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British Isles & Western Europe Cruises

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Photo: vichie81/Shutterstock)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Photo: vichie81/Shutterstock)

About British Isles & Western Europe Cruises

The British Isles include Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and all the offshore islands, including the separate nation of Ireland. From rolling green countryside and castles to charming cobblestone streets and traditional pubs, the region offers something for every type of cruiser. The compact nature of the British Isles means you can spend more time onshore, so you can visit landmarks such as Stonehenge and the Blarney Stone, and spend time in historic cities such as Dublin, Edinburgh and London.

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10 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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11 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Vigo, Lanzarote ...
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Celebrity Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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St. Peter Port, Cobh ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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28 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Amsterdam
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Brugge, St. Peter Port ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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11 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Lisbon
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Seville, Gibraltar ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Paris
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Southampton, St. Peter Port ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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Hamburg, Gothenburg ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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Madeira, Las Palmas ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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10 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Lisbon
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Seville, Gibraltar ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Lisbon, Seville ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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19 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Seville, Dubrovnik ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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Isle of Portland, St. Peter Port ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Amsterdam
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Brugge, Le Havre ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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La Rochelle-La Pallice, Bilbao ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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8 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Isle of Portland, St. Peter Port ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Vigo, Lisbon ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Brugge, Rotterdam ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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9 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Bilbao, La Coruna ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Seville, Barcelona ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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14 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Southampton
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Saint-Malo, Bordeaux ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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14 Night
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Southampton
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

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Southampton
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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11 Night
Cruise to British Isles & Western Europe

Leaving:
Bergen
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Floro, Maloy ...
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Cruise Line:
Hurtigruten
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12 Night
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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What is the best time to cruise to the British Isles & Western Europe?

The British Isles and Western Europe are year-round cruise destinations, with some of the most pleasant months to visit during the spring and summer. Even with the colder temperatures, the winter months are also a good option for those hoping for lower cruise fares and lots of holiday festivities. For more: British Isles Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to the British Isles & Western Europe?

For a strictly British Isles cruise, you might have to stick with a UK-based cruise line like P&O, Cunard or Fred.Olsen, but many mainstream American cruise lines -- including Princess and Celebrity -- offer combo British Isles and Western Europe sailings. If you're interested in luxury cruises, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Crystal are among the options.

What are some things to do in the British Isles & Western Europe?

The British Isles and Western Europe are full of historical sights and natural wonders. Depending on your chosen itinerary, you can see everything from Buckingham Palace and the Guinness Storehouse to the Scottish Highlands and whales and dolphins off the coast of Tobermory. Don't forget to stop at a traditional whisky distillery. For more: 5 Best Day Trips From UK Ports.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the British Isles & Western Europe?

Yes, a passport is required for British Isles & Western Europe cruises.

What should I pack for a cruise to the British Isles & Western Europe?

You'll want to pack for nearly any weather condition. Layers are crucial and rain gear, including a jacket and boots, can be a lifesaver. Many of the UK-based cruise lines are also more traditional than modern American lines, so bringing along some formal (or at least semi-formal) attire is a good idea.



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