The Islands of Guernsey are made up of five beautiful Islands with a French twist, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Lihou. Guernsey is the perfect base from which to explore the Islands on foot, by bicycle or even horse and cart on Sark.
A location some 112 kms from the south coast of Britain but only 40kms from the coast of France makes the Channel Island of Guernsey an ideal location for cruise calls. St Peter Port has been a popular port of call for many years and is capable of handling at least two large cruise liners at any one time with a high turnover of between 90 and 100 calls per year.
Guernsey’s cruise liner passengers disembark at a dedicated cruise pontoon 600 metres from the town centre. During a short tender transfer from the liner into St Peter Port harbour (5–10 minutes) our visitors admire the beautiful panoramic views, which include Guernsey’s sister Islands of Herm and Sark. On a clear day passengers may also see Alderney to the north and south to Jersey.
Cruise Guernsey has a disability awareness team to assist visiting cruise passengers. The team have undergone Hidden Disability Training, alongside enhancing the existing welcome teams to support anyone in need of a rest on a hot day or requiring additional assistance before boarding the return tenders
Set on a hillside watching over the gateway to Guernsey, is St Peter Port town. The delightful pocket-sized capital of Guernsey is a vibrant mix of hustle and bustle with a distinctly continental atmosphere. St Peter Port is unquestionably served by one of the most picturesque harbours in Europe. Whilst only 40 square kms in size, Guernsey offers stunning scenery, historic buildings, fascinating museums, 480kms of country lanes, and some of the best beaches in Europe. All of these different ingredients, combined with the friendliness of the people, come together to create the unique atmosphere that makes Guernsey the Island of choice.
Top Five Facts About Guernsey
- During WW2 the islands were invaded and occupied by the German army and occupied for five years. Many families were separated during this time and reminders of the occupation can still be seen around the island today.
- French author and poet Victor Hugo spent 15 years in exile in Guernsey from 1855 and the island provided the inspiration for many of his fine works, including Les Miserables and Toilers of the Sea. Hauteville House, his home during his exile is open to the public.
- The south coast cliffs provided inspiration for French Impressionist painter, Renoir. Moulin Huet bay was depicted in one of his works.
- The Albion Pub is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the closest pub to a church in the British Isles due to the proximity of a gargoyle on the North East wing of the Town church.
- All post boxes in Guernsey are blue except for one post box in St Peter Port’s Union Street which is painted in its original red dating from 1853. It’s also the oldest surviving cast-iron pillar box still in daily use in the British Isles.
GMT (BST as applicable)
Cruise Ships – 24hr operation; there are No Restrictions for cruise ships
49 27.5N 002 32.0W
NW European weather systems are encountered. Prevailing weather from SW to NW.
140m LOA but no Maximum at the Anchorage
9.4m (minimum depth alongside LCT & uninterrupted length this depth occurs)
Anthem of the Seas (at anchor)
24hrs per day / 365 days per year – VHF Ch 12
140m LOA x 5m draught, but no Maximum at the Anchorage
ISPS compliant port facility. Vessels are responsible for own security access arrangements.
Water metres are located along the berth face.
Limited to alongside berths via road tanker only.
Yes – 500m
Free Wifi is available at the disembarkation point.
Yes, various 400-500m
Yes, various 400-500m
A Taxi rank is located near Town Church – 200m. Private Hire taxis can also be booked.
Guernsey is just 6km away from the disembarkation point. Approx 20 minutes in a taxi.
Various located in the town centre.
There are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes located near the disembarkation point with many more just a few minutes walk in the town centre.
David Barker, Harbour Master
0044 (0) 1481 220229