Cruises to leave from Avonmouth
AVONMOUTH is set to become Britain's latest holiday cruise port.
Once Bristol's busiest docks, but now overshadowed by its near neighbour Royal Portbury, it is about to undergo a revival as a departure point for thousands of sea-going holidaymakers.
Cruise and Maritime Voyages revealed today that it would be launching a full programme of cruises direct from Avonmouth next year.
The UK company operates two "classic and traditional" style cruise ships, Ocean Countess and Marco Polo. Ocean Countess will be sailing from Avonmouth. The 17,500-tonne vessel is a former Cunard ship and offers 'traditional, smaller-ship cruises'.
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Sue Turner, spokeswoman for the Bristol Port Company, said they were delighted the cruise ships would be operating from Avonmouth.
She said: "If you go back in history, you will see that Brunel had a vision of opening up travel for people by taking them by rail to Bristol and then across the Atlantic and other parts of the world by ship.
"What we have now is a 21st century version of that vision.
Departures start in February with a 28-night voyage to the West Indies, followed by a 15-night cruise up to the Norwegian Arctic region in search of the Northern Lights.
At Easter there is the opportunity to cruise to Spain and Portugal on an eight-night cruise, while during April there is a choice of five cruises including a special Springtime Gardens cruise to Dublin, Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly and Falmouth; a Celtic theme cruise with visits to Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, and another to the spectacular Norwegian fjords.
The final one of this debut season will be a ten-night cruise called Treasures of the British Isles.
Announcing the launch of cruises direct from Avonmouth, the firm's commercial director Chris Coates said: "Our first eight departures of Ocean Countess in 2013 will be from Bristol Avonmouth.
"We have already established a following of regular passengers from the South West of England so we have every confidence that our decision to add the port to our portfolio will be welcomed. Our research, based on customer satisfaction questionnaires, shows that 95 per cent of our passengers rated the enjoyment of their CMV cruise experience as excellent or good.
"Our feedback also shows that a convenient departure port is a key factor, hence our plans for Bristol."
Mrs Turner added: "Cruise holidays are now very popular and instead of the hassle of flying out to Mediterranean ports to get on a ship or travelling to Southampton, people will be able to use the M4 or M5 which makes the whole thing a very easy proposition.
"We can also offer high security parking which means people know they can leave their vehicles in complete safety.
"All in all, it makes cruise holidays very easy and we are delighted these voyages are being offered from our port."
Prices start from £399 for the five-night night Springtime Gardens cruise.
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