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Any Brits done a cruise round our beautiful island and if so what was it like?  DH is still not fit to travel abroad but I'm wondering if we could manage a local cruise, based on the fact that, god forbid, a problem arose he would still be close to an NHS hospital.  More cruise lines do a trip than I had realised so obviously it must be popular.

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As long as you still get cover in case of a medical evacuation, I cannot see any issues.

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No, I haven’t done an around Britain cruise but did take one that took in Edinburgh, Shetlands, Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Orkneys, Ireland, Falmouth, France and Belgium which was really enjoyable and would happily do one that stayed within the confines of the British Isles.

There do seem to be quite a few options but many of them stray as far as Ireland, but if you don’t have a problem with that I’d say go for it.

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We had a great cruise around the BI's. It is good to visit places you would not likely visit on a land holiday. Bear in mind that you will still be at sea for long periods and should your husband need medical help that couldn't be dealt with on the ship he could be evacuated to another country, depending where the ship is. The sea can also be rough around the BI's.

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We did such a cruise a few years ago, and became friendly with a family taking their mother on her final cruise, as she was in remission from cancer, but with a limited time ahead. They chose the cruise because it was mainly close to land- so close that ships have to make a special figure of 8 between Belfast and the IOM, to release water and to keep the casino open- the rest of the time they were within the 12 mile limit. ( I always worried that that was where the Caribbean Princess released some of their oiled water over the 5 years- for which they received a hefty fine).

The family was prepared to remove their parent if things became worse, to an NHS or ROI hospital, but in fact she only had a couple of not well days, and just stayed in bed.

As far as the itinerary- we loved it! There's a great difference between driving along the motorway to Glasgow and sailing slowly up the Clyde, returning past the Isle of Arran; or seeing the Royal yacht from the Forth and not the busy streets. 

Loved it. x

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We did a 'GB' cruise on Princess a few years ago - we visited Le Havre and Dublin as well. It was good fun and nice to see parts of the country that we hadn't visited before. OH is talking about doing it again at some stage.

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My mother and I are considering a 12 day cruise from London to Ireland and Scotland on Norwegian. This is in September and are concerned the sea might be to choppy and the weather chilly/wet since it is quite a bit north of where we live in the US. We also were concerned that the tours might not give us the same view of the country/people that a land (motor coach) tour might. Does anyone have any advice??

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34 minutes ago, amudd56 said:

My mother and I are considering a 12 day cruise from London to Ireland and Scotland on Norwegian. This is in September and are concerned the sea might be to choppy and the weather chilly/wet since it is quite a bit north of where we live in the US. We also were concerned that the tours might not give us the same view of the country/people that a land (motor coach) tour might. Does anyone have any advice??

Welcome to cruise critic.

As with anywhere, the weather can be good or bad. It is most likely to be cool but that is easily catered for with wearing layers. Not sure where you are from so cannot comment on how much colder it would be.  Yes there are a lot of things to see and one day in port is often never enough to see everything the place has to offer. We have done a land tour and would say that we still haven't seen anywhere near everything we wanted to see, but it sure was amazing.

If you have time, perhaps do both. 

 

P.S do not forget a rain jacket.

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September weather is often mild and dry-ish… just as the children go back to school, they often miss the best weather. We do get our weather from the Atlantic, though, so anything can happen, but we're also warmed by the Gulf Stream, so it cam be warmer than some "opposite" parts of North America.

Coach tours are great, but I don't think they can offer anything as beautiful as sailing in/out of some of the ports  on such a cruise- Dublin, Belfast... and especially sailing the firths to Greenock and Edinburgh. 

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