Everything you need to know about staycation cruises this year

07 April 2021

We’ve seen a lot of exciting developments in UK cruising recently with a number of our favourite cruise lines announcing that they’ll be setting sail once again this year with itineraries across the UK. These staycations at sea have been very popular so we’ve created a roundup of everything you need to know about UK cruising this year.

What is it?

UK domestic sailings have been brought in line with the rest of the travel industry, allowing them to operate from mid May (at the earliest) as part of the Government’s anticipated scaling down of travel restrictions.

These sailings will be departing from ports across the UK with some making stop offs at ports along the route while others will simply be at sea for the duration of the trip, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the superb service and facilities onboard.

Cruise lines each have their own individual policies relating to the requirement for passengers to have received their Covid-19 vaccinations before travelling so please speak to your Travel Counsellor for more details.



Cunard are offering a collection of 13 new itineraries on board Queen Elizabeth, exclusively for UK guests, that will be on sale from 31st March.

Sailing from July from Southampton and back, these itineraries will give you the chance to absorb the beauty of Britain’s ever-changing coastline with scenic sailings, explore sparkling cities on UK shores, and embark on the perfect summertime journey.


Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises’ all-inclusive summer sailings are now on sale. The series of short breaks and week-long sailings on board Medallion Class ships, Regal and Sky Princess, are scheduled to depart from Southampton from 31st July up until 28th September 2021, making stops at iconic UK ports such as Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow along the way.

Scenic sailing onboard Regal Princess

3-night coastal voyage onboard Regal Princess

Departing 31/07/21

Price from £539 per person for Balcony Cabin



P&O Cruises


P&O Cruises will be making a welcome return this summer with coastal voyages onboard Iona and Britannia, including Iona’s maiden voyage. Britannia’s sailings will focus around the scenic southern shores of England and the Channel Islands while Iona will be venturing along the rugged Scottish coastline.

P&O Cruises UK summer sailings are now on sale with availability filling up fast so get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to secure your place.

Britannia voyage

4-night coastal voyage on board Britannia 

Departing 27/06/21

Southampton | South Cornish Coast | Southampton

Price from £569 per person based on Balcony Cabin 


Tradewind Voyages


Elegantly pairing rich sailing heritage with modern luxury and a sustainable twist, Tradewind Voyages will be offering eight individually tailored voyages around the UK this summer onboard their brand new majestic ship Golden Horizon. The sailings are available to book through your Travel Counsellor now and will be running throughout July and August, featuring post visits in Whitby, Tobermory, Stornoway and Liverpool to name but a few.

Maritime cities of the North West

4 nights cruise on board Golden Horizon

Departing 21/07/21

Glasgow | At sea | Portrush | Belfast | Liverpool

Price from £849 per person 


Hurtigruten is brining expedition sailings to UK waters this summer. Onboard lectures from the Expedition Team and visits the Science Center allow guests to immerse themselves in Hurtigruten’s unique cruising spirit that creates a sense of adventure in every sailing. Each of the four sailings over summer 2021 will be departing from Dover onboard MS Maud, incorporating stops across the southern coast, Wales, the Isle of Man and Scotland’s west coast and islands along their route.

If you’re looking for a sense of adventure in your staycation this summer, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to secure your place with Hurtigruten.

Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline

12-night cruise on board MS Maud

Departing 15/08/21 and 10/09/21

Dover | At sea | Fishguard | Rathlin Island | Isle of Iona | St. Kilda | Stornoway | Islay | Douglas | Waterford | Isle of Scilly | Dartmouth | Dover

Price from £3,315 per person


Lord of the Glens

Set sail onboard the Luxurious Lord of the Glens this summer to discover the inland waters of the Caledonian Canal and the beautiful west coast of Scotland. With the atmosphere of a private yacht and timeless elegance, Lord of the Glens promises to impress with its gourmet cuisine and friendly, personable service.

You’ve got 13 sailings to choose from, which are all currently on sale, with departures right up until 14th October. The luxurious vessel will be making stops along its journey to allow you to explore the coastal regions and heartland of Scotland as you navigate the Caledonian Canal.

Secrets of the Highlands and Islands

7-night cruise on board Lord of the Glens

Departing throughout May – September

Inverness | Culloden | Loch Oich | Loch Linnhe | Isle of Iona | Isle of Eigg | Isle of Skye | Kyle of Lochalsh

Price from £1,850 per person


Hebridean Island Cruises

Sailings throughout the summer months are now available onboard Hebridean Princess with stop offs across the Highlands and Islands at the Isles of Lewis, Harris and Iona amongst many others. There will be guest speakers onboard many of the sailings which add an insightful element to your trip so speak to your Travel Counsellor about picking out the one that suits you best.

Kingdom of the Isles

7-night cruise on board Hebridean Princess

Departing 06/07/21

Oban | Eigg | Lewis | Harris | Bishop’s Isles | Barra | Iona | Oban

Price from £5,200 per person 



Fred.Olsen will be returning to the water in July, and for this momentous occasion they have hand-crafted a special suite of new itineraries to make sure that the experience is welcoming, safe, gentle and relaxing.

Their Welcome Back cruises are on sale now and include maiden voyages for their new ships (Bolette and Borealis), UK-focused destinations and non-stop coastal voyages of the British Isles, Norway and beyond.

Each cruise is between three and seven nights, offering you the ideal way to dip your toe back in the water, with their signature scenic cruising front and centre as well as wildlife experts ORCA on board the maiden and non-stop voyages.

Bollette Maiden Voyage

3-night non-stop coastal sailing onboard Bollette

Departing 16/08/21

Dover | Cruising Isles of Scilly | Cruising Channel Islands | Dover

Price from £399 per person 


Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel have launched two new itineraries for 2021 onboard their elegant, newly-refurbished, small ship MS Seaventure which will be setting sail four times throughout July on itineraries that encompass the best of either Ireland or Scotland, with free time to explore each of these storied destinations. Each of these itineraries are now on sale so speak to your Travel Counsellor about arranging your cabin from a choice of Porthole, Window and Balcony Cabins or even a stay in the Owner’s Balcony Suite.

Cruising Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

7-night cruise on board MS Seaventure

Departing 05/07/21 and 26/07/21

Edinburgh | Aberdeen and Balmoral Castle | Invergordon and Loch Ness | Kirkwall and Neolithic Orkney | Stornoway | Oban | Killybegs and Muckros Head | Greenock (Glasgow)

 Price from £1,999 per person



Saga’s return cruises will be going on sale 29th March, so ask your Travel Counsellor to keep you updated as soon as they become available. Their exciting programme of sailings 2021 departs from England’s south coast on board Spirit of Discovery, inviting guests to sample its fine dining restaurants, enthralling entertainment and soothing wellbeing experiences once more, in between exploring ports of call.

Scottish Highlands and Islands

6-night sailing on board Spirit of Discovery

Departing 27/06/21

Tilbury | Lerwick | Scrabster | Invergordon 


MSC Cruises


From 20th May, MSC Cruises will be offering a range of short breaks and week-long cruises around the British Isles for UK guests, that will be perfect for families. More information will be released shortly regarding dates, itineraries and prices so contact your Travel Counsellor to let them know that you're interested. One thing that we can be sure of is the same level of unblemished service on focus on passenger experience that we have come to expect from MSC Cruises.


Book your staycation cruise today by contacting your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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