Cruises from Bristol are available from either the Avonmouth Dock or Portbury Cruise Terminal, both approximately six miles and a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Despite the great location of the port area, not many cruises depart from Bristol as the tide makes docking windows limited. However, Cruise and Maritime do offer sailings throughout the year onboard their ships Marco Polo and Magellan.
As well as Bristol, if you’re looking for a no-fly cruise holiday, the West Country also has a small cruise port at Poole with limited sailings from 2018. Meanwhile, Cardiff is the next-closest option but for a wider choice of cruise holiday destinations and lines, look to Southampton or a fly-cruise package.
These CMV cruises from Bristol head to the Baltic, British Isles or Iceland in Northern Europe while to the south they regularly take in the Canaries, Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde as well as the River Seine, La Coruna and Portugal. In addition, longer repositioning cruises, such as around Africa or via the Suez Canal to Asia, are available as well as popular Christmas market theme cruises.
The best way to get to Bristol’s cruise port is by car as pedestrians are not allowed into the facility area. This could be by driving yourself and parking in the secure long-stay car park or getting dropped off by taxi. If taking public transport, you can easily get a train to either Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway and take a taxi from here.
As well as parking facilities the cruise terminal has a lounge area, toilets and shop. There’s also handy baggage handling service to help as you check in or make your way home after a great cruise holiday from Bristol.