British Isles & United Kingdom Cruises

A European cruise in the British Isles takes you through the mystical green shores of the United Kingdom. In England and Scotland, exciting cities like London and Glasgow offer a vibrant nightlife, rich history and hundreds of art and culture opportunities. Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Hapag-Lloyd, Holland America, MSC, Oceania, P&O, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, Silverseas, and Swan Hellenic all over European cruise itineraries in the British Isles. Itineraries change all the time, and all of the cruise lines are adding new destinations and ports of call on a regular basis.

Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom

The largest city in Europe, London (Dover) is an exciting and diverse European cruise destination, with endless shore excursion activities. Visit the United Kingdom’s iconic structures such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Many cruises, especially transatlantic cruises, begin in the port of Southampton. This town on England’s southern shores has seen the launch of many famous ships, including the Mayflower and the Titanic. While in Southampton, take the time to visit Bargate, England’s most intricate Medieval gate, and take a tour of the Maritime Museum to see learn about the ships that set sail from this historic port.

In Scotland, make sure to disembark at the port of Leith, as it allows you access to the city of Edinburgh. The United Kingdom’s “must-see” stops in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile takes you back in time as you wind through its four medieval streets. Some European cruise itineraries with destinations in the British Isles stop at Glasgow and stay for the night, allowing passengers to enjoy the city’s nightlife. In Glasgow by day, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery near Glasgow University, and view impressive art collections at the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Burrell Collection.