Port of Dover on cruise control
If you thought Dover was just a ferry port, think again! Following massive investment in two dedicated cruise terminals the Port of Dover is now the UK's second busiest cruise port and the premier port of call. With the burgeoning cruise trade bringing bigger and bigger ships to Northern Europe, today (10 June 2015) Dover welcomed its biggest ever cruise ship caller as the 122,400 gt Celebrity Silhouette made its maiden call.
The Port of Dover has been active in the cruise trade since 1996 when it opened its first cruise terminal, building on its experience of passenger handling as Europe's busiest ferry port. A second cruise terminal was opened in 2000 and the port now handles over 200,000 cruise passengers who call at Dover on over 140 cruise ships operated by 25 cruise lines from across the world.
Continued investment in the cruise trade has seen the Port of Dover invest £10m to restore the roof its historic Grade II listed Cruise Terminal 1, a former Victorian railway station which, before the advent of air travel, welcomed Royalty and Heads of State to England.
In July, Disney Cruise Line returns to Dover for its second Northern Europe season, and will operate its first round-Britain cruise from the port in 2016.
For more information on Dover Cruise visit www.doverport.co.uk
Posted on 10/06/2015