Why it's worth considering a no-fly cruise from the UK after the pandemic

Alex McFadyen
·4-min read
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Before coronavirus scuppered our holidays for 2020, we planned to follow a few travel trends, such as seeing Europe at a slow pace by train and taking a once-in-a-lifetime event cruise.

With most of Britain forced into another lockdown, our wish list for a post-pandemic getaway in 2021 has shifted to factor in some of the things we'd like to avoid when experiencing the 'new normal'.

When it's safe to travel again, we'll be looking for a stress-free kind of holiday with fewer flights and airports involved, while offering incredible travel experiences that go beyond UK shores.

Enter the no-fly cruise from the UK, the easy breezy seafaring alternative that cruise lovers will want to consider for a post-lockdown holiday.

After a recent report by Mundy Cruising found that 81% of cruise passengers plan to return to the seas once vaccines are rolled out, we can't think of a better way to get back to cruising than by doing it from the UK.

Here, we shine the spotlight on the hassle-free and sustainable way to cruise. Read on to find out why no-fly cruises from the UK are worth considering and why we'll be embarking on one when Britain emerges from lockdown.

What are the benefits of a no-fly cruise from the UK?

First up, not having to fly! Cutting out a carbon-intensive flight is a great way to reduce the impact of your holiday on the planet, but it’ll make your trip a more pleasant experience too. No waiting in long queues at the airport or travelling miles out of the city to get there - how's that for post-pandemic holiday bliss?

Photo credit: Finnbarr Webster
Photo credit: Finnbarr Webster

Cruise departures from UK cities add a wonderfully relaxing start to your holiday. You can spend a night in a charming hotel near the harbour – like Ennio’s in Southampton – and wake up refreshed, with only a short stroll or taxi ride to board your ship.

As well as saving lots of the hassle that comes with flying, you won’t have to worry about those pesky baggage limits and restrictions on liquids either. Most cruise operators have far more generous luggage allowances, and many have no weight restrictions at all.

Can I still visit remote destinations?

Departing from the UK doesn’t mean you’ll have to limit your aspirations when it comes to visiting dream destinations and fabulous remote locations.

Some of the UK’s biggest operators, including Princess, P&O and Cunard, offer sailings from Southampton to everywhere from the sunny Mediterranean to Scandinavia’s spectacular fjords, and glittering New York.

Photo credit: Geir Kristiansen / 500px - Getty Images
Photo credit: Geir Kristiansen / 500px - Getty Images

Similarly, new UK operator Tradewind Voyages specialises in sustainable luxury cruising. Its beautiful Golden Horizon is the world’s biggest square-rigged ship that takes 70% of its power from natural sources.

BROWSE GOLDEN HORIZON CRUISES

Those looking to experience the hottest new cruise ship of 2021 can depart from the UK and visit the mighty volcanoes and geothermal springs of Iceland, as well as Britain's coastline and the breathtaking Baltics.

No-fly cruises from the UK available for 2021 and 2022

If a no-fly cruise sounds like your perfect post-pandemic adventure for 2021, you've come to the right place, as Good Housekeeping has a whole host of trips.

In the UK, you can experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Hebrides in 2022, tasting whisky on Islay and spotting rare wildlife as you sail around Hirta, or see the Isles of Scilly in early summer 2021 with TV presenter and environmentalist Liz Bonnin.

Photo credit: Tradewine Voyages
Photo credit: Tradewine Voyages

You could also explore the best bits of the British Isles in August 2021, or sail to the picturesque Channel Islands, and visit Ireland and Normandy in June 2021.

For an eco-escape like no other, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla volcanoes are truly jaw-dropping. Step inside a real lava tunnel, see puffins on remote islands, and marvel at the stunning Gudafoss waterfall on a 15-day voyage departing from Scotland in May 2021.

CRUISE TO ICELAND FROM THE UK

Sailing on Golden Horizon, you’ll dine on sustainably sourced produce in an elegant two-tier restaurant, sip cocktails in the piano bar, and relax in the library and spa, with a choice of fascinating and inspirational talks on the ecology of the destinations you visit.

Plus, Kate Humble, presenter of the hit BBC show Volcano Live will give an exclusive talk and join you on your fiery excursions.

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