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Land of stopovers


The port of Cherbourg is situated in the heart of the largest artificial harbour in Europe with free access night and day. It is an amazing architectural masterpiece of the 17th and 18th centuries covering an area of 1500 hectares. With its three dykes, Cherbourg-Octeville is home to four ports for:




military uses


Cherbourg, the transatlantic  stopovers

Cherbourg has welcomed many passenger ships over the years. Among the most famous was the Titanic, which celebrated its centenary in 2012. On 10th April 1912, this ship made its last continental stop in Cherbourg where 281 passengers from emigrants to the aristocrats came on board the ill-fated ship.

Later, during the 30’s, Cherbourg was visited by many celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Fernandel.




Cherbourg, land of stopovers

Since 2007 with the creation of Cherbourg Cruise, the port has set out to become a destination of choice for the Cruise sector. There are on average 25 stopovers per year through Cherbourg. As the size of passenger ships increases, the number of passengers passing through have risen from 6,637 in 2007 to around 50,000 in 2011.


For more informations and the list of the stopovers, please consult the site of the  Port de Cherbourg
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