Cruises from the UK
There are a large number of cruise companies offering no-fly UK cruise departures, from ports like Southampton, Belfast, Liverpool, Oban and London. Cruise liners sailing from UK ports include P&O, Princess, Cunard, Thomson and Royal Caribbean. We at the Co-operative Travel have a wide selection of cheap cruises world wide, all leaving from British Ports.
What ports do cruise liners leave from?
The major UK cruise ports in the South are Southampton, London and Portsmouth. These ports are most suitable for the huge superliners that plough the waves today, but other locations include Dover, Harwich and Plymouth, which tend to attract smaller operators offering luxury cruises to destinations in Europe.
In Scotland the major ports are Edinburgh, Inverness and Greenock. In the North of England, Hull, Liverpool and Newcastle are the largest ports.
Southampton - the UK cruise capital
Over 65% of all UK cruises leave from the four cruise terminals at Southampton. Its proximity to major shipping routes and unique double tide system has made it the home port for some of the world's largest cruise lines, like P&O, Princess, Cunard and Royal Caribbean.
RCI cruise liners sailing from Southampton include the fantastic Independence of the Seas - one of the largest ocean liners in the world. With a surf-rider, skating rink, rock-climbing wall and 11-deck lobbies she is ported in Southampton for much of the year, running luxury cruises to Atlantic, North European and Mediterranean ports.
Southampton is also the home of P&O Cruises, whose sleek, traditionally-styled ships belie their speed. A well-loved line popular with older travellers, it runs a number of adult-only world cruises, on the Arcadia and Artemis. Families are equally well looked after, on the Oreana and Ventura, which was specially designed for British tastes. If you're looking for traditional, affordable cruises, P&O operates European, Mediterranean and Caribbean luxury cruises - all from Southampton, and all very British in flavour.
Dining with Celebrity
Celebrity, part of the Royal Caribbean line, has an old-fashioned approach to good quality and service that make it a popular option for British travellers. The Celebrity Eclipse is one from the new class of "Solstice" super-liners - one of three in the fleet - again sailing from Southampton, to ports in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Another ship operating from this port and covering Europe and the Med is the Princess line's regal Grand Princess, which also sails to the Arctic.
Further north, the Fred Olsen line and Cruise and Maritime Voyages offer Northern European and Mediterranean cruises in scaled-down, traditional luxury on board the grand old duchess Boudicca, and the small-but-perfectly-formed Ocean Countess. These and many more UK cruise departures are available from us at The Co-operativeTravel.