"Island cruising" typically brings to mind the sunny ports and sandy beaches of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Consider the British Isles, though, where small coastal towns have tons of charm, and land adventures include everything from drinks at the pub to tours of castles and gardens or a day on the links at a world-famous golf course. Most cruises are one to two weeks and sail from the English ports of Southampton or Dover. The season spans the warmer months between April and October. Itineraries focus on ports in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, with some going farther to the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and France.