With the UK bracing itself for an influx of home travellers this year and next, cruise lines are offering a whole host of brand new itineraries to meet the demand for a UK holiday. If you’re looking for a little something extra, a cruise around the British Isles may be the perfect option for you and your family, but how do you choose who to sail with? To help, we take a look at the top cruise lines for a UK staycation to suit your holiday needs.

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Best cruise line for couples - Princess Cruises

Whether you’re looking to rekindle a romance or celebrate your love, Princess are the perfect cruise line for couples. Princess has launched a range of UK ‘seacations’ for 2021, ranging from 3-night breaks to 12-night cruises around the British Isles


Step on board the cruise line’s ‘Regal Princess’ and enjoy a range of experiences and activities perfect for couples. Stroll hand in hand along the 28ft glass bottomed ‘Seawalk’ which extends out over the edge of the ship or head to the ‘Sanctuary’, a retreat reserved exclusively for adults, where you and your partner can enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the hands of the ‘serenity stewards’, who’ll be happy to serve you signature beverages and treat you to an al fresco massage.


Romantic meals for two are no problem on board a Princess cruise of the UK, with a selection of included dining options available, from traditional fare to pizzas. If you’re celebrating an anniversary, why not book a table at one of the speciality restaurants, where a small additional charge may apply, and sample some of the most exquisite cuisine at sea. 


Your evenings on board will never be dull, with a choice of entertainment on offer daily, from live bands in the Piazza to a game of roulette in the casino. Finally, you can look forward to a great night’s sleep, with all cabins on board featuring large comfy beds, perfect for lazy mornings with your loved one. 


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Best cruise line for families - P&O Cruises

If you’re looking for a cruise line that offers an exciting choice of UK staycations for families, P&O’s new range of British Isle cruises are perfect for you. The popular cruise line has recently announced a selection of new family friendly UK cruises in time for the industry’s ‘Return to Cruising’ initiative, meaning there’s even more choice available if you’ll be sailing with your family. 


Choosing from cruises on board ‘Iona’ or ‘Britannia’, families will be in their element with the great selection of dining options, entertainment schedules and on board activities available. For kids, there are a fantastic range of alternative dining options on offer, from an early buffet tea to delicious cheesy pizzas, while the adults may prefer a more formal affair in one of the luxury style restaurants. The choice of food is exceptional and is always of high quality, so whatever your taste buds are tingling for, there’s bound to be something for everyone. 


Children’s clubs are available every day on board ‘Britannia’, with a whole host of exciting, fun activities perfect for kids up to the age of 17 and the evening entertainment schedule will be sure to have people of all ages on their feet having a great time. 


Each of P&O’s family friendly cruise ships offer passengers a range of swimming pools, some of which are for adults only, and feature a sports deck perfect for football, tennis and basketball, ideal for the teenagers too cool to sunbathe with their parents! 


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Best cruise line for adults only - Fred. Olsen

If you’re looking for an adults only UK cruise, Fred. Olsen has a selection of exciting options just for you. While children can be a great addition to a UK holiday, some passengers may be looking to escape the general hustle and bustle of a family affair on a chilled out UK staycation just for the grown ups (and let’s face it, with nearly a year of home schooling, even those with kiddies may need a break too!).


Whether you’re sailing on a no-fly British Isles and Summer Wildlife cruise on board ‘Bolette’ or Touring Scenic Britain on ‘Borealis’, there a plenty of things to see and do while on an adults only cruise with Fred. Olsen. 


Enjoy delicious gourmet food in the on board restaurants, soak up the sun on deck while chatting with fellow passengers and rekindle a romance over a cocktail in one of the ship’s bars. The entertainment is designed exclusively for adults too, with a range of live bands, cabaret shows and comedy showcases which change daily. And lets not forget the on board spa, where you and your friend or partner can relax in a tranquil setting, either enjoying a massage or simply chatting across a lounger. 


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Best cruise line for for luxury - MSC Cruises


Like many of their competitors, MSC have developed a fantastic British Isle cruise calendar commencing in May 2021, and if you’re looking for a luxury UK cruise, you’re in for a treat.


Step on board MSC’s latest flagship, ‘MSC Virtuosa’, affectionately known as a ‘Masterpiece of the Sea‘ and discover why this new addition makes MSC the best cruise line for luxury. First and foremost, the ship is beautifully designed, with a sweeping LED dome covering its indoor promenade, a delightful 1168m2 space featuring heaps of retail and dining extravagance including 11 state of the art boutiques selling over 250 well-known brands. On deck, you’ll find a selection of five unique swimming pools and the largest waterpark at sea.


Below deck, visit the MSC Aurea Spa and relax in its tranquil setting while you enjoy massages, facials and a range of other beauty treatments. If fitness is your thing, head to the panoramic gym which features the latest Technogym equipment or top up your tan in the solarium. With 10 on board dining options to choose from, ranging from gourmet five-course meals to sushi and over 21 bars, one of which features the world’s first robotic bartender, there are plenty of options for your daily food and drink needs. Plus, all 2021 UK cruises on board ‘MSC Virtuosa’ include premium all-inclusive drinks and gratuities. 


With itineraries departing from Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock, there are plenty of choices available for various durations and we know that whichever cruise you choose to take on board ‘MSC Virtuosa’, you’ll disembark having experienced a new level of luxury that will be difficult to beat. 


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Best cruise line for value - Saga

If you’re looking for a cruise line that offers the best value for money, then head to over 50’s cruise provider, Saga. Recently announcing a catalogue of fresh, new British Isle cruises on board their latest ship, ‘Spirit of Adventure’, in addition to those already planned for their flag ship, ‘Spirit of Discovery’, Saga offer a scenic cruise around the UK on board a small boutique ship with loads of added extras included in your fare.


While the price person may seem a little higher than other cruise lines, it’s important to remember what you’ll get included as standard when you sail with Saga. For starters, all cruises include Saga’s VIP travel service, so you’ll be able to start your UK staycation as soon as you step out of the door, in a chauffeur driven vehicle to the departure port and home on your return. Once on board, you’ll be shown to one of the ship's cabins, all of which have a balcony, so there’s no need to pay extra to wake up looking out to sea. 


As well as all of your food, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, you’ll also find a selection of delicious ‘included’ beverages to choose from at meal times, including scrumptious house wines, beers and soft drinks. And there’s no need to tip the wonderful staff (unless you really want to) as all gratuities are included in your fare too. Wi-Fi is also included, as is travel insurance. However, if you’re already fully covered and don’t need the included insurance, you can opt to receive a discount on your overall fare.


There are also a great selection of included excursions available on each cruise, so when cruising the British Isles with Saga, you won’t be caught off guard with a large bill when you depart - winner!


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