Just over a quarter of Brits are believed to have a fear of flying, but we’re also holidaying more than ever before. If your pre-flight routine involves hypnotherapy or loading up on airport drinks, then a flight-free cruise could be the way forward. TUI Discovery is sailing from the UK for summer 2018, so you can hop onboard the ship from Newcastle or Southampton. From Norway to the Netherlands, check out where you can sail from your doorstep…
As the name suggests, this bumper 14-night cruise is a great introduction to the Baltics. You’ll step foot in seven countries without even taking to the skies. The longer-than-your-arm list includes Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Denmark – to name just a few. You’ll go from Newcastle to Norway, where your first stop’s in cosmopolitan Oslo. Here, striking skyscrapers, world-class museums and modern bars are fringed by forests, parks and lakes. You’ll tick two of Sweden’s big-hitters off your list, too, including culinary capital Gothenburg and historic Stockholm. Tallinn brings the bygone charm with its Medieval old town, while pint-sized Helsinki’s museums, restaurants and bars come with a quirky edge. The last two seaside towns – Warnemunde and Kalundborg – are worth a visit in their own right, for their beaches, markets and dinky cafés. But they’re also jumping-off points for trips to two must-see capitals – Berlin and Copenhagen. We run excursions to both, so you don’t have to worry about making your own way there.
Fjords, glaciers and Loch Ness – the Fire & Ice itinerary was made for lovers of all things natural. The ship boomerangs from Iceland and Norway to Scotland and the Shetland Islands. You’ll take in the world’s northernmost town, as well as Britain’s most northerly town. You can sink into the warm, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon or climb to the top of Iceland’s biggest church in Reykjavik. Then, tread on a glistening glacier in Olden, Norway, or glide in between the country’s longest fjord in Flam. Closer to home, you’ve got Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, where trips along the show-stopping coast are the biggest draw. Dolphins, ponies and seals often make an appearance, too. Over in Invergordon, meanwhile, you can chase the legend of Loch Ness, passing wild rivers, valleys and woods as you go.
This eight-night cruise puts all its eggs in Norway’s good-looking basket. Here, all eyes are on Mother Nature’s creations – whether it’s plunging waterfalls, mountain plateaus or mirror-like lakes. It’s Norway but not as you know it in Haugesund. Book a tour to nearby Karmoy Island, and you’ll see all the trademark Norwegian signs like forests and lakes, as well as bleached-white beaches. Then there are the fjords. Skjolden and Flam both have prime spots along the world’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden. The latter’s also home to the world’s steepest railway, which slices through a valley almost 3,000 feet above sea level. Before pulling back into Southampton, you’ll drop anchor in Stavanger, where Pulpit Rock is the place on everyone’s lips. You can take a boat tour to snap this famous rock formation, which soars to a height of 604 metres above the teal-green Lysefjord.
Amsterdam and Bruges are just two of the European heavyweights you can explore on this cruise. Setting off from Southampton, your first stop is history-filled Bremerhaven in Germany. Old ships, state-of-the-art museums and a copy of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab line up along its waterfront. And you can venture further afield, with a tour of Hamburg’s highlights. Amsterdam is next on the agenda. You’ll get two days here – and you’ll need it to see all the sights. There are canals to cruise, Anne Frank House to tour and a square full of museums and art galleries to inspect. Your next stop is Zeebrugge, a little port village just half an hour’s drive from fairytale-esque Bruges. You can wander the city’s cobbled lanes, popping in and out of chocolate shops and canal-side pubs. After, the cruise takes a French turn, with visits to Le Havre and Cherbourg. From Cherbourg, you can pay a visit to the 70-metre-long Bayeux Tapestry, or see where the D Day landings took place on a tour of Ste Mere L’Eglise.
What's it like being Captain of a cruise ship? We caught up...
Everyone’s in a great mood. From the other cruise passengers to the...
With Europe on the UK’s doorstep, it’s easy to explore everywhere from...
Author: Annabel Langley
Published: June 30, 2017
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
Shop Finder Ask a question? Contact us
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU2 9TN
More from TUI
Terms & conditions
Ways to Pay
Google Play Store
App Store for Ios
TUI Travel Money
Holiday Budget Calculator
TUI Credit Card
Travel After Brexit
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website.
This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking.
If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it,
those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk