Cherbourg Cruise Club – 2017 season and 2018 perspectives

2017 cruise season was highly dynamic for the Port of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, and a record year,  with 35 calls,  65 716 cruise guests and 26 892 crew members welcomed.

2018 Maiden Call of the Crystal Serenity in Cherbourg

Next May 2018, Cherbourg will welcome the maiden call of the Crystal Serenity, on the occasion of her 10 day itinerary 'Tapas and Truffles"!!

click here to read the article on Crystal Insider blog!!


June 23rd, 2017 will mark the highly awaited return of the famous QUEEN MARY 2 in Cherbourg.

2016 Cruise Season - Annual Report

The figures are clear and irrevocable, 2016 cruise season in Cherbourg is a record!!!

2016 mid season overview

2016 is going to be a remarkable and record year for cruise industry in Cherbourg!

Greetings from Leif Kallen, Sweden

Here comes our short story...

Cherbourg experienced by Bill Ebersold

Some cruise ports, typically those catering to smaller ships, are distinguished by the manner in which they make their guests feel welcome; others become known by the iconic destinations available through the ship’s shore excursion program.  Cherbourg is a port that offers both, as we experienced on two visits, years apart.

On our first visit, we went to the Normandy Beaches, with visits to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, and the American Cemetary, and lunch at Arromanches overlooking the remnants of the artificial Mulberry Harbor used to unload soldiers, vehicles and supplies.  A detour to La Pointe du Hoc almost caused us to miss our ship, were it not for the kindness of the car rental agent who remained open past closing time, and then drove us back to the ship.

Our most recent trip, on the MSC ORCHESTRA, included only an afternoon call, so we were unable to visit Mont St. Michel, another iconic destination that had eluded us over the years.  Instead, we chose another of our favorite pastimes, finding little-known or out-of-the-way places to spend some of the limited time typically available in port.

The Liberation Museum, housed in La Roule, the fort atop the headland overlooking Cherbourg, met our criteria.  Assistance from the Tourist Bureau, in the terminal and at the city center, confirmed the welcoming spirit that pervades this port that played such an important role following D-Day in 1944.

I can only speculate on the logistic demands on the local tourism staff when large ships arrive in port, simultaneously spewing thousands of passengers ashore.  With limited information available from the ship, we welcomed the good local map at the terminal.  Unfortunately, the map pinpointed our destination, but not the fact that it was atop Mount Roule, reachable only by taxi or by the incredibly fit.

That information came at the city center from a staff member who not only called a taxi, but also came outside a few minutes later to ensure that the taxi was actually on its way – a small but notable gesture.

As for the Liberation Museum, it is a small museum that will appeal to WWII history buffs, as it tells the story of the dark days after the fall of France, the propaganda faced by the French citizenry during the 1940-44 period when the fortress was occupied by the Germans, the Normandy landings and the allied capture of Cherbourg less than three weeks later, after which it became the principal port for the supply of Western Europe.    It can be visited in a short time (admission €4), and the views from the fortress are spectacular.

Returning to the city center, we were able to spend our remaining time wandering around, having coffee and a tart at one of many cafes that provided a view of the Place Notre Dame and the little  touristic train that passed by periodically.

Then back to the ship, finding Tourism staff still at their post to answer any final questions – another small gesture, but so different from ports where the shoreside staff disappears almost as soon as the first wave of passengers has cleared the pier. 

….Maybe next time we’ll make it to Mont St. Michel.



2016 cruise season promises to be excellent with a total of 24 calls and a maximum of 60 000 visitors.


 2015 cruise season in Cherbourg was eventful and busy, punctuated by unexpected, inaugurals, double, overnights calls! This year offered us the opportunity to welcome 28 cruise ships, totalizing 36544 cruise guests and 15370 crew members.



A non-expected call opens 2015 Cruise Season in Cherbourg!

Last Wednesday, January the 14th, the Port of Cherbourg welcomed its first cruise call which was a non-scheduled one with the ship Saga Pearl II.


As each year, Cherbourg will once again celebrate the romance and magic of the traditional Christmas festivities.


2014 was a highly dynamic and eventful year for the Cruise Industry in Cherbourg.

We were very pleased to welcome 32 calls totalizing 40450 cruise guests and 17302 crew members.


2014 is definitely an eventful and productive year for the cruise industry in Cherbourg. It’s time to make a mid-season assessment.


For a 4 days mini-cruise from Southampton, discover Cherbourg from the sea on board of the most manificent ocean liner ever built....


A cruise destination, a port of call, a port of departure

The 2014 Cruise season in Cherbourg promises to be highly dynamic and eventfull with its 31 calls already planned, totalizing over 50 000 passengers.

This year, we will be very lucky to welcome six inaugural calls. The main one will no doubt be the ' AZUKA II ' from the Japanese Company Azuka Cruises. She will call at Cherbourg on April 30, during her yearly world cruise.

What did we like about Cherbourg ?

MS Rotterdam, 28th September 2012

The terminal is close to the town centre, the walking is flat, the shops are all quaint, and the cakes are so delicious !

Our ship made an unscheduled stop at Cherbourg. We had no way of researching the town beforehand, so my wife and I just decided to wander around the town centre, taking photos. This worked out well for us.

It was a short walk from the cruise terminal, passed the fishing boats and across the bridge. Being very early on a Friday, people were busy going to work and many of the shops were still shut. Of course, the bakeries and patisseries were open, and this was a good thing ! Is it healthy to eat macarons and meringues for breakfast ? I think so.

Gradually the shopowners unlocked their doors and put display items out the front. Florist always look good to anyone carrying a camera. We took over 300 photos as ce strolled beyond the pedestrian streets towards the large church and the statue of Napoleon. Then back along the waterfront - stopping 15 minutes to drink a coffee - and continued as fas as the railway station. We would have loved to visit the castle, but sadly our ship was leaving at 1.30pm.

Robert and Coralie Watson

We welcomed with flowers !

MS Nautica, 22nd July, 2012
The highlight of the day came when we visited the Basilique Sainte-Trinité. We were surprised to find ourselves in a painted church, as we understood most of those had been destroyed or defaced during the Revolution. We spent nealry an hour before sunday mass in the basilique and were welcomed by one of the parishioners who took time out from placing flowers to show us around the beautiful building After we left the church, we walked back to the ship, and were welcomed with flowers which we were encouraged to bring on board the ship. We hope to visit Cherbourg again when next we visit Northern France.

Jeffrey POSTER,
Arlington, USA