Earlier this year, in February, Cruise Franchise took a closer look at plans for a new cruise terminal on the Thames in Greenwich, London. The capital city of England attracts a huge number of tourists every year, and the construction of a cruise terminal, capable of accommodating mid-sized ships, would provide a new and exciting gateway.
In late August, these plans were approved by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s planning board. The terminal, which is set to open in 2017, will be built at Enderby Wharf and accommodate ships up to a maximum of 230 metres in length (750ft) and a maximum passenger capacity of 1,600. This means that ships such as Holland America Line’s Ryndam and Pullmantur’s Horizon could potentially sail directly into London.
Whilst London does already have a smaller cruise terminal at London’s Tower Bridge, it can only accommodate smaller ships. The new terminal in Greenwich will be able to accommodate 55 cruise ships of a larger size on an annual basis. It will generate 16,000 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.