Tower Bridge is one of the most exclusive cruise ports in the world and is open to only a select number of cruise ships. The majority of vessels that berth here are often from the ultra-luxury market (think Silversea or Oceania Cruises) though Tower Bridge is unlike any other cruise port. Here, you’ll find yourself berthed right alongside HMS Belfast – there is no pier or fancy cruise terminal.
To immerse yourself in Irish culture, take a cruise to Dublin; a lovely city with a relaxed charm. Set along the banks of the Liffey and fronting the Irish Sea, Dublin is home to world-famous Trinity College, the alma mater of Oscar Wilde. Fascinating history, exceptional shopping and several world-class restaurants unite in the capital of the Emerald Isle. A trip to Dublin isn’t complete without a call to the infamous Temple Bar or a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.
You’ll be equally charmed and captivated by a cruise to Amsterdam, with its relaxed pace of life, countless bicycles and tranquil canals. Ablaze with colourful flowers, it’s a melting pot of different traditions and is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with around half the population originating from a huge array of nations. Amsterdam is home to Van Gogh Museum which traces Van Gogh’s life and development via the world’s largest collection of his work – both familiar paintings and little-known pieces.
Discover the tranquil delights of Europe’s rivers on a European river cruise. Discover the Danube River as it twists through ten countries, flow down the romantic Rhine River and devour the beauty of the Douro Valley.
Beginning in the Black Forest of Germany and ending at the mouth of the Black Sea, the Danube River is a twisting journey through 10 European countries. Predominantly a transportation route for the last 2,000 years, the Danube River offers an eclectic itinerary – a mix of rural and urban sights for history, art and music lovers alike.
The romantic Rhine River flows down from the Swiss Alps and meanders its scenic route through central and Western Europe until it reaches the North Sea. Historically significant for centuries, a Rhine River cruise means sighting waterfront castles and fortresses, medieval bridges and fairy-tale villages, hilly vineyards and stunning landscapes.
In the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro River snakes its way throughout the sloping green terraced hillsides of Portugal’s Douro Valley, renowned for vineyards which produce the region’s famous fortified Port wine, blended from local Portuguese grapes and aged in wooden casks.
The Baltic countries and Scandinavia make for enchanting cruising, being home to countless historic cities. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was formally founded in 1248 but its earliest settlements date back 5,000 years. It is famous across the world as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Taking a Baltic cruise will allow you to experience many of the world’s most fascinating and culturally significant ports of call in the utmost comfort and style.
History-lovers will find themselves enamoured with St Petersburg, the undisputed cultural capital of Russia. Formerly known as Leningrad, St Petersburg is the most westernised city in Russia. It is home to The Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums and boasts magnificent architecture that is named as another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel to St Petersburg in June and you will witness the Summer White Nights. The white nights are infamous: the sun never sets, and the city never sleeps as it is alive with festivals, activities and concerts.
Discover storybook sights and Danish delights in Copenhagen. Famously lined with pastel coloured buildings, Copenhagen is rich and eclectic. This delightful Danish destination is more than just the place Hans Christian Anderson lived, Copenhagen is home to cutting-edge design, a thriving restaurant scene and some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever come across.
The city of seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway, amidst rolling mountains and striking fjords. Bergen is steeped in history; once an important seaport it is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, clapperboard homes line the hillsides, ferries flit around the fjords while a buzzy bar scene awaits around the corner.
Many of our cruise line partners offer a wide range of excellent cruises from Southampton (as well as other UK ports), giving you the opportunity to explore beautiful regions such as the British Isles and Norther Europe, the Baltic and Scandinavia and the Rivers of Europe.
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