With holidays in Britain set to thrive this year, why not try something a little different and head out to sea. Cruise lines are looking forward to welcoming passengers back on board again in a ‘return to cruising’ initiative, with many designing UK specific cruise itineraries especially for the launch. But with so many options to choose from, it’s understandable that you may be a little overwhelmed - so we’re here to help! Take a look at our best cruise ships for a UK staycation and start planning, now.

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Disney Magic Cruise Ship

Best cruise ship for families - Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Lines

If you’re looking to share your UK cruise staycation with little ones, then we know just where you should go! Hop on board ‘Disney Magic’, for Disney Cruise Lines’ seven-night British Isles Cruise from Dover, the perfect staycation cruise for families.

You’ll explore the majestic coastline of the UK, sailing from Dover and stopping off in some of Britain and Ireland’s most magical locations, including Plymouth, Cork, Dublin, Greenock and Liverpool. On board, the children will be in their element with live shows, family deck parties and of course, familiar faces in the form of some of Disney’s most lovable characters. 

Cabins and suites on board Disney Magic are perfect for families, with a spacious lay out, plenty of storage room and couches as well as beds so you can relax after a busy day of fun. For the grown ups, Disney Magic has a dedicated ‘adults only’ pool and supervised clubs and play areas are always available so you too can enjoy the finer side of UK cruising.

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Best cruise ship for couples - Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

Cruise around the British Isles on board Celebrity Cruises’ ‘Celebrity Silhouette’, the perfect cruise ship for couples looking for a romantic UK staycation. 

You’ll board in Southampton for a six-night cruise, stopping off in Greenock and Belfast, and discover the stunning western coastline of the UK while you spend four-days at sea. Recently refurbished, Celebrity Silhouette offers passengers even more space to relax on board, with large areas for socialising with new friends and a new outdoor grill area for a touch of laid back dining. 

Choose from a selection of exquisite menus in one of the ship’s on board restaurants, try your luck in the casino or sit back and sample some delicious cocktails with the one you love in the Martini Bar. While on board, why not head to the adult’s only solarium for a dip in the hot tub before heading to the spa for a couples massage. We guarantee you’ll come back absolutely smitten - whether it’s with your partner or the cruise ship is another question!

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Best cruise ship for adults only - Spirit of Discovery - Saga

Just for the grown ups, Saga’s ‘Spirit of Discovery’ is the perfect cruise ship for adults only cruises offering a smaller, boutique style British Isles staycation without the hustle and bustle associated with family cruise lines. 

New to the fleet in 2019, Spirit of Discovery is a stunning example of how size isn’t everything, with a guest capacity of just 999 and a balcony in all cabins on board, meaning you can enjoy every inch of sensational scenery while sailing on a five-night Celtic Escape cruise. Relax in the on board spa, enjoy late night music in The Club and hit the West End with a visit to The Playhouse, Saga’s first ever floating theatre.

Dining is a unique affair, with a selection of restaurants to choose from. Head to The Grand Dining Room for a traditional culinary experience, devour fresh seafood in Coast to Coast or book a table in East to West, where you’ll find a menu offering guests the chance to sample some delicious Asian infusion cuisine. As well as everything you would expect to find on board, cruises on Spirit of Discovery come with a whole host of extras, including VIP door to door travel, included gratuities, optional insurance and cancellation cover.

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Best cruise line for luxury - Seven Seas Splendour - Regent Seven Seas

For those looking for a luxury UK cruise staycation, step on board Regent Seven Seas’ newest ship, ‘Seven Seas Splendour’ where you can explore Regal Lands and Historic Castles on a 12-night cruise of the British Isles.

Stop off in some of the UK’s most impressive ports, including Holyhead, Belfast, Cork, Kirkwall and Edinburgh while sailing in unparalleled luxury. Each cabin offers guests a private balcony and is decorated in an exquisite style with comfort in mind. In addition, passengers can choose from a range of restaurants offering mouth watering cuisine and service that is second to none. 

Entertainment matches the style of the ship, offering passengers a superior experience, with live cabaret shows, daytime enrichment programmes, and a prestige selection of on board boutiques. Try you luck in the casino or head to the spa for a relaxing massage with high end products that will leave you looking and feeling revitalised and replenished. Whatever you decide to do while on board Seven Seas Splendour, we have no doubt that you’ll head home after your cruise staycation feeling on top of the world. 


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Best cruise line for value - Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

Recently launched to support the UK industry’s ‘Return to Cruising’ initiative, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Anthem of the Seas’ offers guests a unique value for money staycation experience. Sailing from Southampton, passengers can enjoy a four-night Ocean Getaway, soaking up the UK sunshine on a seacation packed with fabulous extras.

While on board, experience the North Star® observation capsule where you’ll enjoy 360-degree views out over the ocean from 90ft above sea level, surf on the FloRider® and see what it’s like to skydive in the RipCord® by iFLY®. Your taste buds will tingle at meal times, where you’ll have the choice of laid back dining in Jamie’s Italian Kitchen to a more formal affair at the Chef’s Table. 

As night falls, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a fantastic selection of entertainment options available. Sip a cocktail made by robots in the Bionic Bar®, get up on your feet at West End musical We Will Rock You or have your mind blown at Spectre’s Cabaret, where music and tech collide to offer guests a quirky pop culture experience


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