UK Cruise Departure Ports

Boudicca at sea

Cruises from Harwich

At Fred. Olsen we believe that a cruise holiday should be a relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable experience from beginning to end, which is why we sail from local ports around the U.K. for your convenience.

There’s no need to endure lengthy journeys across the country to meet your ship and begin your holiday. Our cruises depart from Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, London Tilbury, Newcastle, Harwich, Edinburgh (Rosyth) and Glasgow (Greenock), so we can bring the world closer to you right from your doorstep.

No matter which departure port you choose to cruise from, you can find all the information you need on our UK Cruise Departure Ports page. There’s travel information including driving directions to each port, as well as nearby hotels, car parking and other facilities that are available to you.

Cruising from Dover

Dover's iconic White Cliffs have been a hive of seafaring activity for thousands of years. Today excellent road and high speed rail connections make the town easily accessible from across the UK.

Dover Cruise Terminal has fast and efficient check-in desks, a spacious departure area with plenty of seating and a café-bar. 

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Cruising from Edinburgh (Rosyth)

The port of Rosyth is situated on the north bank of the River Forth, just 40 minutes from Edinburgh. 

This terminal has seating for approximately 250 guests but this is only accessible once guests have checked-in and passed through security. The facility is used in the a.m. for disembarking guests and for embarking guests in the p.m. so please adhere to the check-in time printed on your cruise ticket.

There is no left luggage facility, and no other services are within easy walking distance.

The distance between the terminal and the ship is 1km so we recommend using the transport service provided by Low-Liner Coaches. 

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Cruising from Glasgow (Greenock)

Greenock’s check-in facility is a marquee within a large warehouse. The area is used in the a.m. as a baggage reclaim area for disembarking guests and is used as a check-in area for embarking guests in the p.m.

This area can seat around 400 guests. Light refreshments are available including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Distance from marquee to ship is only 15-20 metres but please take caution as the angle of the gangway can be extremely steep depending on the tide.

A Low-Liner coach ferries guests from the car park to the marquee.

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Cruising from Liverpool

Departing from the maritime city of Liverpool is the route to a friendly and efficient start to your holiday. Embarkation and disembarkation takes place in the same shared space and so for this reason, it is important that guests adhere closely to your allocated check-in time which can be found on your cruise ticket. Due to Border Force regulations, embarking guests arriving early are not permitted to enter the building until disembarkation and baggage reclaim is fully completed. 

The Check-in facilities once open, take place within the Passenger Lounge which seats approximately 400 guests. Refreshments in the form of hot and cold drinks are available for purchase during embarkation from a small kiosk within the Passenger Lounge.

Once the ship is ready for boarding, the distance from the Passenger Lounge to the ships gangway is approx. 150m. 

The Quayside is accessed via a Link-span bridge; the gradient of this bridge can be steep at low tide so a mini-bus is available for those guests with reduced mobility.

Boudicca/Black Watch is accessed from the quayside via a wheelchair accessible ramped gangway.

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Cruising from Newcastle

The International Passenger Terminal in the award-winning Port of Tyne, North Shields has good transport links to Newcastle city centre.

The Port Of Tyne features seating for up to 800 guests, a self service restaurant and small shop selling publications and essential travel items. 

A terminal to quayside Low-Liner coach service takes guests to & from the ship and is an approximate 800m journey.

The car park is within walking distance of the terminal and on disembarkation baggage is delivered to a reclaim point within this car park for those with parked cars.

The nearest metro station is Percy Main – approximately a 20 minute walk away.

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Cruising from Southampton

Fred. Olsen operates year-round from Southampton. Our cruise ships mainly depart from the City Cruise Terminal, however, occasionally we may use the Mayflower, Fruit Terminal or QE2 cruise terminals. 

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Cruising from London Tilbury

This port features a purpose built, grade II listed cruise terminal. The terminal has seating for approximately 250 guests and light refreshments are available.

The ship is accessed from the terminal by an ‘airbridge‘.

The nearest railway station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi and Tilbury town centre is 15 minutes away.

Car parking location is subject to demand, but if offsite a shuttle service will operate between there and the cruise terminal.

The ferry across to Gravesend is immediately adjacent to the port.

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