Atlantic Coast cruises from the UK

An ideal one-week cruise from the UK crosses the English Channel then follows the French, Spanish and Portuguese coasts visiting scenic islands, historic towns, and bustling cities.

A frequent call is to the Channel Island of Guernsey and its capital St Peter Port. Take a bus ride around the island, perhaps visit the Museum covering the wartime occupation of the island. Some cruises may visit the sister island of Jersey.

Cruising down the Atlantic coast of France perhaps visit the port of Brest, gateway to the atmospheric Finistere area of Brittany, and home to the Oceanopolis aquarium.

Reaching the north west coast of Spain the two ports of La Coruna and Vigo give access to the historic city of Santiago de Compostela. Reputed to be the burial place of St James, the various Pilgrimage Routes to the Cathedral from across Spain are well followed by modern-day pilgrims.

Further down the Atlantic coast cross into Portugal and ancient Porto. Long established as the centre of the Port wine trade, Porto spreads along the River Douro and the hills overlooking it. Ancient port barges are moored on the river near the port warehouse and visitor centres. Nowadays a Douro River Cruise is a popular option.

Portugal's capital Lisbon is built on hills over looking the River Tagus. Take a tram to the Jeronimos Monastery, a beautiful building and World Heritage Site. Nearby on the riverside is the Belem Tower, built in the 16th century to defend the river. Perhaps visit the old quarter of Alfama, noted for its maze of streets.

  • Lisbon
  • Gibraltar
  • Cadiz
  • Bordeaux

Barcelona

Atlantic Coast Cruises

Exploring Spain and Western France

Saga Cruises
Exploring Spain and Western France on Spirit of Discovery
12 Nights
Departs 28 Apr 2024
from Portsmouth
  • £3,419pp
  • £6,542pp

Portsmouth, Leixões, Vigo, Gijón, Bilbao, La Pallice, Brest, Saint-Malo

Western Europe

P&O Cruises
Western Europe on Ventura
7 Nights
Departs 04 May 2024
from Southampton
  • £707pp

Southampton, La Coruña, Vigo, Leixões, Cherbourg

Wildlife & Culture of the Scenic Scottish Isles

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Wildlife & Culture of the Scenic Scottish Isles on Borealis
7 Nights
Departs 07 May 2024
from Southampton
  • £1,018pp
  • £1,066pp
  • £1,648pp
  • £2,036pp

Southampton, Belfast, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Cruise by Troup Head, Moray Firth

Scenic Scottish Isles in Five Nights

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Scenic Scottish Isles in Five Nights on Bolette
5 Nights
Departs 25 May 2024
from Liverpool
  • £969pp
  • £1,066pp
  • £1,551pp
  • £1,745pp

Liverpool, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Portree, Isle of Skye, Cruising Fingal's Cave, Cruise by Iona

Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands on Borealis
5 Nights
Departs 25 May 2024
from Southampton
  • £969pp
  • £1,066pp
  • £1,454pp
  • £1,939pp

Southampton, Saint Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Saint Peter Port, Cruise by Brecqhou, Cruise by Sark, Circumnavigate Alderney, Honfleur

The Life & Nature of Scotland's Scenic Isles

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
The Life & Nature of Scotland's Scenic Isles on Balmoral
8 Nights
Departs 28 May 2024
from Newcastle upon Tyne
  • £1,066pp
  • £1,357pp

Newcastle upon Tyne, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Cruising Pentland Firth, Ullapool, Cruising Loch Broom, Cruising Loch Hourn, Cruising Fingal's Cave, Cruise by Iona, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Cruise by Troup Head, Moray Firth

Flavors Of Western Europe

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Flavors Of Western Europe on Seven Seas Splendor
10 Nights
Departs 30 May 2024
from Southampton
  • £12,109pp

Southampton, Saint-Malo, Brest, Lorient, Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Bordeaux, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Santander, Gijón, Cruising the Bay of Biscay

Western Europe

P&O Cruises
Western Europe on Ventura
10 Nights
Departs 01 Jun 2024
from Southampton
  • £1,212pp
  • £1,648pp

Southampton, Santander, Vigo, Lisbon, Leixões, Saint Peter Port

Western Europe

P&O Cruises
Western Europe on Ventura
10 Nights
Departs 29 Jun 2024
from Southampton
  • £1,066pp
  • £1,115pp
  • £1,551pp
  • £2,443pp

Southampton, Santander, Vigo, Lisbon, Leixões, Saint Peter Port

Wildlife & Traditions of the Scottish Isles

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Wildlife & Traditions of the Scottish Isles on Balmoral
8 Nights
Departs 04 Jul 2024
from Rosyth
  • £1,454pp
  • £1,648pp
  • £3,491pp
  • £3,685pp

Rosyth, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Cruising Pentland Firth, Portree, Isle of Skye, Cruising Loch Hourn, Cruising Fingal's Cave, Cruise by Iona, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Cruise by Troup Head, Moray Firth

Western Europe

P&O Cruises
Western Europe on Ventura
7 Nights
Departs 13 Jul 2024
from Southampton
  • £882pp
  • £969pp
  • £1,338pp

Southampton, Vigo, Lisbon, Leixões, Saint Peter Port

Irish Pride & Spanish Flair

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Irish Pride & Spanish Flair on Seven Seas Voyager
15 Nights
Departs 21 Jul 2024
from Belfast
  • £5,002pp

Belfast, Dun Laoghaire, Waterford, Cruising the Celtic Sea, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Gijón, Cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Tangier, Melilla, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona

Scenic Landscapes & Wildlife of the British Isles

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Scenic Landscapes & Wildlife of the British Isles on Borealis
9 Nights
Departs 22 Jul 2024
from Dover
  • £1,163pp
  • £1,454pp
  • £2,327pp
  • £2,909pp

Dover, Saint Peter Port, Killybegs, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Portree, Isle of Skye, Cruising Fingal's Cave, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Spotlight On History

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Spotlight On History on Seven Seas Splendor
8 Nights
Departs 12 Aug 2024
from Southampton
  • £4,060pp

Southampton, Zeebrugge, Dunkerque, Honfleur, Cherbourg

Beautiful Bordeaux and Portugal

Saga Cruises
Beautiful Bordeaux and Portugal on Spirit of Discovery
12 Nights
Departs 16 Aug 2024
from Dover
  • £3,229pp
  • £6,724pp

Dover, Lisbon, Leixões, Vigo, Bilbao, Bordeaux, La Pallice

Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands on Borealis
5 Nights
Departs 23 Aug 2024
from Southampton
  • £969pp
  • £1,357pp
  • £1,745pp
  • £1,842pp

Southampton, Saint Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Saint Peter Port, Cruise by Brecqhou, Cruise by Sark, Circumnavigate Alderney, Honfleur