Find the Popular Ports in UK for Cruise Ship Departure

Increasing popularity of Cruise ships has led a number of UK based ports to maximize cruise amenities for the passengers. Let’s walk you through a list of the most popular cruise ports situated in the United Kingdom. Reading it would be greatly beneficial, if you are planning a cruise from the UK ports only.

Popular ports in UK

So, share your valuable time with us to find out which are acknowledged as the major UK ports till date. Let’s get started:

  • Southampton Port:

Being a cargo and passenger port, the Port of Southampton has found the central part of the South Cost of England to unfurl its territory. Apart from being the second- largest container port in the UK, Southampton Port is the most bustling cruise terminal in the United Kingdom. Along with four terminals, this port is one of the most important ports in Britain.

The Port of Southampton is a few miles aloof from Southampton Airport. With convenient motorway access from the M27 off the M25, a travel becomes hassle-free. One can even opt for a comfortable train-journey from London Waterloo as well. A short taxi-ride to any of the terminals can be less-hectic too. A chain of all-world-famous cruise ships are based here. Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, Queen Victoria & Queen Mary etc. are to name a few.

  • Dover Port:

Dover port is the cross-channel port which is located in Dover, Kent, South-East England. With near-about 16million travellers, 2.8 million cars & motorcycles, 2.1 million Lorries and so on; it has become one of the busiest passenger ports in the whole world.

It takes about one hour or so to get down at Dover Priory Station on a comfortable train journey from London Victoria Station or Charing Cross Railway Station. A taxi-ride takes just a few minutes to reach the terminal. The Port of Dover has turned out to be the permanent home port for both the ship cruises named Saga Pearl II and Sage Sapphire. Fred Olsen Cruise Line attends regular departures from Dover Port. Eminent cruise ship lines including Princess Cruises Ship, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises etc. rely on this port for occasional departures.

  • Port of Tilbury:

Situated at only seven miles from the M25 in Essex (Junction-30), the Port of Tilbury offers great convenience for people from the East of London. Car parking is available here. Getting train to Tilbury Town Station on the Fenchurch Street Line from London to Southland is also appropriate for the travellers wishing to minus all the hassles while travelling. It is the home port for the Marco Polo Cruise ship. Four ships from Cruise & Maritime Voyages sail from this port at times. Fred Olsen Cruise Line has attended departure from Tilbury for Norway, Greenland, Northern Europe and the Arctic.

  • Port of Liverpool:

The Cruise Terminal in Liverpool is a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Cunard Building, one of Liverpool’s eminent Three-Graces. It has turned Liverpool one of the major ports on this planet where cruise ships can easily dock right into the city. This terminal is only a couple-of-minutes taxi-drive and near about 20-mintues-walk-away from the Lime Street Railway Station. Drivers can park their vehicles inside the secured port facility at Pier Head. The Port of Liverpool brags of departing many high-end cruise ships that include Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Cruise Maritime Voyages etc. for more than once.

  • Harwich International Port:

As an 1886 Act of Parliament states that Harwich is the best natural paradise in the Eastern England. The deep water harbour here allows many gigantic ships to dock out here. People living in the East can travel easily by road or rail. Trains from London’s Liverpool Street take just one hour or so to reach. The Local firm Fred Olsen Cruise Line has departed from Harwich. The Voyages of Discovery’s mv Discovery also has a few departures from this port.

There are several new and old cruise ships for sale by ship broker companies Norway, which attend departures from these above-mentioned ports in the United Kingdom. To know more in this regard, you can contact them without any hang-backs.

Cruise Ship Environmental Hygiene by Vessel Sanitation Program

VSP aka Vessel Sanitation Program refers to the Operational Sanitation Inspection, which assists the Cruise Ship industry to control and prevent the introduction and conveyance of Gastrointestinal Diseases on the cruise ships. This program sheds a light on whether the sanitation standard in a ship is operated and maintained according to the VSP 2011 Operational Manual.

Cruise ship environmental hygiene

Vessel Sanitation Program is operated under the esteemed authority of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Section 264 Quarantine and Inspection Regulations to Control Communicable Disease). There are many crucial aspects about the VSP that everyone must be well-acquainted with. These are précised below:

How VSP is operated:

Vessel Sanitation Program is operated through CDC aka the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. In other word, it is operated by the Public Health Standards which is found in the VSP 2011 Operations Manual. These criteria usually emphasize upon control & prevention of gastrointestinal illness on a cruise ship. It is majorly based on the FDA Food Code as well as the WHO’s (World Health Organization) guide to ship sanitation.

It is their responsibility to put an eye on the cruise ships on a regular basis. Many crucial matters including sanitation issues, food storage facilities, water sanitation, food preparation methods, hygiene maintenance and disease prevention methods in a ship etc. are looked after by the program.

Once the inspection on a ship is done by the VSP, a report card is issued subsequently. Eventually, the report card is made available on the website of the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention. A report card available on the internet helps people to research and evaluate the score of the cruise ship, which they are wishing to book.

Areas inspected by the VSP:

The major areas of a ship that are inspected by the Vessel Sanitation Program are enlisted below:

  • Medical care Facilities
  • Dining areas
  • Children activity centres
  • Portable Water Systems
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Ventilation system

After every inspection, the VSP inspectors speak to the ship management team, and on the basis of survey give them an inspection report.

What if a cruise ship fails the inspection:

Cruise ships unable to ace the test are usually re-inspected within a reasonable time span. If a vessel fails an inspection just because of an imminent public health risk, VSP might recommend it not to sail again. Violations that fall under imminent public health risk are précised below:

  • Inability to store foods under safe temperature
  • Inability to chlorinate drinking water
  • Inadequate cleansing arrangements
  • Scarcity of sanitizing equipments
  • Inadequate arrangements for solid or liquid wastage disposal

The basic sanitation measures are there in all the Cruise vessels in Norway. If you are in search of such Cruise vessel for sale, get in touch with an eminent ship broker company in Norway.