Famously known as Poole Harbour, you could be setting sail from the largest natural harbour in Europe, not to mention the most beautiful in the UK. Cruises from Poole are nothing short of scenic – with Poole boasting one of the five Blue Flag beaches in the Dorset area and many mountainous backdrops too.
Cruise destinations from Poole
Take advantage of amazing itineraries cruising from Poole this year, including the charming River Seine and the chance to catch Bournemouth International Air Show on your travels. Stick close to home with a famous 10-port British Isles sailing or prepare to be mesmerised by the Norwegian Fjords.
Don’t miss the chance to catch the Northern Lights or explore beautiful Baltic cities with a cruise from Poole!
Cruise Lines that sail from Poole
Rising in popularity among the smaller cruise lines, you can enjoy everything from last minute getaways in France to British Isles extravaganzas and mini cruises from Poole, too. Cruise & Maritime Voyages have your favourite destinations covered and you’ll do it all onboard the iconic Astoria.
Your 2018 cruise could see you sailing away on one of Cruise & Maritime Voyages smallest and most intimate ships. Much like your surroundings, this impressive vessel will provide you with the ultimate traditional maritime experience.
Better yet, if you’re sailing with Cruise & Maritime Voyages from Poole it’s never been easier. The Pullman Express Coach service offers 30 different regional pickups across Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and London Victoria.
Facilities in the Port of Poole
The Port of Poole are experts in getting your holiday off to the very best start with top of the range facilities. You have everything you need under one terminal, with free WiFi to upload those pre-holiday snaps and a café serving you delicious hot meals and scrummy snacks.
Even those heading on a last minute cruise from Poole are covered with Bureau de Change services on hand and cash machines for those holiday spends. There are first-class disabled services too, including onsite wheelchairs, ramps and toilet facilities.
But if you really want to discover Poole, head a little further afield. Just 21 minutes away from the port lies Poole city centre, boasting restaurants and bars by the dozen and plenty of shops if you’re looking for some travel essentials.
Getting to and from the Port of Poole
Centrally positioned on the South Coast and easily reachable from London and the Midlands, cruises from Poole are certainly easily accessible. Convenient road and rail links ensure you start your sailing with absolute ease.
Connected to the A31, M27 and M3 to London, you’ll find Poole easily sign-posted along your way. Once you’re in the town, drivers are advised to follow signs for the port. Alternatively, use postcode BH15 4AJ on a Sat Nav for directions straight to the terminal.
Upon arrival, you’ll find both short and long stay parking options are available, and are located opposite the terminal.
Poole railway station is only 30 minutes away from the port and with taxi services around the station, you’ll be on your way in no time!
The history of the Port of Poole
Dating back to the 12th century, the Port of Poole was one of the largest south coast ports during Roman times. In fact, Poole even has connections to the infamous pirate Blackbeard, as evidence has uncovered he once sailed to Poole with Co-captain Edward Cooke.
In 1991, this harbour saw 781,000 passengers pass through its terminal doors and today continues to grow its success. Once famously known as a port for ferries to Cherbourg and Normandy, the Port of Poole recently branched out and now provide fascinating cruise itineraries with top notch cruise liners.
When the Port of Poole isn’t being recognised for its fascinating maritime history, it’s being acknowledged both nationally and internationally for its protection of the environment. There are three national and three local nature reserves in the area, all worth exploring!