Port Profile: Milford Haven, Wales

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Milford Haven, Wales.

Milford Haven - a hot spot for sailors Photo: lhourahane

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The town of Milford Haven did not exist when Shakespeare wrote his play Cymbeline. First staged in 1611, the play preceded the town by almost 200 years: It was not until 1793 that Sir William Hamilton founded Milford Haven.

Still, Shakespeare referred to “blessed Milford” in this perhaps not very well-known play. There is an explanation, of course. The town’s name is derived from the Milford Haven waterway, which for centuries has been known as a safe harbor. The list of those who have taken advantage of the sheltered location is long, including Vikings and various army leaders.

Almost fjord-like, this waterway was formed at the end of the last Ice Age. The result is one of the deepest natural harbors in the world. Both the port and the waterway are core to the economy and history of south-west Wales, an area of the UK that many consider to be one of the finest parts of the country.

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