We're always on the lookout for interesting cruise itineraries from Scotland, as we know our clients generally prefer to avoid the hassle of connecting flights to London and long journeys south via rail or road. A number of our most popular cruise lines offer voyages sailing from Scottish ports, so we've put together this selection of some of the most appealing itineraries...
1. Windstar Cruises - Norway's Famous Fjords
Windstar offer a few departures from Edinburgh during the summer, and the 28 June 2019 sailing on their stylish all-suite yacht Star Pride works particularly well, disembarking in Copenhagen, which allows you to fly direct back to Edinburgh the same day. This cruise takes you to the Norwegian Fjords during the height of summer, allowing you to make the most of the long daylight hours. You'll visit ports including Bergen, Olden and Alesund, and it's well worth extending your holiday with a couple of nights to explore Copenhagen at the end of your cruise.
2. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iceland
Most cruises from Scotland tend to head for Norway or the Baltic, but Fred. Olsen's 30 June 2019 round-trip sailing from Edinburgh offers something slightly different, with an 11-night circumnavigation of Iceland. From Rosyth you'll head into the north Atlantic, arriving in Reykjavik on day four for an overnight stay. Get to know the Icelandic capital and perhaps explore the geothermal wonders of the Golden Circle, before calls in Isafjordur, Akureyri and Seydisfjordur. This cruise offers excellent value for money, and is ideal for those who want to cruise from Scotland without the hassle of flying.
3. Hebridean Island Cruises - Argyll Escape
We could hardly talk about cruising from Scotland without mentioning one of our favourite little ships, the inimitable Hebridean Princess. This tiny vessel is based in Scotland all year round, carrying just 50 travellers in cosy and comfortable surroundings. Hebridean offer a number of short taster cruises, including this 4-night round-trip from Greenock departing on 12 November 2019, which is a great opportunity to get a feel for what life is like on board without committing to one of the longer (and pricier) sailings.
4. Ponant - From the Norwegian Sea to Spitsbergen
Ponant's stylish expedition yacht Le Boréal, carrying just 264 guests, departs from Glasgow on 16 June 2020 for an unforgettable voyage to the Svalbard archipelago, the best place on earth to witness polar bears in the wild. This is a special voyage in partnership with National Geographic, and you'll be accompanied on board by a National Geographic photographer and destination specialist. En route to this most northerly of destinations you'll explore Lewis, the Orkney Islands and Iceland before spending four days exploring Svalbard. Your cruise fare includes a return flight from Longyearbyen to London, with easy onward connections to Scotland via rail or air.
5. Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Excitement is building for the launch of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the prestigious hotel chain's first foray into luxury cruising, and the inaugural season includes this 28 August 2020 sailing from Edinburgh to Reykjavik. Your voyage begins with an overnight stay in Edinburgh, designed to coincide with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, before heading north to Invergordon, Kirkwall and the Faroe Islands. Airline schedules for August 2020 haven't been released yet, but the current regular direct flights from Reykjavik to Edinburgh are expected to continue, making it easy to get home at the end of the cruise.