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Luxurious seacations with Princess Cruises in 2024

Author: Lucy Abbott

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See a different side to the UK with Princess Cruises’ glorious seacations, which transport you to a variety of hidden gems and bustling cities – all a stone’s throw away from home

If the pandemic led to one positive thing, it was the creation of seacations.

After all, what could be better? You don’t have to worry about long flights or tackling the local language while off board – instead relax into the journey of seeing the place you call home from your favourite perspective, a cruise ship.

And Princess Cruises has mastered the seacation, transforming the concept into a must-do itinerary for every keen cruiser.

The line transports you to an array of the most beautiful destinations around the UK while onboard radiant Regal Princess.

And as destination experts, you can look forward to countless stand-out excursions and local connections.

Fancy sipping world-famous stout at the Guinness Storehouse? Or how about devouring homemade scones and jam made by a local chef in Dublin? Whatever you choose to do, open your eyes to all the wonders that the British Isles holds.

What’s more, every seacation with Princess Cruises both begins and ends in Southampton – it really can’t get any easier.

So, appreciate the raw natural beauty of Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Let’s be proud of our beautiful British Isles…

Admire the stunning Glasgow Cathedral. Credit: Shutterstock

British Isles cruise itineraries

From the romance of Cork, Ireland, with impressive castles and endless stretches of green to bustling Glasgow, which is full to the brim with treasure – such as the amazing stained glass windows in Glasgow Cathedral and the royal portraits in Inveraray Castle, the British Isles will amaze you.

And Princess Cruises itineraries take full advantage of the culture, landscapes and architecture that the British Isles has to offer – you’ll almost forget that you’re in the UK when you’re exploring the likes of the Ring of Brodgar (a Neolithic henge and stone circle) in Orkney Islands, Scotland.

We recommend the ‘12-day British Isles’ cruise with Princess Cruises which visits eight memorable ports of call that will surprise you with their beauty.

What’s more, this itinerary departs across multiple dates – the first being May 15, 2024, then August 7, 2024, as well as August 19, 2024 – so you can enjoy the choice between dates to suit you.

Blarney Castle can be visited on a shore excursion with Princess Cruises. Credit: Shutterstock

Cork, Ireland, is your first port of call after you embark from Southampton. As Ireland’s largest county, you can enjoy the varied nature of endless farms featuring low mountains as well as Cork City, which is the capital, where you can explore the vibrancy and bustling dining scene.

Princess Cruises takes you to Blarney Castle, which is a must-see castle dating back to 1446. On this excursion, you can observe the mighty stone walls (that are over 18 feet thick) and give a cheeky kiss to the famous stone at the top of the castle.

Continuing with the Irish festivities, Princess Cruises then takes you to the home of Guinness and pub culture: Dublin.

And for fans of what’s fondly known as the ‘black stuff’, you can embark on the ‘Guinness Storehouse & City Drive’ excursion. This gives you a great overview of the city, via a narrated city drive, before visiting the Guinness Storehouse at the St. James Gate Brewery – the birthplace of Guinness.

Of course, no tour would be complete without a taste of the creamy stout. So, after you see the ingredients making their way through a variety of processes to create Guinness, you can enjoy a smooth sample.

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Scotland. Credit: Shutterstock

Your next port of call, Belfast, offers impressive rolling countryside just waiting for you to explore. Ensure you visit the beautiful botanic gardens, with a heritage that stems back to Victorian times.

Another stand-out port of call is the Orkney Islands. As an archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Scotland, you can snap a picture of the dramatic landscapes – from 1,000 feet high sea cliffs to endless white sand beaches.

Bird watchers should grab their binoculars and be on watch for an array of exciting sea birds, such as red-throated divers, high-speed merlins, hen harriers and curlews.

And history lovers can visit the ancient standing stones of an excursion with Princess Cruises too.

Alternatively, if you want a shorter cruise, Princess Cruises offers this itinerary in a 10-day and 11-day format.

Regal Princess holds 3,560 passengers. Credit: Princess Cruises

Why Regal Princess is the perfect choice

For some, a British Isles cruise is the perfect excuse to simply get back onboard a stunning Princess Cruises ship such as Regal Princess.

Accommodating 3,560 passengers and 1,346 crew, you’ll be able to feel the love onboard through the attentive service and being surrounded by cruise enthusiasts just like yourself.

Soak in views of the British Isles wherever you are onboard – perhaps from one of the 1,400 plus balcony cabins.

There’s never a dull moment onboard Regal Princess – from watching the dazzling ‘Princess WaterColour Fantasy light and water show’ to teetering along the ‘SeaWalk’, which is a glass floor extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ships (pirates not included).

You can enjoy Alfredo’s pizzeria onboard Regal Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises

Included dining onboard is plentiful and includes the mouth-watering Alfredo’s pizzeria, Trident Grill, Horizon Court and the International Café.

But for those special moments onboard, opt to eat at one of the speciality restaurants where, for an extra charge, you can visit the likes of Crown Grill.

Here you can tuck into dishes such as premium aged beef and fresh seafood items in an intimate atmosphere, decorated with rich wood.

For a holiday that allows you to get to know the British Isles like never before, then look no further.

Come back from your travels with a new appreciation for where you live – and don’t forget to send us a postcard.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.