Now that cruises are readily available to board in UK ports, it doesn’t make any sense to deal with the stress of a busy airport, and then have to squeeze yourself uncomfortably onto a flight before you get to relax on ship. Why not just leave from the UK instead?
There are numerous ports in the UK where cruises set sail. Cruises from Southampton, for instance, are becoming increasingly popular for those looking to avoid the airports.
The five cruises that leave from British ports we’ve outlined for you may help to make your decision. It’s not too late to make last minute cruises a possibility for your holiday this year.
The Marco Polo Cruise
The Marco Polo sets sail from Tilbury, and stops over at various British ports including Kirkwall, Stornoway, Dublin, St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, Guernsey and Dorset.
Accommodating up to 800 passengers, the ship has a relaxed atmosphere and will make you feel right at home with their array of facilities, including the Waldorf Restaurant and Marco’s Bistro. Equipped with five spacious and relaxing lounge areas, this cruise is ideal for you if you’re looking to get away from screaming children – it operates on an adults-only basis.
The Celebrity Eclipse Cruise
Sailing from Southampton, the Celebrity Eclipse takes luxury to a new level, boasting a real grass lawn on its top deck!
Ports of call include Cork, Blarney Castle and the Jameson Whiskey distillery. The cruise will then go on to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Russia.
When you’re not relaxing in the AquaClass staterooms, venture onto the top deck for some relaxation and socialising at the Patio on the Lawn and the Sunset Bar. This voyage makes for a truly unforgettable trip.
The P&O Arcadia Cruise
The P&O Arcadia cruise leaves from Southampton, on a 24-night trip to the north-east of America. Ideal for those with a lot of time and money to spend!
The first stop will be in New York, then the cruise will continue onwards to Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Portland, and Maine, just to name a few.
The trip concludes in Quebec, before returning homewards. Like the Marco Polo, children aren’t allowed, so there’s guaranteed peace and quiet.
The Crow’s Nest Lounge offers stunning views, and if you’re bored, there’s a boutique cinema and a piano bar… and a spa!
The Marina Cruise
This luxury cruise ship leaves from Dover, with plenty of elegant suites and a strong selection of dining options.
Ports of call include Amsterdam, Bruges, St. Peter Port, Saint-Malo, La Rochelle, Biarritz and Santander.
There’ll be plenty of time to explore the ship’s various gastronomic delights. After sampling the food at the main dining hall, you have the option to venture onwards to the Italian Toscana, the steakhouse, the French bistro and, if none of those catch your fancy, you can always go east with the Asian restaurant, Red Ginger.
The DFDS Cruise
Need to bring your kids along? The DFDS cruise deserves a special mention for the ‘mini-cruise’ they offer. The ship sets sail from Harwich, stopping over at Esbjerg and Fano. The next day, thrill the kids by taking them to Legoland by coach!