Make a great UK getaway this summer

31/07/2021

It’s time to plan your sunshine escape! Check out our summer 2021 cruise holidays on Britannia and Iona for a staycation you’ll love

With the return of the sunshine, our thoughts are once more turning to holidays and the good things in life… And what ticks all those boxes better than a UK getaway where total relaxation, top-class entertainment and delicious restaurant dining are all yours, day and night?

Our fabulous new ship Iona and the glorious Britannia are hosting a great range of staycation cruises this summer. Be it a 3-night mini-break or a week-long holiday, all cruises take in the stunning British coastline while you recharge and rediscover the joy of travel.

And with all cruises from Southampton, you can switch off and start your holiday the moment you step on board.

If you’ve been missing that holiday feel good factor, here’s a little taster of the treats that await you on one of our UK summer 2021 cruises.

Fabulous food

Remember those lazy evenings of wining and dining after an amazing day? First, aperitifs overlooking the ocean (Sunset Bar’s our favourite) or perhaps a perfectly crafted cocktail in The Crow’s Nest or Iona’s glamorous Emerald Bar? Is tonight the night for fine dining at Epicurean, a sumptuous Sindhu treat or does the idea of delicious small plates paired with global wines at The Glass House appeal? And if you’re on Iona, get ready to explore a host of new dining experiences, including gastropub The Keel & Cow (you’ve got to try The Prime Minister burger) and The Olive Grove’s vibrant Mediterranean classics.

By day, you’re spoilt for choice too… take it easy by the pool with slices of pizza, fresh from the wood-fired oven, enjoy street food at Taste 360 and explore a world of cuisines at The Quays on Iona. You’re never far from pick-me-ups too… now, which flavour of Jude’s artisan ice cream or Snowflake luxury gelato will you try today? Talking of treats, make a date for the ultimate indulgence – Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea at Epicurean. Savour exquisite delicacies, the finest coffees, teas and fizz, elegant surroundings and gorgeous sea views.

Great entertainment

Oh, how we’ve missed a great night out! On Britannia and Iona cruise holidays, every evening’s magical, with options to suit your mood. Catch a sensational show at Headliner’s Theatre. The cast and crew are raring to go with all the chutzpah and sparkles you love. In Iona’s SkyDome and Grand Atrium, you’ll enjoy live music and jaw-dropping aerial performances. SkyDome then transforms into the place to be. Don’t miss IGNITE – our upbeat party-starter with a DJ set produced by Alex James, laser show and live music under the stars.

If live music’s your thing, one of our UK getaways is just the ticket. You’ll find buskers and sea shanty groups in the Atrium, themed nights with house band PULSE plus sets from guest artists and tribute bands in Live Lounge, karaoke in Brodie’s and moody piano-bar sounds in The Crow’s Nest… there’s a vibe for every occasion. For music fans, it’s got to be The 710 Club. Curated and crafted by Music Director Gary Barlow, the low-lit and atmospheric club serves up live music with an unmistakably vintage vibe, stylish cocktails and the most important ingredient of all; a little escapism, to ensure the good times continue long into the night.

For the ultimate night of glamour, it’s got to be The Limelight Club. The fabulous supperclub menu, funky house band and top entertainment from A-list acts make it a night out to remember. And don’t forget Celebration Nights – a delicious menu of Scottish fare created by Marco Pierre White with a few surprises in store…

Days on board a UK cruise are equally rewarding. Enjoy fascinating guest speakers in the theatre, join a class to learn something new (we’ve something for everyone, from arts and crafts and card games to dancing and yoga), watch live cookery demonstrations, join in a game-show challenge, form a winning quiz team or sink back into a plush red seat to watch a big-screen matinée.

Deep relaxation

After the year we’ve had, summer 2021 is all about relaxing and recharging. Of course, there will be plenty of lounging by the pool listening to chilled sounds and we’ve plenty of quiet spots to enjoy your latest page-turner or practice Pilates. However, if you need to ease away lockdown stresses and strains, a world of well-being treats awaits at Oasis Spa. Choose from deep-tissue massages, rejuvenating facial treatments, cleansing body scrubs and therapeutic saunas and steam rooms… then check in with our expert hair and beauty technicians to get you glowing and gorgeous from top to toe.

To truly get away from it all, slope off to The Retreat. Think warm sunshine, sea breezes, shaded canopies, chilled drinks and alfresco spa treatments in the privacy of your own cabana. It’s the perfect spot for a glass of fizz on a mellow summer evening. What better way to end the day?