Cruise Liners & ships

So which Cruise Line and Ship is best for you?

Many of the World’s leading Cruise Lines, operating some of the most famous ships afloat, offer No Fly Cruises. So which one will be perfect for you?

Cruise Lines Operating No Fly Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises operates 10 ships across the 7-seas. One of their vessels, the Celebrity Eclipse, is deployed in the 'no fly' market departing from Southampton during the spring.

The Celebrity Eclipse offers several 14 night cruises that visit some of the most attractive ports in the Mediterranean, Scandinavia & Russia. The product appeals to passengers who are looking for an understated luxury holiday, outstanding cuisine and excellent ship entertainment, without breaking the bank. As a consequence Celebrity offers some of the best value in the cruise industry today and is popular with the British market. The language on board is English so the entire product is very much suited to the British cruiser.

Celebrity Eclipse
Built 2010
Rating 4 Star +
Category Large Resort
Recommended For Families
Price Point Premium
Tonnage 121,878
Total Berths 3,150

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Marco Polo and Magellan are operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The 'no fly' cruises offered by Cruises & Maritime range from 3 to 16 nights in duration and cover destinations such as the Canaries, the Scandinavian Fjords & Russian Capitals, the British Isles and much more.

The 22,080grt Bahamian flagged Marco Polo with her handsome traditional profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull is a classic ocean liner. She can accommodate up to 800 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience. Marco Polo is fully stabilised and air conditioned and has eight passenger decks serviced by three main lobbies and four lifts.

In 2015 Magellan will become the proud new flagship of the CMV fleet and like the Marco Polo and Azores will operate as an adult friendly ship. At 46,052grt she will carry about 1250 passengers accommodated in 726 cabins spanning nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts. Her wide corridors and stairways and expansive deck areas with wood type decking in many areas exude a real feeling of spaciousness with a wide range of comfortable well-appointed lounges and panoramic seating and observation areas ideally suited to our scenic cruise programme.

Marco Polo Magellan
Built 1993 2010
Rating 2 Star + 3 Star
Category Small Mid-Size
Recommended For Mature Couples Mature Couples
Price Point Economy Economy
Tonnage 22,080 46,052
Total Berths 800 1,250

Cunard Line

The Cunard Line operates three vessels in the luxury market; Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth which only entered service in late 2010.

All three ships offer no fly cruise itineraries at various times of the year which range from the Canaries or the Baltic to a full circumnavigation of the globe. They also offer a couple of short sampler cruises that may well whet your appetite for some of their longer and exciting itineraries.

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mary 2 Queen Victoria
Built 2010 2004 2007
Rating 4 Star + 4 Star + 4 Star +
Category Large Resort Large Resort Large Resort
Recommended For Adults Adults Adults
Price Point Luxury Luxury Luxury
Tonnage 90,000 148,528 90,049
Total Berths 2,172 3,090 2,172

Disney Magic

Disney Magic has stunning interiors with a whimsical art deco theme and lots of Disney. It is regarded as a floating theme part with lots of entertainment on board particularly for children. Disney Magic is known for her highly programmed and organised cruise experience.

Disney Magic will only be sailing on two itineraries from the UK for 2016. 8 Nights across the Norwegian Fjords and 13 Nights sailing around the Magnificent British Isles.

Disney Magic
Built 1998
Rating 4 Star
Category Mid-Size
Recommended For Families
Price Point Standard
Tonnage 83,338

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a traditional British operator that very much focuses on the 'no fly' cruise market by possibly offering the widest choice of itineraries in the 'no fly' category. Fred Olsen's Braemar, Black Watch, Boudicca and the Balmoral are small to medium sized ships operating in the 'no fly' cruise market.

They additionally offer one of the widest choice of UK ports to depart from which include Belfast, Dover, Rosyth, Falmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle, Tilbury, Harwich, Southampton & Greenock (Glasgow). The wide choice means that getting to the nearest port could not get any easier.

Balmoral Black Watch Boudicca Braemar
Built 1988 1972 1973 1993
Rating 3 Star + 3 Star + 3 Star + 3 Star +
Category Mid-Size Small Small Small
Recommended For Mature Adults Mature Adults Mature Adults Mature Adults
Price Point Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Tonnage 43,537 28,613 28,388 24,344
Total Berths 1,350 804 880 929

Hebridean Island Cruises

The Hebridean Princess the flag ship of Hebridean Island Cruises offers 38 cruises for 'no fly' passengers.

Hebridean Island Cruises is a British operator offering cruises in Northern European (mainly Scottish) waters for those who like the outdoor life, lots of scenery and luxurious accommodation. Informal talks, lectures and social ambiance are key parts of the cruise experience offered.

Hebridean Princess
Built 1964
Rating 4 Star +
Category Small Boutique
Recommended For Mature Couples
Price Point Luxury
Tonnage 2,112
Total Berths 49

Holland America Line

The Holland America Line deploys one of their 15 ships in the UK 'no fly' market; the Rotterdam.

The Rotterdam is very much geared to the older traveller looking for a traditional yet upscale cruise option.

Built 1997
Rating 4 Star
Category Mid-Size
Recommended For Families
Price Point Premium
Tonnage 59,855
Total Berths 1,404

P & O Cruises

P&O Cruises offers in excess of 25% of all the available capacity in the ‘no fly’ cruise category. The overall majority of ships on offer are well suited to both the family and adult markets, with their adult only ships the Arcadia, Oriana and the Adonia providing the mature British traveller with a choice of vessels they can travel on.

P&O offers a wide choice of cruise itineraries ranging from 3 night taster cruises to a 50 night Caribbean & American Adventure cruise. All P&O cruises depart from their home port of Southampton.

Adonia Arcadia Britannia Aurora
Built 2001 2005 2015 2000
Rating 4 Star 4 Star 4 Star + 4 Star
Category Small Large Resort Large Resort Mid-Size
Recommended For Adults Adults Families Families
Price Point Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Tonnage 30,277 82,972 143,000 76,152
Total Berths 838 2,456 TBC 1,950
Azura Oceana Oriana Ventura
Built 2010 2000 1995 2008
Rating 4 Star 3 Star 4 Star 4 Star
Category Large Resort Large Resort Mid-Size Large Resort
Recommended For Families Families Adults Families
Price Point Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Tonnage 115,055 77,499 69,153 116,017
Total Berths 3,100 2,272 1,928 3,574

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises, with their 18 ships, is now considered a giant in the cruise industry. Their ships are deployed all over the world and many are repositioned to perform European itineraries during the summer.

Three ships are deployed seasonally in the ‘no fly’ category, the Caribbean Princess, the Emerald Princess and the Pacific Princess. They are deployed out of Southampton and periodically Dover, performing a vast array of cruises from 3 to 16 days. The options are there to satisfy all of the potential ‘no fly’ cruisers’ needs.

Caribbean Princess Emerald Princess Pacific Princess
Built 2004 2007 1999
Rating 4 Star 4 Star 4 Star
Category Large Resort Large Resort Small Ship
Recommended For Families Families Mature Couples
Price Point Moderate Moderate Moderate
Tonnage 112,894 113,561 30,277
Total Berths TBC TBC TBC

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International operates in excess of 25 ships, many of them deployed in the Americas with the focus being the Caribbean & Mexico. However, the Independence of the Seas, operates on a ‘no fly’ basis out of Southampton year round and is joined by Navigator of the Seas out of Southampton during the summer.

‘No fly’ cruises out of the UK operated by Royal Caribbean International attract a considerable ratio of first time cruisers looking for a great value holiday, packed with fun, entertainment and great service.

Independence of the Seas Navigator of the Seas
Built 2008 2002
Rating 3 Star + 3 Star +
Category Large Resort Large Resort
Recommended For Families Families
Price Point Moderate Moderate
Tonnage 154,407 137,276
Total Berths 4,900 TBC