A popular port of call on any European cruise, Hamburg is a thriving port city with plenty to offer. Once onshore, you'll see countless maritime attractions and seafood restaurants with fresh catches of the day. We recommend a city tour to admire the canals and lakes, as well as the World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt. To dive in on Hamburg's seafaring history, head to the International Maritime Museum, home to numerous artefacts and exhibitions.
Things to do in Hamburg:
Dating to 1897, the Hamburg Townhall houses the seat of government in the city, including Germany’s 16 parliaments within the state. A historic building with impressive architecture, it’s in the heart of the city and frequently listed as the top attraction to visit whilst stopping over in this beautiful destination.
If you love animals, you should visit Tierpark Hagenbeck during your time in Hamburg. A spacious zoo, it dates back to 1907. However, the process to build the zoo began back in 1863 when Carl Hagenbeck Sr. began to grow his collection of animals. Now home to elephants, penguins and more, it’s a wonderful attraction within the city.
When you sail into Hamburg, you’ll be greeted by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; a concert hall which is one of the largest in the world. Home to an array of productions, this uniquely-designed building first opened its doors in the early 20th century.
DAY 222 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 3 PM to 11:30 PM
The largest port in Europe, Rotterdam had much of its extensive history destroyed during the second World War, but you'll find glimpses into the past through fascinating museums and architecture. For shopping, bars and restaurants head to the Markthal, a unique building with plenty to enjoy. Meanwhile, families will love Rotterdam Zoo, as well as the Euromast Tower which provides stunning views across the city.
Things to do in Rotterdam:
One of Rotterdam's most well-known landmarks is the Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen). These residential sets of buildings, created by Dutch architect Piet Blom, stand out because each home is cube-shaped. A unique place to visit whilst in Rotterdam, you can learn ore about the cube houses by visiting the Show Cube Museum.
Designed by architect Maaskant, this 185-metre tower is one of the tallest buildings in Holland. Step into the elevator and head up the tower to enjoy breathtaking views over Rotterdam; and if it’s a clear day, you can even see the city of Antwerp in the distance.
An iconic landmark in Rotterdam, the Erasmusbrug Bridge was constructed in 1986 and connects the north and south of the city. A striking feat of engineering, it’s surrounded by cafes, restaurants and hotels.
DAY 323 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 4 PM
Pocket-sized, picturesque and perfect for a romantic getaway, Bruges is easily accessible, especially for cruises departing from the UK. With Gothic and neo-Gothic architecture throughout the quaint streets and canals, there's plenty of history and culture to discover. Visit the Markt and Belfort's stunning views over the city, the Groeninge Museum for early Flemish art, and enjoy a boat ride around the canals for a scenic city tour.
Things to do in Bruges (Zeebrugge):
The Belfry of Bruges
In the heart of Bruges, Belgium, there lies a mediaeval bell tower known as The Belfry. The belfry, one of the city's most recognisable landmarks, once held the municipal records and a treasury., along with acting as an observation station for spotting fires and other hazards. You can now climb the Belfry and take in incredible views of surrounding Bruges.
2be Beer Wall
Housing over 780 beers, a shop and a bar, the 2be Beer Wall is a hugely popular attraction in Bruges. Boasting a modern feel and a unique selection of Belgian beers, alongside merchandise- such as tankards.
If you’re looking for a tranquil activity whilst in Bruges, head to the Minnewater lake. A picturesque lake that’s aligned with benches, and beautiful buildings dotted along it, it’s the perfect place to sit and take in the breathtaking surroundings; and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
DAY 424 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 9 PM
The UK’s largest cruise port and where many will begin their cruise holiday, Southampton has no shortage of maritime and historical attractions. Discover local landmarks on a walking tour including 30 ancient monuments, learn about the tragic story of the Titanic and escape to the great outdoors at the New Forest National Park. With numerous options for seafood dining and even a free art gallery, Southampton is an undoubtedly great destination for a pre or post-cruise stay.
Things to do in Southampton:
Dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic, SeaCity Museum excellently portrays the aftermath through interactive exhibits. Featuring a 1:25 scale model of the ship, visitors learn about life onboard as well as the disaster that deeply affected Southampton in 1912.
Solent Sky Museum
Home to over 20 aircraft that were integral to the war effort, Solent Sky Museum is dedicated to the history of the RAF. Southampton itself played a large role in producing Supermarine Spitfires, which you’ll learn all about here.
The New Forest
If you’re looking to escape the busy port city, the New Forest National Park is just a short distance away with native New Forest ponies and lush heathland. Visitors can also catch events, activities and workshops throughout the year.
Tudor House and Garden
As Southampton’s most important historic building, this restored home holds over 800 years of history after having numerous owners. Now a museum, it showcases many artefacts once belonging to past residents of Southampton, as well as a Tudor House Café.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Since opening in 1939, this free art gallery has showcased exhibitions of sculptures, photography and traditional paintings. Thanks to an ever-changing programme of activities, you’ll find something here that the whole family will enjoy.
Edinburgh (South Queensferry) - Overnight onboard
DAY 6-726 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 12 PM to 6 PM
Scotland’s capital city, full of gorgeous architecture and quirky charm. Head to the Royal Mile thoroughfare to explore Edinburgh Castle dominating the iconic skyline before descending to take in Holyrood and the National Museum of Scotland. Finally, for those with enough vigour, climb the famous Arthur’s Seat to soak up the stunning views! Alternatively, if you prefer a sit down, there’s also the seasonal Comedy Festival and Military Tattoo.
Newcastle, Tyne Port
DAY 828 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
The compact city of Newcastle has plenty to be discovered during a day onshore. Once an industrial hub, it has successfully transformed into a quirky and stylish destination, popular particularly for its vibrant nightlife. But, as well as the restaurants, bars and clubs, you'll find over 2,000 years of history and architecture thanks to the city's Roman origins. Discover the Roman ruins, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, many museums, parks and galleries to learn more about Newcastle.
Things to do in Newcastle, Tyne Port:
A scientific and local history museum, The Discovery Museum is located in Blandford Square in Newcastle upon Tyne. There are several local history exhibits there, including the Turbinia ship. Showcasing the renowned maritime history, alongside fashion, science and technology, this diverse museum is fun for all the family.
The castle is situated in the heart of the city, and is a prominent mediaeval fortification that was constructed on the site of an ancient fortress. Within the castle, you’ll find the iconic fortified gatehouse (the Black Gate) as well as the Castle Keep and other impressive features.
Newcastle upon Tyne is home to the contemporary art gallery The Biscuit Factory. The Gallery underwent extensive renovations before opening in 2002, and was originally constructed in the late 19th century. The Biscuit Factory is the UK's largest commercial gallery for art, craft, and design, making it a popular attraction for those visiting the city.
DAY 929 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 5 PM
A port town in the Scottish Highlands, Invergordon sits in the historic Ross and Cromarty region. Once a Royal Navy Dockyard, the town's maritime history can be discovered at the Naval Museum and Heritage Centre. The Mural Trail gives visitors a chance to see the town's more artistic side, while Invergordon is also the perfect place to start a tour into the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Things to do in Invergordon:
Invergordon Castle Grounds
These picturesque grounds used to lead up to a beautiful 13th century castle, which was destroyed during a fire. The castle was replaced in the 19th century by a mansion, which has now also been demolished. However, the castle grounds still provide a tranquil walk, filled with flora and fauna.
Covered with a distinctive mural, the Invergordon Museum is a centrally located attraction which showcases the naval history of the area. A local run, small museum, it’s the perfect attraction for those that love to learn about maritime history, or those who simply want to discover more about the surroundings.
Saltburn Community Woodland
A peaceful and relaxing walk awaits at the Saltburn Community Woodland. Although this is a little walk away from the port, the pretty flowers and trees you’ll see along the woodland are well worth the effort.
Portree, Isle of Skye
DAY 1030 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 6 PM
The capital of the Isle of Skye, Portree, is a quaint village on the east side of the island that looks out over a protected harbour. With Ben Tianavaig to the south and Fingal's Seat to the west, it's surrounded by highlands and cliffs. A popular tourist destination, there's plenty of sights to see in Portree, including the Fairy Pools, the Skyworks Gallery and the picturesque Portree Harbour.
Things to do in Portree, Isle of Skye:
One of the most iconic sights in the village is the beautiful colourful houses. And from the viewpoint that’s within easy walking distance of the centre, you can admire them in all of their beauty. An enchanting photo opportunity, it’s a must see whilst in Portree.
A short journey away from the centre is the Lealt waterfall. Arguably one of the most beautiful in the UK, the waterfall lies within a picturesque gorge. 90 metres tall, to get to this impressive waterfall there is a short hike. But once you reach it, you’ll be in awe of its beauty.
Old Man of Storr
Whilst in Portree, you should try and visit the Old Man of Storr. An iconic landmark on the Isle of Skye, it towers above the landscape and has a unique rock formation that’s often photographed. The best view of the area can be seen from this viewpoint, 719 metres above the valleys.
DAY 1201 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6 PM
Nestled in the north of England, Liverpool is home to an extensive maritime history, having been one of the country's most vital maritime centres since the 18th century. As well as the museums and docks, music enthusiasts will love the Beatles Story Museum and the world-famous Cavern Club. A walking tour of this vibrant city will allow you to truly soak up its cultural highlights, as well as Hope Street, a must-visit for delectable cuisine and classic pubs.
Things to do in Liverpool:
Royal Albert Dock
A vibrant waterfront with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, shops and other attractions, the Royal Albert Dock is situated in the heart of the city. The ultimate destination to visit when in Liverpool, it’s also host to an array of events throughout the year that’s suitable for all the family.
A beautiful 235 acre, Grade 1 historic nature park with breathtaking scenery, Sefton Park is a popular, award-winning attraction that features statues, caves, a bandstand, and a large greenhouse amongst other attractions.
An art gallery and museum, the Tate Liverpool has a large collection of artworks and events throughout the year. Located in the Royal Albert Dock, this attraction is well worth a visit for those that love art; from contemporary to classic pieces.
DAY 1302 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Once a quiet fishing village in the 17th century, Greenock has flourished over the years into a gateway to some of the highlights of Scotland. Though there's a number of transport links to destinations further afield, within Greenock itself, you'll find the famous landmark of the town Greenock West Church, golf, and numerous places of natural beauty such as Lyle Hill, which provides stunning views of the River Clyde.
Things to do in Greenock:
When in Greenock, take a trip to the nearby Mclean Museum & Art Gallery. A popular attraction, it was opened in 1876 and houses an array of artefacts that showcase the history of Greenock and its surrounding areas.
For incredible views of Greenock and the surrounding areas, take a walk up Lyle Hill. standing at the west end of the town, it’s easy to venture to via Lyle Road which was constructed in the late 19th century.
If you love all things theatre related, head to the newly opened Beacon Arts Centre. A significant building in the heart of the town, it’s home to an array of productions, from Scottish theatre to touring international productions. It’s also a bustling hub for those in the local community.
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