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There’s never been a better time to cruise the UK

The UK’s ancient shores have a wealth of cultural coves, inlets, and lakes ready to explore. From modern, metropolitan cities to quaint, history-steeped villages and hamlets – the British Isles are ripe for adventure, and with so much on our doorstep, there’s never been a better time to explore the UK.

What better way to explore a set of islands than by one of our boutique ships, combining the comfort of all-inclusive cruising and the excitement of discovering places you’d never thought would be so close to home. From historic houses and period architecture, to extensive national parks and coastal scenery, our boutique sister ships – Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure – will be getting you closer to the history and culture of each destination right here in the British Isles.

What’s more, while many cruise lines are focusing primarily on scenic cruising – meaning you’ll largely have to stay on the ship – we’ll be getting you up close and personal, diving into the history some take for granted with exciting port stops and excursions.

With things getting somewhat back to normal, we’re also so thrilled to be returning back to the excitement of the cruise experience we all remember – the evening dressing, the fine dining, and the unforgettable entertainment. We’ve made so many friends along the way and can’t wait to make more exploring the UK.

Here are some highlights from our new summer cruises sailing around the British Isles.

Britain's Western Wonders


Head for the scenic Welsh ports of Holyhead and Fishguard, and contrast these with the iconic city of Liverpool.

Discover the natural beauty of Wales, visiting the Isle of Anglesey off the north-west coast, backed by the Snowdonia Mountain range and rich in history; and Fishguard which is surrounded by the rolling meadows of Pembrokeshire National Park overlooking Cardigan Bay. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Liverpool taking in attractions like the Royal Liver Building and the Tate Liverpool.

Scottish Highlands and Islands

Loch Ness Urquhart Castle
The rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands is famed for its wild beauty. And while you may not catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster, you’ll certainly see the beauty of the landscapes. As a section of the River Ness, flowing northward to Inverness, Loch Ness is a stunning example of untamed natural land.

But just because the landscape is rugged, that doesn’t mean that it’s all nature – there are fascinating pockets of interesting history to enjoy too. Take Urquhart Castle; it’s an extraordinary example of medieval military architecture that housed various nobles for hundreds of years. And after partial destruction to prevent its falling into enemy hands, now lies in picturesque ruins.

Westward to the Isles of Scilly

The gardens at Tresco Abbey

Explore a trio of ports on the southern coast, each with a rich maritime history, and discover the beauty of the Scilly Isles. In Portsmouth, explore the restored dockyards and contrast them with the modern landmark Spinnaker Tower. Your second port, Falmouth, is also known for its maritime heritage and is the start and finish for many record-breaking sea voyages, including those of Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir Robin Know-Johnston.

During your visit to the Isles of Scilly, perhaps discover Tresco Abbey Garden, known for its outstanding collection of subtropical flora, and from Portland explore the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

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