Charming Coastal Towns of the British Isles Cruise

When Princess Cruises offered to show us the British Isles, I immediately accepted. Cruise…British…enough said, right?! But truthfully, I had no idea what countries or territories actually made up the British Isles. I just knew I wanted to go!

As I quickly learned, the British Isles are an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, that consists of Great Britain, Ireland, and Isle of Man (plus over 6,000 other smaller islands). Our adventure started in London, and looped around the United Kingdom, through Ireland and Scotland, and then a final stop in Northern France. (See our full travel diary here and here.)

The 12-day cruise was the perfect mix of bustling European cities, sheep-dotted countryside, and quant seaside villages. The quiet, charming towns are what always seem to capture my heart, and these were my favorite three of the trip.

Guernsey, United Kingdom

Guernsey was our first, and shortest, stop on the trip…which was perfect since we were all battling some pretty heavy jet lag! Our original plan was to ferry to Sark (a neighboring island with no cars!), but the weather didn’t cooperate, so we just wandered Guernsey on our own.

Off the coast of Normandy, Guernsey is part of the Channel Islands, with a mild climate and beautiful views to water from all over the island. There’s a small pier and a cluster of colorful shops in port, and up the hill is a beautiful English garden and tearoom that fed my obsession with warm scones and cream.

And as it turns out, there’s a book based in this tiny island town, and tons of you recommended it! But oddly enough, the movie from the same book wasn’t filmed in Guernsey.

His Pullover | His Jeans | Leopard Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Hat

Leopard Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Hat

The Royal Princess

Leopard Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Hat

Leopard Sweater | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Hat | Jacket

Cobh & Kinsale, Ireland

Despite the gray and rainy day, there was lots of color to be found in Cobh, and nearby Kinsale. We explored the hilly seaside town of Cobh by foot, then joined our excursion for the 45-minute bus ride to Kinsale.

There we feasted on the freshest fish-and-chips and Guinness (it really does taste different in Ireland!), and wandered the colorful, cobblestone streets.

Striped Raincoat | Jeans | Packable Rainboots | Pink Sweater | Chambray Shirt | Travel Camera | Camera Strap

Striped Raincoat | Jeans | Packable Rainboots | Pink Sweater | Chambray Shirt | Travel Camera | Camera Strap

Honfleur, France

Our final stop on the cruise was the industrial port of LeHavre, in Northern France. Many in our group traveled to Paris for the day (5-hour drive round-trip!), but we opted to stay closer to the ship, and explored the coastline with excursions to Honfleur and Benedictine.

We absolutely fell in love with the rolling hills and thatched roofs of the Normandie region! We wandered both, stopping in a seaside cafe for crepes and cafe.

Collared Sweater | Jeans | Sandals | Crossbody Bag

honfleur, france
Collared Sweater | Jeans | Sandals | Crossbody Bag

I adore charming little towns with no ‘must see’ spots, where the only agenda is to wander and experience. These seaside villages were exactly that, and part of what made the British Isles Cruise with Princess so special.

What type of places are your favorites for travel? What is your favorite off-the-beaten-path village you’ve explored while on vacation?

See more of our British Isles trip here and here, and more of our cruise experiences here.


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  1. Bring me back to Europe! Oh, how I wish I’d visited some of these little towns during my trip to England and France a week ago… I regret it so much!

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    Posted 10.10.18 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    Looks like they knew you were visiting. They painted their front door hot pink just for you!

    Posted 10.10.18 Reply
  3. Sevahn wrote:

    How adorable you look in the leopard sweater and in the striped raincoat! haha Sandy’s right–hot pink doors just for you! I’ve visited the exquisite village of Varenna, on the shores of Lake Como– Italy’s magical paradise, and nearby Bellagio. The world is a wondrous place. Speaking of wondrous, that leopard sweater appears to be on sale, so I might have to travel to the link at J Crew to pack in my cart!

    Posted 10.10.18 Reply
  4. Alison wrote:

    We also visited the town of Kinsale during our Ireland trip many years ago. I live in Austria, so my favorite getaways usually involve Italy. We just recently spent a weekend in northern Italy in the beautiful town of Merano – apple trees and vineyards everywhere you turn! A glass or two of the local wine may have been enjoyed.

    Posted 10.10.18 Reply
  5. Stephanie J wrote:

    How often do you use your travel camera as opposed to your phone? I would love to get one but am not sure that I would use it. It’s so easy to just use my iPhone. Thanks!

    Posted 10.10.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Honestly, I love that little camera, and it takes a great pic, but my iPhone + ColorStory app for editing does an amazing job…and then all my photos are in one spot and easily accessed.

      Posted 10.11.18 Reply
      • Stephanie J wrote:

        Guess I will keep using my iPhone and save those dollars for something else like that super cute monogrammed purse! Thanks for all your posts, Cassie. Always makes me smile to see your update in my inbox.

        Posted 10.15.18 Reply
  6. Priscilla wrote:

    Beautiful pictures. Good choice not to go to Paris for the day. I just spent two weeks there, and didn’t begin to see all there is to see.

    Posted 10.10.18 Reply