2018 Cruise season gets underway at Port of Dover

The 2018 cruise season gets underway at the Port of Dover this week with the arrival on Wednesday (21 March) of the German cruise ship, AIDAvita.  AIDA is one of the port’s regular visitors with 25 calls by eight different ships in 2018.

2018 sees a big increase in the cruise trade at Dover.  Viking Ocean Cruises is a new customer, with sisterships, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, making maiden calls at Dover on round-Britain itineraries.  Later in the year, the brand new, luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Ovation, will sail from Dover on her inaugural Northern Europe season.

Over 120 cruise calls are expected at Dover in 2018.  The busiest cruise port in the south east, Dover plays host to many of the world’s leading cruise lines.  Making a welcome return in 2018 will be AIDA, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Disney, Fred. Olsen, Hapag Lloyd, Hebridean, Holland America, MSC, Noble Caledonia, Oceania, Phoenix Reisen, Princess, Pullmantour, Royal Caribbean, Saga, Seabourn, Sea Cloud, Silversea, and Viking.

The cruise trade brings a welcome boost to many businesses in the Dover district, including local suppliers, shops and taxi firms, particularly on port-of-call visits.  The Blue Bus Company runs buses every 20 minutes from 8am to 6pm, bringing passengers directly to the Market Square in Dover, where they are met by volunteers from the Dover Greeters.  The bus also stops at Dover Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover.

With cruise lines planning itineraries years in advance, the Port is already looking forward to the arrival of Saga Cruise Line’s first new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery, which will sail her maiden season from Dover in 2019.  The port is also promoting opportunities for cruise lines to visit the Open Golf championships being held at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich in 2020.

Posted on 19/03/2018