A great way of saving money on your holidays is by opting for a break at home, and with UK cruises widely available, taking a journey around the British Isles on a ship can be a great way to experience home in a new light.
There are a number of ports where you can begin your journey, but if you’re looking for a central and convenient location, you may want to book your cruise from Liverpool. The city’s cruise terminal opened in 2007 and a number of lines run holidays from here.
You could choose a Princess cruise deal around the UK and enjoy relaxing onboard in affordable luxury, with all sorts of facilities, from jacuzzis and a fitness centre to evening entertainment and a cinema.
When you depart from the cathedral city of Liverpool, your boat will travel to Cobh in east county Cork, where you can take in the pretty sight of the colourful houses that line the harbour. Here you’ll find plenty of attractions to visit, so climb ashore and stretch your legs.
You might enjoy taking a look around the 19th century Gothic St Colman’s Cathedral, or finding out more about Cobh’s unique origins at the local museum. The town was the last port of call for the Titanic, and you can view exhibitions at the museum to learn more about the tragedy. The area also holds a Titanic Commemorative Weekend for the locals to remember the disaster and those who lost their lives.
If you’d like to take part in something a little more active, you’ll find Cobh is a great centre for recreation. Here you can try your hand at water-based activities such as sailing, angling and yachting, and make use of the town’s picturesque harbour.
Enjoy an evening of comfort on the ship and journey on to Plymouth in Devon as your next stopping place. You might like to visit Crownhill Fort if you’d like to find out more about the area’s history. The fort protected the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from the Ring of Fire in Victorian times.
If you are planning to travel from the UK, there can’t be any better choice for you than cruises from Southampton as your departure port. The port has good connectivity from London, the South West and the Midlands. That makes it easily accessible by rail, bus, car or ferry – you do not have to rush to the airport to get onboard your cruise from Southampton if you are cruising from the UK.
Apart from being the best port in the UK, Southampton also houses some major tourist attractions – museums, theatres, and some famous art galleries which are worth paying a visit, if you have reached a day or two before your cruise from Southampton departs.
A place you cannot afford to miss is the Southampton Maritime Museum. This place has preserved the maritime history of Southampton with a lot of love and care. Listen to history narrating its own tale – Titanic being the most significant chapter of all. The “Titanic Voices” will tell you the story of the tragic incident in the words of the survivors and the people who were affected in some way or the other by that catastrophe.
The City Art Gallery is going to mesmerize you with its amazing collection of fine pieces of art. After you are done with admiring them, go for a stroll through Old Southampton and walk along the medieval town wall. Love nature? Well, the park space at ‘The Common’ with its 300 acres of open space is your place then. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Southampton is a great place for shopping too. So, if you are looking for some retail therapy, you are not going to be let down. Head to the WestQuay or the Marlands for some of the biggest brands like, John Lewis, Marks & Spencers, H&M, Gap, Sephora and so on. Want to shop a bit for your holiday beach attire? Bargate and Sega Park are the places where you should be. Shop till you drop as this is your home port and the sterling is the accepted currency. You can even use your credit card or traveller’s checks which are accepted by the banks.