When it comes to cruising, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. In fact, small ship cruises offer a much more immersive and exclusive experience, and cost less than you might think – with so much more included. With many missing the cruise experience, Seacations are the hottest summer travel trend for 2021. You can drive or travel by train to your departure port, and there’s no need to consider entry requirements, as your cruise will stay within the United Kingdom.
Same Rivera experience, closer to home
If you’re already a river-cruise aficionado, then you’ll already know how wonderfully relaxing a cruising holiday can be. Small ship cruising is the perfect way to test the water on an ocean-going ship, that’s still small enough to provide the friendly, convivial atmosphere of a typical Riviera cruise. So if you fancy staying a little bit closer to home at the moment, but you’re longing to get back on the water, then we’ve got the perfect solution for your holiday this summer.
Less sea, more to see
On our small ship cruises you’ll spend less time at sea and more time enjoying fascinating visits and guided tours ashore as our itinerary includes a port stop every day – unlike many other UK cruises on the market. Our ship can easily dock in smaller ports and harbours that larger vessels can’t, so you’ll get right to the heart of each destination and straight into exploring the sights – without any of the waiting around you can experience on a large cruise ship.
Experience a port stop every day
A host of wonderful tours and visits are included with plenty of free time to do your own thing too. From historic Aberdeen to the royal traditions of Balmoral Castle, enjoy a scenic drive through Cairngorms National Park, taking in the wild beauty of this craggy landscape, home to numerous species of birds and wildlife.
Discover the picturesque city of Inverness with its mighty castle and quaint shops and uncover the legend of its loch in the company of an expert guide. From Neolithic Orkney and the mythical Standing Stones of Stennes, the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe’s 5,000-year-old chambered tomb, hear the echoes of history as you learn more about our fascinating heritage on this truly enlightening cruise. Absorb the spectacular seascapes of the Outer Hebrides and learn of its fascinating past from the Vikings to World War II. Sail through the Sound Of Mull to the attractive port town of Oban and learn more about the most famous ship in Belfast’s maritime history, with a visit to the Titanic Belfast visitor centre.
Smaller ships, fewer guests
Unlike other cruise lines, where you’ll share your experience with several hundred – or even several thousand fellow travellers, our cruises guarantee a more personal and exclusive atmosphere, with fewer than 160 guests onboard. With 90 crew and concierge to attend you on board, there’s less than 2:1 guest to crew ratio, so you can be assured of a first-class standard of personal service, taking your cruise experience to the very highest level. Enjoy the welcoming ambience of the ship’s stylish restaurant, with its panoramic windows to take in the scenery whilst you dine. With all meals included, enjoy à la carte dinner menus with an international flavour whilst getting to know your fellow guests on board. After dinner, retire to the lounge, where the consummate bartender will mix your favourite cocktail or nightcap. If the evening’s mild, head to the terrace to watch the sun set.
So much included
All our well-appointed and spacious cabins have a sea-view, with plenty of room to spread out. If you opt to upgrade, some cabins benefit from a panoramic window that converts to a French balcony to take in the magnificent views. Others offer a private balcony, where you can sit out in the sun feeling like a VIP, enjoying the bracing sea breeze or sipping an aperitif before dinner. Beautifully furnished with smart wooden furniture and elegant fabrics, you’ll feel right at home as soon as the porterage service delivers your luggage and you begin to unpack. Sparkling ensuite bathrooms with high quality fittings and contemporary lighting set the luxurious tone, so you’re primed and ready to relax and unwind from the moment you arrive.
An expansive sun deck with inviting heated outdoor saltwater pool awaits, so grab your book and recline on a comfy sun lounger with a long refreshing drink from the bar, or perhaps indulge in a soothing sauna and let your cares drift away. Enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi on board and complimentary parking at the port too, ensuring your small cruise ship experience is completely stress-free, just as a holiday should be.
With just four July 2021 departures, these cruises are already selling fast, so book now to secure your cabin on Cruising Scotland’s Highlands & Islands.