More destinations around the UK than ever before are becoming equipped to handle cruise tourists. One of the most successful of these in recent years has been the North Wales town of Holyhead, which is located on the island of Anglesey. The town has long been established as a ferry port offering opportunities to travel to the Irish capital of Dublin but has now expanded its reach by offering cruise terminal facilities.
The town first became an established cruise destination in 2017, but its popularity has soared over the last 12 months. Throughout the course of 2018, Holyhead will welcome a total of 54 cruise ships - a 30% increase from 2017. Of these 54 ships, a total of six cruise vessels are expected to dock in the town throughout the summer season. The list of cruise ships arriving in Holyhead this summer includes:
In addition to all of these, Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas docked into the town last week - bringing up to 2,500 passengers into the Welsh town, many of which will have been travelling from the US. Holyhead offers plenty of appeal for cruise passengers, with the charming town centre offering a plethora of warm and inviting shops and cafes in which to soak in the surrounding atmosphere. Those feeling adventurous can walk up to St Cybi Church, where you can also admire the ruins of an old Roman fort and enjoy sweeping views over the harbour.
Holyhead also provides a point of access for other sites across the island of Anglesey and there is plenty to see and explore. There are a number of historical sites of particular interest worth visiting including the burial chambers of Barcloddiad Yr Gawres and the church in the sea at Porth Cwyfan. You can head to the South Stack Lighthouse and cliffs and enjoy a spot of bird watching, with a wide range of avian species including puffins, razorbills, guillemots, and - if you're lucky - rare choughs. Alternatively, you can choose to relax on one of the many highly-prized beaches, including the one found in Beaumaris, which is also home to an impressive castle.
Holyhead is one of a long list of growing terminals popping up across the UK, with other new British cruise terminals including Great Yarmouth, Cardiff and Hull. A cruise from the UK is more accessible than ever before and provides an opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world without having to fly.