The Port of Tilbury is located in England at the head of the estuary of the River Thames. It is 25 miles east of London and is the city's only deepwater facility built especially for cruises.
Cruise ships are increasingly using Tilbury as a port of call. Cruises from Tilbury are becoming more and more common because of how easy it is to get there from throughout England without the extra cost of airfare added on to the cost of a cruise.
Those who arrive early in London or Tilburybefore their cruise can take the opportunity to see the sights in London. If staying in Tilbury before a cruise you can visit the Tilbury Fort built in the 17th century and Audley End House, once owned by Charles II. Many smaller cruise companies offer sightseeing cruises on the Thames from Tilbury.
The destinations of cruises from Tilburyinclude places like the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Baltics, and the fjords. You can also take a 44-night cruise of the world from Tilbury.
The port at Tilbury is the homeport for Cruise and Maritime Voyages and their ship the Marco polo. They offer a wide choice of value cruises that depart from and return to Tilbury. The Marco Polo accommodates 820 passengers and is just small enough to give the feel of a premium cruise ship. The ship has two restaurants, five lounges, an outdoor pool, three hot tubs, and a fitness center among their many amenities. One such cruise on this beautiful ship leaves Tilbury for the Canary Islands and then crosses the Atlantic to the Amazon.
The Marco Polo's British Isles cruise makes stops in Stornoway on the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and Tobermory on the Island of Mull. The cruise also includes the Isles Of Scilly off the southwestern tip of Great Britain, Dublin, Guernsey, and Honfleur.
The Marco Polo offers a number of shorter, 3-night cruises to destinations like Amsterdam and Antwerp. In December these cruises are referred to as Christmas Market cruises because they are the perfect opportunity for holiday shopping. They even offer two-night cruises to Amsterdam.
Holland America Cruise Lines also has cruises from Tilbury to the Baltics and the fjords as well as a longer Arctic cruise that includes ports of call like Reykjavik, Iceland. Here you can enjoy its famous nightlife and the fantastic views Mt. Esja, glaciers, and the Atlantic Ocean. This cruise makes many other Arctic stops before coming back for port calls in Bergen, Norway and Edinburgh, Scotland.
If you are looking for a short, relaxing cruise for a long weekend break or a long cruise to see the world, you can find both at the Port of Tilbury.