Must see ports on a cruise around Britain

Ben Gibson

When thinking about places to discover on a cruise, it’s easy to forget our very own British Isles!

When thinking about places to discover on a cruise, it’s easy to forget our very own British Isles! But many cruise lines now include British Isles cruises  in their itineraries. And there's a good reason why.

The Isle of Portland

Also departing in June, the Gallic Getaway itinerary will include a maiden port of call for Saga Sapphire – a visit to the ‘Isle of Portland’. The host venue for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events, the ‘isle’ is connected to Dorset’s mainland by Chesil Beach, and is a gateway to the attractions of the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast and beyond. Discover prehistoric sites and medieval cities such as Stonehenge or Salisbury, or perhaps seek out 15th-century Athelhampton, a private home since Tudor times.


Step aboard Saga Sapphire for Around Britain and Ireland this August for another unique event – a front row seat to the Bournemouth Air Festival, which you can watch from the comfort of the ship! It promises to be quite a show – 2014 saw the amazing aerobatics of the RAF’s Red Arrows and the sprightly 94-year-old Tom Lackney performing his death-defying wing walking! Fingers crossed this years event will be just as spectacular.

Falmouth and the Isles of Scilly

Do you have plans for the August Bank Holiday this year? Why not hop on Saga Pearl II for a long weekend cruising to France – plus our own British Isles of course! Seafaring history really comes alive in Falmouth with its National Maritime Museum, or you could head along the coast to the plant-filled biodomes of the Eden Project.

Close to the Cornish coast, you can also step ashore on St Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly to discover its white-sand beaches and archaeological sites – not forgetting the famous Tresco Abbey Gardens, which will be in full bloom during the summer visit.

Or see it all – Land’s End to John O’Groats!

Can’t decide? Why not see it all from the best vantage point – oceanside. In May the Rule Britannia cruise will see Saga Pearl II sail out past the iconic White Cliffs of Dover for a non-stop journey around Britain… it will be a full week to see the very best of the UK, from Land’s End to John O’Groats and much more in between.

All while enjoying the ship’s first-class cuisine and service, varied facilities and packed programme of entertainment.

Whatever UK cruise that piques your interest, Saga’s varied itineraries certainly prove there’s so much more on your doorstep than meets the eye!


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