When it comes a holiday overseas, a cruise is a great way to see more of the world without needing to worry about a flight.

That might appeal because you aren’t a fan of flying, or maybe you are one of those people who needs to take everything including the kitchen sink on holiday with you – and is worried about the more restrictive limits in place when flying.

But just how much can you see if you book a No Fly Cruise?

We’ve pulled together ten top destinations where you don’t need to be concerned about taking a flight…


One of the most popular cities in Europe, Amsterdam is a destination that has something to offer for everyone.

The Rijksmuseum, Rembrant House and Van Gogh Museum are perfect for lovers of the arts, whilst the former home of Anne Frank and the Heineken Experience are two attractions that show how diverse a trip to the Dutch city can be.

Stroll along the side of the famous canal network and you’ll find no shortage of cafes, bars and shops waiting to be explored.

Sail with Royal Caribbean on 18 October 2019 on a round trip to the Netherlands and France that includes a stop in Amsterdam, with a 7 night trip from Southampton on the Explorer of the Seas starting from £1,701pp


Barcelona is the starting point for a number of cruises that sail around Europe but you can easily visit the Spanish city without needing to fly.

That means you won’t miss out on the chance to visit famous buildings like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the gothic Cathedral of the Holy Cross and the stunning National Museum of Art – which sits alongside the famous dancing fountains of Montjuic.

With dining and shopping options aplenty and an impressive stretch of beach, it’s a city that you sure to enjoy visiting.

Sail with Royal Caribbean on a trip from Southampton that departs on 2 August 2020 and visits Barcelona, with the 14 night trip on the Anthem of the Seas starting from £2,806pp

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, who get drawn to the islands by the year round sun and the fact there are more beaches than you can throw a stick at.

You don’t have to miss out simply because you don’t want to fly and can book a cruise that allows you to visit the islands for yourself.

Explore the old quarter in La Palma, marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Tenerife and take a ride on camel back on Lanzarote – all with no flight required.

Join P&O Cruises on a voyage from Southampton on 29 June 2020 that visits La Palma, Tenerife and Lanzarote as well as Madeira and Lisbon. The 12 night trip on the Ventura starts from just £1,129pp


Even the Caribbean doesn’t have to be off limits when it comes to a No Fly Cruise, with the opportunity to book a dream vacation out to explore some of the most idyllic islands around.

You can embrace colonial history on Barbados, explore colourful Curacao, marvel at wildlife around Gatun Lake in Panama or simply relax under the sun on a stretch of golden beach and let your time ashore pass by at leisure.

With clear blue waters that are haven for marine life, friendly locals and a chilled out vibe that is a world away from back home, a Caribbean cruise is one to savour.

Join P&O Cruises on a trip from Southampton that departs on 3 January 2020 and visits the Caribbean, with the 35 night trip on the Ventura starting from £2,699pp – onboard spending money is also offered


Eastern Europe is becoming increasingly popular with British tourists but don’t worry about missing out if you don’t want to fly - as there are No Fly Cruise options that visit the region.

The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one you certainly won’t want to miss, with the historic Old Town area within the famous walls being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The traffic free area is packed with things to see, including the Rector’s Palace and St Blaise’s church whilst you might want to try and see if you can spot the parts of the city that featured in filming of the hit TV show Game of Thrones.

Join P&O Cruises on a trip from Southampton that departs on 30 August 2020 and visits Dubrovnik, with the 19 night trip on the Aurora starting from £1,999pp – and including onboard spending money


The city of Marrakech is one of the most popular in Morocco and somewhere you might not have realised you could visit without taking to the skies.

Head for the coastal city of Casablanca and you’ll be able to head inland to explore the vibrant and colourful city of Marrakech, which sits near to the Atlas Mountains.

During a trip to the city you can explore the many traditional souks where locals trade their wares before exploring the myriad of palaces and mosques that are to be found across Marrakech.

A visit to Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square, is also a must – if only to check out the many performers who are found there on a daily basis.

Join Cruise & Maritime on a trip from Liverpool that departs on 4 August 2020 and visits Casablanca for Marrakech, with the 12 night trip on the Magellan starting at £1,079pp thanks to a special Buy One Get One Half Price offer.

New York

One of the most iconic trips available in the cruise industry, New York can be accessed with ease on a Transatlantic voyage from the UK, with Cunard being one company that specialises in voyages from Southampton.

Travel on the Queen Mary 2 and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the luxurious facilities onboard as the excitement builds prior to your arrival in the Big Apple.

Once you leave the ship on arrival, you’ll be free to take in famous sites such as the Empire State Building, Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty before hitting the famous shops along Fifth Avenue or taking a stroll through Central Park.

Join Cunard on a round trip from Southampton to New York on 3 November 2019, with the 14 night trip on the Queen Mary 2 starting from £2,019pp


A cruise isn’t all about heading for the sunshine and that’s certainly true of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

Easily accessible on a cruise, Reykjavik is a city that is well worth exploring, with the Hallgrímskirkja church and tower being arguably the most famous attraction. There are also various museums and galleries as well as shops and dining options.

Close to the city is the Blue Lagoon, where you can strip off and take a dip in the hot waters created by geothermal activity below the surface.

Sail with Fred Olsen on a round trip from Newcastle to Iceland on 6 May 2020 that includes a stop in Reykjavik, with the 9 night trip on the Balmoral starting from £1,399pp


The Italian capital can be accessed from the nearby port of Civitavecchia and is one of the most popular that you can visit on a cruise around the Mediterranean.

Rome also features on a number of itineraries that sail from the UK, meaning you’ll be able to check out famous sites like the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon without needing to take a flight.

Whilst visiting Rome, you’ll also be able to check out the very best in designer shopping whilst Italian food is famous throughout the world – and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to sample some whilst ashore.

Join Celebrity Cruises on a trip from Southampton that departs on 1 August 2020 and visits Rome as you cruise around the Mediterranean. The 14 night trip on the Celebrity Silhouette starts from just £1,989pp.

St Petersburg

There are few cities in Northern Europe that are as stylish as St Petersburg – which is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Baltic’.

The Russian gem features on the itineraries of a number of ships that head north from UK shores, meaning you can spend time exploring the likes of the Hermitage Museum, the stunning Peterhof Palace, the Winter Palace and the fortress founded by Peter the Great.

It’s a destination that you’ll certainly not forget in a hurry.

Join Fred Olsen Cruises on a trip from Newcastle that departs on 6 October 2019 and visits St Petersburg, with the 12 night trip on the Balmoral starting from £1,299pp

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