The Port welcomed a special, milestone cruise call today, with the Coral Princess arriving in Dover for the first time ever before setting sail this evening to New York for a 55 night around-the-world cruise, part of a 107-day round trip world cruise from Auckland.
As the gateway to Britain and the doorstep of the Garden of England, hundreds of thousands of cruise guests from across the globe choose to travel via Dover each year to make unforgettable memories. With dramatic views, exceptional customer service and inspiring heritage, Dover is the perfect destination for exploring the British Isles and UK coast.
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:
“We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Coral Princess to Dover today for her debut visit; it’s certainly a sight to remember seeing her take pride of place on our Waterfront on this beautiful Summer’s day.
As a world-class cruise port situated next to a stunning new marina and the dramatic views of the White Cliffs and Castle, it is no wonder that we are the port of choice in England for flagship, once-in-a-lifetime cruises sailing across the world. With plans for further growth and expansion, we can’t wait to welcome even more extraordinary calls like this in the future.”
Princess Cruise President John Padgett said:
“The world awaits the guests on board Coral Princess who are setting sail from Dover on a fantastic global journey. Our thanks go to the Port of Dover for providing our guests with a fantastic experience. It’s a great partnership and we look forward to returning next year.”
Passengers were treated to exclusive entertainment in the cruise terminal, with a local storyteller giving a fun and interactive behind-the-scenes account of Dover’s history and heritage throughout the day.
Notes to Editors
- The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
- As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
- Dover is also an award-winning cruise port, delivering world class travel and visitor experiences to the most prestigious cruise lines. With a growing and diversifying cargo business operating from state-of-the-art facilities, a brand-new marina which is a major feature of the exciting waterfront development, and opportunities for further expansion in the future, Dover’s proud history dating back 400 years has a new modern twist.