Belfast is Northern Ireland’s largest cruise port. and the country's capital city. It is located on River Lagan. The port handles over 100,000 passengers per year. The port's harbor area is over 20% of the city's total area. Its deepwater quay is Ireland's longest.
The city houses the biggest Titanic museum in the world – Titanic Belfast. Among the other popular tourist attractions are Game of Thrones, Crumlin Road Gaol Giant's Causeway, Walls of Derry, Ulster Museum, Exploris Aquarium.
During season 2017, the port had scheduled 88 calls by cruise ships carrying over 150,000 passengers and crew. This was a record year since the first cruise vessels arrived in Belfast in 1996. By the end of 2017, the port celebrated a total of 600 cruise ships docked in Belfast in the past 21 years. CMV's Marco Polo was the 2017 season's first (arriving on April 21). Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess had scheduled a total of 14 stops in 2017.
Highlights: Museum, Queen's University, Mount Stewart House, Giants Causeway
Belfast cruise terminal
Belfast cruise port has two docks. Stormont dock (457 m wharf) is used by larger cruise ships, Pollock Dock (177 m wharf) is for smaller vessels.
Belfast cruise port terminal is located two miles from the center of Belfast, direction north-east. There is a shuttle service to Donegall Square North. The information center there, Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, provide all the necessary information for tourists including information and advice, change, booking service, box office for events and tours, gift shop, luggage left and internet.
Belfast cruise port welcomes its passengers with music performances. At the terminal you can find useful brochures and maps of the city. There is nothing interesting to see close to Belfast cruise port terminal.
Good option for transport is the local metro system. If you want to rent a car from Belfast cruise port terminal, available offices are of Budget and Avis. If you prefer taxi, be aware to chose the London-style taxis (classic black car), because the non-official can overcharge you.
Belfast cruise port was awarded “Best UK Port of Call” for 2012 by Cruise Critic UK. The port is the fastest growing one. In 2013, the port authorities announced the building of a new Belfast cruise port terminal. The investment for the new facility are £7 million. The new Belfast cruise port terminal will be able to accommodate the largest cruise ships with their passengers and will be located close to the Titanic attractions (Titanic Belfast, Titanic’s Dock and Pumphouse and SS Nomadic).
Parking: £9 daily.
Belfast tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Belfast City Hall: you can easily reach it with the shuttle service from Belfast cruise port terminal. The amazing building is located close to Visit Belfast Welcome Centre. The building is Classical Renaissance-styled, made of Portland stone. There are free guided tours from Mon to Sat.
- Titanic Quarter: discover the Titanic story. You can visit Titanic Belfast – the largest museum of the ill fated liner.
- Waterfront Hall: one of the leading conference centers in the world.
- Ulster Museum: the museum houses interesting collections of history, art and natural science. Admission: free.
- Victoria Square Shopping centre: Victoria Square is among the most expensive development of property in Northern Ireland and the largest one. It building cost is £400 million ($641 m).
- Belfast Castle: located in the north part of the city, Cave Hill County Park’s lower slopes.
The Belfast cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
If you lose the Belfast location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Belfast cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Belfast, Northern Ireland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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29 July, 2017
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