As a port, Tilbury is most famous for being where Windrush brought the first West Indians to the UK after the Second World War. In the cruising world, Tilbury is known fondly as the ‘quay to the capital’, acting as the main cruise terminal for London. As a result cruises from Tilbury are extremely popular with cruisers from the Home Counties and wider south east, thanks not only to its fantastic transport and facilities, but also the array of choice in cruise lines and destinations to choose from.
The most regular ships departing from Tilbury are cruise lines with small and mid-sized vessels, including Regent Seven Seas and Fred. Olsen Cruises. New cruise line Ambassador Cruise Line will also sail from Tilbury onboard Ambience from 2022.
Depending on the season, cruises from Tilbury could head to the Seine or Low Countries for Christmas markets of Honfleur and Rouen in France or Antwerp. Alternatively, head south west to catch the sun in Madeira and the Canaries. Year round however, cruises departing from Tilbury mostly head to northern Europe to explore the Baltic or Iceland.
Getting to Tilbury is very easy by public transport or car. Both the train station and long-stay car parking are right by the terminal and just a quick bus ride to the ship, meaning you don’t need to carry your luggage around long distances. Short stay and drop offs for taxis, on the other hand are easily accessible directly outside the famous terminal building.
Inside the terminal you’ll find a comfy lounge area to wait to board with drinks and toilet facilities. As Tilbury usually hosts small to mid-sized ships with only a few hundred passengers waiting to board, you won’t find a wide range of amenities inside, but you’ll easily have access to the basics, including disabled access, without it getting overcrowded.