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See The UK Differently On A British Isles Cruise

Because of our desire to explore the wonders of overseas destinations, we sometimes lose sight of the beauty that can be found closer to home. You don’t have to sail to the Mediterranean or Caribbean to see some amazing places, there are plenty to be found on these wonderful islands that we call home.

As well as operating cruises to popular, far-flung ports of call, many cruise operators can also take you on a round trip of the British Isles. This allows travellers to see many places in the UK that they may never have thought to visit and be reminded how fantastic Britain really is. Some itineraries will just include UK ports, whilst others may also offer stops in nearby countries. Here are some of our favourite British Isles cruises that we currently have available.

Operator: Swan Hellenic

Date: 23rd June 2015

From: Portsmouth

Price: From £3430pp

What Will I See?

Dunett Head Lighthouse

This 14-night offering from Swan Hellenic takes you on a round trip of the UK, stopping at ports in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. With a focus on the Scottish highlands, you are sure to see some fantastic scenery and learn all about this proud country’s history. Spend the day in Edinburgh when you stop at the port of Rosyth and stand on the most northern point of mainland Britain when you visit Scrabster. In addition, there’s the opportunity to look around a number of different castles and the cruise also stops on the island of Guernsey before bringing you back to Portsmouth.

Operator: Cruise and Maritime Voyages

Date: 9th August 2015

From: Liverpool

Price: From £793pp

What Will I See?

Lerwick Scotland

On this 9-night cruise, you will not only get to see the beauty of Scotland’s Shetland Islands and the Isle of Mull, you will also have the opportunity to witness the stunning Norwegian Fjords. After stopping in Lerwick and exploring the remote Shetland archipelago, you will continue on to Norway’s most breathtaking fjord; Geirangerfjord. During your time in the country, you shouldn’t miss the chance to see Briksdal Glacier, near Olden, or grab a souvenir in the quaint fishing town of Bergen. Other highlights include riding the famous railway through the picturesque Flam Valley and getting your own slice of idyllic life in Tobermory, the Scottish town used to film the children’s TV show Balamory.

Operator: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Date: 6th October 2015

From: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Price: From £1019pp

What Will I See?

Giants Causeway

This cruise is entitled ‘Myths and Legends of Ireland and the UK’ and it will allow you to discover some excellent places on the Emerald Isle. As well as Dublin and Cork in the Republic of Ireland, you will also visit the capital of Northern Ireland; Belfast. You will get the chance to gain the ‘gift of the gab’ as you kiss the blarney stone, drink Guinness in its home city, learn about the folklore surrounding leprechauns, and explore the breathtaking Giants Causeway. Also on this 11-night trip, you will consider perhaps the most famous UK legend as you go in search of the Loch Ness monster when stopping at the port of Invergordon.

What’s more, thanks to Fred. Olsen’s new policy, you can travel even if you don’t have a passport. Simply bring another form of photo ID, such as a driver’s licence or bus pass, instead.

Operator: Azamara Club Cruises

Date: 11th July 2016

From: Dublin

Price: Call for details

What Will I See?

Chester Roman Walls

Azamara have teamed up with PerryGolf to offer an 11-night exploration of the Irish Sea which also includes the choice of adding a unique golf package. Those that do take up this option will get the chance to play a round of golf at some of the best courses in the UK, such as The K Club and Royal Portrush, as well as being in attendance for the final day of the British Open at Royal Troon. The trip sets off from Dublin and also offers much to see for those who don’t want to tread the greens. There are beautiful landscapes to enjoy in the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park, as well as the history and culture waiting to be uncovered in places like Chester and Waterford.

Operator: P&O Cruises

Date: 21st August 2016

From: Southampton

Price: From £1127pp

What Will I See?


P&O Cruises’ British Isles cruise will take you all around Britain from the UK’s busiest cruise terminal in Southampton. You’ll visit the island of Skye, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, and also make a stop at the capital of the Orkney Islands; Kirkwall. Wander through the modern shopping paradise of Glasgow, before you travel back in time and discover history from the Neolithic era, in the Outer Hebrides, and the time when the Vikings ruled, in the Orkneys. Before your 12-night cruise comes to an end, you’ll catch a glimpse of the glistening sands of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches and walk the narrow streets of St Peter Port on the island of Guernsey.

This is just a handful of the excellent British Isles cruises we can offer at Fred.\ Cruises. If you would like more information on how you can explore closer to home, please call our team today.

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