Celebrity Silhouette arrives in Dover – Cruise Industry News
The Celebrity Silhouette from Celebrity Cruises arrived at the Port of Dover on July 4, as part of a series of UK coastal cruises for UK passengers that launched on July 3. This was announced by the port in a press release.
The Silhouette is the second passenger stopover in the port since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The arrival of the ship followed TUI’s Marella Explorer which sailed on June 26, commemorating the highly anticipated return of cruising in Kent.
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm for the Dover cruise return so quickly just a week after welcoming the Marella Explorer, our first passenger call since the pandemic. I have no doubt that the cruise buzz will soon be at its peak again, ”said Sonia Limbrick, Head of Port of Dover Cruises.
“It was wonderful to see the Celebrity Silhouette again in Dover on Sunday 4th July. My thanks go to Destination Dover, Visit Kent, Intercruises and our partners for working with us to show why Dover and Kent is such a fantastic cruise destination for the special guests on board, ”she added.
Visit Kent chief executive Deirdre Wells said Kent was “delighted” to see the cruise restart.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence in our country’s position as an international gateway, and we’re really excited to start showing visitors exactly what this spectacular corner of the UK has to offer once upon a time. Furthermore. Our thanks go to the colleagues at the Port of Dover, who I know have worked tirelessly to ensure that all passengers arriving at Dover receive the warmest and safest welcome at the Garden of England ”, noted Wells.
The Celebrity Cruises Three Castles Discovery Program was organized by the port with support from Destination Dover. The tour started at Dover Castle, learning about its 2000 year history, followed by Walmer Castle and Gardens, which became a seaside retreat for politicians, aristocrats and royalty and ended at Deal Castle – a Tudor artillery castle in England.
The Port of Dover has worked closely with the UK Chamber of Shipping, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Cruise Britain and the many cruise lines that choose Dover to implement the industry framework for a cruise secure against COVID. The safe return of ships over the past week signifies an exciting revival of the Kent cruise season, the Port of Dover wrote.
Despite 15 “extremely difficult” months for the travel industry, the investment of time in a series of strong relationships with Kent tourism and hotel organizations has enabled the Port of Dover to work quickly and collaboratively to ensure a – and safely – welcome for the first passengers to return from the Garden of England after COVID.
For many years, the Port of Dover has developed a strong partnership with Visit Kent, the county’s official destination management organization. Partners now include Dover District Council, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, English Heritage Dover Castle, Deal Castle and Walmer Castle, Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, Hush Heath Estate and transport providers – Southeastern Trains and coach company YMS Travel .