The United Kingdom has long been a popular place to embark on a cruise holiday with the most obvious benefit being that there are no airports to contend with!
Cruises from Bristol are relatively new and Avonmouth docks are easily accessible by road and rail plus of course Bristol airport is available for UK regional flights and for international travellers.
Bristol is proud to call it’s port ‘Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port’, meaning passengers can easily reach the city centre from where their cruise ship docks and explore all that Bristol has to offer. Bristol’s prosperity has been linked to the sea since it was founded as early as the Palaeolithic era and has many attractions and sights for cruise passengers to visit and enjoy.
The city is famous for its music and film industries and also has several very famous artworks throughout the city by world renowned artist Banksy.
The City Museum and Art Gallery is popular with many visitors and it is home to a large collection of archaeology, natural history, Chinese ceramics and art. It is also free for all visitors and open daily.
Bristol is also home to a wonderful historic city centre which has a number of large Tudor mansions which were once built for wealthy sea merchants who used Bristol port to trade goods in days gone by. There are also several buildings in the Byzantine architectural style which are unique to the city and sure to appeal to any fans of architecture and culture.
Many great day trips are available from this port for cruise passengers to enjoy. The charming city of Bath with its natural hot springs is just over 30 minutes away, Shakespeare’s beloved Stratford-upon-Avon and the university city of Oxford are both just an hour and a half away, and the historical wonders of Stonehenge are also less than 90 minutes from the port.
The two main cruise lines who offer cruises from Bristol are Fred Olsen and Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Popular British cruise line Fred Olsen’s ship Boudicca will be sailing from here for the first time in 2014 and appeals to passengers who enjoy a smaller, more intimate ship as it has capacity for just 800 guests, a mere minnow in comparison to the modern super liners of today – the largest of which can hold more than 6,000 passengers and more than 2,000 crew! Watch the Boudicca video below.
The Cruise and Maritime ship that offers itineraries from Bristol is the MV Discovery. Again, this is perfect for those guests who like to enjoy a smaller ship with less passengers and a more personalised cruise experience.
With all of these great reasons to visit the port of Bristol and two beautiful ships departing form this port why not enquire here to see if a cruise from this wonderful city should be included on your next cruise.