Bristol cruises

Say hello to the Maritime Gateway of the South West, your connection from Britain to the world starts with a cruise from Bristol. The Bristol Port Company was formed in 1991, leaving you in the very best of hands at the UK’s most central deep sea port.

Head on a once-in-a-lifetime escape to the West Indies or have your sombreros at the ready for a cruise to Mexico. You can find the very best deals from Bristol right here!

Cruise destinations from Bristol

The possibilities are endless when it comes to mesmerising destinations sailing from the port of Bristol. With Cruise & Maritime Voyages being the prime cruise line from this port, you have all corners of the globe covered.

There are 12 cruise itineraries to choose from – with ports of call in the Canary Islands, where you can lap up sun-drenched beaches all year round, to the bucket-list sights of the Norwegian Fjords.

Enjoy everything from mini cruises to Normandy or spend a week or two island-hopping one of the many Caribbean Islands.

Cruise Lines that sail from Bristol

Magellan is currently the biggest ship to sail from Bristol and Marco Polo follows suit – both ships are proud members of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet. This iconic cruise line will take you on one-of-a-kind sailings.

Facilities in the port of Bristol

All basic facilities are at your disposal with shops selling food, drinks, magazines and newspapers, as well as lounge areas, toilets and baggage assistance all in one recently built terminal.

As you’re only six miles away from Bristol City Centre, it leaves ample opportunity to soak up the superb shopping and food scene before you head off on your cruising adventure.  Whether you’ve forgot an essential travel buy or want to dig into that must-have pre-cruise pub grub, you can rest knowing you’re only a matter of minutes away from it all.

If you plan on extending your holiday, there are many hotels nearby the port of Bristol – including the Holiday Inn Express or overlooking the waterfront is the glamorous Radisson Blu. What other excuse do you need to enjoy the Bristol nightlife?

Getting to and from Bristol port

Being centrally located has its perks – sailing from Bristol has never been easier, with motorway links taking you directly to the port. Just simply pop the postcode BS11 9DB into your trusty Sat Nav and once you’re off the motorway follow the signs for Park & Ride and Docks (West Town Gate) to arrive at the Cruise Terminal.

No more dragging your suitcase around! Once you arrive at the terminal you’ll be met by a baggage handler, who’ll take your luggage off your hands and to your ship.

Then proceed to follow the signs for the Drop Off/Car Park area. Car parking is within walking distance from the terminal doors, but please be aware that places must be reserved and paid for in advance. Ensure your permit is clearly displayed on the windscreen of your vehicle upon arrival.

Traveling by train is another convenient way to start your cruise from Bristol, with Bristol Temple Meads station located only 8 miles from the port and Bristol Parkway just 10 miles.

Both have taxi services outside the station, or alternatively there is a branch line service to Avonmouth which takes you just three miles from the terminal.

There’s always the option to fly to Bristol Airport for a quicker way to start your sailing. The cruise terminal is a 25-minute drive from the airport by taxi, potentially knocking minutes – if not hours – off your journey. Making even last minute cruises from Bristol a breeze!

The history of the port of Bristol

Known for being the country’s most centrally located cruise terminal, cruises from Bristol are plain sailing. Boasting strong maritime history with influences going back to the Roman era, you’ll learn a thing or two when cruising from Bristol.

Although bursting with history dating back to 1st Century AD, it wasn’t until 1991 that Bristol’s proud shipping heritage built a name for its self – when £475 million pounds were invested to create a full range of modern shipping, distribution and logistics services.

Since then, Bristol has proudly seen the likes of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Cruise & Maritime Voyages leave its docks. But there’s more than just cruising with this port of call, with Bristol being the only port which Highclere House – home of Downtown Abbey – is easily accessible.

You’ll also find Bath in easy reach, and being the UK’s only UNESCO World Heritage City, it’s certainly worth the visit!