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Best Port Locations in the UK

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Many people going on cruises are choosing to leave from UK ports rather than flying to their start point. Availability of cruises departing from the UK has risen to meet the demand, as has the facilities in the UK ports that host cruise ships. 

Southampton is one of the countries busiest deep water ports, perfect for cruise ships as it has a double tide allowing more accessibility for large vessels. Many cruise ships such as Oriana, Arcadia and Queen Elizabeth II have been named at Southampton and the facilities for cruise passengers are plentiful.

Southampton has three cruise terminals, all with refreshments and waiting areas, taxi ranks and a viewing gallery in the Mayflower terminal. Plenty of accommodation is available in the area, from 4 star hotels to budget rooms and cosy guest houses, perfect for getting your cruise off to a relaxed start.

Dover is a port more known for cross channel ferries than cruises, but it also has a number of cruise companies based here and ships sailing for the Baltics and Scandinavia often depart from Dover. Around 200,000 passengers sail off on cruises from Dover each year and the terminal is well equipped with everything from porters for your luggage to stylish cafes and secure car parks, dedicated to making your departure as smooth as possible.

CruiseThe Disney cruise line sailed from Dover for the first time in 2010, taking passengers on a fun filled Baltic cruise, in one of the first UK sailings with children in mind rather than catering mainly for adults

Tilbury is a less well known port, becoming popular for cruise departures in recent years. It is London`s only deep water facility, purpose built for cruise ships and located just 22 nautical miles from Tower Bridge. It is ideally placed for visiting the capital on a cruise stop off and there is plenty of accommodation in the area if you are departing from Tilbury.

Cruises to the Baltics, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean also leave from Hull in Humberside. The port itself has limited facilities, but they do include disabled access, toilets and vending machines. The city of Hull is very nearby, offering plenty of places to eat, sleep and generally occupy yourself before cruising off on your voyage

There are many more cruise ports in the UK, from Liverpool where you can depart from the docks which are almost in the city centre, to more remote Scottish ports such as Oban where you can take a cruise around the Hebrides. Or if a more luxurious cruise across the Atlantic to New York is more your style, try the Cunard ships sailing from Southampton. Whatever you are looking for, from first class luxury to cheap cruise holidays, there is sure to be a cruise departing from a UK port that will suit you perfectly.

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