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Disembark from MV Balmoral and enjoy a stroll or train trip along the famous Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. At the other end find miles of seafront to explore, tempting Rossi ice creams, plentiful amusement arcades and windswept palm trees.

If you have the whole day, why not take the train to Leigh-on-Sea, full of independent shops and cafes and famous for the historical fishing community of Old Leigh. Stop and enjoy some fresh shellfish or a drink in one of the quaint local pubs! 

View map of the departure point

NB: If marker appears to be in the water, click on 'Earth View', passengers embark from the end of the Pier.

Sailing from:
Southend Pier, Western Esplanade [Pier length 1.34 miles – walk or train. Charges apply]

Postcode:
SS1 1EE

Access:
By road – A127/ A13 follow signs for seafront.

Car parking: Southend on Sea Borough Council Car Parks including Seaway Car Park and on Western Esplanade. Multi-storey carpark for The Royals Shopping Centre also nearby.

Public transport: Southend Central Railway Station (0.4 miles) with fast connections to London/Tilbury.
Southend Victoria Railway Station (0.8 miles), connections to London/Wickford/Chelmsford.
[From either station walk straight down the High street towards the seafront then take stairs/lift down Pier Hill]

Additional local information:
Southend Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01702 618747

    Day cruise: River Medway Spectacle
    Cruise across the Thames Estuary & into the River Medway, calling at Chatham. Stay on board for the lunchtime sailing to Queenborough celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch invasion of the River Medway. Over 100 yachts are due to sail into the Medway including some historic vessels.
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    Chatham Outlet Centre [bus transfer]
    Join at Southend’s famous pier to cruise out into the Thames Estuary & upl the River Medway to visit Chatham, hub of the Medway towns with strong maritime and cultural heritage. Please note: There is a shuttle bus connection from the ship to Chatham Outlet Centre on arrival & return.
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    Cruise & explore: Whitstable
    Join at Southend Pier to sail across the Thames Estuary, calling at Whitstable for short time ashore. Wander around the charming harbour, try the famous oysters or a drink in the renowned pub on the beach! Return on board ship.
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    Explore Gravesend & cruise Tower Bridge [one-way]
    Join the ship at famous Southend Pier to sail across the Thames Estuary to Gravesend. Disembark and explore for 2.5 hours before continuing up the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. Discover historic city landmarks from the decks of MV Balmoral: great views of The Dome, ‘The Gherkin’, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral & many more. Watch Tower Bridge lift just for you before the ship calls at Tower Pier.

    Please note: This is a one-way trip. Passengers make their own way home via train or other transport.

    This trip option is available with inclusive dinner and River Heritage tour at Gravesend! Please call 0117 325 6200 for more details.

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    Cruise Thames Forts
    Join at the famous Southend Pier and sail out to the unusual looking army forts in the Thames Estuary: Red Sands & Shivering Sands. Learn about their roles during the Second World War as anti-aircraft defences and subsequent history. An amazing photo opportunity!
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    Cruise Thames & through Tower Bridge [one-way]
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Southend Pier to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London (you'll also catch some of the music playing in the Britannia Lounge for the evening music cruise!).

    Please note: This is a one-way trip. Passengers disembark at London Tower Pier and make their own way home.
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    Cruise & explore: Gravesend
    Join MV Balmoral at famous Southend Pier to cruise the Thames Estuary and land at the world’s oldest cast iron pier at Gravesend for time ashore. Discover Gravesend's extensive maritime history!
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    Cruise & explore: North Greenwich
    Join at famous Southend Pier to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier to call at North Greenwich for 2.5 hours ashore. Return on board ship.
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    Day cruise: Thames & through Tower Bridge
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join at famous Southend Pier to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. Discover historic city landmarks from the decks of MV Balmoral: great views of The Dome, ‘The Gherkin’, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral & many more. Return on board ship.
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    Circumnavigate Isle of Sheppey
    Join at the famous Southend Pier to sail across the Thames Estuary & into the River Medway to Chatham. Stay aboard and enjoy this rare opportunity to cruise the Isle of Sheppey in its entirety including the Swale channel. Enjoy unique views of the Spit of Grain Tower, expanses of wildlife-rich marshland and the Island towns from the Thames Estuary itself.
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