Cruises to the British Islands are perfect to discover England, Scotland and Ireland in a short time. The UK is rich in history and majestic landscapes will charm you.

When to cruise the British Islands?

Cruises in the British Islands take place between May and September. There is less rain in this period. July is the driest and sunniest month. On the other hand, you should always be prepared for a downpour when travelling in the UK. Average temperatures are between 14 and 17 degrees at this time of year.

Departure ports for cruises in the British Islands

Departures for cruises in the British Islands are from one of the four ports of London: Southampton (Princess), Dover (Princess), Harwich (Celebrity), Tilbury (Holland America) or Copenhagen (Royal Caribbean). Allow at least 2 to 3 days to visit London before or after your cruise.

Ports of call

The most visited ports are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast,), Liverpool and St-Peter Port. A stopover outside the UK is in Le Havre (for Paris) in France. For Le Havre, the tour to Paris includes about 6 hours of transport for 3 hours in Paris (You need at least a few days to discover and appreciate Paris - it’s up to you to judge).

Cruise lines and itineraries

Princess offers 10 to 12-night itineraries throughout the summer from Southampton. The ports visited are: St. Peter Port, Cork, Belfast, Glasgow (Greenock), Dublin, Inverness/Loch Ness, Edinburgh and Paris/Normandie (Le Havre). Depending on the departure date, the itinerary will include Liverpool or Kirkwall.

Celebrity and Royal Caribbean offer a few departures during the summer making the round trip from Amsterdam.

Destinations Highlights

London: London is a beautiful city. The main attractions are Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the magnificent parks, many museums (Tate Britain and Tate Modern, British Museum, Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes Museum etc.). Five days in London will be quickly passed.

Edinburgh: In August, the Military Tatoo takes place.

Liverpool: For Beatles fans, excursions will take you in the footsteps of this legendary band.

Kirkwall: You can discover remnants of prehistoric civilizations

More information about the British Islands on Wikipedia.

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