New member at Cruise Europe: Poole

At 10,000 acres, Poole harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe (Image at - May 2023)At 10,000 acres, Poole harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe. Ships up to 210m in length can be accommodated at the Port of Poole’s South Quay berth.

The harbour is an area of international importance for wildlife conservation and has been classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a Special Protected Area (SPA) and European Marine Site (EMS). Brownsea Island – the birthing place of the Scouting movement and home to thriving natural habitats, including the rare red squirrel and a huge variety of birds – sits in the middle of Poole Harbour.

The port caters for both turnaround and transit calls. It has a dedicated lounge for cruise passengers and is a 10-minute walk into the historic Poole Quay.

Rosie Macnamara, project manager cruise Port of Poole, says: “The Port of Poole is a great boutique cruise destination perfect for luxury and expedition-style ships. Since the construction of our new berth in 2018, we are able to accommodate larger ships, and building up our cruise calls is one of our key masterplan priorities for the near future. We have a breadth of experience in doing turnarounds, which we have done in the past, and we will be looking to do more of that in the next few years”.

The season opens on June 18 when Ocean Odyssey arrives into Poole for the first time.

With its central position on the south coast of England, Poole is 38 miles from Southampton Airport, 94 miles from Heathrow Airport and 120 miles from Gatwick Airport by road.

The Port is just 30 minutes’ drive from the key sites of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only UNESCO natural World Heritage Site with its 185-million-year history. It is also within easy reach of two further World Heritage Sites: Stonehenge and the City of Bath.

There are many experiences for guests within a 45 minute radius, including a wildlife tour of Brownsea Island, sea kayaking around the Jurassic Coast, going back in time aboard a historic steam train at Swanage Railway, visiting Corfe Castle, a thousand year-old castle ruin, or visiting the ancient manor of Athelhampton, constructed in Tudor times.

Poole is located within the urban area of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, with its population of over 400,000 inhabitants. The Bournemouth Air show, taking place end of August/ beginning of September, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. The show includes the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, dusk flying with fireworks and many other displays.

(Port of Poole – Poole Harbour Commissioners)