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Five incredible all-inclusive cruises from Southampton

Sail to the Med, Scandinavia and as far as Canada from the UK, all the while enjoying incredible onboard value with Princess Plus and Princess Premier

May 2024

By Liz Darke

For a holiday that offers both adventure and incredible value, our all-inclusive cruises from Southampton are a no-brainer.

From the UK port of Southampton, our ships sail to destinations such as Oslo and Copenhagen in Scandinavia; Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh on our British Isles itineraries; and as far as New York, New England and Canada. And that’s all without mentioning our Mediterranean cruises that depart Southampton, too, which give guests access to many of Europe’s bucket-list cities, including Rome, Barcelona and Athens.

While a Princess cruise holiday means you can visit an array of incredible destinations in just one trip, our all-inclusive fares also offer brilliant value. Opt for our Princess Plus or Princess Premier fare when booking your cruise, and you can enjoy onboard Wi-Fi, a drinks package, speciality dining, fitness classes, OceanNow delivery, room service delivery, and plenty of other onboard perks, for a fixed daily rate. Princess Plus is £50 per day, per guest, while Princess Premier is £65 per day, per guest, so choosing one of our all-inclusive packages upon booking means you’ll save at least 50 per cent compared with purchasing the equivalent while onboard.

Ready to join us on an all-inclusive cruise from Southampton? Let us tempt you with these incredible itineraries…

The fishing village of Marsaxlokk in Malta

Colourful Marsaxlokk near Valletta in Malta is perfect for an al fresco lunch © CALIN STAN/Unsplash

A Mediterranean adventure

Our much-loved cruises around the Med range from seven nights all the way to 31 nights, so whether you’re after a short break or a longer escape, there’s a trip to suit you.

Our sailings offer guests the opportunity to visit some of Europe’s biggest and best cities, including Rome (from the port of Civitavecchia), where our shore excursions enable you to see global landmarks, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, with ease. On cruises calling at Piraeus, guests can access Athens to explore the Acropolis and sample the city’s delicious street food, while the port stop of Barcelona means architectural marvel La Sagrada Familia is just a short bus ride away.

For those who’ve already ticked off many of Europe’s most famous attractions, our Mediterranean cruises can also take you to some of the region’s unsung, lesser-travelled spots, like the ancient port of Cartagena in Spain, which offers sightseeing around its Roman ruins, as well as kayaking on its dazzling blue shoreline. Alternatively, a day in Valletta, the capital of Malta, offers up scenic strolls around the nearby fishing villages (like Marsaxlokk, pictured above), along with local wine and cheese tastings. Here’s to becoming an expert in Maltese rosé!

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Songsvann lake in Oslo, Norway

Wander around serene Songsvann, a lake located in Oslo's greenbelt © Eric Stein-Beldring/Unsplash

Sensational Scandinavia

Departing in a different direction from Southampton, our Scandinavian cruises offer a truly diverse holiday. In the verdant Norwegian capital, Oslo, you can enjoy traditional spiced buns in one of the city’s trendy coffee houses in the morning and be hiking around leafy forests and shimmering lakes come lunchtime. A sweaty session in the floating saunas that overlook Oslofjord is a fine way to spend the afternoon, too.

Our port stops in Denmark bring further variety: the buzzing Danish capital Copenhagen boasts cutting-edge homeware stores, chic bars and no fewer than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, while Skagen, in the very north of the country, is a peaceful fishing town with picturesque streets and rugged, white-sand beaches.

Other Scandinavian capitals we call at are Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden) along with Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, in the Baltic region.

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Penny Lane in Liverpool, UK

Join us for a trip to Penny Lane in Liverpool, home of The Beatles © Princess

A fresh look at the British Isles

While you might have going abroad in mind for your next holiday, you’d be foolish to write off a trip on home soil (well, sea) straight away. With Princess, a staycation doesn’t mean long car journeys, traffic jams and sticking to just one location. Our British Isles cruises, which range from 10 to 12 nights, sail guests from Southampton to unmissable destinations in Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England.

Think you’ve ‘been there, done that’ with everything our fair isles have to offer? How about taking to a high-speed RIB boat in search of puffins in Cork Harbour; or admiring masterpieces by the likes of Gainsborough and Canaletto at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales? What about spending the day with a professional photographer learning how to capture spectacular Loch Lomond in Scotland? Or visiting the real-life Strawberry Field and Penny Lane in Liverpool – locations that the Fab Four famously sang about? Not all adventures are found in a new time zone, trust us…

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The Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA

See the Statue of Liberty among other bucket-list landmarks on a visit to NYC © Princess

A bucket-list cruise across the Atlantic

How does a trip Stateside sound – to see the Statue of Liberty, the autumn leaves of New England and some of southern Canada’s prettiest coastal towns, with no air travel, waiting lounges or baggage restrictions? Brilliant, of course.

Our 31-night Canada and New England 2024 cruise is the sailing of a lifetime. A round-trip from Southampton, the 13 port stops include Saguenay (Canada), where you can hike in the National Park, while keeping your eyes peeled for black bears, lynx and moose; Québec City (Canada), where highlights include an evening at a traditional ‘sugar shack’ feasting on maple-syrup-based delicacies; New York City, with its big-hitting sights all easily accessible on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour; and Boston, where you can visit iconic Fenway Park, the oldest active baseball park in the major league and home to the Red Sox.

With 16 days at sea, guests embarking on this bucket-list cruise will also have plenty of time to enjoy the facilities on their ship, Sky Princess. Enjoy nightly productions and entertainment in the Princess Theatre; dine in restaurants including modern Italian trattoria Sabatini’s and NYC-style steak house Crown Grill (to name just a couple); unwind with a treatment or two in the Lotus Spa; and kick back with your favourite tipple in venues like Vines wine bar or Take Five jazz lounge.

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Pastel de nata (custard tarts) in Portugal

Be sure to get your fill of pastel de nata (custard tarts) when in Lisbon © Nick Fewings/Unsplash

The Good Food Show at Sea

Calling all foodies! Our 14-night Spain and Portugal round-trip itinerary, that departs Southampton on 2nd November 2024, will play host to the very first Good Food Show at Sea. While you’ll be able to explore destinations known for their delectable delicacies, including Lisbon, home of the pastel de nata; Seville, known for its vegetable gazpacho; and Bilbao, which boasts some of the best Basque cuisine in the region, there’ll also be plenty to get your teeth stuck into onboard. Culinary stars John Torode, Lisa Faulkner, Gennaro Contaldo and Rachel Allen will headline a broad line-up of food experts, and guests will have the opportunity to partake in tastings, hands-on workshops, cocktail masterclasses and much, much more.

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About the Author

Liz Darke

Liz Darke

Liz is a journalist who specialises in travel, food and lifestyle. Always on the hunt for a hit of sunshine and fantastic regional cuisine, she's heading to Hong Kong, Provence and the Dalmatian Coast next. Oh, and bring on the local wine, too!