Witness Portsmouth's breathtaking scenery from atop the sail-shaped Spinnaker Tower.
Featured Cruises to Portsmouth
An English city rich in naval and maritime history, Portsmouth is a wonderful place to visit during a cruise vacation, especially if you’re into history! Not only is Portsmouth located on a beautiful waterfront, but it is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens, home to one of King Henry VIII’s castles, and also the site of many distinguished events. This city is filled with just about something for everybody – museums, unique shops, cathedrals, parks, and highly-rated tourist attractions. Plus, you will discover a great variety of cafes and restaurants, featuring delicious local British cuisine, Indian cuisine, Chinese cuisine, pizzerias, steakhouses, seafood restaurants, and more! Best of all, Portsmouth is located within close proximity to Southampton (about a 45-minute drive by car) and London (about an hour-and-a-half by rail).
A great time to visit Portsmouth is between January and March, as well as November. August and September tend to be the rainiest time of year in Portsmouth.
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Destinations for Cruises to Portsmouth
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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Portsmouth
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Portsmouth. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Portsmouth:
River Cruise Lines
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
Specialty Cruise Lines
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Mainstream Cruise Lines
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Deluxe Cruise Lines
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Luxury Cruise Lines
When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Cruising year-round from across the United States of America, American Cruise Lines is an expert on American cruising. Having a seven ship fleet, their itineraries span from coast to coast, and even cover most of the waterways in between. With ships built in America and having crews comprised solely of Americans, American Cruise Lines surely lives up to their name. With hundreds of itineraries that explore a variety of interesting ports of call, there's something for everyone when traveling with them.
Part of Hurtigruten Group, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers expedition-style cruises to some of the most remote destinations in the world. Their small ships take guests up close to the wildlife and landscapes of those areas, including Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Arctic. An expert Expedition Team provides wonderful onboard enrichment lectures, and a variety of unique, exciting shore excursions (such as dog sledding, kayaking, and snow mobile safaris) are available during each Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise,
For nearly 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been taking their guests on expedition style trips around the world. Through their alliance with National Geographic, they're able to provide a unique variety of special features on their cruises. For instance, all Lindblad expeditions are joined by National Geographic experts, and their guests may be able to use state-of-the-art equipment including bow cameras, ROVs, kayaks, undersea cameras, hydrophones, video-microscopes, crittercams. Some of the destinations offered by Lindblad Expeditions are the exotic Galapagos Islands, Egypt, Alaska, South America, Antarctica, the Mexican Riviera, and Europe.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is proud to present Freestyle Cruising, aboard one of the youngest fleets of cruise ships in the world. Enjoy open seating dining, where you can dine whenever and with whomever you wish. Don't want to pack formal wear on your vacation? With the resort casual evening attire, you don't have to! All of the Norwegian ships feature a slew of specialty restaurants and entertainment venues. An NCL cruise is perfect for guests of all ages, and includes complimentary youth programs. Their award-winning entertainment options include Broadway-style production shows, world-class acrobats, and much more. The Haven by Norwegian™, available on select ships, is an exclusive enclave for suite guests staying in NCL's most luxurious accommodations. Some Norwegian cruise ships have Studio accommodations, designed and priced for solo travelers. NCL is the only major cruise line to offer year-round Hawaii cruises.
Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is one of the the world’s leading deluxe cruise lines. The finest cuisine at sea, award-winning itineraries and outstanding value define Oceania Cruises’ five-star product and have positioned the company as the cruise line of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Experience a different and magical way of cruising. Ponant prides themselves in providing modest-sized yachts that will transport you where most larger ships cannot reach. Included on board are restaurants that prepare the finest in French-inspired cuisine, as well as a well-trained and discreet staff whose goal is to provide you with the best service possible. For those who enjoy the luxurious life, some of their ships have butler service (for guests staying in select suites). All this and so much more is offered, along with all the privacy you could ask for. Come experience cruising "A la Française", the tasteful style of this company.
The five small to mid-size ships in Regent Seven Seas' award-winning six-star fleet include: the intimate all-suite 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator; as well as the all-suite, all balcony 700-guest sister ships, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager, the recently introduced Seven Seas Explorer and upcoming ship Seven Seas Splendor. Regardless of which ship you choose, you're going to be on a luxurious vessel that's staffed with an ultra-attentive staff and gourmet all-inclusive setup, in which gratuities as well as select wines and spirits are included.
Seabourn is one of the world's most luxurious cruise lines, offering state of the art amenities such as complimentary welcome champagne, open bars, complimentary gourmet dining and personalized service. Since its founding, Seabourn's ultra-luxury ships have consistently ranked among the very best vacation experiences in surveys, polls and the annual honors lists of international guidebooks and travel critics. New for Seabourn in May 2018 was Seabourn Ovation, sister ship to the innovative Seabourn Encore.
Silversea's all-inclusive ultra-luxury vacations appeal to discriminating travelers accustomed to plush accommodations and attentive, individualized service. Distinguished by its award-winning, all-suite ships and impeccable service, Silversea's all-inclusive fares include round-trip airfare (from select gateways), a pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay, all beverages including select wines and spirits, gratuities, transfers, and a special shoreside event, The Silversea Experience, on select sailings.
For those seeking to combine the best of both luxury and adventure cruising, look no further than Silversea's expedition ships. These magnificent vessels sail to some of the most exotic locales in the world. Guests can enjoy 5-star service, as they view penguins in the Arctic, sip on champagne while searching for humpback whales in the Pacific Northwest, or even get professional hot stone massages while discovering the untouched nature of the Galapagos. Silversea Expeditions will help you see the world in a whole new way, without having to compromise comfort and service.
With over 70 years of expertise in extraordinary remote destinations, Swan Hellenic offers a truly unique luxury cruise experience with its brand-new fleet of expedition ships. The company focuses on guests' preferences and needs, environmental safety, and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, proposing enriching cultural expeditions with unforgettable itineraries to Iceland, Norway, Antarctica, Lands of the Celts, Lands of the Vikings, and more.
Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton® and the untethered freedom of a yachting vacation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offers all-inclusive voyages onboard custom-built yachts. Most voyages range from seven to ten nights, offering many overnight calls and uniquely curated experiences ashore at distinguished destinations. As with The Ritz-Carlton® on land, each yacht will feature personalized service, elevated dining and luxury amenities. All of this is delivered in an intimate setting, with a heightened level of care and attention.
Viking Ocean Cruises is the sister company of world-renowned Viking River Cruises. This line launched with one vessel, Viking Star, in 2015, with 3 sister ships to follow (in 2016-2017). Itineraries include 10- to 50-day adventures all over Europe. All staterooms on Viking Ocean cruises have a veranda, so you can enjoy the sights and smells of the open ocean at all times. With a concentration on ports with rich heritages and plenty of local experts to learn from, cruises on Viking Ocean Cruises cater to those yearning to learn as they vacation. There's a great value here, with meals, guided shore excursions, WiFi, select beverages, hotel accommodations during city portions of your Viking Ocean Cruises itinerary (if you purchase a cruise tour), as well as lectures and various live performances all being included in the pricing.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Portsmouth, along with a brief description:
♦ Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Undoubtedly the most popular lure of Portsmouth is the Historic Dockyard, where you can discover a few historic ships and buildings! There are a few incredible attractions within this yard, including the HMS Victory (Horatio Nelson’s flagship), HMS Warrior (the first iron-hulled warship in the world), HMS M33 (used in World War 1), and the Mary Rose shipwreck remains (including many salvaged artifacts). The National Museum of the Royal Navy is also situated here, and is where you can view even more Naval-related relics, including those with ties to the Battle of Trafalgar.
♦ Spinnaker Tower
Standing right in Portsmouth Harbor, the Spinnaker Tower is a 557-foot observation tower that provides you with stunning views of the waterfront! The building is shaped like a sail to represent the city’s maritime roots, and shares the name of the type of sail it is shaped like. One nice feature of Spinnaker Tower is that your admission is good all day, so you can return several times of day to take in the ever-changing views! You will also be able to view a film about the tower’s history, cross the glass Sky Walk platform, and even take in the elements in the open-air Sky Garden. If you choose to book a guided tour, you can enjoy all amenities included with general admission, as well as learn even more about the tower from your guide.
♦ Southsea Castle
If you’ve ever wanted to visit one of King Henry VIII’s fortifications, you’ll have your chance when visiting Portsmouth! A visit to Southsea Castle will get you a tour of the fortress, where you can learn more about Tudor history, take in incredible views of the city and sea, and even enjoy a coffee or craft beer on site. You can even partake in Castle Tunnel Walks during the summer season, which are certain to appeal to history-lovers! During the winter season, Southsea Castle is closed, though the courtyard remains open, where you can take in the incredible scenery! As admission times can vary at this attraction, ensure that you verify all information prior to your visit.
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