If you’re into castles, white cliffs, and historic landmarks, then you might consider taking a cruise that includes Dover, England. Located approximately an hour-and-a-half from world-famous London, Dover is the perfect starting point if you want to experience a little bit of both cities. While London showcases many famous landmarks and tourist attractions (such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace), Dover has many attractions that are delightful in their own right. Many cruise lines offer itineraries that include Dover as a port of call, but a few feature it as their embarkation port. If you are planning to cruise from Dover, you can easily spend a day or two in London, combined with some time in Dover, to ensure that you see everything that these two famous cities have to offer.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Dover (London), along with a brief description:
♦ White Cliffs & Dover Castle
For a truly stunning natural formation, you’ve got to pay a visit to the famous white cliffs of Dover before or after your cruise. Situated along the coastline of the English Channel (and made famous by a song), you can admire the cliffs from afar or walk right on top of them! If you opt to walk along the cliffs, you can enjoy breathtaking views, native flora and fauna, and many wild birds and butterflies. Look sharp for few ship wrecks along the base of the cliffs. There is also a visitor’s center, lighthouse, and tea room. Nearby, the Dover Castle serves as an icon to the city. You can tour the inside of the castle, which features a tower, underground hospital, secret tunnels, a lighthouse and a bunker (which now features an escape room experience). There is also a museum and a few cafés where you can enjoy traditional British foods made from local ingredients.
Made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” the real town of Canterbury is just a short drive from Dover and is worth checking out when spending time in the area! There are a bunch of famous attractions to see in Canterbury, including the legendary Canterbury Cathedral. There is also the Canterbury Roman Museum, which is actually built around the remnants of a Roman home. Other must-see attractions in Canterbury include a Marlowe Theatre (dating back to pre-WWI), Westgate Parks (featuring many tranquil walking trails and gardens), and Canterbury Norman Castle (the oldest castle in Britain).
If you plan on spending at least one day in Dover before or after your cruise, you can easily take a day trip to London, which is an approximately two-hour drive. Alternatively, you can arrive in London prior to your cruise before driving to Dover for embarkment. There are many sights to see in London, including castles, museums, iconic landmarks (such as Big Ben and the Tower Bridge), parks, and churches. There’s so much to do in London that you may need a few days to see it all! Some of London’s most popular attractions include the Coca-Cola London Eye (a riverside observation wheel), the Tower of London (a medieval castle), Buckingham Palace (home to the Queen), Hype Park, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square.
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