland’s beautiful culture, ample wildlife, and rich heritage. The charming countryside and welcoming locals make Wales a must-see stop on any United Kingdom cruise. And Ireland, both North and South, known for its traditional pubs and glorious, green hills, the Emerald Isle is full of ancient castles to explore and golf courses to play.

Why cruise the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom is made up of two islands: mainland UK comprised of England, Scotland and Wales and Ireland which is composed of Northern Island and Eire (southern Ireland). This makes it a great place to cruise with so much diverse coastline and gateway ports that lead to castles and stately homes rich in culture and heritage. In addition to the main islands, there are also lots of smaller islands jotted around the UK coastline which are stunning and offer cruisers a pretty unique trip from the larger Isle of Mann and Isle of Wight to the smaller Orkney and Shetland Isles. With so many coastal destinations in a compact area, a cruise is one of the easiest and most laid back ways of exploring the United Kingdom.

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United Kingdom Destinations

Although the UK is relatively small, choosing where you want to cruise is the first decision to make as many cruises will offer packages which include time on land exploring the rich heritage and culture. It is possible to visit all of the major countries on a single cruise around the UK, although many people choose to stick to one or two countries if on a shorter cruise to ensure they get the full experience. Here are just a few of the destinations on a cruise around the United Kingdom:

• London • Southampton • Guernsey • Cork • Dublin • Belfast • Glasgow • Orkney Islands • Inverness • Edinburgh • Newcastle • Liverpool • Plymouth • Stornoway, Isle of Lewis • St Mary’s, Scilly Isles • Portree, Isle of Skye • Lerwick • Fishguard • Bristol

Who’s sailing to the United Kingdom?

Most of the bigger cruise lines are now operating in and around the UK, some as part of bigger voyages to Europe but others operating UK only cruises. With new routes opening up each year, this means cruisers are getting their pick of cruise lines and can choose to cruise the shores of the United Kingdom in luxury and style. Here are some of the cruise lines operating in the UK:

  • Princess Cruises
  • Lindblad Expeditions
  • Voyages of Discovery
  • Sea Cloud Cruises
  • APT Cruising
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Swan Hellenic
  • Seabourn
  • MSC Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Silversea
  • Cunard
  • P&O Cruises
  • Viking Cruises
  • Ponant
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Hebridean Island Cruises

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    When is the best time of the year to go to the United Kingdom?

    The United Kingdom is a year-round cruise destination with four very distinct seasons all offering something different for cruises. Despite its reputation for terrible weather, the UK actually offers some great cruising weather, especially in the spring months of March, April and May when the nights are light until late and the temperature is mild. This tends to be a quieter time to visit many of the attractions compared to June, July and August which are the warmer summer months but also a busy time for holiday makers in the UK. The autumn months offer stunning scenery, especially in the countryside which is transformed into a wash of colours and the colder winter months offer some great opportunities to visit the Christmas markets.

    Find out more and book today

    To choose your United Kingdom cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively use the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to the United Kingdom.

    Happy cruising!

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