Nestled in the heart of a millenium city, Caen-Ouistreham port opens up the doors to multi-faceted Normandy.

Its central location enables you to reach the most beautiful sites of Normandy : from the D-day landing beaches to Mont-Saint-Michel through the Pays d’Auge and its charming historical villages, or Caen, the city of William the Conqueror.

The canal : a cruise within the cruise

Every call starts by the slope of a charming canal of 15km connecting the seafront to the Caen city center’s cruise quay.

The journey between the sea and the city takes about one hour and a half ; it gives cruise passengers a foretaste of the history and the richness of our territory.

Passengers will be able to discover Benouville’s castle from the 18th century, Pegasus Bridge, the iconic site of D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. They will enjoy also the natural areas all along the canal as the wooden park of Beauregard’s castle.

In addition to offering a superb entrance to the destination, the canal facilitates the passengers landing/boarding thanks to its constant water level.


A unique port with docks dedicated to cruise ships

Cruise ships are welcomed in an intimate setting with 2 dedicated docks depending on the size of the ships. They each benefit from a closed, secure environment (ISPS compliant) and personalized for each call.

The « Nouveau Bassin » (C4 dock) is ideal for cruise lines, it can accommodate ships in downtown Caen (up to 145m long and 24m wide).

The cruise passengers can go walking easily to the historic and shopping city centre less than 15min walking.

The « Calix » quay (D1) can accommodate larger ships (up to 165m long by 24m wide) in the best conditions. 

A city centre port of call

Enjoy your free time discovering the city of Caen and its millenary heritage. Medieval city transformed by William the Conqueror with these three architectural jewels that are the « Abbaye-aux-Hommes« , « Abbaye-aux-Dames » and the Caen castle.

Stroll through the pedestrian and shopping streets to find the best independent boutiques or the latest fashion pieces in department stores like les Galeries Lafayette or le Printemps. The food lovers will head for one of the colorful and daily markets, before booking one of the best restaurants in the city (including 4 Michelin-starred restaurants) focusing on the best local products. 

Painting lovers will choose the Museum of Fine Arts or one of the numerous Caen art galleries, while the passionnates of history will discover the Caen Memorial Museum, the Normandy Museum or the Ornavik’s viking sites.

Caen and its surroundings are rich in events all year long with major events every month.

The gateway to the best Normandy highlights

The 2 cruise quays are perfectly connected with the road network, their central location in the heart of the region enables you to reach the best Norman highlights. Less time on the road, more time to live the best shore excursions experiences !

Caen-Ouistreham with its location and history is particularly  the best port to access and visit the D-Day and World War II sites and beaches. The biggest museum dedicated to peace and history of this period, the Caen Memorial Museum is located at less than 15 minutes by coaches, Arromanches-les-Bains or the world known Omaha Beach less than one hour driving.

Our « best-sellers » for a 1/2 day or 1 day shore excursions

  • The D-day landing beaches
  • The « Pays d’Auge », traditional and gastronomic area 
  • On the footsteps of William the Conqueror : Caen, Bayeux et Falaise
  • Le Mont Saint-Michel, the wonder of the West
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Customized services for cruise lines

The cruise club « Caen-Ouistreham Normandy Cruise » coordinates the touristic and port stakeholders to welcome shipping companies in optimal conditions and offert the best experiences to their passengers. The club proposes differentes services : 

  • A tourist information desk, with an agent and multiligual brochures to inform the passengers and help the crew members.
  • A shuttle service*
  • A local product market*
  • A concert on the pier*
  • A local guide onboard to comment the slope of the canal*

*services on request

Practical information

Access to the cruise quays (regulated during cruise calls) is via « Chaussée d’Alger » from downtown Caen and via « Voie 810 » depuis Ouistreham.

Find the GPS position of Nouveau Bassin (quai Gaston Lamy/C4) and quai de Calix (D1) and some useful downloads :

Plan du port de Caen-Ouistreham
Planning escales 2020
Planning escales 2021



Caen-Ouistreham Normandy Cruise
Bassin d’Hérouville 14200 Hérouville Saint-Clair

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Caen-Ouistreham is a proud member of global cruise networks : Cruise Europe and French Atlantic Ports.

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