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The Main Harbour in Poole, Dorset, Southern England, Showcasing it's Natural Beaches and Blue Waters (Photo: Steven Mckell/Shutterstock)

About Poole

This East Dorset resort town in the United Kingdom features boatloads of family fun, with a water park, large beaches and several appealing museums. The harbor itself is gorgeous; it's one of the biggest natural harbors on earth. Poole cruises dock in the city's South Quay terminal.

Head to Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve, a protected area outside of Poole that hosts an array of indigenous animals in its misty bogs -- it's well worth a day trip. The reserve is also home to the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle, more than a thousand years old.


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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Poole
    Visiting:
    Belfast, Stornoway ... see more
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    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    11 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Poole
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Belfast
    • Day 4
      Stornoway
    • Day 5
      Oban
    • Day 5
      Fort William
    • Day 6
      Fort William
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Dublin
    • Day 9
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Poole
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    Astoria - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    ** Oldest ship afloat boasts flourishes like Murano glass lighting, Carrara marble floors

    Cons

    ** Age is showing; to be pulled from Cruise & Maritime Voyages' fleet at the end of 2020

    Bottom Line

    ** A small- to medium-size ship with some big-ship amenities and unparalleled history

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    The world's oldest cruise ship, leased by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages since 2015, will reti...

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    Hurricane2C
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Ignore the whinging reviews. Choose carefully and this ship deserves 5-stars.
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Cruising But Not As You Know It
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Dublin
    Visiting:
    Portrush, Killybegs ... see more
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    Ponant
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    7 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Dublin
    • Day 2
      Portrush (Northern Ireland)
    • Day 3
      Killybegs
    • Day 4
      Galway
    • Day 5
      Kinsale
    • Day 6
      Penzance
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Poole
    • Day 8
      Saint-Malo
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    Le Jacques Cartier - Ponant

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    0.0/5

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Dover
    Visiting:
    Dover, Cowes ... see more
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    Ponant
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    7 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Dover
    • Day 2
      Dover
    • Day 3
      Cowes
    • Day 4
      Isle of Scilly
    • Day 5
      Kinsale
    • Day 6
      Dartmouth
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Poole
    • Day 8
      Portsmouth (England)
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    Le Dumont d'Urville - Ponant

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    0.0/5

    Le Dumont d'Urville will be the fourth in Ponant's six-ship Explorer-class of expedition vessel...

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    Holly Cheesman
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Disastrous Expedition
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    SSICruisertoo
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First Expedition Cruise
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Poole
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    Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord ... see more
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    9 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Poole
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Hardangerfjord
    • Day 4
      Eidfjord
    • Day 5
      Sognefjord
    • Day 5
      Flam
    • Day 6
      Nordfjord
    • Day 6
      Olden
    • Day 7
      Bergen
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Poole
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    Astoria - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    ** Oldest ship afloat boasts flourishes like Murano glass lighting, Carrara marble floors

    Cons

    ** Age is showing; to be pulled from Cruise & Maritime Voyages' fleet at the end of 2020

    Bottom Line

    ** A small- to medium-size ship with some big-ship amenities and unparalleled history

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

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    Organum
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Short trip from Poole to Rouen.
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    cgb1950castor.
    Sail Date Oct 2018
    Happy ship
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Poole

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    Poole
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    Belfast, Reykjavik ... see more
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    13 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
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      Poole
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Belfast
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Reykjavik
    • Day 7
      Reykjavik
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Torshavn
    • Day 10
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 11
      Kirkwall
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Dunkirk
    • Day 14
      Poole
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    Astoria - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    ** Oldest ship afloat boasts flourishes like Murano glass lighting, Carrara marble floors

    Cons

    ** Age is showing; to be pulled from Cruise & Maritime Voyages' fleet at the end of 2020

    Bottom Line

    ** A small- to medium-size ship with some big-ship amenities and unparalleled history

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    The world's oldest cruise ship, leased by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages since 2015, will reti...

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    mekydro
    Sail Date Oct 2018
    A lovely cruise experience
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    Allan Hayes
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Our Astoria Experience
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Poole
    Visiting:
    Kiel Canal, Wismar ... see more
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    12 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Poole
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kiel Canal
    • Day 4
      Wismar
    • Day 5
      Ronne
    • Day 6
      Visby
    • Day 7
      Klaipeda
    • Day 8
      Gdansk (Warsaw)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Great Belt
    • Day 10
      Cherbourg
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Kiel Canal
    • Day 12
      Ijmuiden
    • Day 13
      Poole
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    Astoria - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    ** Oldest ship afloat boasts flourishes like Murano glass lighting, Carrara marble floors

    Cons

    ** Age is showing; to be pulled from Cruise & Maritime Voyages' fleet at the end of 2020

    Bottom Line

    ** A small- to medium-size ship with some big-ship amenities and unparalleled history

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    The world's oldest cruise ship, leased by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages since 2015, will reti...

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    shipshapeUK
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    What a terrific experience!
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    Hurricane2C
    Sail Date Apr 2018
    A proper travel experience, as well as being a holiday.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Poole

    Leaving:
    Dover
    Visiting:
    Dover, Poole ... see more
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    Ponant
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    7 Night Cruise to Poole Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Dover
    • Day 2
      Dover
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Poole
    • Day 4
      Dartmouth
    • Day 5
      Isle of Scilly
    • Day 6
      Glengarriff
    • Day 7
      Kinsale
    • Day 8
      Dublin
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    Le Boreal - Ponant

    Pros

    Multiple dining venues, lots of balcony cabins and regular wildlife sightings

    Cons

    Limited evening entertainment

    Bottom Line

    An upscale cruise experience in adventurous surroundings

    Reviews

    Le Boreal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Le Boreal, like other ships of its class in the Ponant fleet, is a stunning vessel, with sleek lin...

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    Chris Marshall
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    No Fire, No Ice, No Adventure
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    ICELANDIC LOOP
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Why go to Poole?

Pros: Shielded from the sea, the Poole Harbor is a haven for water sports.

Cons: Poole can be crowded during the UK summer holiday.

Bottom Line: Centuries of history line Poole's pristine beaches with sweeping sea views.


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