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.

  • View from Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Monte Carlo
  • Spring in Amsterdam
  • Norway coastal scene
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • One of Gibraltar's famous apes
  • Cruise past the Belem Tower in Lisbon
  • Cruise the Norway Fjords
  • Azura in Venice
  • Pilgrimage Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela