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About Bristol (Avonmouth)

Bristol is a natural choice for a cruise port in the South West of England thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic and strong maritime history. With the relatively new Bristol Cruise Terminal, built in 2013, at Avonmouth Docks, and located just six miles outside Bristol city centre, it's the perfect place to plan a day out before or after a cruise.

Whether it's Banksy, Blackbeard or the distinctive West Country accent that comes to mind when you think of Bristol, this city is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with exciting art, media and music scenes. Bristol (or 'Brizzle', as it's known locally) also boasts some beautiful architecture, with hundreds of listed and landmark buildings in a hotchpotch of styles from medieval to modern. Many of the city's old buildings have been given new identities-- the city centre harbour, for example, has become a buzzing modern development since the relocation of the docks to the larger, deeper water sites at Avonmouth and neighbouring Portbury.

The largest concentration of sights and landmarks is clustered within the city centre and medieval Old City areas. In the charming Old City you can wander back in time to tick off historic landmarks like St Stephen's Church, the Old Council House, Queen Square and St Nicholas Market. You then have gorgeous architecture on Park Street, where the independent shops and boutiques contrast with the big brand names of the Shopping Quarter.

Other areas worth exploring include the lively Harbourside development and charming Old Market and Redcliffe areas around the Temple Meads Railway Station -- look out for the rainbow of colourful houses that make up Redcliffe Parade and the gothic stunner that is St Mary Redcliffe Church.

For history lovers who want to venture further afield, beautiful Bath -- Britain's only UNESCO World Heritage City -- is just 30 minutes away, while the home of Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, takes just over an hour to reach. Shakespeare's home town Stratford-upon-Avon, the historic university town of Oxford and the mysterious, prehistoric site of Stonehenge are all 90 minutes away by road.

The new cruise terminal at Avonmouth Docks made cruising directly to and from the city possible. Cruise & Maritime Voyages is the main provider of cruises from Bristol, and made the docks its homeport in 2015. On CMV ships Astoria and Marco Polo, passengers can sail on varied itineraries ranging from two-night taster cruises and trips around the British Isles, to the beautiful Norwegian Fjords, the sunny Canary Islands and even as far away as the Amazon.


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  • 29 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Monaco
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Malaga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    29 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 4
      Malaga
    • Day 5
      Cruising
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      Lisbon
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      Porto (Leixoes)
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      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Brest
    • Day 10
      Falmouth (England)
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      Cowes
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Rouen
    • Day 13
      Rouen
    • Day 14
      Cherbourg
    • Day 15
      Dover
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 18
      Fishguard
    • Day 19
      Dublin
    • Day 20
      Green Castle (London)
    • Day 21
      Fort William
    • Day 22
      Stornoway
    • Day 23
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 24
      Copinsay
    • Day 24
      Kirkwall
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Seydisfjordur
    • Day 27
      Djupivogur
    • Day 28
      Heimaey
    • Day 29
      Grundarfjordur
    • Day 30
      Reykjavik
    Ship Details

    Seabourn Quest - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Inclusive fares, gourmet dining, spacious cabins, incredible itineraries

    Cons

    Occasional service hiccups are puzzling on a ship of this caliber

    Bottom Line

    If you want Champagne and caviar with your world travels, check out Quest

    Reviews

    Seabourn Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    In the Seabourn family, the 458-passenger Seabourn Quest stands out as the adventurous triplet....

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    PBennett13
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    South America & Antarctica
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    COLOMBIA2
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    BUENOS AIRES -ANTARCTICA- CHILEAN FJORDS
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  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Liverpool
    Visiting:
    Reykjavik, Qaqortoq ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    24 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Liverpool
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Reykjavik
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Qaqortoq
    • Day 9
      Narsarsuaq
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sisimiut
    • Day 12
      Ilulissat
    • Day 13
      Ilulissat
    • Day 14
      Qeqertarsuaq
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Nanortalik
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Liverpool
    • Day 23
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 24
      St. Mary's City
    • Day 25
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    Ship Details

    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

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    cruisingjune
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Should go in to retirement
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Bug onboard
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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Bristol
    Visiting:
    Isle of Wight, Rouen ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    6 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Isle of Wight
    • Day 4
      Rouen
    • Day 5
      Rouen
    • Day 6
      Honfleur
    • Day 7
      Plymouth
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    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

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    trippingtraveller
    Sail Date Oct 2018
    Diesel fumes in inside front cabin
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    frenchcamper
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Disappointed travellers
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Cobh
    Visiting:
    Lisbon, Casablanca ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    14 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Lisbon
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Casablanca
    • Day 7
      Gibraltar
    • Day 8
      Seville
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Santiago de Compostela
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 13
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 14
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 15
      Cobh (Cork)
    Ship Details

    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    gapenguin
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    4th time on Marco Polo
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    harlaston1
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Excellent value for money
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Bristol
    Visiting:
    Stavanger, Olden ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    16 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Stavanger
    • Day 5
      Olden
    • Day 6
      Flam
    • Day 7
      Bergen
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 11
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Galway
    • Day 14
      Killybegs
    • Day 15
      Belfast
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    Ship Details

    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Eurovisionfan
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Marco Polo's final trip to Canada
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    M Parkes
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    A NIGHTMARE!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Bristol
    Visiting:
    Cork, Gothenburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    14 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 2
      Cork (Ringaskiddy)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Gothenburg
    • Day 6
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 7
      Ronne
    • Day 8
      Visby
    • Day 9
      Klaipeda
    • Day 10
      Baltiysk
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Skagen
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    Ship Details

    Magellan - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    Value-for-money ship offering a traditional British cruise experience in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Only the suites have balconies

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises

    Reviews

    Magellan Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    In 1985 Magellan started life as 'Carnival Holiday' with Carnival Cruise Line. It went on to jo...

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    GOMCP
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Nice Cruise - spoilt by chaotic disembarkment
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    LemuelGulliver
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    CMV - Magellan Well below expectations
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Bristol
    Visiting:
    Cobh, Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    12 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 2
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Lisbon
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Casablanca
    • Day 8
      Gibraltar
    • Day 9
      Seville
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Santiago de Compostela
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    Ship Details

    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Rogc
    Sail Date Aug 2015
    Never set sail on this ship.
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    Extronordinary
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Don't sail on Marco Polo!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth)

    Leaving:
    Bristol
    Visiting:
    Cobh, Galway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    Cruise Itinerary

    7 Night Cruise to Bristol (Avonmouth) Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    • Day 2
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Galway
    • Day 5
      Killybegs
    • Day 6
      Belfast
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
    Ship Details

    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

    Reviews

    Marco Polo Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Abeddie
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Marco Polo - Wouldn’t sail cruise and Maritime again
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    Scottiepete
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Enjoyed cruise but !
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