Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has giving his official backing this week for plans to build a commercial cruise terminal, in the city of London. The plans are to construct a brand new cruise terminal on the Thames at Greenwich, allowing mid-sized ships to berth there. The new London City Cruise Port will be part of the Enderby Wharf development, which will include residential housing along with restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping complex.
The London City Cruise Port is due to be operational from 2017 and will accommodate 55 cruise ships annually. This will increase the amount of larger cruise ships calling at the city, and will allow more people than ever before, the chance to sail from the River Thames.
The terminal will be able to accommodate ships up to 230 metres in length and hold up to 1,600 passengers. To give you an idea on the size of cruise ships that would be able to dock here, think of – Azamara, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Thomson Celebration and Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral.
What does this mean for London?
It is expected that the London City Cruise Port, will help increase Greenwich’s local economy and tourism, by bringing thousands of passengers to the area. Greenwich has a rich heritage, places of interest include – the National Maritime Museum, ‘the Home of Time’ at the Greenwich Meridian Line and the Old Royal Navy College, to name a few.
What Cruise Lines sail from London now?
If you can’t wait till 2017, you can already sail from London’s Tower Bridge cruise terminal, located further up the Thames. However due to the tight squeeze, only smaller vessels like Silversea ships can moor there. For ships to be able to dock, Tower Bridge must perform it’s famous ‘bridge lift’ to allow ship passage – this spectacle is definitely worth a watch, check it out above.
Experience it for yourself on SliverSea’s Silver Wind, London to London, 15 day sailing, departing 12 June 2016. Or explore warmer climes on the Silver Wind, Lisbon to London, 12 day sailing on 31st May 2016.
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