The British Isles is a small island known for its legacy. There have been centuries of ongoing wars, award-winning literature and stories of many kings and castles. British dignity is an attribute still honored today and people from all over the world have seized the opportunity to experience the different cultures of several ports of call on a British Isle cruises. The cruise destinations of the British Isles offers clear coastal waters and white sandy beaches where you can to relax, swim or snorkel.
The British Isles cruise deal destinations allow for a travel experience through the histories and languages of Scotland, Ireland, England, Paris and Normandy. Fred Olsen Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Princess Cruises all render something different in their trips around the British Isles. The Crown Princess cruise of the British Isle offers 12-day voyages leaving from Southampton. The breathtaking views from the ship’s deck open to a panoramic scene depicting the ocean and landscape. Passengers are transported in a vessel that boasts as many as 19 decks, inclusive of a jogging track, putt-putt courses, pools and water slides, entertainment, movies or just plain relaxing. A quiet spot can be found to take in a massage, to read or bask in the ocean views at sunset.
The Ireland stop in Cork includes a visit to Blarney Castle. It now stands in its third structure with the first building having been erected in the tenth century. Here you will have a chance to explore the dungeons and caves, then climb stairs that lead to the lucky Blarney Stone. The historical sites of Dublin offer well-appointed pubs where you can sample hundreds of beers and the food menus are extensive with traditional Irish cuisine. Browse through bookshops like, Eason & Sons Bookstore that carries a large assortment of book topics for Irish interests and books for the mind, body and spirit. The ship’s Dublin tour will bring you to historical St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the other neighborhoods in and around the city. Other popular sites are the Old Library and O’Neill’s Pub on Grafton Street. In Belfast, you will get a huge dose of local history at its City Hall building, where the doors were first opened in 1906.
British Isles cruisers who land in Scotland have the opportunity to visit Loch Ness, located in the hills of Scotland where the “Loch Ness monster” was said to inhabit. Tours of the Urquhart Castle ruins and the Cawdor Castle can be accessed by bus once you’re off the ship. The Crown Princess also offers a tour of the Glens of Antrim and the Irish Sea in Invergordon. Edinburgh offers endless shopping in the exclusive Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols shops at St. Andrews Square. As you stroll through the streets of Edinburgh, you can find restaurants that have a wide array of cuisine that includes, seafood, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese and much more.
At the port of Le Havre, visit Paris and absorb a culture rich in art, food and history. View the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum, the elegant Eiffel Tower that is seen all around Paris, or spend a day of shopping on the Champs Elysees.
Steve Austin is a UK Travel writer who enjoys travelling around the UK and World to find some great trips and breaks. Please check out other writing by Steve and Live Each Day!
Image: Bradda Head, Isle Of Man. by Jim Linwood, via Flickr