New To Cruising
The U.K.’s love of cruising shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon!
There are now more ships and cruises to choose from than ever before. 2015 was a particularly auspicious year, with the launch of two huge ships in Southampton in the space of a few weeks. The biggest ever purpose-built ship for the U.K. P&O Cruises’ Britannia launched in March 15. Royal Caribbean’s second all-singing, all-dancing Quantum Class ship Anthem of the Seas followed a month later, though has now sadly departed these shores (Royal this year will deploy firm favourite with the Brits, Independence of the Seas, and the smaller Navigator of the Seas, both out of Southampton. You’ve also got perennial U.K. favourite Celebrity Eclipse which has just returned from a significant makeover. Elsewhere in the country you’ll find a variety of smaller ships, such as those of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and Voyages of Discovery, all sailing from regional U.K. ports.
All this means that U.K. cruisers can choose from a seemingly endless list of contrasting countries and cruising styles, whether it’s Britannia’s traditionally British feel, Royal Caribbean’s glitzy American vibe or Celebrity Eclipse’s sophisticated ambience.
For first time cruisers, the sheer volume of options can be bewildering at first but fear not we’ve created a potted guide to some of the best options around for new-to-cruisers looking to find their sea legs.