Check out my cruising and shore leave articles in VisitBritain’s waterways guide. From themed small-ship expeditions around Scotland’s islands to round-Britain cruises with butler service, it’s all there. Jump aboard, it’s time to set sail.

Plus a round-up of the top attractions, castles and cathedrals near key cruise ports that shouldn’t be missed in Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Falmouth, Plymouth, Bristol and Dover.