Cruising from Portsmouth Cruise Terminal
Portsmouth Port's Ferry & Cruise Passenger Terminal, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP
Portsmouth is one of the UK's most proud and established maritime cities. Nowadays Portsmouth is still Britain's best-connected ferry port and actually the nearest to London at only 73 miles away.
An established harbour town with wide trading roots from the early 1200s, Portsmouth first introduced cruise ships from 2001. This was further established in 2011 with the construction of the state-of-the-art cruise terminal facility. All cruises departing from Portsmouth can be found here.
Cruise lines and destinations from Portsmouth
Several cruise lines depart from or stop off in Portsmouth such as British favourites Cruise and Maritime, and Ponant's luxury French explorer yachts. In addition, Viking and Saga regularly use Portsmouth as the starting point for their popular ocean cruises.
As a result, amazing destinations such as Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the British Isles await from Portsmouth. In Northern Europe, you can discover the Fjords of Scandinavia, the Baltic cities of St Petersburg, Berlin and Stockholm or the fringes of the Arctic and the Northern Lights from Iceland.
Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, you can explore some of the finest cultures and richest histories in the world in Barcelona, Rome, the Greek Islands or Nice. Of course, you can also explore the rest of the British Isles from Portsmouth, touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland round to vibrant cities like Dublin and Liverpool.
- British Isles: The Scottish Isles, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast
- Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Greece
- Northern Europe: Iceland, the Faeroes and the Norwegian Fjords
- Baltic: Stockholm, Copenhagen, St Petersburg
Travelling to Portsmouth Cruise Terminal
If driving, due to Portsmouth's location, wherever you are coming from across the country, simply head to the city and the M275 goes straight to the port. There is good signage all the way while the Sat Nav address is PO2 8SP. The port complex is well connected and laid out although there could be some waiting around the entrance to the port if arriving at a peak time.
By Public Transport
There are trains from London Victoria through Brighton, London Waterloo direct and Cardiff via Bristol. Meanwhile, by coach, there is a direct service from London Victoria Coach station to the port as well as a local bus from the city centre. There is also a taxi rank outside the main terminal, local stations and airports.
Southampton Airport is the closest at only 20 miles away while the London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are just 66 and 80 miles away as well. This makes Portsmouth one of the best-connected ports for international fliers and a great option as part of a fly cruise.
Portsmouth Cruise Terminal Facilities
The facilities are open to use between 6am and 11pm all week while waiting to board or meet your connection. If hungry, there is a Costa Coffee or World Marché café and a bar to celebrate the start of your holiday along with a spacious lounge area capable of accommodating 2,400 passengers.
There is a shop for last-minute travel essentials and a bureau de change. Internet access is available while there is disabled access with special assistance including transfer by mini-bus and guide-dog’s permitted. Of course, toilets with baby changing facilities are also located in the terminal while you can leave luggage safely in the terminal for £4 per bag.
There is an excellent 24-hour car parking facility available for both long and short stays. If picking up or dropping off, one hour stay is £4 while it’s £13 per day for long-stay guests. In addition, a number of car hire companies operate services at various pick-up and drop-off points in and around the city of Portsmouth.
Tourism: what to see and do in Portsmouth
Affectionately called ‘Pompey’ by the locals, Portsmouth has a proud history of maritime exploits and you are just as likely to see vessels of her majesty’s navy as you look out from the terminals’ observation terrace as you are cruise ships and ferries. With HMS Victory and Warrior residents of Portsmouth harbour and open to the public. The Mary Rose museum is also a fascinating few hours for those interested in Great Britain’s’ maritime history.
The Emirates Spinnaker is another tourist attraction literally well the worth the look in Portsmouth this 200-foot tower dominating the waterfront lets you see up to 26 miles away across the southern coast of England and the channel beyond. In addition, the D-day story is another fascinating museum telling the story of Portsmouth’s role in the beginning of the liberation of Nazi Europe in 1944.
|National Museum of the Royal Navy||10am-5pm||Kids: £23 |
|Includes 3 attractions|
|Emirates Spinnaker Tower||10am-5.30pm||Kids: £7.65 |
|Views of up to 23 miles out to sea and over the city|
|The D-Day Story||10am-5.30pm||Kids: £5 |
|Step back in time|
|Gunwharf Quays||10am-5pm||Free||Shopping Centre|
|Bluereef Aquarium||10am-5pm||Adult: £9.85 |
|See sharks, otters and coral creatures|
|Portsmouth City Museum||10am-5pm||Free||Discover the rich history of Portsmouth|