Port of Cardiff welcomes cruise passengers to the city

August 11, 2016

Left: MS Braemar arriving at Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff on August 10th 2016

ABP Cardiff welcomed two cruise vessels through its lock gates this week providing a gateway for over 1200 passengers to explore the city and its surrounding areas.

The two vessels, the MV Minerva and the MS Braemar, both visited the port for one day as part of luxury voyages around the British Isles.

The Minerva visited Cardiff’s Queen Alexandra Dock on Saturday 6th August. The 437ft long luxury cruise liner is operated by Swan Hellenic. This was the vessel's second call to the port as its maiden call was in July 2015.

The 643ft MS Braemar visited the port on Wednesday 10th August; making it the second cruise vessel to berth in the Queen Alexandra Dock in less than a week. The visit also marked the Fred Olsen operated vessel’s maiden call to the port. Captain Jozo Glavic was presented with a Cardiff port plaque by ABP South Wales Director, Matthew Kennerley.

Elizabeth Nash, ABP South Wales Commercial Manager, said: “ABP’s Port of Cardiff is a great location for cruise ships to visit. Situated in Cardiff Bay, the port is just a five minute drive away from the City Centre. It also has quick links to the M4 motorway; making it perfectly located to explore the diverse landscape of South Wales.

“We worked closely with Cardiff Council and Cruise Wales to prepare for these visits in order to ensure passengers were provided with the information and facilities needed for them to make the most of their visit to the city."

Passengers of both vessels were able to board shuttle buses into the city centre and bay area or to venture on organised tours to places such as Dyffryn Gardens and Caerphilly Castle.

ABP South Wales also has the facilities to welcome cruise liners at their Ports of Newport and Swansea.