Why not stop in Caen?
Just picture a stop in multi-faceted Normandy just minutes from Caen old town, William the Conqueror's homeland.
It's the ultimate destination if you love medieval history, want to explore the scenery that inspired Impressionist painters, see where the D-Day landings and Battle of Normandy took place, gaze at the amazing architecture from the reconstruction,tickle your tastebuds, stroll by the sea, delve into the wooded countryside, hit the town, shop 'til you drop and more.
Experiencing Normandy from Caen is all that and so much more.
Ferries and cruise ships dock at CAEN-OUISTREHAM port which meets ferry companies' safety, accessibility and service requirements. It can accommodate 40 cruise ships and is an iconic stop on the Manche Atlantique, one of few European destinations able to welcome your boats to a town centre, Caen, or sea resort, Ouistreham Riva-Bella. Its central location on the Normandy coast makes it the perfect base for half-day and full-day trips as far as Mont Saint Michel. Local port and tourism companies have founded CAEN-OUISTREHAM NORMANDY CRUISE to take cruise passenger services to another level, to work and invest to meet companies' needs, to achieve the perfect conditions and to showcase the destination worldwide. We're all committed to the venture. The entire team at the Cruise Club has the ambition, pride and joy to bring you the best of Tourism in Normandy.
Caen - Ouistreham Port
Caen-Ouistreham port is linked to the dual carriageway along a 15km canal running from Caen to the sea.
The locks are open 18 hours/day on average and separate the ferry terminal from the port upstream. They provide access to ships with a draught of up to 9m, 24m wide (no exemptions) and 225m long. The 90 minute journey from the canal to the sea and Caen gives passengers a taste of the land's history and sights: D-Day beach, Château de Bénouville, Pegasus bridge etc. The canal has the advantage of being a constant waterway which makes loading and offloading passengers easier. There's also a variety of secure and mostly enclosed terminals which means more cruise ships can stop here.
Caen-Ouistreham port has full port facilities and services :
The port has made investments to improve its cruise ship arrival services: tunnels, red carpet, storage facility, reception desk, mobile plant pots throughout the port.