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English Cruise Ports

When it comes to setting sail on a cruise holiday from England, there is one port that instantly comes to mind and that is the impressive port of Southampton.

With multiple terminals a choice of cruise lines providing bigger and bigger ships and with destinations across the globe, Southampton is one of the leading cruise ports in the world but thankfully there are improvement been made to ports across England giving more choice than ever.

Ports such as Dover and Newcastle offer a growing choice of cruises from the top cruise lines and perhaps best of all, if you set sail from England, you can put the money you sav eon your air fare into upgrading your cabin or enjoying more of the luxury extras your cruise ship offers.

Cruise Lines

The great news for all cruise fans is that the choice of both cruise lines and cruise ships offering holidays from England has never been more varied, from luxury liners to those offering massive floating cities and from all-inclusive lines to small and to smaller lines offering traditional ships, there is a cruise line for everybody.

As a key market for many cruise lines, even those based abroad send some of their biggest and best ships whilst home favourites such as Marella Cruises, P & O Cruises and Fred Olsen offer a growing range of ships and destinations.

Popular English Cruise Ports

There are now a number of cruise ports offering holidays from England but there are a number that still stand out as the key England ports.

The most popular cruise port in England is of course Southampton whilst Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Hull and Portsmouth all offer a choice of cruises.

Cruises From Southampton
When it comes to cruising from the UK, there is one port that stands head and shoulders above the others and that is Southampton.

All of the world’s biggest cruise lines visit the port with a growing number of foreign lines starting to base ships in the port to join a growing list of home lines including the likes of P&O and Cunard.

There are few parts of the world you cannot reach from the Port of Southampton with cruises to the Mediterranean, North America, the Norwegian Fjords, Northern Europe, and the Canaries amongst the most popular.

Cruises From Dover
Known more as a ferry port, the Port of Dover does have its own dedicated cruise terminal that offers cruises on a range of cruise lines offering smaller to medium sized ships going to mostly Northern European destinations.
Cruises From Liverpool
The iconic Port of Liverpool, on the River Mersey, is a popular stopping off port for any cruise lines but it is possible to start or end your cruise in the city, although the choice is limited at the moment.
Cruises From Newcastle
The drive from the North East to the South Coast for cruises from Southampton is a long and often frustrating one stuck in traffic but thankfully there are now a growing number of cruise lines offering cruises out of the Port of Tyne including the likes of Marella and Fred Olsen offering a good range of destinations including the Med and the Norwegian Fjords.

Other Ports

Here are some ports that may not offer the same number of cruises as the more popular cruise ports but they may still be the best option for you.

Cruises From Harwich
The cruises on offer from Harwich maybe few and far between but the ones that are offered do tend to be of top quality on board smaller, more luxurious ship to some of the most popular destinations.
Cruises From Portsmouth
Known more for its naval base and ferry port rather than as a cruise port, the bustling city of Portsmouth does offer a small range of cruises from smaller cruise lines and also luxury lines offering 7-14 night getaways to Europe.
Cruises From London
London Ports
A number of US based cruise lines tend to call Southampton London but you can actually set sail from a number of ports in the capital city including a stunning start to any holiday from London Bridge.

Due to the costs involved in starting on the Thames, cruises from London are limited to only luxury lines.

Cruises From England Destinations
With world cruises on offer from English ports, it really is more of a question of where you cannot visit on a cruise than where you can visit.

The most popular destinations tend to be those that can be reached within a day or 2 of travel and these are the destinations with the more options.

Popular choices includes cruises to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, the Norwegian Fjords, Transatlantic cruises and of course cruises around the British Isles.

Cruise From English Ports

When it comes to cruising from port sin England, there is one cruise port that dominates the market and that is a world leader when it comes to the wonderful world of cruising and that is the Port of Southampton.

From home cruise lines including the likes of P&O cruises and Cunard, the world really is open from Southampton but there is much more to cruising from England that the iconic port on the south coast.

There is a growing number of ports around the English coast that offer cruises and whilst the choice cannot match that offered by Southampton, it is certainly worth checking out the ports near to you to see if there is a cruise line of interest to you offering a ship of interest going to a destination of interest.

Ports such as Newcastle and Liverpool offer large vessels from leading cruise lines to a small number of destinations whilst the likes of Dover and Harwich offer cruises from smaller lines on board smaller boats.

If you are looking for a luxury cruise experience, there are a number of lines offering 5 star cruising onboard smaller more intimate ships and these are available to a host of smaller ports including cruises that set off from next to the iconic Tower Bridge in the heart of London.

Of course, when it comes to choice of lines, ships, destinations and also the value offered on a cruise holiday, it is often the lure of Southampton that many of us head for and it is no surprise why.

The port is one of the worlds greatest cruise ports and offers a wide range of cruise lines including the majority of the worlds biggest and most popular as well as the countries widest range of ships and destinations including the most modern and largest cruise ships and most popular destinations.

For those looking to enjoy a cruise holiday but who does not want the hassle and expense of flying to an embarkation port, the great news is that there are few places around the globe that you cannot reach directly from English ports.

Of course some destinations are far out of the reach of many cruises in terms of cost and time but there are lots of great cruise holiday destinations that are easily in reach including the likes of the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the always popular trans-Atlantic journeys to North America and the Caribbean.