The coronavirus pandemic has been a tough time for everyone, many of us have been separated from loved ones and travel has been restricted.
The option of relaxing on holiday has not been possible and many cruise holidays have had to be cancelled or postponed. While there is still some uncertainty around travelling abroad, the good news is that there are plenty of options for cruises leaving from the UK in 2023.
2023 is the year of the staycation. With continued uncertainty around foreign travel, many people are opting to stay closer to home and rediscover the beauty the UK has to offer. The good news for Cruise lovers, is that there are now plenty of no-fly cruises departing from the UK- so you can choose to explore the British Isles in a range of ways, from luxury cruises with menus designed by a Michelin-starred chef, or a themed comedy cruise to brighten your mood.
2023 is the perfect time to cruise the British Isles.
Celebrity Cruises is offering the chance to ‘rediscover the British Isles in style’ with a luxury cruise of the British Isles on their aptly named ship the Celebrity Silhouette. The newly revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette boasts a luxurious Spa, a restaurant menu designed by Michelin-starred chef, Cornelious Gallagher and a range of accommodations which have been newly redesigned by award-winning designer Kelly Hoppen CBE. They also have an on-board casino to rival any found on-land, and also a Lawn Club with half an acre of real grass for those times you simply want to sit and relax. With the Celebrity Silhouette cruises you can see the Jurassic Coastline from Portland, the wonders of the Scottish highlands as well as cities with stops at Glasgow, Belfast and Liverpool- the home of the Beatles. This is a great option for those who love a city breaks and countryside escapes. Cruises offer 6–9-night sailings departing from Southampton with prices inclusive of drinks and gratuities.
MSC CRUISES offers a tour of the British Isles with options to embark from both Liverpool and Southampton. Prices for the MSC Virtuosa start from £519 pp. for 7 nights and are inclusive of drinks and gratuities.
For a Cruise with a little extra, Princess Cruises is offering themed cruises. A 3-day Comedy Cruise with comedians such as Jenny Éclair, Jeff Stevenson and Tom Binns . Their 3-Day culinary themed cruise, ‘Culinary Stars Summer Seacation’, is equally as impressive with guests including John Torode of MasterChef, Lottie Bedlow, last year’s star of The Great British Bake Off and TV Chef and owner of the Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, Michel Roux Jr. Package options which can include the option of inclusive drinks.
Marella Cruises offer a range of fully all-inclusive cruises in the UK from between 3 and 8 nights. With the option to explore the English South Coast, get A Taste of Scotland, or sample all British delights. Marella also has some adult only cruises and family friendly options to suit your needs.
It is important to note that many, if not all, cruises are only open to those who are fully vaccinated, and a proof of vaccination is required to board. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose.