Niché au cœur d’une cité millénaire, le port de Caen-Ouistreham vous ouvre les portes de la Normandie et ses multiples facettes.
Sa position centrale vous permettra d’envisager les plus belles excursions normandes, des plages du Débarquement au Mont Saint-Michel en passant par les villages typiques du Pays d’Auge ou encore Caen, cité de Guillaume le Conquérant.

The canal, a cruise within a cruise

Every cruise call in Caen-Ouistreham begins with a trip down a charming 15 km canal linking the waterfront at Ouistreham Riva-Bella to the cruise docks in downtown Caen, the regional metropolis.

The journey between the sea and the city of approximately 1h30 constitutes for the passengers a real foretaste of the history and the richness of the territory. They will be able to discover the Château de Bénouville dating from the 18th century, Pegasus Bridge, an emblematic site of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, or admire the natural spaces that border the canal such as the wooded park of Beauregard.

As well as providing a superb entrance to the destination, the canal facilitates the operations of disembarkation/embarkation of passengers thanks to its constant water level.

Laperouse Pegasus Bridge
Le Laperouse, compagnie Ponant au Pegasus Bridge, © Ports de Normandie

Dedicated quays for cruise ships

Cruise ships are welcomed in an intimate setting with 2 dedicated quays according to the size of the ships. They each benefit from an enclosed, secure (ISPS-compliant) and personalised environment for every calls.

The Nouveau Bassin (quai Gaston Lamy/C4) is ideal for cruise lines, allowing them to accommodate ships in the centre of Caen (up to 145m long and 24m wide). Cruise passengers can walk to the historic and commercial centre in less than 15 minutes.

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

Paquebot de croisière, Saga pearl II
Saga pearl II, ©Ports de Normandie

A city centre port of call

Take advantage of your free time to discover the city of Caen and its thousand-year-old heritage. A medieval city transformed by William the Conqueror with its three architectural jewels, the Men’s Abbey, the Ladies Abbey and the Caen Castle, Caen is also full of private mansions, churches and unusual places to explore. 

Stroll through the pedestrian and shopping streets to find the best independent boutiques or the latest fashion pieces in department stores like Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps. The most gourmet will go to one of the colorful daily markets, before booking one of the best restaurants in the city (including 4 Michelin-starred restaurants) that focus on the best local products.

Painting lovers will visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the numerous galleries of Caen, while history lovers will discover the Caen Memorial, the Museum of Normandy or the Viking sites of Ornavik.

Caen and its agglomeration are rich in events all year long with many great events every month, find them in our online calendar.

The central gateway to the most beautiful sites of Normandy

The two docks are perfectly connected to the road network, and their central location in the heart of the region means that the main tourist sites in Normandy are only a few minutes away. Less time on the road, more time to enjoy the best experiences on shore excursions !

Due to its location and history, the port is the reference port for visiting the beaches, sites and museums of the D-Day Landings and the Second World War. The largest museum dedicated to peace and the history of this period, the Caen Memorial is at 15 minutes by bus from the quays, Sword Beach is also 15 minutes away, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Arromanches-les-Bains, Omaha Beach and the U.S cemetery are less than an hour away. 

Our best-selling half-day or full-day excursions near Caen  :

  • The D-Day landing beaches
  • The Pays d’Auge, gastronomical and traditional area 
  • In the footsteps of William the Conqueror : Caen, Bayeux et Falaise
  • The Mont Saint-Michel

Exclusive experience for cruise guests

Your visit should be unique in one of the most beautiful regions of France ! That’s why the Caen-Ouistreham Cruise Club supports the various cruise professionals to prepare you the perfect stopover.

For your excursions, we will find the latest unusual and authentic experiences to fully immerse you in our lovely Normandy, meeting locals, exploring our most beautiful sites in a different way, away from the crowds, and experiencing the true French art of living.

The cruise club is organised to meet the needs of cruise lines by proposing a range of services for each call :

  • A tourist information office at the quay, with multilingual brochures and an agent to inform an assist passengers and crew members
  • A shuttle service*
  • A local producers’ market*
  • A concert on the quay*
  • A guide to comment the descent of the canal*
  • And any tailor-made service !

*services on request

Saxophone devant un paquebot, croisière à Caen la mer
Saxophone devant un paquebot, croisière à Caen la mer

Practical information and access

Access to the cruise docks (regulated on port of call days) is via the “Chaussée d’Alger” from Caen city centre and via “voie 810” from Ouistreham.

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

The Caen-Ouistreham Normandy cruise club is a proud member of Cruise Europe, the Normandy Cruise Destinations and the French Atlantic Ports.