Falmouth is a an UK port town located on Fal River, on the southern coast of Cornwall, England. The town has population of around 27,000. The name "Falmouth" is translated as "Aberfal" (Aberfala) which is based on Welsh precedents.
While the maritime activity of the port of Falmouth has much declined, the docks are still an important contributor to the town's economy. This is Cornwall's largest shipping port. It is a cargo port and bunkering of vessels, and the freight shipping traffic keeps the facilities busy. The port is also a popular spot with smaller cruise ship operators. The sheltered reaches of Fal River see several ships laid up, waiting for sailing orders and new charterers.
The harbour of Falmouth, together with Carrick Roads, forms the 3rd deepest natural harbour in the world, as well as the deepest in Western Europe. It has been the start/finish point of many round-the-world record-breaking cruises, including those of Dame Ellen MacArthur and Robin Knox-Johnson. During WWII the US Navy had a base in Falmouth harbour and an army base in the town.
With its Georgian houses converted into small hotels and guest houses, often overlooking the beaches, Falmouth proved a popular holiday destination and is primarily a tourist resort. The 5 main beaches that start next to Pendennis Castle move along the coast towards Helford river are Castle, Gyllyngvase, Maenporth, Swanpool and Tunnel beaches. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall started work in February 2003.
Falmouth cruise terminal
In April 2017, the UK-based cruise line Fred Olsen announced the company will pull its ships out of Falmouth UK. The decision was partly based on the cruise port's lack of dedicated cruising facilities.
- Fred Olsen Cruises started using port Falmouth UK as turaround port (of departure) in 2016, but decided it's not suitable. Fred Olsen also withdrew its vessels' departures from all 5 UK ports (including Falmouth England) for season 2018-2019.
- Fred Olsen used to run 2 Falmouth roundtrip itineraries a year - a 12-night itinerary (to Canary Islands and Portugal, themed adults only) and a 10-night itinerary Around Britain. Both cruises were operated by the 880-passenger ship Boudicca.
There are plans for building a dedicated cruise ship terminal in Falmouth UK. When constructed, the facility will allow the port to handle larger vessels. However, these plans include dredging of the harbour, which the UK's Marine Management Organisation has the final say whether to grant permission for the harbor dredging. These works include digging up around 700,000 tons of silt from the seabed.
The port authority "A&P Falmouth" manages the dockyard and have always maintained that dredging must happen in order for the business to survive and move forward.
Port Falmouth 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 Falmouth, England. 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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The Falmouth 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 Falmouth, England.
If you lose the Falmouth 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.
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