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Cruise Wales and Visit World Heritage Castles of Wales on Anglesey

By David Phillips

With a greater number of travellers seeking to cruise Wales as well as other parts of the UK, there seems an increasing chance that Wales will soon catch up with the long established European cruise ports as a desired destination in the popular leisure cruise market. In the British Parliament a special committee of legislators focusing on Wales have produced a report with such conclusions. The report indicates that the UK cruise market enjoyed strong growth over the last decade or so, and it recommends that efforts be made to secure more growth in cruise ship arrivals to strengthen Welsh port communities and economies.

But before some eager ocean travellers make advanced bookings to cruise Wales, we should note that a current constraint is the lack of satisfactory docking facilities and infrastructure at Welsh ports to cater for the ever growing fleet of mega cruise liners in European waters. In the background a campaign has already been set up, called the “Celtic Wave”, costing 1.2 m and led by Anglesey, which covers Irish Sea ports in Ireland and Wales, and aims to attract more cruise visitors to these ports as well as their regional economic hinterland.

The UK government has been asked by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide offer more funds for extra infrastructure investment so ports such as Holyhead on Anglesey and Swansea can raise standards to a level expected by the cruise line companies. According to the conclusions of the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee report, there is a significant opportunity to strengthen local port economies along with their regions, which would gain as it becomes easier for visitors to cruise Wales as part of their UK cruising experience.

Looking further ahead the outlook is encouraging for Welsh ports to catch up with Baltic ports where there is already a popular cruise market. From Newport, Swansea, Milford haven all the way to Holyhead in the North West, ports in Wales can be the drivers of economic regeneration when they attract travellers to cruise Wales. The summer of 2009 saw the first cruise ship visit Newport, and in 2010 nearby Celtic Manor will host the Ryder Cup. The cruise passengers from Newport had the chance to see Cardiff attractions including the Millennium Centre and the castle.

In the same upon arrival at the port of Holyhead on Anglesey, cruise visitors would be able to see some fantastic attractions including World Heritage Castles of Wales at Beaumaris and Caernarfon, South Stack Lighthouse and Llynnon Mill. Then there is the 125 mile long island coastal path with breathtaking views, and the notable Oriel Art Gallery and Seawatch centre at Moelfre.

The Welsh Assembly Government is offering financial support to strengthen the facilities for the expected rise in cruise ship visits to Holyhead, most notably to strengthen the jetty used by Anglesey Aluminium Metals (AAM), which offers an ideal anchorage and a perfect disembarkation berth for cruise ship passengers. When finished this improvement will mean this Holyhead Port outer harbour pier will be strong enough to take huge ships like the Westerdam, a 2,000 passengers carrying, 285 metre liner.

The future looks bright and exciting for visitors to the UK looking to cruise Wales as part of their overall experience, and Holyhead port will be ready to welcome them as they look to explore the many island attractions.

Coming from the sunny island of Anglesey Wales in the UK, the author, David Phillips, manages a helpful online resource covering local news and information. Discover more about planning to cruise Wales here to help make your vacation more pleasurable.

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Phillips, David "Cruise Wales and Visit World Heritage Castles of Wales on Anglesey." Cruise Wales and Visit World Heritage Castles of Wales on Anglesey. 29 Jan. 2010. 9 Sep 2014 <>.

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