Port of Cherbourg Unveils Exciting New Developments

Saturday, March 30, 2024 - 12:58 by cherbourg

Welcome to the Spring Update for the Port of Cherbourg and the Cotentin Peninsula, shedding light on the newest plans, ideas, and events in and around Cherbourg and the wider Normandy region.

In port news - the new and improved access to the city centre is nearly complete, a more efficient and environmentally friendly shuttle bus service will soon be available, and the countdown to shoreside power availability has started!
OPS is scheduled to be available at the Cherbourg cruise and ferry terminals in 2026.

Meanwhile, 2024 is expected to be another significant year for the popular French port, with passenger numbers expected to reach yet another record high. In 2023, the Port of Cherbourg welcomed over 100,000 passengers for the first time, and in 2024, this number is set to reach 120,000.
Throughout 2024, the port will welcome 59 cruise ship arrivals, with 12 visits from AIDA, 10 from MSC, and 10 from P&O - making up the anticipated total of 120,000 passengers.

The beautiful Seabourn Ovation will call at the port on June 5th, 6th, and 7th as part of the National WWII Museum's 80th anniversary D-Day memorial charter cruise.
Ovation's call coincides with the D-Day Festival Normandy which covers the entire coastline of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy - from Pegasus Bridge to Sainte-Mère-Eglise, including Ouistreham, Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, and, of course, the five iconic sectors of Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach.
Activities include parachuting, parades, concerts, historical re-enactments, fireworks, exhibitions, and projections. The festival hosts over 100 events and promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2024!

“Plans are also in motion to organise a familiarisation (FAM) trip to the Cotentin Peninsula and the Normandy Region," says Julien Bougon, Cherbourg Cruise Manager.
Speaking about the region, Bougon adds, "the Cotentin Peninsula is rich with undiscovered shore excursion opportunities. It will be our pleasure to collaborate with our partners and colleagues to explore new locations, exchange ideas, and offer valuable insights into the region's attractions for cruise lines and their passengers."
Bougon also reveals, "In 2027, the region will commemorate the 1000th anniversary of William the Conqueror's birth. Plans are already underway to curate an impressive programme of events spanning the wider Normandy region. These events are expected to captivate cruise passengers of all ages."
Concluding his statement, Bougon emphasises, "There really is a lot going on at Cherbourg, and I look forward to meeting those interested in learning more about our port, region, and opportunities available during Seatrade Global."

Cherbourg Cruise will be exhibiting alongside our colleagues at the French Atlantic Ports stand #1815 (with Cruise Europe).
To book a meeting with Julien Bougon at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, please e-mail:
Port of Cherbourg Unveils Exciting New Developments
La Cité de la Mer - located at the passenger terminal Port of Cherbourg (c) © Aymeric Picot | Cotentin Unique

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