British Channel Cruises to Western Europe

These cruises are normally short break, short cruises and taster cruises. They are also often good last minute deals. Sailing mainly from Southampton, they can go to Bruges, to Guernsey or to Hamburg. Take a look at the options.

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Short Breaks – Long Memories

The Channel Islands are not part of the UK or the European Union or the Commonwealth of Nations. They are not even part of the British Overseas Territories. the islands are just off the French coast of Normandy. They claim to be Crown Dependancies and make the UK responsible for their protection, but they do not form part of our systems or taxation which is why tax excites live there. The later may be why they continue to exist. They are Jersey, which is the largest of the islands; and the Guernsey of which Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands are a part of. They have a total population of about 170,000 and both Jersey and Guernsey are often on short and near cruises. English and French are spoken. The UK pound is used though they have their own versions of the pound.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Adonialast time in Guernsey and the ferry to Herm Island – she is going

The Adonia has been sold

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Terminal croisière, 50100 Cherbourg-En-Corentin – a 15 minute walk into the city, shuttle buses are normally provided. Nearby visit Arromaches, Normandy Beaches, Mont Saint Michel.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Largest cruise ships visiting Bordeaux dock at Le Verdon-sur-Mer (at about 30 min drive distance)
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Bordeaux is famous for ……

One of the world’s wine capitals is so close

Tours available in Bordeaux

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Historical Boulogne-sur-Mer is at the heart of the Côte d’Opale, a key fishing ports
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Tours available in Boulogne

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Shuttle into town, maritime museum and shops. Oceanopolis Sea World is 1.5 Km away.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

 

  • IN BRIEF – A busy ferry port from Dover, a fishing port, and many visit the WWII sights.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

 

  • IN BRIEF – A popular seaside resort with sandy beach, on the “Côte Basque”. The Bidassoa is the border with Irún, Spain.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

 

  • IN BRIEF – on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in Honfleur

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Honfleur, France – Elizabeth goes cruising again

Honfleur flourished after the French Revolution, when the hereditary monarchy and the feudal system of French nobility were abolished and it’s ship owners could start a slave trade of their own. The local shipowners made fortunes from North America and Canada where Samuel de Champlain, a local explorer founded the Canadian city of Quebec. Looking at […]

 

  • IN BRIEF – a coastal city in southwestern France and capital of the Charente-Maritime department. It’s been A 12th century fishing port with an old town of half-timbered medieval houses with passageways covered by 17th-century arches.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in La Rochelle

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Le Harve means harbour, it is the second largest port in France on the estuary of the river Seine.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in Le Harve

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

  • IN BRIEF – Not an easy port, nearly 3 miles from the town with no bus or train. You are reliant on Tours or shuttle bus, there are few taxis.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Tours available in Le Verdon

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

  • IN BRIEF – There have been settlements here in this part of Brittany since 3000BC.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in Lorient

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

  • IN BRIEF – Saint-Nazaire is a city on the west coast of France. The Escal’Atlantic museum, a life-size reconstruction of an ocean liner, celebrates the city’s shipbuilding past. West you can find the Tumulus de Dissignac, an ancient burial mound with Neolithic rock carvings. It is home to the restored, medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Tours available in Nantes, France

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

 

  • IN BRIEF – Rouen is way up the Seine river, only accessible by small ships. It is a gateway to Paris. Larger ships have to berth at Le Harve
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in Rouen, France

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

  • IN BRIEF – Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, where King Louis XIV married Marie-Thérèse of Spain in 1660.
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

  • IN BRIEF – Granite walls surround the old town, a historic stronghold for pirates approved by the king. The Saint-Malo Cathedral is in the centre of the old town,
  • CURRENCY – Euro
  • PHRASES
  1. Bonjour – Hello
  2. S’il vous plaît / s’il te plaît – “Please”
  3. Comment vous appelez-vous? How are you?
  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
  7. Excusez-moi – Excuse me
  8. Pardon – Sorry
  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

 

Tours available in St Malo

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Tours available in Bruges

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

In Bruges, Chocolate, Chocolate and more Happiness – press ideas for Father’s Day & Mother’s Day

Chocolates and Happiness – Yes, those roses are all made of chocolate.

Bruges Canal Boat Tour – Baltic Cruise

One of the best ways to see Bruges is on a simple and very cheap

Bruges City Guide, Zeebrugge to Bruges by train then the historic Hanseatic city

The name probably comes from the old Dutch name for bridge, ‘Brugga’.

  • BRIEF: Popular port currently having a new lock being built to take the latest ships. See our film on the lock, see our guide showing how the ships go into the centre of Amsterdam.
  • CURRENCY: EURO
  • LANGUAGE/PHRASES: Flemish Dutch, but English spoken
  • VISA: Cruise card.
  • SHIPS GOING THERE INCLUDE: Aurora, Queen Elizabeth, Columbus.
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Amsterdam mini cruise by P&O Ferry – what’s the difference

In March 2019, we went on the 2-night P&O Mini Cruise to Amsterdam from Hull.

New lock will allow large cruise ships into Amsterdam, but new taxes send cruisers away.

A new large sea lock is being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden. It will be the world’s largest sea lock and allow cruise ships as large as 365m into the city of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Evening Boat Trip with Light Show

The light show is a collection of art installations.

TOURS and EXCURSIONS in AMSTERDAM

The ship does always look after you on excursions, though Amsterdam is a place you can walk round.

Amsterdam Guide, below sea level is a buzzing city

A ferry, a short party cruise, a local cruise, a gateway to the Baltic, Amsterdam can feature in so many cruise programmes.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Rotterdam Tours

With the port taxes levied at Amsterdam, Rotterdam has become more popular. Here is a list of tours available there. FRED OLSON CRUISES & TOURS P&O TOURS MARELLA TOURS      

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

Hamburg had the largest Jewish community in Germany before the second world war. There are many commemorative cobblestones (Stolpersteine).

Some buildings preserved from the concentration camp that was based at Neuengamme now serve as a memorial – in total contrast there is the Wunderland. The model railway HAS absolutely HAS to be booked in advance and do it early, our film shows how to get there. If you are on a tour with it included it will guarantee entry but your time there will be limited by the tour. It is a must, whether you like models or not !

The Reeperbahn is not near the centre, it may be bear where your ship docks. MAP HERE.

Hamburg cruise center HafenCity    Hamburg cruise center Altona    Kronprinzkai   Cabs and trains are easy, the main centre from the shuttle bus is an easy walk as we show you on the guide film.

Halloween

Just wanted to say Happy Halloween.

The Beatles Hamburg

Hamburg is on the banks of the Elbe River, from the UK it can be a short party cruise

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

Hamburg, an unusual find – a coffee roasting coffee house

Finding things you might not be offered on a normal tour is something that exited us.

Hamburg Christmas Market

Probably our favourite Christmas market, it does find itself on many Christmas market itineraries.

HAMBURG – Tours and research

Your Ship Will Probably offer a door to door service on many similar tours like these,

Hamburg – City Hall, Town Hall, Rathaus

What is in the 5 Euro tour? 

Hamburg City Walking Guide

Famous for the red light district and the Beatles, Hamburg

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