Cruising: Big & Small Ships

From cruise ships to small expedition vessels and luxury barges, there are plenty of options for cruising Britain and Ireland. It’s a convenient and carefree way to explore these countries and their many wonderful attractions that enhance any vacation.

See the ancient landmarks, natural beauty and stunning coastlines of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales by ship. Our preferred partners offer a wide range of itineraries and cruising styles to this inspiring destination.

Whether you are looking for an expedition sailing, family cruise or luxury escape, there’s a ship visiting Britain and Ireland that will give you the travel style you want.

While some cruise ship itineraries focus on the ports of Britain and Ireland, many cruises include ports in Western Europe, Norway or Iceland along with some British ports. This gives you great flexibility when selecting the sailing that suits you best.

Many must-see highlights are near the coast so you can visit these interesting places right from your cruise ship. Shore excursions will take you to the most popular sights or delve deeper into a special interest ashore. From Edinburgh Castle to the Giant’s Causeway to Whiskey tasting, there’s a wide variety of options available as well as pre and post-cruise stays that give you even more time to explore.  

Some other holidays afloat you might want to consider are available within each country. You’ll find relaxing small ship and barge cruises that take you up close to the local landscape:

  • Luxury barge journeys through the Scottish highlands, along the upper Thames River in England or on the River Shannon in Ireland.
  • All-inclusive sailings on well-appointed small ships to the beautiful Hebrides archipelago along Scotland’s west coast.
  • Narrow boats through the canals of England, Wales and Scotland take you to unspoiled countryside and charming villages.

Britain is known for many world-class events and cruising can take you there! Azamara Club Cruises holds an annual British Open Golf cruise, ships calling at Edinburgh or Glasgow in August offer excursions to the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and some lines organize pre or post cruise Wimbledon tennis tours if they have ships in England at that time.

Of course, we can also arrange any special event tickets and personalized experiences you might have in mind for Britain and Ireland through our On Location Partners. Our local experts offer an amazing range of unique experiences ashore.

There’s so much to choose from. I’m ready to go. Are you? Cruising Britain and Ireland certainly creates some exciting travel possibilities for a very rewarding vacation.

Photo: Edinburgh, Scotland
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