London as a cruise destination -- both as a port of call and embarkation or debarkation port -- is on the rise. With ports including London Tilbury (where the River Thames meets the North Sea in Essex), London Greenwich and London Tower Bridge, a host of cruise lines are using the small size of their ships to their advantage -- to meander up the capital's iconic river.
From increasingly popular British Isles' circumnavigations to Iceland, Baltic Sea and longer itineraries that travel as far as South America, find out which lines and ships sail the River Thames.
The Magellan sails on numerous itineraries from London Tilbury, including Iceland & Northern Isles, Land of the Northern Lights, Springtime Canary Islands & Madeira, British Isles Discovery, Baltic Cities & St Petersburg, Amsterdam & Ghent and several Norwegian Fjordland cruises. It also offers seasonal and celebration cruises including Christmas Markets & Shopping, Christmas & New Year Canary Islands & Madeira, and an Overnight Celebration Cruise from London to Newcastle from £59
A longer duration cruise from London to the Amazon, West Indies and Azores is also available, departs every January for a total of 42 nights.
Viking Star sails the 15-day Into the Midnight Sun cruise, which also takes passengers up to the Arctic Circle and calls in at parts of the British Isles, ending with an overnight stay in London Greenwich. Passengers have the option of adding a two-night London extension.
Azamara Journey sails a series of northern European itineraries starting our an ending in London (docked at Tower Bridge). Passengers ending their sailing in London, spend their final night in the capital before disembarking. Options include Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Sea and British Isles cruises. The line's destination-intensive itineraries take passengers into the heart of cities -- not only London, but ports such as Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Belfast and Dublin, spending longer in port with more overnight and late-night stays.
The NG Orion sails a nine-day D-Day 75th anniversary itinerary from London to Paris, which focuses on military history, seaside towns in the UK and France as well as wartime memorial sites in Normandy and Bayeux. Highlights include a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, walking along Omaha beach with a local historian, and learning all about the beach landings and air invasion by the Allied forces.
During this luxury ship's annual summer stint in Europe, a series of itineraries sailing out of London Tower Bridge feature popular routes in northern Europe, including British Isles, Iceland and Norwegian Fjords sailings. London to Stockholm, via the Baltic Sea, and Copenhagen to London itineraries are also offered.
Silver Cloud Expedition also offers a short series of itineraries in and out of London Tower Bridge, featuring a British Isles sailing and an epic 28-day Norwegian Fjords sailing that takes passengers from the Thames to Tromso -- via Iceland!
Updated October 10, 2019