05. British Isles, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Isle of Man

The British Isles

We have so much to discover back at home, and it is a route visited by many tourist visitors. The ports and lochs are extensive and you will need pounds and Euros!

It is one of our priorities to expand this menu, and you will see how huge it is. If you have a great British Isles cruise film, or find a great film on one of these destinations, please let us know at [email protected]

British Isles: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Shetland and England's ports and guides

Birmingham is a port to leave from when on a fly drive, and it is so easy, we had to include it. It is our favourite London airport… easiest to get to, cheapest to fly from. See our film…

Is Birmingham is London’s best Airport – Fly-cruise is the future.

When you finish your transit flight, your bags

Bristol is a city with a huge tradition in shipping, from cigarettes to slaves. The wealth can be seen in some of its classic buildings. The C&M Magellan and Marco Polo both use this port as well as other ships.   Bristol Cruise Terminal

Bath, Christmas lights in the Roman City

This is a market that could be a weekend treat. The award-winning Bath Christmas Market

Maybe one of England’s closest ports to Europe, the White Cliffs became famous for home coming pilots in WW2. The busy port is used by small to medium size ships ships especially Carnival’s German ships like the AidaSol, AidaVita and AidaAura, and the Viking ships kill the Jupiter.  Port of Dover

DOVER Cruise Port – used by over 20 cruise lines.

Historic DOVER is 66 minutes by train from London, is full of history and already gets 58 million tourists a year.

Princess Cruises from Dover – Pacific Princess takes up the Adonia routes

Princess Cruises sailings from Dover

Dover’s best kept secret – Lympne Safari Park HOTEL

Yes, as well as being an excursion for anyone, not just families. Lympne is a great stay to extend your cruise.

Dover Shore Excursion – Canterbury Cathedral

Dover is a cruise port where the Fred Olsen ship Boudicca

Falmouth is a port in Cornwall near many wonderful villages and blue badge beaches.   Many ships stop here including the ms Europa, Star Breeze, Seabourn Ovation, Viking Jupiter & Sea and Silver Spirit. Falmouth Cruise Port

Harwich is on the east coast, Felixstowe across the river mouth is the container port, Harwich is the Harwich International Port Despite its International name, it is not as busy as the container port. Costa like this port, many ships stopping here inc the Costa Favolosa, Magica and Mediterranean.

Cromer, the UK holiday resort of Kings. Nearest Cruise port: Harwich (Fred Olsen)

King Edward VII pretended to play golf at the Royal Cromer Golf Club

 

The birth of music, the birth of The Beatles, Liverpool is a legendary city with a legendary historic shipping port. It is where the Titanic left from, it is where many cruise ships now stop and there is so much to do and see. The city is building a new Cruise Terminal as you will see from our posts and films. A major UK cruise port. It is a favourite with many ships from Disney to Queen Victoria to Cruise & Maritime, and there will be more when the capacity increases. There is a Titanic memorial between the port and the Royal Liver Building.  Liverpool cruise terminal

 

Liverpool, The Beatles, The Cavern in Mathew Street

Spotted at a lunchtime gig in The Cavern in 1961, The Beatles

Liverpool – a few tours available

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

Liverpool, The Beatles Story Museum

Liverpool, The Beatles Museum in the Albert docks, we get full access to film this amazing part of British history.

Liverpool Beatles Tour – with Paul McCartney

We could have asked Jean to do this film while in Liverpool, but this great 23-minute film of the Beatles Liverpool by Paul McCartney does it all. He visits his old house for the first time since a kid.

Liverpool Guide and news of a new £50m Cruise Terminal

Liverpool is a great place to visit. The city of music, art and partying.

Port of Greenwich (MAP) much used in films including the recent Vanity Fair. It is a complex of major historic naval buildings not far from the centre of London. A sky ride can take you across the river to the 02 where you can get a tube into London.

Tilbury is best known as a container dock, way down the Thames out of London. Ideal for a port to leave and return from if you live to the East of England, but not a great port from which to visit London. There are trains and transfers. See films.  Port of Tilbury

This is cruising into the heart of the London, right near HMS Belfast.  Tower Bridge MAP

Lillie Langtry, Doris Visits the sites of Lillie and King Edward VII trysts

Lilly Langtry, actress, & lover of King Edward VII – As well as presenting Doris Visits I have a one woman show; Royal Mistresses, which thanks to P&O I have played on Broadway – If you agree the definition of a Broadway show and theatre is one that is in New York and has over 500 […]

Buckingham Palace, Brits just don’t visit their own great landmarks

According to the Daily Mirror (see article) more Brits have visited the Eiffel Tower than Buckingham Palace, we just never go and see our own sites. We have feature Buckingham Palace as well as some gems like the fabulous canal boat ride from Little Venice (near Warwick Tube Station) down through Regents Park to Camden […]

Visit London, Canal from Little Venice to Camden Market

Waterbus Canal Tour – Many Londoners never visit their own city, we were guilty of that too. So when we started the world travel series we charged ourselves with trying to get to some unusual but simple tours of London between foreign travel. The Canal Boat is a very simple and cheap one and it runs […]

Southbank London’s Tameside Christmas market

Christmas Market trail could start at southbank

London – where to eat for a real treat Restaurant Story

If you are on an overnight stop in London

Visiting London? Where is London’s West End Theatre life away from the theatres?

London’s West End Theatres are just a part of London’s rich theatrical history, so where are the dives where you can engage with just a little more. ‘This film is a fun look at some of the theatres I have grown up visiting and working in’, says our main presenter Jean Heard. “But there is more. […]

London walk of the Royal Family’s Trysts and Affairs

P&O used to own Nel Gwynne’s old house, gifted to her by the King. With so much press currently bouncing over recent Royal Affairs we are reminded that such dalliances are far from new. The left hand side boxes of the Drury Lane theatre are called the Kings Side, and the right hand side boxes […]

Cruise Ship in the heart of London – Silver Wind by Tower Bridge

It is on the small ships that can get right up to Tower Bridge. 

Port of Tyne MAP is liked by many ships including the Oceania Nautica and Cruise and Maritime ships.

Marco Polo, the exterior as Cruise and Maritime’s ship sails into the Tyne

A great view of this adults only ship, the Marco Polo sailing

Marella Cruises home port is Newcastle

MARELLA CRUISES (TUI) use Newcastle as a home port

Port Of Tyne, Newcastle Cruise Terminal gets even more busy next year

The port of Tyne Cruise Terminal is getting busier by the minute.

Portland Cruise Port MAP Is separated from the mainland by a long thin causeway known as Chesil Beach one of the three structures in the UK made of shingle. Weymouth is nearby where ferris come in from Jersey.

Portsmouth Port MAP is a major naval base in the UK where some cruise ships stop.

An excursion from Portsmouth or Southampton – Isle of Wight?

If you landed in a foreign port you would investigate a island just off shore with a wonderful micro climate

Waterloo to Portsmouth by train – Isle Of Wight trip before a cruise?

The Isle Of Wight is a secret UK holiday resort with a microclimate

Portsmouth – a naval base or a cruise port?

Portsmouth has the attraction of being the home of the British Royal Navy.

The UK’s busiest Cruise port and the home of both Cunard and P&O. Princess ships also use this port for some ships. All along the banks of Southampton there are cruise terminals.  QE2 Cruise Terminal    Ocean Cruise Terminal    City Cruise Terminal    Mayflower Cruise Terminal

An excursion from Portsmouth or Southampton – Isle of Wight?

If you landed in a foreign port you would investigate a island just off shore with a wonderful micro climate

Waterloo to Portsmouth by train – Isle Of Wight trip before a cruise?

The Isle Of Wight is a secret UK holiday resort with a microclimate

Princess Cruises from Southampton

Princess cruises are still housed in the P&O building

Southampton by car or coach ?

Alternative Cruise Parking

Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland – where Britannia meets Britannia

Newhaven is a tender port, but deep enough for the Britannia

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh in Leigh, Scotland

Edinburgh has two cruise terminals one in Leith

Harry Potter places in Edinburgh, and the tour in Watford – an ideal Christmas treat

Had J.K. Rowling never moved to Edinburgh,

Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland – where Britannia meets Britannia

Newhaven is a tender port, but deep enough for the Britannia

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh in Leigh, Scotland

Edinburgh has two cruise terminals one in Leith

Harry Potter places in Edinburgh, and the tour in Watford – an ideal Christmas treat

Had J.K. Rowling never moved to Edinburgh,

Cryptic Journey for Pacific Dawn

The Pacific Dawn as you all know her is on a very cryptic journey.

Stuart St Paul – Cruise Crime Novelist with 50 years in the movie industry

One of the many diverse forms of entertainment on a ship are the guests.

CRUISE NOVEL – CRUISE SHIP ART THEFT

Art is a huge feature onboard ship. Open to theft.

Emergency codes used on a cruise ship

Some codes you might hear on a cruise ship, or not, hopefully ….

The Best Worst Mistake – Cruise Novel from member

Life for Jessica MacLeod was all mapped out. A successful

MS BOREALIS – Fred Olsen

The MS Borealis is now a Fred Olsen ship, and the Olsen’s used

KINDLE on the iPAD on any pad

Many know this, but, you can easily turn your phone or iPad into a Kindle Reader.

The future of cruising? One no one else has poised.

The Beach Online! Seriously? Well, we cruisers are not getting to it by ship, so here is my logic for the swiftly ever-changing future. Some of you will know I wrote some very futuristic screenplays, and do talk on ships about that and the difference between writing a screenplay and a novel. So here is […]

Shetland, a strong Viking history that lives on

Founded in the 17th century to service Dutch herring fleets Lerwick is the only town in the Shetland Island,

Ullapool is a fishing village carved out of glacier movement in the Ice Age

Ullapool, Scotland

Viking Sun (and others), Black Watch and Seabourne Quest seem to rotate in and out of this Scottish hideaway.

Previously a major fishing village, it is now the base of a naval college.  Cobh cruise berth (MAP)     Ringaskiddy deep water berth (MAP)

Cork, Ireland

A place many go to kiss the Blarney stone, it is the second largest city in Ireland and is often on the cruise itinerary around the British Isles though here you will need your Euros! The Cork Jazz Festival is a must on many music lovers calendar. It is a city or art and entertainers and […]

Alexandra Quay is the cruise terminal at Dublin, the lively capitol of Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland

Yes this is where we shot Mrs Brown’s Boys the movie although the series had all be shot in the studio in Glasgow; yes an Irish show, produced in London, shot in Glasgow… only the BBC could take diversity that far. It is definitely a favourite show to talk about on the ships and if […]

Home of a much loved and attended music festival, Galway is beautiful.  Galway Port (MAP)

 

Killybegs Port (MAP) Euros is the currency.

Killybegs – Ireland

Don’t forget the currency in Ireland is Euros. The town of Killybegs has a scenic natural deep water harbour

Belfast harbour (MAP) Belfast is now a major film industry location, just as businesses find it good to base there. Game of Thrones is based in Belfast, but it is also famous for distilleries and the Giants Causeway

Belfast Guide – cruise into Belfast

Belfast’s name comes from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’

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