Despite their different configurations, the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg can both welcome cruise ships. Hence, cruises contribute towards diversifying and enhancing the ports' maritime activities.

Cruise ships call occasionally at the Port of Ouistreham, continuing their journey as far as the Port of Caen.

This relatively new and seasonal activity has tended to increase over the past years. The region's tourist attractions and its historic renown, together with the increasing development of this type of tourism, have encouraged tour operators to organise excursions and tours throughout Lower Normandy.
Hence, ships of varying lengths and of multiple vocations, such as the Belem, Diamant or National Geopraphic, berth in the Port of Ouistreham, offering a source of diversion.

 List of expected vessels in the ports of Caen-ouistreham and Cherbourg

Le Diamant Le Diamant National Geographic Endeavour

Cherbourg has preserved its prestigious image as a port of call for the impressive and mythical liners which, via its transatlantic terminal, have left their mark on the town's maritime history.
Today, the Port of Cherbourg's cruising activity is now stable, however it continues to welcome large-tonnage ships and liners. The most illustrious liners to have regularly called at the Port of Cherbourg are the Queen Mary II and the Queen Victoria.
The transatlantic harbour station's cruise terminal has benefited from transformation work and investment in an effort to perpetuate and intensify cruising activity, and to continue to welcome increasingly sizeable liners.


Local players are currently studying further prospects, and initiatives in partnership with tourist professionals aimed at promoting cruising activities are emerging.
Along with its counterparts, the Port of Cherbourg is banking on a new clientele of cruise lines and passengers by developing shorter and more targeted cruises.
This new offer could consequently bring an interesting and attractive opportunity for business travel and corporate event organisers.

Last update: 17/03/2023
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