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Making the Most of Dover, England

Making the Most of Dover, England


The Disney Magic will sail from Cruise Terminal 2. No visa is needed to enter the UK for vacations, but a valid passport is required. On most port of call days, an open-top shuttle bus runs into the town center and to Dover Castle. Round-trip fares are £3/$5 into town, or £4/$6 if you add a stop at Dover Castle. The tourist information center is located in Market Square (see next page). The UK uses the British pound, although some places, including the De Bradelei Wharf (see Shopping) do accept Euros. For a good exchange rate, try the Post Office in Pencester Road, just by Pencester Gardens. In 2017 the Magic docks in Dover on Wednesday, May 24, Wednesday, June 28, Sunday, July 9, and Friday, July 21. All Aboard time is 5:00 pm, with the All Ashore time at the end of the cruise being 9:30 am.


You can walk into town from the cruise terminal, but it’s about a mile and a half, so you may be better getting a taxi instead for around £8/$13 one way. If you want a taxi to other sights, you’re looking at £27-£40/$44-$66 for Canterbury, and £57-£85/$94-$140 for Leeds Castle. Details of getting to and from London can be found on page 116. While we don’t recommend renting a car if you’re heading for London, getting around other destinations, like Canterbury or Leeds Castle (see page 425) is relatively simple. Europcar and Alamo are the closest to the cruise terminal, with Hertz located further along, near to the De Bradelei Wharf. You will need your driving license to rent a car and note that nearly all rental cars in the UK are stick shift. If you choose to drive to Canterbury, follow the signs to the park and ride to avoid driving in the city center. Finally, don’t forget to drive on the left!


Take the usual precautions you would in any town, and in particular, don’t carry large amounts of cash or important documents. If you walk into town, you will go through a pedestrian subway under the main A20 road. Stay alert, and avoid it at night. Although the UK isn’t known for its good weather, UV levels can get high in the summer, so don’t forget the sunscreen. Finally, a note of caution about some potentially not-so-friendly bird life. The seagulls here can be vicious, particularly if they sense food. Be wary of them, and don’t feed them.


The best place to head to is De Bradelei Wharf, which offers discount shopping on a number of designer names. Located about a mile from the cruise terminal, the walk there is very pleasant, taking you past the marina and along the seafront.

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