Tollymore Park gate in Autumn Park, Belfast, Ireland

British Isles Cruises

Visit the land of fairytale castles and charming hamlets in the British Isles

We Have the British Isles Covered

With its signature storybook castles, sweeping landscapes and welcoming shores, this is a place steeped in lore. Visit the region's palaces, pubs and historical treasures on a cruise to the British Isles. Travel from iconic Edinburgh to delightful Dublin to the wonders of Paris, and step through history in Normandy and the remote lands of the North Cape at the top of the world.

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Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland on a British Isles cruise more ashore late night. Discovery at Sea.

What Can You Do & See on a British Isles Cruise?

Visit the Irish countryside and monastic ruins of Glendalough in Dublin. Explore the jagged ruins of Urquhart Castle and the mysterious waters of Loch Ness, home to the legendary monster "Nessie." Behold Scotland's most popular festival, the Military Tattoo, performed outside of Edinburgh Castle. On itineraries with More Ashore Late Night calls, we stay until at least 9 p.m. in port so you can also experience some of the fabulous nightlife.

And with Discovery Recommended and Exclusive excursions available only through Princess, you will see the British Isles in a whole new way.

Photo: Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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Monuments & Masterpieces

da Vinci's Mona Lisa picture in Paris, seen at the Louvre on a British Isles cruise.

Art & Museums

Peruse a fascinating 5000 years of art in London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Delve deeper into European art from the 16th and 19th centuries at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, or see Dublin's revered Book of Kells, an illuminated Gospel manuscript dating to 800 A.D. In Cork, view the Victorian appointments of Muckross House, and at Iceland's Laufas Folk Museum, enter a traditional farmhouse and explore a collection of Icelandic artifacts. Cruise to Paris, the City of Lights, and marvel at the collection of Impressionists in Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre with such world famous works as Venus de Milo and da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Photo: da Vinci's Mona Lisa at The Louvre Museum in Paris, France
Big Ben in London, a site to visit while on a British Isles cruise.

Architecture

Gaze upon the arches and crowning dome of London's St. Paul's Cathedral, or visit the majestic Tower of London and stoic Big Ben. Ride to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. Visit the castles of Edinburgh and Cork, or watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Venture into Dublin’s countryside where the stone-lined walls of Trinity College reflect a variety of 16th-century architecture.

Photo: Big Ben - London, England
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Palace of Versailles, France

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From Belfast, visit Giant's Causeway, both a natural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, marvel at the beauty of Westminster Abbey in London, where royal weddings have taken place for over 900 years. France's crowning address is the Palace of Versailles, the principal home of kings Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Walk along Edinburgh's medieval Royal Mile, or photograph the towering Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.

Photo: Palace of Versailles, France

Slice of British Isles Life

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See It like a Local on British Isles Cruise

Let Princess introduce you to the next port on the horizon like no one else can. On board, hear from speakers who offer personal knowledge of the destination’s history and culture. Get an insider’s guide to essential experiences and distinctive treasures. Explore on immersive shore excursions designed to satisfy every interest. We’ve partnered with a trusted team of local experts who will help you make the most of your experience.

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Penny Lane, England – Princess Cruises

Lifestyle & Culture

Immerse yourself in the culture of the British Isles. Sample local treats in the food hall of Harrods department store in London. Shop for traditional Irish tweeds in Blarney Woollen Mills Shop in Cork. Tap your toes at the Beatles Story, an interactive experience in Liverpool. Learn the secrets of distilling Scotland's famous single malt whiskeys in Glasgow, and spend the day on a family farm in the heart of Ireland's grasslands.

Photo: Liverpool, England
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Natural Wonders & Landscapes

Traverse the picturesque Channel Islands, view the gardens of Powerscourt in Dublin, and take a scenic boat cruise through Scotland's Loch Ness, which is home to the legendary Nessie. Stand in awe at the sight of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, which had a starring role as the "Cliffs of Insanity" in the beloved movie Princess Bride. Witness the archaeological mystery of Salisbury’s Stonehenge, and explore Wales' Snowdonia Mountains on a picturesque drive from Holyhead on a British Isles cruise shore excursion.

Photo: Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Celtic Festival

Onboard Enrichment

Experience sights, sounds and flavors of a Celtic Festival and even Northern Europe's Oktoberfest right on board a cruise ship to the British Isles with our "Festivals of the World" celebrations. Sample a variety of ales and lagers and enjoy "Ye Olde Pub Night," our latest full-scale production show, or relax with an authentic British Pub lunch that includes favorites like Bangers & Mash and Shepherd's Pie.

Learn more about the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo during a port lecture, and enjoy regional musical performances of Irish folk jigs, highland dancing and pipe music, bringing the spirit of the British Isles on board.

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Buckingham Palace Guards – Princess Cruises

In-Depth Land & Sea (Cruisetour) Vacations and Cruise Plus® Hotel Packages

See even more with a Northern Europe cruisetour that combines an incredible British Isles cruise with a multiple-night land tour exploring some of the most fascinating places in the world, sampling the culture, seeing the sights and of course, savoring local cuisine! Or, you can add extra days at the beginning or end of your cruise and get to know a magnificent city like London or Copenhagen better with a Cruise Plus Hotel® Package.

Photo: Palace Guards at Buckingham Palace in London, England

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