Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a seasoned traveller looking for another chance to get out on the high seas, you’ll no doubt want to be onboard a luxury cruise liner from the minute your holiday begins. The easiest way to do that, of course, is by boarding your cruise in the UK. Here’s our top 13 reasons why you should cruise from the UK.

1. It’s right on your doorstep

If you’re thinking about going on a cruise, you’ll find no departure point is quite as simple as the UK. With sailings from ports including Portsmouth, Newcastle, Southampton, Dover, Tilbury and Greenock, you can go from home to cabin in one short trip.

2. Explore the UK

Ever wanted to see what Bristol or Newcastle have to offer? Set aside a day at the beginning or end of your cruise to extend your holiday and explore some home turf.

3. Speak the lingo

You’ll avoid language barriers with foreign authorities from the outset by departing from the UK. With few opportunities for confusion, you’ll glide through security and into your cabin with ease.

4. Leave the bad weather behind

There’s no denying that Brits aren’t always blessed when it comes to the weather. By taking a cruise from the UK, you can have the added pleasure of watching the gloom disappear in your wake as you make your way to sunnier climes.

5. End to end sailing

By cruising from the UK, your break won’t be punctuated by stints in departure lounges, so you can make every moment of your break count.

6. No fear

Of course, nervous fliers can avoid any anxiety by cruising from the UK. There will be no changes in cabin pressure, no overhead lockers to wrestle and there will be no ‘fasten the seatbelt’ signs in sight.

7. Make yourself at home

Another bonus of leaving from the UK is the baggage allowance. Because you don’t need to fly to your departure port, you don’t need to worry about airline luggage limits – so you can pack that extra pair of heels just in case!

8. Choose your climate

Departing from the UK opens you up to new cruise destinations. So while you can cruise to the Med, you might choose to head somewhere slightly off the beaten track, like Amsterdam, or the Baltic.

9. Northern lights

Norway is also easy to get to direct from the UK. Cruisers from the UK have the incredible opportunity to see one of the great wonders of the world – the Northern Lights – with ease.

10. Familiar feasts

Because most of the guests onboard will be British, the ship’s chefs will keep your tastes in mind when compiling the menu. While you’ll be able to sample international cuisine, British favourites are more than likely to be available too – perfect if you’re feeling a bit homesick and want to fill up on a Sunday roast or fry up!

11. Part of a community

When you take a cruise from the UK, it’s likely that you’ll be with the same people from start to finish, from crew to guests, giving you more time to get to know your fellow passengers. We guarantee that you’ll make friends before you know it, starting a games tournament, organising trips ashore and arranging to meet up once you get back home. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

12. Take a trial run

If you’re a cruise first-timer, a cruise from the UK is a great introduction to life on the open sea. From mini cruises to the Netherlands, to week long voyages to Mediterranean, you’ll be hooked on how easy it is to see the world and be booking your next break before you know it.

13. Weekends away

Cruises from the UK can be shorter than those that depart elsewhere in the world, meaning you can book a mini cruise to destinations Europe and put those remaining days of annual leave to good use. Plus, you’ll make all your colleagues jealous in the process!

Want to find out more about cruises departing from the UK? Visit our ‘Cruising From the UK’ page or give us a call on 0800 107 2323 for more information.

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