Cardiff, is the largest seaport and the capital city of Wales (UK). The port is located on Bristol Channel, at the mouths of Ely and Taff rivers. The city is also Wales' largest - with population around 360,000 (metro around 1,1 million).
Cathays Park is in the city centre and houses impressive baroque-style buildings, including Welsh Office, City Hall, Assize Courts, Temple of Peace, the National Museum of Wales.
- Cardiff Castle is close by, reconstructed by William Burges for the Marquis of Bute in the 19th century. The Welch Regiment Museum and the Welsh School of Music and Drama are located in the castle.
- Nearby is 15th-century church of St John the Baptist.
- The founded in the 6th century Llandaff Cathedral was badly damaged during WW2 (1939-1945), after which it was completely restored.
- At Cardiff Bay (In the old docks area) was created "Europe's most exciting waterfront development" incorporating shops, museums, restaurants, housing and a boat marina.
Port Cardiff has a wide range of facilities to handle cargo ships, including dedicated terminals for liquid bulk carriers and container ships. The port (officially "Cardiff Docks") is located approx 4 km (2,5 ml) from downtown and approx 23 km (14 ml) from road Junctions 29 and 30 of motorway M4. The port has direct links to country's rail network.
Until early 1920s, the port was among the world's largest by dock quay length (nearly 11 lm / 7 ml). Its current import and export shipping business are mainly TEU containers, steel and scrap metal, timber, dry and liquid bulk cargoes. Currently, the port has 3 operational docks (Queen Alexandra Dock, Roath Dock, Roath Basin) with capacity to handle vessels with max DWT 35,000 tons. Roath Basin is used only as alternative berth and is accessible only via Roath Dock.
ABP (Associated British Ports) has significant investments in port's infrastructure (container terminal, distribution terminal), indoor and outdoor storages, cold storage (for perishable goods), cargo handling equipment (7 quayside gantry cranes plus mobile cranes). ABP South Wales also manages the cruise terminal.
- Port's cruising season runs from May through September. The best place to see passing cruise liners is Cardiff Bay Barrage.
- Among the regular companies visiting the cruise port are CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) using Cardiff as homeport (turnaround port) for roundtrip itineraries with MS Marco Polo.
- For season 2018 the cruise port had scheduled 5 ship calls (3 by Marco Polo, 1 by MS Deutschland and 1 by Saga Pearl 2) with expected around 3500 passengers.
Cardiff cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Cardiff UK dock (anchor) in Cardiff Bay.
- From the terminal, the distance to Cardiff International Airport is 16 km (10 ml).
- From the cruise port, Cardiff Central (train station) is approx 1,5 km (0,9 ml). The same is the distance between the port to the city center.
The Cardiff 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 Cardiff, Wales.
If you lose the Cardiff 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.