Ferries and other boats travel regular routes to France, Spain, Ireland, and Scandinavia. P&O runs ferries to Belgium, Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands. DFDS Seaways serves France and the Netherlands, and Stena Line serves Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Low-cost airlines and Eurotunnel (which lets you take a car to France on the train) have cut into ferry travel, but companies have responded by cutting fares and upgrading equipment.
Prices vary; booking early ensures cheaper fares, but also ask about special deals. Seaview is a comprehensive online ferry- and cruise-booking portal for Britain and continental Europe. Ferry Cheap is a discount website.
DFDS Seaways (0871/574–7235. www.dfdsseaways.co.uk.)
Ferry Cheap (01304/501100. www.ferrycheap.com.)
P&O (0871/664–2121. www.poferries.com.)
Seaview (01442/843–050. www.seaview.co.uk.)
Stena Line (0137/040–100. www.stenaline.co.uk.)
Transatlantic and Other Cruises
Most cruise ships leave from southern England—particularly Southampton and Portsmouth. Some ships leave from Liverpool and Dover as well, or from Harwich, near Cambridge.
Cunard Line (800/728–6273 in U.S.; 0843/374–0033 in U.K. www.cunard.co.uk.)
Holland America Line (0843/374–2300. www.hollandamerica.com.)
Norwegian Cruise Line (0845/201–8900 in U.K; 866/234–7350 in U.S. www.ncl.co.uk.)
Princess Cruises (800/774–6237 in U.S.; 0843/374–4444 in U.K. www.princess.com.)
Royal Caribbean International (866/562–7625 in U.S.; 0844/493–4005 in U.K. www.royalcaribbean.com.)
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's