No-fly cruises from the UK

More and more people are choosing to cruise direct from the UK, with no waiting for flights or dragging luggage across busy rail or airport terminals

Departures from the UK now offer a wide choice of voyages from a range of different UK departure ports, including London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Hull and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Classic Cruises from the UK

If you prefer a smaller more intimate ship, we offer ex-UK no-fly classic cruises from 6 different ports on the 800-passenger Marco Polo or 550-passenger Azores.

Designed for UK passengers these more traditional cruises offer great value and personal service as well as a wide range of public facilities and stylish entertainment.

Marco Polo and Azores are child-free ships exclusively for adult passengers and cruise from a wide selection of UK ports including London Tilbury, Bristol Avonmouth, Hull, Newcastle and Edinburgh Leith.

Go in search of the spectacular Northern Lights, explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, visit the fascinating Baltic cities, discover the dramatic landscapes of Iceland or cruise around the diverse British Isles.

Cultural Voyages from the UK

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We offer a selection of small ship cultural voyages from the UK on board Voyager and Minerva. You can explore the magnificent Baltic cities, breathtaking Norwegian fjords and the beautiful British Isles on these traditional British cruises with expert guest lecturers, a wide choice of shore excursions and included gratuities.

Both ships operate from Portsmouth with Voyager boasting contemporary furnishings, vast open desk space and modern leisure facilities. Minerva offers country house-style restaurants, panoramic views from the Orpheus Lounge and traditional afternoon tea.

UK Coastal

Spring and Autumn Gardens

6 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Explore beautiful gardens and charming towns on this no-fly holiday in the spring or autumn, with optional excursions to Keukenhof Gardens and Monet's House at Giverny Mid-size Ship

2015 - Mar, Sep

Spring and Autumn Gardens
From £419pp
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Summertime Gardens and Medieval Cities

8 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth to Hull

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Discover the charming towns of Rouen and Honfleur and the quirky capital of Amsterdam on this no-fly holiday with optional excursions to world-renowned gardens. Includes complimentary post-cruise coach transfer to Bristol Avonnmouth Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jun

Summertime Gardens and Medieval Cities
From £615pp
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British Isles Discovery

9 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this no-fly holiday around the beautiful British Isles on board Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr, May

British Isles Discovery
From £765pp
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British Isles Discovery

9 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Discover stunning landscapes, remote islands and traditional communities on this fascinating itinerary around the British Isles on board Marco Polo Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr, May, Aug

British Isles Discovery
From £765pp
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Scottish Islands and Faroes

9 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Admire dramatic scenery, visit picture-postcard villages and explore Gaelic and Norse cultures on this superb no-fly holiday from Bristol Avonmouth to the remote Scottish Islands and Faroes Mid-size Ship

2015 - May

Scottish Islands and Faroes
From £795pp
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British Isles Discovery

10 Nights - Hull to London Tilbury

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this fascinating holiday from Hull or London Tilbury around the British Isles on Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jul

British Isles Discovery
From £795pp
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Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights

12 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Witness a total solar eclipse off the coast of the remote Faroe Islands and explore the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland, where you may be lucky enough to see the magical Northern Lights on this special no-fly itinerary from Bristol Avonmouth Mid-size Ship

2015 - Mar

Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights
From £1449pp
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Heritage of the British Isles

11 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

Discover the rich heritage and breathtaking scenery of the British Isles on this 11-night itinerary from Portsmouth in partnership with the National Trust, with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions Discovery

2015 - May

Heritage of the British Isles
From £1689pp
Book by 10 Nov 2014 to save up to £570pp!

Islands and Highlands of Britain

14 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Discover rich heritage, fascinating capital cities of Edinburgh and Belfast and the remote islands of Lewis and Sark on this superb holiday in partnership with the National Trust, with included shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities Discovery

2015 - Jun

Islands and Highlands of Britain
From £2500pp

Scotland

Scottish Highlands and Islands

7 Nights - Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh

MV Lord of the Glens MV Lord of the Glens

Exclusive Blue Water Holidays charters on board Lord of the Glens - 7-night cruises from Inverness through the scenic Great Glen and Loch Ness to the Hebridean Islands of Mull, Skye, Iona and Eigg - full board cruise including excursions and dedicated tour guide Small Ship

2015 - Jun, Sep

Scottish Highlands and Islands
From £1599pp

Norway Coast

Springtime Fjordland

7 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Admire breathtaking scenery, from towering peaks to cascading waterfalls and explore idyllic villages on this fascinating no-fly itinerary to the beautiful Norwegian fjords on board Marco Polo Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr

Springtime Fjordland
From £495pp
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Summertime Fjordland

6 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

A superb summertime voyage from London Tilbury on Azores exploring Norway's majestic fjordland, from spectacular valleys to foaming waterfalls Mid-size Ship

2015 - Aug

Summertime Fjordland
From £505pp
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Autumn Fjordland

7 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Admire majestic scenery and explore idyllic fjord villages on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the picturesque Norwegian fjords in the Autumn Mid-size Ship

2015 - Sep

Autumn Fjordland
From £509pp
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Summertime Fjordland

6 Nights - Newcastle to Edinburgh Leith

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Explore Norway’s dramatic coastline and breathtaking fjords on this superb summertime voyage from Newcastle on board Marco Polo. Includes complimentary post-cruise coach transfer from Edinburgh Leith to Newcastle Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jun

Summertime Fjordland
From £535pp
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Majestic Fjordland

8 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Combine Norway’s picturesque villages and breathtaking scenery on this fascinating no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the heart of the Norwegian fjords Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr

Majestic Fjordland
From £565pp
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Fjordland Splendour

8 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Enjoy an ever-changing vista of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and picture-postcard villages on this no-fly voyage from Bristol Avonmouth to the Norwegian fjords on Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr

Fjordland Splendour
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Fjordland Splendour

8 Nights - Hull and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Admire snow-capped mountains and explore idyllic villages on this superb no-fly holiday from Hull to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords on board Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jun

Fjordland Splendour
From £705pp
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Land of the Northern Lights

14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Explore the charming towns of Alta and Andalsnes and discover a kaleidoscope of stunning scenery on this fascinating 14-night no-fly holiday in search of the spectacular Northern Lights Mid-size Ship

2015 - Oct

Land of the Northern Lights
From £985pp
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Land of the Northern Lights

14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Cruise from the UK along the Norwegian coast and across the Arctic Circle in search of the magical phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis Mid-size Ship

2015 - Feb, Mar

Norway and the Northern Lights Cruise from the UK
From £1005pp
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Land of the Northern Lights

15 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Discover the haunting winter landscape as you cruise along the dramatic Norwegian coastline and across the Arctic Circle in search of the magical Northern Lights on this no-fly holiday on Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Feb

Land of the Northern Lights
From £1049pp
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Oslo and the Timeless Fjords

10 Nights - Harwich and back

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

Discover the picturesque villages of Olden and Flam and the Viking City of Oslo on this exciting voyage from Harwich to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions Discovery

2015 - May

Oslo and the Timeless Fjords
From £1699pp
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Baltic

Scandinavian Cities

8 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Explore five diverse cities on this superb no-fly holiday to Scandinavia on Marco Polo, with a transit of the famous Kiel Canal Mid-size Ship

2015 - Oct

Scandinavian Cities
From £565pp
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Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

12 Nights - Newcastle and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Discover rich history and architectural treasures on this superb no-fly holiday from Newcastle to the fascinating Baltic cities, with a two day stay in St Petersburg and a transit of the Kiel Canal Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jun

Baltic Cities and St Petersburg
From £989pp
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Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

12 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Discover cultural cities, impressive architecture and artistic heritage on this fascinating no-fly holiday to the Baltic from London Tilbury on Marco Polo or Azores, with a two day stay in St Petersburg Mid-size Ship

2015 - Aug, Sep

Baltic Cities and St Petersburg Cruise from the UK
From £989pp
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Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

12 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Discover history, art and culture on this superb no-fly itinerary to the magnificent Baltic cities, with two full days in St Petersburg and a transit of the impressive Kiel Canal Mid-size Ship

2015 - May

Baltic Cities and St Petersburg
From £1019pp
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Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

12 Nights - Hull and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

With visits to six fascinating cities including a two day stay in historic St Petersburg, this no-fly voyage from Hull on Azores is the perfect way to explore the Baltic Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jul

Baltic Cities and St Petersburg
From £1059pp
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White Nights of the Baltic

15 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Visit beautiful Baltic Cities on this discovery voyage from Portsmouth with overnight stays in St Petersburg, during the White Nights Festival, and Stockholm. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities Discovery

2015 - Jun

White Nights of the Baltic Discovery Cruise
From £2970pp

Atlantic Coast

Portugal and Seville Fiesta

11 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Explore the historic cities of Lisbon and Cadiz and discover architectural treasures on this no-fly holiday to the Iberian Peninsula on small ship Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Apr

Portugal and Seville Fiesta
From £855pp
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Canary Islands

Springtime in the Sub-Tropical Azores

15 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Discover volcanic craters, stunning valleys and tranquil lakes on this no-fly holiday to the unspoilt Azores, Madeira, the floating garden of the Atlantic and fascinating cities around the Iberian Peninsula Mid-size Ship

2015 - Mar

Springtime in the Sub-Tropical Azores
From £1125pp
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Christmas and New Year Canaries

14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style on this 14-night no-fly voyage from London Tilbury to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal Mid-size Ship

2014 - Dec

Christmas and New Year Canaries cruise from the UK
From £1225pp
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Madeira and the Azores in Spring

15 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

This no-fly cruise from Portsmouth visits the volcanic Azores and the beautiful island of Madeira on board Voyager with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions Discovery

2015 - Apr

Madeira and the Azores No-Fly Discovery Cruise
From £1559pp
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Azores Archipelago Adventure

15 Nights - Portsmouth to Malaga

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Join Minerva in Portsmouth to explore picturesque Guernsey, the volcanic Azores islands and cultural Cadiz in Spain. Includes return flight from Malaga, shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities Discovery

2015 - Jul

Azores Archipelago Discovery Cruise
From £2165pp

Iceland

Land of Ice and Fire

12 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores Azores

Discover Iceland's dramatic landscapes, from spectacular geysers to bubbling mud pools and geothermal hot springs on this superb no-fly voyage from Bristol Avonmouth on Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - May

Land of Ice and Fire
From £1060pp
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Iceland and Northern Isles

13 Nights - London Tilbury to Newcastle

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

A fascinating no-fly cruise from London Tilbury or Newcastle exploring Torshavn on the remote Faroe Islands, Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire and the rugged Scottish Isles Mid-size Ship

2015 - May

Iceland and Northern Isles
From £1060pp
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Total Solar Eclipse

13 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

This fantastic 13-night discovery cruise gives you the opportunity to witness a Total Solar Eclipse and explore Iceland, the breathtaking “Land of Ice and Fire” with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions Discovery

2015 - Mar

Total Eclipse Discovery cruise from Portsmouth on Voyager
From £1699pp

France North

Great European Rivers and Cities

6 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Explore the quirky city of Amsterdam and visit the diamond capital of Antwerp on the River Scheldt before cruising the beautiful River Seine to historic Rouen and charming Honfleur on this no-fly itinerary on Marco Polo Mid-size Ship

2015 - Oct

Great European Rivers and Cities
From £419pp
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A Flemish and French Masterpiece

14 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Enjoy the Bastille Day celebrations in Bordeaux and follow in the footsteps of artists in the fishing port of Honfleur on this superb holiday from Portsmouth in partnership with RHS Garden Holidays. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities Discovery

2015 - Jul

A Flemish and French Masterpiece
From £2580pp

Amazon

River Amazon from the UK

42 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

A unique no-fly voyage to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Amazon from London Tilbury, taking in the West Indies and the Azores Mid-size Ship

2015 - Jan

No-fly River Amazon Cruise - West Indies and the Azores
From £2999pp
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Summer Solstice and the North Cape

14 Nights - Portsmouth to Harwich

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

Discover breathtaking fjords, rugged islands and charming fishing villages on this superb 14-night no-fly discovery cruise to Norway and the majestic North Cape with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions Discovery

Summer Solstice and the North Cape discovery cruise

Land of the Northern Lights

14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

Combine land, sea and sky on this 14-night no-fly cruise searching for the breathtaking Northern Lights, through the beautiful Norwegian fjords and visiting traditional Norwegian communities Mid-size Ship

Northern Lights Cruise from the UK
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An Icelandic Summer

15 Nights - Portsmouth and back

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Discover Iceland's unique landscape, explore the picturesque Outer Hebrides and visit the remote Faroe Islands on this fascinating 15-night no-fly discovery cruise from the UK on Minerva. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities Discovery

An Icelandic Summer Discovery Cruise

Land of the Northern Lights

15 Nights - Bristol Avonmouth and back

Voyage in search of the spectacular Northern Lights along the Norwegian Coastline and to the Arctic Circle on this 15-night no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth on 475-passenger Funchal Mid-size Ship

Land of the Northern Lights Cruise from the UK
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