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UK and the Channel Islands
Don’t be put off by the British weather. The UK – along with the surrounding islands – offer plenty of reasons to opt for a ‘staycation’.

A cruise around the British Isles is possibly the ultimate way to see the major cities of Britain and Ireland and allows you to visit all of those places you just didn't have the time to see. Step aboard and you'll see so many fascinating ports from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Orkney Islands in supreme comfort and style.

Many British Isles cruises depart from Southampton, which has great rail and motorway links and is within easy reach of Southampton airport, Gatwick and Heathrow. However, a wide range of local ports, such as Harwich, Greenock and Hull may well provide a better, and more stress-free, option.

Soak up the unmistakable Scottish Highlands, shrouded in myth and folklore. Explore the picturesque fishing villages of Fife from the port of Rosyth, the scenic bay of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and, amidst conical hills and verdant glens, seek out Loch Ness and scan its glassy surface for the legendary 'monster' at Invergordon.

Belfast, Capital of Northern Ireland, has much to offer, from its grand building to the mythical Giant’s Causeway. Across the border, Dublin is a city which has experienced somewhat of a renaissance to become one of Europe’s premier travel destinations with a gracious and cosmopolitan city. A British Isles cruise may also include Cork's most famous attraction, the legendary Blarney Stone.

Further south, the Channel Islands offer a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, unspoiled ambiance. Guernsey enjoys nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it one of the sunniest places in the British Isles.

Of course, a cruise is by no means the only way to explore the fantastic sights closer to home. A tour of our great nation will help you uncover major attractions you've never got around to visiting, as well as unveiling some hidden gems that you didn't know were so close to home. Choose a night at a London theatre, a weekend on the Jurassic Coast or a week off radar in a cosy Scottish bothy.

Recommended Hotel
Hotel Jardín Tecina

The Hotel Jardín Tecina is a peaceful, picturesque resort located on the idyllic island of La Gomera.  A Canary Island holiday is a great choice all year round, thanks to the enviable climate we enjoy here from January through to December. As you gaze off into the blue horizon, where the Atlantic meets a cloudless sky, your view will be dominated by Mount Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

Although La Gomera has plenty to see and do, you won’t even need to leave the resort if you don’t want to. We have fantastic facilities in the form swimming pools and other sports activities, as well as a comprehensive spa to help you relax and unwind. Our kid’s club is on hand to help entertain the little ones and when it comes to mealtimes there are plenty of opportunities to try the local cuisine in our range of bars and restaurants. Not forgetting, of course, our impressive 18-hole golf course which winds its way along the cliff-top, offering breath-taking views at every turn.

So come and experience the tranquil atmosphere at the Hotel Jardín Tecina. You’ll enjoy blissful surroundings, fantastic service and return home rested and rejuvenated.

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UK and the Channel Islands

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American Cruise Lines cutting-edge vessels that exemplify top-tier maritime engineering, opulent relaxation, and the utmost in river cruising convenience. Our lineup of American riverboats, paddlewheelers, and compact cruise ships features the latest in amenities, advanced navigation systems, and top-notch safety equipment.

Embarking on a voyage aboard our world-class ships means indulging in plush lounges and expansive observation decks, offering the perfect setting for travelers to unwind and engage with like-minded enthusiasts of American heritage. Encased in glass, the dining salons afford sweeping, unobstructed vistas of the breathtaking scenery that graces every journey with American Cruise Lines.

Our roomy staterooms stand as the most spacious within the realm of small cruise ships. These hotel-style accommodations boast generous picture windows that bathe the rooms in natural light, capacious bathrooms, and many even include private, furnished balconies. Whether your travels lead to charming small towns or gracious southern ports, the American Cruise Lines fleet ensures you reach your desired destination in opulence and ease. For solo travelers, single occupancy options are available across all our vessels, and we also have rooms designed to accommodate three passengers comfortably.

Gracious Amenities

Our contemporary array of small cruise ships and riverboats are meticulously crafted to ensure guest comfort. These state-of-the-art vessels offer guests a private sanctuary while granting unobstructed views of the picturesque surroundings. Each stateroom category boasts some of the most generous space in the industry, serving as an ideal retreat following a fulfilling day of activities.

Daily Entertainment

Musicians, historians, and naturalists join every cruise, creating an entertaining onboard experience.

Spacious Amenities

The largest staterooms of any cruise ship. And with interior entrances, every view is entirely private.

Exquisite Cuisine

Locally sourced and regionally inspired cuisine, prepared by our master chefs.

All-American Experience

American built, flagged, and crewed ships. 35 cruise itineraries to 25 states in America.

Gracious Hospitality

Attentive and personalized service is the hallmark of American Cruise Lines.

Private Balconies

Sliding glass doors lead to spacious private balconies offering panoramic river views from every angle.

Cuisine

American Cruise Line adept culinary experts curate an authentic American menu infused with regional influences, highlighting the freshest local ingredients. Every day, they source fresh produce, directly from the farms and vineyards we explore during your journey. Through American Cruise Lines gastronomic initiative, they seamlessly intertwine your onboard adventure with the essence of the places you traverse.

Appetizer

Traditional Chicken & Andouille Gumbo

Cajun Spiced Jumbo Sea Scallops served with an exquisite Creole Beurre Blanc sauce

Garden Fresh Feta House Salad with Walnuts, Red Onion, Sun-Dried Cherries with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entree

Dixie Lager Braised Chicken served with crisp Andouille Sausage, Red Beans, Rice, and Stewed Squash

Pan-seared Beef Tenderloin & Stuffed Lobster Tail served with a Potato Puree and Vegetable Medley

Pasta St. Charles with a delectable Creole Mustard Cream Sauce served over Penne with Louisiana Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

Dessert

Signature Bourbon Pecan Pie

Creole Bread Pudding with a warm Whiskey Caramel

Homemade Peach and Blackberry Cobbler

Appetizer

Crab & Roasted Corn Bisque

Old Bay Poached Shrimp Cocktail

Washington Salad

Entree

Pan Seared Pacific Halibut

Pacific Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Honey Kissed Risotto, Huckleberry Balsamic Glaze

Dungeness Crab Cake - Roasted red pepper Tartar, wild rice pilaf and sauteed spinach

Dessert

Mount Lebanon Spiced Apple Pudding with Maple Whipped Cream

Gourmet Chocolate Fudge Cake

Vanilla Crème Brule

Appetizer

Pacific Northwest Scampi – Jumbo Shrimp served in a savory Herbed Butter Sauce over Lemon Arugula Risotto

Pacific Coast Shrimp Bisque

Entree

Widmer Cascadian Ale braised Snake River Farms Pork Shank served with Herbed Polenta, Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, and Apple Gremolata

Delectable Dungeness Crab Cake served with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade, Rice Pilaf, and Sautéed Green Beans

Delectable Dungeness Crab Cake served with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade, Rice Pilaf, and Sautéed Green Beans

Dessert

Moist Marionberry Cheesecake

Almond Cake served with flavorful Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone

Almond Cake served with flavorful Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone

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Extensions

Enhance your river cruise experience with one of our tailor-made extensions. Imagine exploring enchanting cities, indulging in local delicacies, and immersing yourself in the rich culture before or after your cruise. Whether it's a luxurious stay in a historic city, a gourmet tour through renowned vineyards, or an adventurous exploration of hidden gems, our tailor-made extensions offer the perfect complement to your river journey.

Below is a selection of river cruises that can be combined with our pre- or post-cruise extensions. Choose your preferred departure today, or alternatively, if you are looking for something different, call our Travel Specialists for your personalised holiday booking.

 
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