As more and more people prepare to holiday closer to home, we share our top UK cruises for the ultimate staycation.

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Visit Kilkenny Castle on a cruise of the British Isles.

Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline - Hurtigruten

Cruising from Dover, you’ll head off on board MS Maud for a 13-day cruise around the UK with Hurtigruten. Your first port of call will be to the quaint village of Fishgaurd in Wales where you can explore the Gwaun Valley and Preseli Mountains. You’ll then sail to Raithlin Island where you’ll witness Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony before heading off to discover some of Scotland’s most beautiful islands; the Isle of Iona, St. Kilda on Hirta Island and Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see mink whales in their natural habitat and discover where traditional Harris Tweed is made.


On day eight, you’ll head to Islay, the perfect port for whisky lovers, where you can enjoy a visit to one of the Island’s many distilleries, famous for their ‘peaty’ single-malts before cruising to Douglas on the Isle of Man, with over 100-miles of magnificent coastline and cascading cliffs. Day-10 will see you arrive in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, famous for its quaint villages and strong Norse history. While here, we highly recommend a visit to Kilkenny Castle, one of the earliest Norman castles noted.


Your final days a sea will be spent visiting the Isle of Scilly and Dartmouth, well-known for its rich maritime history. Pay a visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College and Buckfast Abbey before heading back to the Port of Dover where you’ll disembark. This UK cruise has departures available on two dates in August and September 2021 and is perfect for those looking to discover the true British Isles while learning about wildlife and history with the help of on board experts from the expedition team, including experienced ornithologists. 


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Secrets of the Emerald Isles - Saga

 

If you’re over 50 and looking for an adults only cruise, the Celtic Escapes cruise on board Saga’s ‘Spirit of Discovery’ is the perfect UK getaway for you. Departing on 10th September 2022 for nine nights, you’ll sail from Southampton and spend one night at sea before arriving at Belfast in Northern Ireland. Here, you’ll head ashore for an included excursion to see the highlights of the city, famous for its notable shipbuilding and industrial history and popular landmarks including the stunning 19th century grand opera house and Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway.


From here, you’ll cruise to Killybegs where you can head ashore on another included excursion and follow the heritage trail to the medieval church. You'll also stop in the popular ports of Galway and Cobh before returning to Southampton.


This all-inclusive UK cruise is ideal for those looking for a relaxed voyage around Ireland on a small boutique style ship. All of ‘Spirit of Adventure’s’  cabins come with a balcony as standard and all gratuities, 24-hour room service and travel insurance are included. 


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12-day British Isles with Liverpool - Princess Cruises

Depart from Southampton and spend 12 days on board discovering nine of the UK’s most popular ports. Your first port of call is Portland, situated on the coast of Dorset. Here, choose from one of the cruise’s optional excursions, including trips to Stonehenge, Corfe Castle and the Bovington Tank Museum. On day three you’ll arrive in St. Peter’s Port in Guernsey, where you can learn about the German military occupation during WWII or cycle along the island’s picturesque coastline. 


After a day at sea, you’ll arrive in Cork, where a visit to Blarney Castle is an absolute must for those interested in Ireland’s rich history, and perhaps treat yourself to some delicate new wine glasses on an excursion to the world famous House of Waterford Crystal. From Cork, you’ll enjoy an overnight sail to Greenock on Scotland’s west coast. While docked in Greenock you’ll have the opportunity to visit Glasgow for a spot of shopping or head to Loch Lomond on one of the optional excursions available before you sail off to Belfast where a visit to Giant’s Causeway is a popular choice. 


Finally, you’ll sail to Liverpool, the 2008 ‘City of Culture’, where you’ll explore some of the many museums and galleries before heading back to Southampton. This is an ideal staycation cruise for those looking to discover a number of different ports over a 12-day period on board a larger ship, perfect for families. 


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If you’d like to find out more about the UK cruises we offer, take a look around our website or call our knowledgeable team on 01737 646412.