Dover is most famous for its striking white cliffs, which make a fantastic vista when arriving via ferry or departing via cruise ship. You might even see a few bluebirds! The city itself is nestled on the coast between the cliffs, welcoming many visitors to England. The Dover Castle is an icon for the city, overlooking downtown Dover. It's an imposing fortress on a hill, standing in its spot for more than nine centuries.
The location of this port city on the coast closest to mainland Europe has given it a long and fascinating history which is very much tied in with the comings and goings of the English Channel - you can learn more about this in the Dover Museum. Sailing on a cruise from Dover is just adding to the story!
Dover cruise lines and destinations
Providing plenty of options for cruises out of Dover is favourite American-based line Princess Cruises. The line has a range of departures from Dover, on both one-way and round-trip cruises, aboard their elegant and modern ships such as the Pacific Princess and Sea Princess.
From Dover's handy position in the south of England, the coast of Europe is well within reach. To the north it wraps around into the Baltic Sea where you will find the amazing history and cosmopolitan cities of the Scandinavian states, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and more. Also popular in this part of the continent are cruises from Dover to the Norwegian Fjords. If you prefer to head south where it's warmer, you can get onboard a ship headed for the Med and destinations like Barcelona, Rome, the French Riviera and Monte Carlo. Alternatively, stay close by and tour the British Isles with calls at Dublin, Ullapool, Edinburgh and other charming ports.
Other major and well known cruise lines which pass through the English port include cruises with Celebrity, Carnival, P&O cruises and Royal Caribbean.
Dover cruise port
There are two modern cruise terminals just west of Dover in the Inner Harbour, where passengers board to begin their adventure. They offer efficient check-in services, departure lounges, eateries and bars, accessible lifts, bathrooms and everything else necessary for a smooth getaway.
It's a five minute drive from central Dover to the cruise terminals, along the A20. Many passengers on cruises departing Dover fly in to London. From there, you can take a train to Dover in a little more than an hour - it's a ten minute taxi ride from the station to the port.