Dispense with the cries from offspring in the passenger seats of ‘are we nearly there yet?’ by circumnavigating the UK on the maiden British Isles and Ireland cruise by P&O's new ship, Britannia.
The July 2015 departure from Southampton will see the latest addition to the fleet – the biggest ship purpose built for British cruisers – set sail from Southampton on an ocean-going version of a classic road trip. A shore excursion to the vessel’s namesake – the Royal Yacht Britannia – is one of the options on offer in Edinburgh after the ship travels up the east coast passing the lighthouse at Flamborough Head.
This new itinerary takes in the Scottish Highlands and Inverness from the port of Invergordon before sailing past Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the mainland UK. The last Commonwealth Games host city of Glasgow is next on the agenda followed by former European capital of Culture, Liverpool.
Britannia, compete with celebrity chef James Martin running a new cookery school on board, then crosses the Irish Sea for calls into Dublin and Cobh – the port of Cork – before skirting the Cornish coast to make a final call in St Peter Port in Guernsey and finally, back to Southampton.
Price: The 12-night Round Britain cruise on Britannia costs from £1,319 per adult and £395 per child, departing July 6 2015.