Stay Closer to Home with UK Cruises this Summer

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines scenic cruises.

After the recent announcement that domestic cruising could start as early as 17th May, multiple cruise lines have released plans for new UK cruises for the summer. 

Below is a small selection of the types of itineraries you are likely to find for a ‘staying local’ summer cruise.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The recently announced “Welcome Back” campaign from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines includes over 10 new UK itineraries, with the newest ships in the fleet, Borealis and Bolette, heading out on their maiden voyages in July and August.

Balmoral, Borealis and Bolette will depart from Dover, Liverpool and Edinburgh, and include scenic itineraries visiting the British Isles, Orkneys, Shetland, Faroe Islands and Scotland.

Some of these sailings will also include experts from the wildlife charity ORCA who will be giving talks about the local wildlife and marine creatures you may see along the way.

These cruises are on sale now, please visit the Fred. Olsen website for more information and group booking details. 

P&O Cruises

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P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has announced new coastal cruises that will depart from Southampton between June and September. Sailing around the UK coast, “where the sun shines brightest”.

These sailings will include three and four-night breaks and one six-night holiday on their flagship Britannia, running from 27th June 2021, through to 19th September 2021. As well as week-long UK escapes for Iona’s maiden season, running from 7th August 2021, through to 18th September 2021.

“Whilst there is still uncertainty about holidays abroad this summer, we are delighted to be able to offer our guests the ultimate escape here in the UK with the reassurance that we will take care of everything. Also, we really will look at the weather forecast for each cruise and aim to take our ships where it is warm and sunny,” Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises President.

The Ultimate Escape series of holidays will include a seven-night maiden voyage on Iona sailing around the Scottish islands

“The Iona will anchor off Iona, the island after which she was named, with a celebratory extended stay until sunset for magical views of the historic shores,” Ludlow said.

These brand new UK getaways are on sale from 8:30 am on Monday 22nd March. The sailings on Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident COVID-19 vaccinated guests only. 

Riviera Travel

UK river cruise ship sailing with blue sky

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel has released two brand new and exclusive UK itineraries departing this July on the elegant small ship MS Seaventure: “Cruising the Emerald Isle” and “Cruising Scotland’s Highlands & Islands”.

“The MS Seaventure is the only ship of her size to cruise the breathtaking waters of the British Isles, offering all the exciting possibilities of ocean cruising aboard a boutique ship with fewer than 170 guests.”

Cruising the Emerald Isle showcases the historic capital cities of Belfast and Dublin, as well as the cultural gems of Cork and Galway. Discover rugged landscapes which blend imposing cliffs with rolling green hills that have witnessed Ireland’s rich and fabled culture unfold over time.

Cruising Scotland’s Highlands & Islands is a chance to explore the outer reaches of this captivating country, with beautiful lochs, historic castles, award-winning gardens and the magic of the Outer Hebrides along the way.

Visit the Riviera Travel website for more details and dates of these sailings. 


Cruise ship on water leaving UK


Cunard will offer a series of domestic cruises departing from Southampton this summer, on board Queen Elizabeth. However, no details or dates have been confirmed by the luxury cruise line yet.

“With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for Brits looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer.” Simon Palethorpe, Cunard president.

More information is expected to be announced later this month.

Princess Cruises

Blue and white UK cruise ship on water

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises are expected to announce a series of short UK cruise “staycations” for summer. The ships Regal Princess and Sky Princess were set to be deployed on the lines European Sailings, and will now sail from Southampton offering domestic voyages to UK travellers only.

“When restrictions are lifted, it is clear that holidays in the UK will be the first to restart before the gradual return of international travel. We are eager to welcome our guests back onboard as soon as it is safe to do so. By offering a series of short UK breaks, we can provide guests with a relaxed holiday at sea so they can enjoy a much-needed getaway.” Tony Roberts, Vice President of Princess Cruises UK.

Guests will enjoy a “Truly Touchless” experience to keep in line with current health guidance. With the OceanMedallion wearable device available on MedallionClass sailings, guests will have a more streamlined check-in, simplified safety training, reductions in queuing and the ability to order food and drink to anywhere on the ship.

MSC Cruises

Cruise ship in ocean

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has announced that it will offer a special range of short breaks and week-long cruises around the British Isles this summer starting from 20th May, for UK holidaymakers only.

Departing from the new terminal in the port of Southampton these first sailings will kick off with a series of short cruises and will be followed by 7-night sailings visiting some of the UK’s favourite destinations.

MSC has stated that the cruises “will be open to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests under the protection of MSC Cruises’ tried and tested health and safety protocol”.

“Our hope is to offer every type of holidaymaker the chance to escape this summer – from grandparents to teens and even the smallest of passengers looking to explore.” Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director MSC Cruises UK & Ireland

Further details regarding the UK sailings will be announced shortly. Visit the MSC website for more information.


We plan to bring you further helpful information about booking cruises for groups and invite cruise lines and agents to send us more information about their plans and their particular group offers. Please contact Darryl Murdoch at or on 07983 637844.

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