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Western Docks Revival fuels Dover cruise growth

With cruise calls to Dover up 30% in the last three years, the Port of Dover is targeting further growth in its cruise business thanks to the Western Docks Revival, at £250m the biggest investment in the port’s history.

A new 300 meter multipurpose quay opens in 2019 which, with a mooring dolphin, can accommodate ships up to 350 meters in length.  Six cruise ships are already booked at the new facility in 2019 on port-of-call visits.  

The Port is Dover is expecting a total of 124 cruise calls in 2018 and has 134 ships booked for 2019 so far.

Speaking to trade magazine, Seatrade Cruise News, Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development at the Port of Dover, said: “The new berth will be ready in the first quarter of 2019 and opens up new possibilities for us for cruise ship handling.”

The new facility complements Dover’s two existing cruise terminals which can handle full turn-around calls.  The Western Docks Revival also includes a new cargo terminal, marina and waterfront development with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants set against the backdrop of the iconic White Cliffs and Dover Castle.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover, said: "I am thrilled that since joining the port 3 years ago with the support of the fantastic team in Dover the cruise business has grown by 30% and this growth trend is continuing through to 2020 and hopefully beyond as bookings are already being received for 2021.

Due to the commitment by the port to develop the cruise business and the service delivery we are receiving accolades from our cruise lines for the service they and their passengers receive.

With our close partnership with Visit Kent we are able to offer an all-round excellent customer experience from the minute our cruise guest arrive. With the new DWDR development the future for the future of the cruise business in Dover is certainly looking bright."  

Posted on 07/08/2018