Port information

Port of Dover Cruise (c) Dover Harbour Board


Dover is the premier hub port for cruise lines in the South East of England; one of the busiest cruise ports in Britain and Northern Europe welcoming 250,000 discerning cruise passengers every year. Located just 76 miles east of London, Dover is England’s gateway to Europe. Driven by massive investment, Dover is one of the most modern and progressive cruise ports in the county, with highly trained personnel and award-winning customer service. Which is why it is the port of choice for over 25 individual cruise lines. With two impressive state-of-the-art terminals, Dover has the capacity to accommodate three ships at once and with the on-going development there is also the creation of a new multi-use berth raising Dover’s cruise capacity to 4 berths. It is also perfectly positioned for turnaround or port of call visits for Northern Europe, the Baltic, Eastern Mediterranean and USA, enabling you to offer a wide variety of itineraries, with excellent accommodation and historic attractions.

Port attractions

  1.  Dover and Walmer Castles

    Dover Castle’s Second World War secret underground tunnels are one of the main attractions for visitors. Walmer Castle was one of the late HM the Queen Mother’s favourite summer residences.
  2.  Leeds Castle

    Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds castle is full of discovery. A special blend of heritage, wonderful grounds and conservation awaits every visitor.
  3.  Canterbury Cathedral

    Pilgrims & visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. Visitors have always been made welcome in the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality.
  4.  The White Cliffs

    Perfect for those wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy a scenic walk with magnificent views over the Channel and on a clear day you can see the coastline of France.

Port views

Port of Dover
Port of Dover
Port of Dover
Port of Dover

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
More Info Air Draught:
no restriction
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Quay Depth, M:
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise
Port of Dover, Harbour House, Marine Parade
CT17 9BU Dover
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1304 240 400 Ext. 5508

Page last updated: 2024-03-22 11:50


Subscribe to our newsletter