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As the city at the heart of the UK’s biggest port complex and a lively cultural hub in its own right, Hull is a great leaping-off point for cruises.
The Port of Hull teems with ferries and commercial shipping as well as cruise ships. It’s easy to see why. The port is on the northern banks of the Humber, close to Hull’s vibrant city centre but less than 20 miles from the open ocean. Cruise ships depart from Hull ferry terminal and sail out to the North Sea past one of the most remarkable features of the English coastline – the fragile, wormlike tidal sand island of Spurn National Nature Reserve, which curves for three and a half miles into the Humber estuary.
As the UK’s City of Culture 2018, Hull is finally getting the recognition it deserves, so slough off your outdated preconceptions and give it a chance – you’ll be glad you did, as the city has a dazzling array of cultural and historic attractions. The two-mile Fish Trail walking route around the old town’s cobbled streets is good for a giggle; there’s an electric eel outside the electricity substation, a shark outside a bank – you get the gist! The Ferens Art Gallery, Wilberforce House museum of slavery, and The Deep, an aquarium and museum in an impressive aluminium and glass building overlooking the Humber, also deserve a spot on your must-see list. And to get into the spirit of all things seafaring before you set off on your cruise, check out the Maritime Museum.
Regular cruises depart from Hull to northern Europe, the Arctic, Scandinavia, the Baltic states and all the way around the British Isles. This spot on the Humber is a gateway to the awesome fjords and tumbling waterfalls of Norway, the fire and ice of Iceland, the canals of Amsterdam, the domes of St Petersburg, the ice floes of Greenland and the warm shores of the Channel Islands and France.
It’s also a great place from which to experience one of the cheapest cruise deals around – a mini cruise from Hull to Harwich in Essex. Snap up cheap deals to other destinations by comparing cruises listed on TravelSupermarket. Look for cruise lines offering great-value last-minute or all-inclusive voyages. You can’t go wrong with budget-friendly drinks packages and perks such as free onboard spend, kids-go-free deals and free upgrades, either.
Getting to Hull port is easy. It has excellent road and rail links to the rest of the UK, and designated onsite parking with a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal, as well as a drop-off point at the passenger arrivals area. Hull Paragon train station and the adjacent coach station in Hull city centre are four miles from the passenger arrivals area, while Humberside Airport is 32km (20 miles) to the south.
Hull port is only going to get bigger and better, with plans afoot to create a city centre Hull and Yorkshire Cruise Terminal and riverside berth as part of the grand, evolving 10-year Hull City Plan. Watch this space.