How to Book a Scottish Cruise

When we write an article about cruises connected to a specific part of the world, we feel a certain obligation to follow it up with an explanation of how to actually book one of these cruises. You can know everything there is to know about the cruise itself, and yet have no idea how to actually take one. And so as a follow-up to our article about Scotland cruises, we will explain how to book a cruise to, or around, Scotland. Scotland cruises (or Scottish cruises, technically) are perhaps particularly well deserving of an article of this sort because a “Scottish cruise” is a tricky cruise to define. Below we’ll explain how to book each of the different types of Scottish cruises, covering cruises to Scotland, cruises from Scotland, and cruises around Scotland.

As we explained in our previous article, the average cruise vacationer might think of a Scottish cruise as a cruise that goes to Scotland, meaning, of course, that Scotland is the destination of the cruise. However, it is rare that a cruise will go exclusively to Scotland, and this becomes truer the further your port of call is away from Scotland. This has implications for booking a Scottish cruise because you’ll have to search for a cruise to Scotland with a broader lens, focusing on European cruises in general. Unfortunately, this makes finding a cruise that even stops by Scotland somewhat difficult because of the huge popularity of southern European cruise destinations. You’ll find that cruises to, say, Spain, outnumber cruises to Scotland many times over. However, when you use some of the major deal sites (like Travelocity and CruiseDeals), which is always a good place to start, you’ll frequently be able to narrow your search to northern Europe, and doing this should bring up some cruises that go to Scotland (although you’ll also have to sift through a number of Scandinavian cruises). If you search for a cruise to western Europe (which of course Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, is a part of), you’ll be buried in results for southern European cruises.

All that has been said so far is merely a way to get a cruise that stops by Scotland. You might stop in a couple of different ports in Scotland, but these stops will be part of a much larger itinerary that will take you to several other parts of Europe. If you have your eyes set on a cruise that primarily involves Scotland, you might have to rely on a site that focuses more on this region of the world, like Scotland Cruise Centre. The site CruiseCompete is also helpful because it produces lists based on criteria like “stops by Scotland” or “departs from Scotland,” giving you more narrow search results to consider. Working with a category like “departs from Scotland” is good because if you want a cruise entirely in Scotland, it will need to depart from within the country. Such cruises will often depart from one of the major ports (like the one in Glasgow), sail around a limited area to visit a few islands and lochs in the area, and then return to the same port from which the ship departed.

So, there is nothing mysterious or particularly difficult about booking a Scottish cruise – you follow the normal channels to arrange one – but because Scotland isn’t a major cruise hub, you have to search a bit to find what you are looking for. Moreover, the very idea of a Scottish cruise isn’t exactly clear (does the cruise merely stop in Scotland? is Scotland the focus of the voyage? etc.), so you need to figure out exactly what kind of vacation you want to take before you begin trying to book one.

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