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31st March, 2021

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, combing 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 getting 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.

Great British Isles Adventure

South stack lighthouse Anglesey

The North Channel between north-eastern Ireland and south-western Scotland is brimming with beautiful islands and landscapes. Not least the unspoilt, verdant isles of Man and Anglesey in the more southern areas of the Channel, but also the plethora of highlands and lochs as you continue north into Scottish waters, offering a range of wondrous things to see and do.

Our summer cruises will be getting there at just the right time of the year, when the whole region is an explosion of colour and wildlife. Enjoy it along with stunning cliff sides, vistas, and the opportunity to jump into historic trips.

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.

From the Northern Isles to the Fjords

Sognefjord Norway

While the ruggedness of Shetland may seem to be an untamed miracle, a significant reason for its lack of trees is actually forest clearing for the sake of livestock pasturing. Nevertheless, its landscapes are quintessential examples of northern Britain – smattered with dark-stoned houses. On this voyage, you’ll also be able to cruise into the breathtaking Sognefjord, the deepest and longest Fjord in Norway. This gives you the perfect combination of exploring the best of British beauty, paired with a touch of neighbouring magic, too.

With its sheer cliffs and beautiful valleys, the “King of the Fjords” feels like entering into an ancient world. At least, it would if you weren’t doing so in the comfort of your very own balcony.

Interested in a UK cruise?

We have launched five new all-inclusive cruises sailing around the UK, departing this June and July aboard Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery. Find out what we have planned for our return to service and discover our new exciting itineraries. See where you could explore next.

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

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