Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands
Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands

CASTLES, COTTAGES AND COUNTRYSIDES

BRITISH ISLES CRUISES

Experience urban adventure and rural beauty with a cruise to the British Isles.

History is everywhere you look in the British Isles. The region is home to legendary villages, thatched-roof houses and scores of castles, churches and colleges from centuries past. Cruise to the British Isles to check out the Titanic Belfast monument in Northern Ireland, with its interactive galleries and impressive structure on the old shipyard. Find your craic (Gaelic for 'fun') in Ireland amid rolling green hills and local pubs. See the Scottish Highlands, home to the mysterious sites of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom's highest peak. If you enjoy city buzz more than country charm, make your way to the Isles' metropolitan epicentre of London and see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Tower Bridge. Discover the magic with a British-isles cruise.

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Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Country Charm

The British Isles are known for their gorgeous green countryside, which is home to world-renowned natural attractions, historic towns and a plethora of castles. Step outside the city and see what else these countries have to offer during your holiday onboard the best British Isles cruises.  

Say Yes to Loch Ness

Get your ocean views at the coastal Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, spot the notorious Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands, and hike through the mountainous Lake District in England's countryside.

A Royally Good Time

Transport yourself to the era of knights and ladies by exploring the many medieval castles of the British Isles. Visit the British Isles to see Scotland's Edinburgh and Eilean Donan Castles, Ireland's Blarney Castle and the royal Windsor Castle in England.

The Grass is Greener

For a taste of local country life, visit the Cotswolds in England, Portree on the Isle of Skye and Ireland's colourful Cobh, which are home to medieval cottages, stunning landscapes and locally owned pubs and shops.

Cityscape in Glasgow, Scotland
Cityscape in Glasgow, Scotland

City Slicker

If you're seeking an adventure that includes quiet countrysides, vibrant cities and cultural hubs, explore Ireland, England and Scotland on a British Isles cruise.  

From Pints to Palaces

Each capital city is home to many unique sites, such as The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which stretches from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace (with many shops and restaurants in between), and Dublin's Guinness Storehouse, where you can sip on a pint of Ireland's famous beer while sitting on a rooftop.

Step It Up

Try one of the walking tours operating daily in all capital cities. These are some of the easiest ways to see the top sites in London: Stroll from the medieval Tower of London to nearby St Paul's Cathedral in all its Baroque grandeur.

Museum Hop

This culturally rich area offers a variety of museums, including the National Gallery, the British Museum and the National History Museum in London. In Edinburgh, check out the National Museum of Scotland, where you can see everything from giant T-rex fossils to medieval tapestries.

Famous Cliffs in Ireland
Famous Cliffs in Ireland

BEST BRITISH ISLES CRUISES

A cruise to the British Isles is filled with exciting destinations, each with its own style and vibe. Discover the British Isles onboard the Best Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.

ENCHANTED BY IRELAND

Arriving in Ireland, you'll fall in love with the endless green hills, friendly local pubs and historic attractions of cities like Dublin.

ENAMOURED WITH ENGLAND

There's something for everyone in England – whether you prefer metropolitan meccas like London or the quiet countryside of the Cotswolds.

INSIDER TIPS

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It's useful to know the London Underground escalator etiquette, which is to stand on the right so commuters can rush by on the left.

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Tipping is not customary across the British Isles like it is elsewhere in Europe and in North America. Some restaurants do add a service charge to bills.

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If driving in the British Isles, remember that Ireland's road signs are in kilometres, while Great Britain uses miles.

FOR FOODIES
A CUISINE OF COMFORT

Each country in the British Isles is known for its signature pub grub and comfort food dishes. These hearty and predominantly meaty meals keep locals warm in a region known for its bracing weather.

Stir the Pot

Made from slow-cooked meat – typically lamb or beef – and root vegetables such as potatoes, onions and carrots, a bowl of Irish stew with a side of crusty bread is only made better when washed down with a pint of Guinness.

The Proof's in the Pudding

Typically served on Sundays, a traditional British roast usually includes roast beef, roast potatoes, a side of vegetables and Yorkshire pudding; a baked pudding often served with gravy. Head to a London pub to tuck into this English tradition.

The OG Fish and Chips

Across the British Isles, you'll find thousands of restaurants and shops exclusively serving fish and chips, which first appeared in England in the 1860s. Flaky, tender white fish is deep-fried in a thin, crunchy layer of batter and served alongside thick-cut fried potatoes and 'mushy' peas, as the locals call them, which are blended with cream or occasionally ultra-rich bone marrow.

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