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10th June 2015 - Press Release

When the biggest met the best



The largest cruise ship ever to call at Dover arrived for its inaugural visit this morning, with the world-renowned White Cliffs of Dover being silhouetted by the majestic cruiser as it came into Dover Cruise Port.

As part of a 12-day round-trip to the British Isles and coastal European cities, Celebrity Silhouette arrived from Amsterdam with one of the Port’s dedicated pilots taking the helm to carefully guide the 319m long ship into port alongside Cruise Terminal 2.

The Port of Dover’s growing reputation as the port of choice for luxury cruise liners has today been matched by a growing size of ship. With around 200,000 cruise enthusiasts enjoying the award-winning facilities at Dover each year and with a commitment to be the best port in the world for its valued cruise customers, Dover is perfectly placed for cruises around Britain, the Baltic Capitals, the beautiful Norwegian fjords, transatlantic trips, Mediterranean cruises and the Atlantic coast.

Part of the impressive Solstice Class, Celebrity Silhouette boasts a considerable amount of new features, making the experience at Dover even more memorable. 

Barbara Buczek, General Manager - Business Development, Port of Dover, says:

“It’s fantastic to welcome a ship as big as Celebrity Silhouette and demonstrate how the Port of Dover can accommodate this size of vessel.  With bigger ships come more customers too and we are delighted to showcase our port facilities.  With easy access to both the unique historic and natural delights of Kent - the Garden of England - and one of the global cities – London, they will get the best of British through the gateway to England.”

The Celebrity Silhouette, owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises, was launched in 2011 and is 122,400 gross tons and can accommodate 2,885 passengers.

Silhouette will continue on to Saint Peter Port, Cobh, Waterford, Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow, Holyhead and Le Havre before returning to Amsterdam on the 21st June.

ENDS

Issued by Port of Dover on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editor:

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.4 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • The Port is a member of CLIA UK & Ireland, which brings together cruise lines, travel agents and associated travel partners to help promote cruise holidays within the UK and Ireland. Further information can be found at: www.cruiseexperts.org
  • Dover is the second busiest UK cruise port with two dedicated cruise terminals, with a third berth available for port-of-call visits.
  • The photos attached shows Celebrity Silhouette in the Western end of Dover’s Harbour on Wednesday morning.
  • 12-day round-trip to British Isles & Coastal from Amsterdam: Tue Jun 09 05:00pm (Amsterdam, departing), Wed Jun 10 07:00am to 06:00pm (Dover), Thu Jun 11 07:00am to 04:00pm (Saint Peter Port), Fri Jun 12 10:00am to 08:00pm (Cobh), Sat Jun 13 07:00am to 06:00pm (Waterford), Sun Jun 14 07:00am to 08:00pm (Dublin), Mon Jun 15 09:30am to 07:30pm (Liverpool), Tue Jun 16 08:00am to 06:00pm (Glasgow), Wed Jun 17 08:00am to 05:00pm (Holyhead), Thu Jun 18 (At Sea), Fri Jun 19 07:00am to 09:00pm (Le Havre), Sat Jun 20 (At Sea), Sun Jun 21 06:00am (Amsterdam, arrive)
  • Photo’s 1 to 4 feature the Celebrity Silhouette coming into Port and Master, Cpt. Dimitrios Kafetzis, with Barbara Buczek, General Manager (Port of Dover) and Staff Capt., Vittorio Cantu.

 

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