Britain tempts Australian cruise lovers
VisitBritain has pulled together a media guide to the best of Britain’s waterway experiences and to show how visitors to Britain can make the most of their shore leave when the ships docks at a variety of destinations, whether they’ve got three, six or nine hours to explore!
From small-ship expeditions around the remote islands of Scotland to round-Britain cruises with butler service and champagne on tap, there are a wide range of cruise companies operating itineraries around the British Isles. Last year, Australian cruise operators such as APT, Scenic, Captain’s choice and Lindblad expeditions have launched Britain as part of their top Europe itineraries.
Around Britain’s 30,000 kms of eclectic coastline – home to cliffs and castles, wildlife and beaches, harbours and cities – you’ll discover more than 6,000 islands while inland there are nearly 5000kms of tranquil canals and rivers to venture along plus a whole raft of lakes, lochs and loughs!
As an island nation Britain boasts a magnificent sea-faring, sailing and maritime heritage, all of which is captured in its major ports like Southampton, Dover, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Newcastle. If you’re short of time but want to see the best of what Britain can offer, a cruise gives you the option to explore all of this within a couple of weeks.
The rich variety of ports across the destination are called at by major cruise liners – ports that will be further enhanced when London City Cruise Port opens (est 2018), located on the banks of the River Thames in Greenwich.
And, if you’ve got your sea legs sorted, why not take the opportunity to explore Britain’s myriad of waterways. Embark on a journey along canals, rivers and lakes, go island-hopping and even discover water-based adrenaline sports.