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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.

  • Marco Polo
  • The Waldorf Restaurant
  • Minerva

Cruises From The Uk Info

Classic Cruises from the UK

We offer ex-UK no-fly classic cruises from 12 different ports on 1400-passenger flagship Columbus, 800-passenger Marco Polo, 550-passenger Astoria, 1250-passenger Magellan and 600-passenger Astor.

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.

The ships are exclusively for adult passengers and cruise from a wide selection of UK ports including London Tilbury, Bristol Avonmouth, Hull, Newcastle and Edinburgh Leith. However, flagship Columbus is operating two family-friendly voyages from London Tilbury in August 2017.

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. In addition to these popular itineraries, we also offer no-fly cruises to colourful Cuba and Central America, as well as the Arctic, including Spitsbergen and Greenland.

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.

Norwegian Fjords in Summer The Azores Tobermory, Scotland

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All of our No-fly cruises from the UK are shown below. Tick the boxes to filter by date, areas and departure port.

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • This no-fly cruise from Newcastle explores the Norwegian fjords visiting picturesque villages and the vibrant city of Bergen. There is also an option to embark in Dundee

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug, Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £399pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Experience the beauty of the Norwegian fjords on this fascinating 6-night cruise from London Tilbury on board Columbus, visiting Bergen with its iconic wharf and Flam, home to one of the world's most spectacular railways

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £435pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Choice of Ships
      • Admire majestic scenery and explore the idyllic villages of Eidfjord and Flam on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the picturesque Norwegian fjords

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep
        2017 - Apr, Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd passenger free PLUS free cabin upgrade, discounted car parking and OBC!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Choice of Ships
      • 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
      • 2017 - Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £485pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Discover the scenic splendour of Norway’s majestic fjords and explore picturesque villages on this fascinating no-fly cruise from London Tilbury

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £495pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Admire dramatic scenery, discover bountiful wildlife and explore ancient cultures on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the remote Scottish islands and Faroes

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £510pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Sail from Bristol Avonmouth to explore the fascinating cities and colourful coasts of sun-kissed France, Spain and Portugal on this superb no-fly cruise on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £665pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Choice of Ships
      • A 9-night no-fly cruise on Columbus or Magellan exploring the picturesque British Isles, from the iconic landmarks of Dublin to Tobermory's colourful harbour and the dramatic scenery of the remote Orkney archipelago

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep
        2017 - Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £669pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Choice of Ships
      • Discover stunning landscapes, remote islands and traditional communities on this fascinating itinerary around the British Isles

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £699pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Choice of Ships
      • Explore the stunning Norwegian fjords, the remote Shetland Islands and colourful Tobermory on the Isle of Mull on this no-fly voyage from Liverpool

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 40%! Now from just £699pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Discover the history, heritage and culture of the Baltic on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury visiting six fascinating cities with an overnight stay in St Petersburg

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 60%! Now from just £699pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the historical cities, unique cultures and colourful coasts of sun-kissed France, Spain and Portugal on this superb no-fly cruise from Cardiff

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - May
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £725pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Choice of Ships
      • Discover cultural cities, impressive architecture and artistic heritage on this fascinating no-fly holiday to the Baltic from London Tilbury on Magellan, with a two day stay in St Petersburg

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Aug, Sep
        2017 - May, Jul, Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £785pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Explore the fascinating cities of Lisbon and La Coruna, and discover architectural treasures on this 12-night no-fly cruise to the Iberian Peninsula on board Columbus

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £755pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, enjoy two full days in the lively capital of Dublin and discover the remote Orkney Islands on this unique no-fly cruise from Newport on Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE! Now from just £765pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Explore fascinating historical cities and discover grand architecture on this no-fly cruise to the Iberian Peninsula from Dublin on board Magellan. There is the option to embark in Liverpool

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £799pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Marco Polo explores Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire with its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and geothermal springs and the remote Northern Isles on this no-fly holiday from Edinburgh Leith

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 55%! Now from just £799pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • An exciting 14-night no-fly voyage from London Tilbury in search of the magical Northern Lights, visiting the Hanseatic port of Bergen, Arctic capital of Tromso and charming Honningsvag, gateway to the dramatic North Cape

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Mar
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd passenger free PLUS free cabin upgrade, discounted car parking and OBC!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the beautiful scenery and rich island heritage of the British Isles on this wonderful no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - May
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £800pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Take in the dramatic scenery of the Norwegian coastline on this 14-night no-fly holiday in search of the spectacular Northern Lights

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct
        2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £930pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Choice of Ships
      • Visit the idyllic islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Madeira and the cultural cities of Amsterdam and Lisbon on this No-fly cruise from the UK

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct
        2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £889pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • A fascinating no-fly cruise from Newcastle exploring Torshavn on the remote Faroe Islands, Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire and the rugged Scottish Isles

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £870pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Join Marco Polo in Liverpool on this fascinating 12-night no-fly cruise, exploring the beautiful scenery and fascinating history of the British Isles

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £895pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Discover Iceland's spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and geothermal hot springs on this 12-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on Columbus

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £895pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the remote Faroe Islands, breathtaking landscapes of Iceland and rugged Shetland archipelago on this superb 12-night no-fly cruise from Hull on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £895pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • With visits to six fascinating cities including a two day stay in historic St Petersburg, this no-fly voyage from Hull is the perfect way to explore the Baltic

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £895pp!

    • Princess Ship - Crown Princess
      Choice of Ships
      • Visit some of the most spectacular and historical cities in Northern Europe including Copenhagen and Oslo on this 7-night no-fly cruise from the UK

      • Large Ship
      • 2017 - May, Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Choice of Ships
      • Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style on this 14-night no-fly voyage to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Dec
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £910pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Explore the volcanic Canary Islands before heading to the stunning scenery of Madeira and historic treasures of Lisbon on this special 14-night family-orientated voyage from London Tilbury on board Columbus

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd passenger FREE - now from just £929pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • 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, on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Apr
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £945pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Discover the treasures of the Baltic and Russia on this 14-night no-fly cruise from Newcastle, visiting the beautiful cities of Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Includes two full days in St Petersburg.

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £1015pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Discover the rich heritage, stunning landscapes and remote islands of the British Isles on this superb no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on board Columbus

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 40% - now from just £1079pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Enjoy an ever-changing vista of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and picture-postcard villages on this 8-night no-fly voyage from Hull to the Norwegian fjords on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE! Now from just £595pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, dramatic North Cape and stunning scenery of Spitsbergen on this unique no-fly voyage from Edinburgh Rosyth on Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 40% - now from just £1259pp!

    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • Discover the dramatic natural wonders and fascinating wildlife of Iceland and the remote Faroe Islands on this superb no-fly discovery cruise from Portsmouth, with expert guest speakers and optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - May
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Superb savings on Standard fares!

    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • Visit grand European capital cities bursting with colourful history and enchanting architectural treasures on this no-fly discovery cruise from Portsmouth. Includes a two day stay in magnificent St Petersburg, a transit of the Kiel Canal, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - May
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Superb savings on Standard fares!

    • MV Lord of the Glens
      MV Lord of the Glens
      • A unique 7-night cruise on Lord of the Glens 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

      • Small Ship
      • 2016 - Jul, Sep
        2017 - May, Jun, Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • New departure dates added!

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Explore the picturesque British Isles on this fascinating no-fly cruise from Portsmouth. Includes guest speakers, gratuities and shore excursions including the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo

      • Discovery
      • 2016 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Saver fares from just £1599pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the magnificent beauty of Greenland, the dramatic landscapes of Iceland and the scenic Faroes on this epic no-fly cruise adventure from Hull or Edinburgh Rosyth

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 40% - now from just £1839pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Enjoy an epic voyage of discovery, exploring spectacular Eastern Canada in the glorious fall on board elegant Marco Polo, on this no-fly cruise from the UK

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Aug, Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £1960pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Escape to the Caribbean and soak up the winter sun on this no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth on Marco Polo, visiting the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Feb
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 55% - now from just £1979pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • A unique no-fly voyage to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Amazon from Bristol Avonmouth, taking in the West Indies and the Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jan
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to 50%! Now from just £2259pp!

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Designed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, this superb no-fly cruise from Portsmouth takes in some of the best gardens in Britain and France, including the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Monet's Garden in Giverny, and includes entry to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Fascinating shore excursions and guest lectures are also included

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • FREE cabin upgrade PLUS save up to 15% on Balcony cabins!

    • Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey
      Aegean Odyssey
      • A 14-night no-fly cruise exploring Iceland’s dramatic scenery and the remote Faroe and Shetland Islands on board Aegean Odyssey. Includes a fascinating selection of guided shore excursions and expert guest speakers

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Jun, Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to £800 per cabin!

    • Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey
      Aegean Odyssey
      • Explore the historical castles, tranquil countryside and charming towns and cities of Ireland and the United Kingdom on this luxury discovery voyage. Includes a 2-night hotel stay in historic Edinburgh, an overnight stop in Dublin and a fascinating selection of guided shore excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Jul
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to £800 per cabin!

    • Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey
      Aegean Odyssey
      • Cruise from the UK along the coast of France, Spain and Portugal uncovering their vast history and sampling regional delights. Includes 2-night hotel stay in Lisbon, overnight hotel stay in the Loire, return flight to the UK and guided excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Aug
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save up to £800 per cabin!

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Discover rich history and spectacular architecture on this superb 15-night no-fly voyage from Portsmouth on Minerva exploring the fascinating Baltic cities, with an overnight stop in St Petersburg and a transit of the impressive Kiel Canal. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Apr
        Included with this holiday ...

    • FREE cabin upgrade PLUS save up to 15% on Balcony cabins!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus
      Columbus
      • Soak up the winter sun in idyllic Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean on this epic no-fly adventure from London Tilbury aboard Columbus

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £2719pp!

    • Hebridean Island Cruises Ship - Hebridean Princess
      Hebridean Princess
      • A 7-night all-inclusive cruise aboard the luxurious Hebridean Princess, exploring the natural beauty of the Hebridean islands of Skye, Rasaay, Harris and Eigg including superb shore excursions accompanied by expert guides

      • Small Ship
      • 2016 - Sep
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager
      Seven Seas Voyager
      • An 11-night luxury all-inclusive cruise around the beautiful coast of Great Britain visiting Ireland, Scotland and Wales with unlimited free shore excursions

      • Luxury
      • 2017 - Jun
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Discover rich heritage and history of the Highlands, Islands and Emerald Isle on this superb no-fly cruise in partnership with the National Trust, with included shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
    • 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
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Join Magellan in London Tilbury to circumnavigate the coast of Iceland, the Faroes and the Shetland Islands

      • Mid-size Ship

Cruises From The Uk Highlights

Alesund

Alesund is built across three islands and uniquely for Norway, is an Art Nouveau town, rebuilt in this style after a devastating fire in 1904. The KUBE Art Museum is housed in the former premises of the Norwegian Bank, and upmarket shops line Apotekergata. For good views of the islands, hills and coast, take the steps from Alesund's park up to Mount Aksla. Worthy of a visit is the magnificent 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal.

Alesund (Norway)

Amsterdam

The cruise terminal in Amsterdam is a short distance from the city centre and its tall merchant houses and tree-lined canals. Chief sights are the prestigious Rijksmuseum and its large collection of important paintings, the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank's House. The attractive narrow streets are full of bars, coffee houses, quaint bridges and interesting shops.

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Antwerp

Antwerp port is adjacent to the Steen and connected by metro to the city, which is an important centre of the diamond trade. Cobbled lanes criss-cross the city leading to art galleries, antique and chocolate shops, and the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame, which holds paintings by Rubens, the tall Flemish buildings of the Grote Markt and the City Hall. Antwerp is also a fashion capital, and the forthcoming Port Authority HQ was designed by groundbreaking architect, Zaha Hadid.

Antwerp (Belgium)

Arrecife

The lunar landscape of Lanzarote is the result of heavy volcanic activity in the past, and there are 300 dormant volcanoes on the island known as the 'Mountains of Fire', where camel rides are offered through the petrified lava fields. Arrecife is the main port and capital and is close to the beach resort of Puerto del Carmen. Its pretty seafront is bordered by a promenade and gardens leading to the town's bazaar and the shopping district of Calle Leon y Castillo.

Belfast

The capital of Northern Ireland has fine Victorian buildings and a thriving port where the Titanic was built - Thompson Dock is a blueprint in stone of the ship's size. Belfast is divided into quarters, and Gaeltacht and the Falls Road are at the heart of its Celtic culture. Sights to visit from Belfast include the Giant's Causeway on the Antrim coast, and Mount Stewart house overlooking Strangford Lough.

Belfast (Northern Ireland)

Bergen

The old Hanseatic port of Bergen is within walking distance of the city centre and the famous Bryggen, the World Heritage listed waterfront area of gabled traditional buildings which dates back 900 years. The outdoor fish market is one of Bergen's popular tourist attractions, along with the Floibanen, the funicular which travels up Mount Floyen close to Skomadkerdiket Lake for views of the city and the sea.

Bergen (Norway)

Brugge

Bruges is a beautiful old town in Flanders crossed by a network of canals. It is famous for its chocolate and for diamonds, and has the Choco-Story centre and a Diamond Museum. Sights include Michelangelo's sculpture of the Madonna and Child in the Church of our Lady , the historic Markt Square, and the tranquil area of Le Beguinage, founded in the 13th century by the women of the Beguine movement.

Brugge (Zeebrugge, Belgium)

Cadiz

Cadiz is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The city is dominated by the gold dome of the Baroque Cathedral Nueva, and there are several historic buildings including the mansions around Plaza San Antonio, the Admiral's House and the Tavira Tower. Classical flamenco singing can be heard in the Santa Maria District, and recently opened to the public is the large Roman theatre discovered following a fire in the 1980s.

Cadiz (Spain)

Cork

Cobh is a charming town and port, and has an impressive cathedral with a commemorative statue to the millions of Irish emigrants who left here for North America between the 19th and mid-20th centuries. It is the port for Cork and visits to Blarney Castle and its famous stone. Also in Cork is the historic Beamish and Crawford Brewery, the English Market and the Crawford Gallery, which has a collection of Rodin bronzes.

Dublin

Dublin port is only a few minutes by bus from the city centre. Dublin sits beside the River Liffey and is renowned for its hospitality, pubs and literary heritage. Among the sights are Trinity College which houses the 8th-century Book of Kells, the Dublin Writers Museum and the Guinness Brewery, which offers tours.

Dublin (Ireland)

Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is visited from the ports of Rosyth and Leith, the latter being home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, now open to visitors. Elegant Princes Street is lined with shops, and overlooked by cliff-top Edinburgh Castle. The famous Royal Mile stretches from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Tours can be taken by open-top bus around the city, which has an old town and numerous museums and galleries.

Edinburgh (Queensferry, Scotland)

Falmouth

Falmouth is Jamaica's newest cruise port, surrounded by sugar plantations and grazing land, and has many historic Georgian buildings which are currently being preserved. Greenwood Great House was once owned by Elizabeth Barrett Browning's family and now holds a collection of rare musical instruments, and offshore is the Luminous Lagoon, where microscopic organisms give off phosphorescent light.

Falmouth (Jamaica)

Falmouth

Falmouth has good sandy beaches, narrow alleys leading up from the waterfront, a variety of shops along the Kings Pipe and plenty of atmospheric old inns. Glendurgen Garden is a pleasant park with a subtropical garden and a laurel maze dating back to 1833 and nearby is Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII. The Eden Project, Mawes Castle and St Ives can be visited from Falmouth.

Falmouth (UK)

Flam

The approach to Flam through Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord is spectacular. Flam itself is positioned between high cliffs streaked with waterfalls, and is the terminus of the Flamsbanen, the scenic railway which travels to Myrdal 2800 feet above sea level, twisting through the mountains. Flam has shops, banks and restaurants and a summer shuttle bus service to nearby villages.

Flam (Norway)

Gibraltar (UK)

The small British territory of Gibraltar is an interesting mixture of British and Spanish cultures, consisting of the famous Rock and a narrow spit of land between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It is famous for the cliff-top colony of Barbary Apes reached by cable car, the Siege Tunnels built during World War II, St Michael's Cave and its unusual auditorium and a variety of shops selling tax-free goods. There are buses and a shuttle service from the port to the town.

Gibraltar

Giverny (France)

The small village of Giverny has outdoor cafés, narrow lanes, brightly-painted houses, the Impressionist Museum and Claude Monet's lovely house and gardens. Visitors to his green-shuttered house will see the yellow and blue rooms, and the tranquil Japanese water garden and bridge which were the subject of some of his most famous works.

Giverny

Greenock

The city of Glasgow is served by the port of Greenock. Glasgow has a variety of shopping areas - the new Buchanan Galleries near famous Sauchiehall Street, the elegant Argyll Arcade and open markets. The Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintoch, offers tours, and Glasgow is also home to the magnificent Burrell Collection. The Museum of Transport has a fascinating collection of exhibits and Clyde-built ship models, and in the harbour visitors can board the restored Tall Ship Glenlee.

Greenock (Glasgow, Scotland)

Honfleur (France)

Lovely Honfleur was immortalised by Monet, and the brightly-painted boats and tall houses at Vieux Bassin are just as enchanting today. Quaint streets and artists' workshops lead to the medieval centre, and not to be missed is the oldest wooden church in France, St Catherine's.

Honfleur

Invergordon

Invergordon in Easter Ross is a gateway to the Scottish Highlands and lies on the Cromarty Firth, an area of natural beauty with a wide diversity of marine and birdlife, including a colony of bottlenose dolphins. Nearby are 14th-century Cawdor Castle and gardens, the site of the Battle of Culloden and several distilleries, including Glenmorangie. There is little of interest in Invergordon itself.

Invergordon (Inverness, Scotland)

Kirkwall

Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands which comprise over seventy islands, rocks and skerries. The town is dominated by the impressive cathedral of St Magnus, and beyond are the important archaeological sites of Neolithic Skarae Brae, the large Ring of Brodgar - both World Heritage Sites -and the Standing Stones of Stennes. Offshore, seals porpoises, whales and dolphins are often seen.

Kirkwall (Orkney Isles)

La Coruna

La Coruna is a busy port on the north-west coast of Spain in the province of Galicia and one of the gateways to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela. The port is close to the World Heritage listed Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans in 2AD and the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Leading off from La Coruna's seafront promenade are medieval churches and baroque palaces.

La Coruna (Spain)

Leith

Leith is the port for Edinburgh and its many attractions, including elegant Princes Street, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, and the cliff-top castle. Prince's Quay in Leith is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the town has the remains of a citadel built for Cromwell's troops, found on Dock Street. Dean Gallery holds works by Picasso, Dali, Man Ray and Giacometti, and Lamb's House is one of the oldest buildings in Leith, where it's said Mary Queen of Scots stayed after her arrival from France in 1561.

Leith (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Lerwick

Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands, a remote archipelago north of Orkney on the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska. In the rugged landscape around Lerwick are Neolithic and Bronze Age remains, including Jarlshof, an extensive network of 4000 years of settlement on the coast. In Lerwick town, winding alleys lead from the port to the upper town and Clickhimin Broch, a well-preserved Pictish round tower.

Lerwick (Shetland Isles)

Lisbon

Lisbon has three ports, all with taxi services and within 3 kilometers of the city centre. Lisbon is a sprawling city which has been occupied by Visigoths, Moors, Romans and Celts. Alfama and Barrio Alto are historic districts of cobbled streets, wrought-iron balconies and Moorish buildings. Its most famous landmarks are the World Heritage Sites of Belem Tower and the impressive 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Liverpool

The famous skyline of Liverpool's waterfront consists of the Three Graces ' the Royal Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings, now a World Heritage Site. Liverpool has several attractions ' the Metropolitan Cathedral, Tate Liverpool at Albert Dock which houses works by Warhol, Dali and Anthony Gormley, and the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Boutiques and shops can be found in the historic Cavern Quarter and the large complex of Liverpool ONE.

London

Cruises visiting London berth at Tilbury, 22 miles south of Tower Bridge which has a rail link to Fenchurch Street station. London's attractions are numerous and spread throughout the city. Shoppers head for Oxford Street and upmarket Knightsbridge for Harrods, and there are numerous galleries for art lovers ' the Tate Modern, National and Portrait Galleries. Among the many other sights are the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, parks, theatres and restaurants.

Newcastle

Ships and ferries visiting Newcastle berth at Royal Quays, where there is a large shopping centre a short distance from the city centre. The city is famous for its modernist tilting Millennium Bridge, the spectacular Sage building, and the Angel of the North to the south. Visits to Newcastle are an opportunity to see Hadrian's Wall, Durham and the historic castles and wild coastline of Northumberland.

Ny Alesund

Ny Alesund has a population of less than one hundred, and is a former coal-mining town situated on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. It was from here that Raold Amundsen's successful airship flight over the North Pole began, and today it is home to the most northerly, permanently-inhabited Arctic Research Station.

Ny Alesund (Norway)

Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel is the pretty and historic capital of the Azores In the former monastery of Santo Andre is the Carlos Machado Museum, and Porta Delgada is a good base for tours to the lush interior, the extinct volcano of Caldeira das Sete Cidades and its two lakes. Also worth a visit is the botanical garden of Jardim Jose do Canto and Praca Goncala Velho Square, where there are shady cafes and the remains of the city walls.

Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal)

Portsmouth

Portsmouth has long been an important naval port and is still a Royal Navy base. It is the home of HMS Victory and the 19th-century HMS Warrior, and the new Spinnaker Tower, built to resemble sails at the former site of HMS Vernon. This area has been re-named Gunwharf Quays, a new waterfront development of restaurants, bars and designer shops. In Old Portsmouth there are fish markets, tea rooms, cobbled streets and traditional pubs.

Portsmouth (England)

Rouen (France)

Rouen is the capital of Upper Normandy, and has a picturesque medieval quarter of glaze-tiled and timbered houses. Joan of Arc was imprisoned in a tower and burnt at the stake in the marketplace in Rouen. The city is well-known for its astronomical clock and the famous cathedral which was painted several times by Monet

Rouen

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. It is a modern city with several attractions including Garcia Sanabria Park where there are sculptures by Joan Miro and Henry Moore, the colonial church of La Concepcion and the modernist Opera House. In Loro Parque there are tropical gardens and an aquarium housing sea lions, sharks and penguins.

Santa Cruz (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the remote Svalbard archipelago and the only one with a permanent population. For travellers continuing north, it is the gateway to the High Arctic and the last stop before the North Pole. This harsh habitat supports polar bears, reindeer and hardy flora, and is home to international research stations and the Global Seed Vault. Its dramatic scenery includes Advent Fjord, the Monaco Glacier and jagged granite mountains.

Spitsbergen (Norway)

Stockholm

Most cruise ships berth within a 20-minute walk of Stockholm's old town, Gamla Stan, giving easy access to the museums, galleries, shops and restaurants of Sweden's capital. Spread across 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, its sights include the Royal Palace of Drottningholm which can be reached by steamer boat from the City Hall, the Wasa Museum which holds an ancient ship, and the futuristic Ericcson Globe where you can take a SkyView Gondola outside its huge dome.

Stockholm (Sweden)

Tenerife

Tenerife is dominated by 3718-metre high Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, which can be accessed by cable car for stunning views of the other Canary Islands. The large variety of landscapes range from lush valleys, banana plantations and the moon-like white rock formations of the Lorno Blanco. In the Ethnographic Park are the mysterious stepped pyramids of Guimar, built along the same lines as those of Mexico and Peru.

Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Tobermory

The colourful waterfront houses of Tobermory are instantly recognisable. It is a small harbour town on the island of Mull, with galleries selling artwork and jewellery by local craftspeople and a choice of cafes. There is a short coastal walk to Aros Park and to the lighthouse where there are views to the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Further afield on Mull are Glengorm, Torosay and Duart Castles and gardens.

Tobermory (Isle of Mull, Scotland)
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