Destination Dover comes to Miami!

Dover is being showcased at the cruise industry’s premier trade event in Fort Lauderdale, Miami this week (14-17 March 2016).  The Port of Dover, Viking Recruitment and the Dover Maritime Skills Academy are waving the flag for destination Dover at the Seatrade Global Cruise event.

The Port of Dover is the second busiest cruise port in the UK and the leading cruise hub in the south east, boasting two dedicated cruise terminals.  Many of the world’s premier cruise lines chose Dover for its wide range of iconic and historic shore-side excursions with over 100 cruise calls and 200,000 cruise passengers visiting the town annually.    

Highlights of the 2016 cruise season include Disney Cruise Line’s first round-Britain cruise departing Dover on 5 June on Disney Magic.  At 122,000 tons, Celebrity Silhouette makes a welcome return as the largest cruise ship to call at Dover.

The Port of Dover  also welcomes new customers in 2016 with the first Northern European itineraries by Voyages of Antiquity and their ship, Aegean Odyssey.  Also making maiden calls are L’Austral of Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions and Monarch of Pullmantur Cruises.

Dover is also welcoming ships from AIDA, Costa, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, Princess Cruises, Saga Cruises, Seabourn, and Sea Cloud Cruises.

Dover based, Viking Recruitment, is joining the Port of Dover in Miami.  The company works with many of the world’s leading cruise lines.   Viking will also be promoting the new £6.5m Dover Maritime Skills Academy which is being built to meet the demand for new training facilities.  New international regulations coming into force in 2017 mean that every seafarer will have to undertake refresher training every five years.

Dover’s cruise trade provides business for many local companies, including George Hammond PLC (ship’s agents) and  C G Hibbert (ship’s stores) along with town centre shops, hotels and tourist attractions that get a welcome boost with increased visitors.

Posted on 14/03/2016