England's blend of old and new appeals to visitors from all over the world, enchanted by its royal palaces, medieval castles and ancient curiosities like Stonehenge.
England isn't only remarkable for its history though. A cruise around the country's extensive coastline and along its winding rivers will reveal the natural beauty of this green and pretty land that has inspired generations of poets and artists.
Cruises visit all of England's major and minor ports, including the famous Port of Southampton from which the Titanic and other early transatlantic voyages departed, the maritime cities of Liverpool and Newcastle, and scenic Dover, the gateway to France and the Channel Islands.
- Currency - the British Pound Sterling (GBP) is the currency of England and the UK. Notes are produced in 5, 10, 20 and 50-pound denominations. Coins are produced in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50p and 1 and 2-pound denominations.
- Population - England is home to 80 per cent of the population of the UK. Of its 53 million residents, 9 million live in the Greater London area and 2.4 million each live in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands metropolitan area.
- Language - English is the official and most widely spoken language in England, however a significant migrant population means that many other languages are also widespread in the country. British English has a variety of regional dialects with unique terms and slang expressions.
- Time Zone - England follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT or UTC±0), with the Prime Meridian being based at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. The country follows daylight saving time, moving forward 1 hour to British Summer Time (BST or UTC+1) between March and October.
- Weather - England has 4 distinct seasons, with the summer months bringing the warmest temperatures and less frequent rainfall than other times of the year. Temperatures are generally slightly colder in the north and warmest on the south coast.
Did you know..?
The River Thames is 346 kilometres in length and 29 kilometres at its widest point. More than 200 bridges and underground tunnels cross the river, which is home to more than 100 identified species of fish.
Who goes there?
England is the first port of call for most cruises of the British Isles, and an essential stop on European cruise itineraries. Several major cruise lines including P&O Cruises are based in Southampton.
Cruises are also offered by Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.
Best time to go?
Cruises visit England's ports all year round. High season is the summer months of July to September, but spring and autumn cruises are also popular for nature tours, and Christmas-themed cruises operate in December.
- London - the British capital is one of the world's leading tourist destinations, and a River Thames cruise is the ideal way to see many of its major landmarks, from Big Ben and the Tower of London to St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye. London's museums and galleries are among the world’s finest, and many offer free entry.
- Liverpool - one of England's major port cities, Liverpool is the famed home of The Beatles. See memorabilia and exhibitions dedicated to the Fab Four at The Beatles Story museum at Albert Dock. Liverpool is also a top destination for retail therapy, with the UK's largest outdoor shopping centre.
- Dorset - explore the seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole and see the sights of the Jurassic Coast, which stretches 155 kilometres through Dorset and neighbouring Devon. Stroll along the beaches and cliff paths of this UNESCO World Heritage site and you may discover fossils dating back 185 million years.
- Cornwall - England's rural southwest has always been a popular country escape. Today Cornwall combines scenic coves and quaint fishing villages with upscale restaurants and family attractions. Wander through the world's largest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project and discover the region's lesser-known sights on cruises of the Fal, Fowey, Helford and Tamar Rivers.