2014 is definitely an eventful and productive year for the cruise industry in Cherbourg. It’s time to make a mid-season assessment.
To date, 21 calls have been held in Cherbourg, totalizing 18863 cruise guests and 9846 crew members. We are now expecting 11 other calls with a maximum of 24020 cruise guests.
This year, we already have had 6 inaugural calls (7 are planned).
For the first time, a Japanese Cruise Ship, the ASUKA II, berthed on 30th of April alongside the Quai de France during her yearly world cruise. Her cruise guests weren’t lost in Cherbourg thanks to the movie ‘Les Parapluies de Cherbourg’, which is very famous in Japan. So, it was really funny to see numerous guests coming back to their ship with the famous ‘Cherbourg Umbrella’ in their hands!
On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings, we have had one week of consecutive Cruise calls in Cherbourg. Each day we met Veterans with their family and people from all over the world; all present for the commemorative events that took place in Normandy. An amazing private party on the theme of the Freedom of Cherbourg during the Second World War was organized in the mythic Transatlantic Cruise Terminal for the AZAMARA JOURNEY’s call, on June 6th, and all cruise guests were invited back to 1945!
The port of Cherbourg also reinforces its position as a turnaround port this year… The 14th of June, one hundred and forty nine passengers joined the COSTA CLASSICA towards the Mediterranean seas. Approximately forty passengers are expected to embark on the COSTA PACIFICA and the COSTA MEDITERRANEA, on the 8th and 9th of September. On 7th of October, 300 guests are expected to board on the Queen Mary 2 for very mythic transatlantic cruise to New York…
The second week of September promises to be an exceptional moment in Cherbourg. On the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th, Cherbourg is waiting, arms wide open, for a maximum of 12767 cruise guests, and three ships, the CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION, the SEABOURN LEGEND and the COSTA PACIFICA will call the same day!