Why the island of Jersey is an ideal cruise destination

Despite being a tiny island, Jersey has an abundance of attractions and activities that make it an ideal day call for cruise lines

Why the island of Jersey is an ideal cruise destination
Visitors can explore the medieval Mont Orgueil Castle which looks over the village of Gorey and its harbour

The tiny jewel that is Jersey is located some 85 miles from the south of mainland Britain and lies in the Bay of St Malo, just 19 miles off the French coast.

Traditionally British, but with many French influences, Jersey measures just nine miles by five miles. The island is the perfect location for a day trip. Small in square miles but big in places to go and things to see, it’s the ideal size for cruise guests to explore for a few hours.

With history on its doorstep and many heritage sites to seek out, cruise guests on a short stopover can easily discover our colourful past. Visitors can step back in time with a trip to Passage Grave, a building older than the Egyptian Pyramids. They can follow in the footsteps of invading armies through a 12th-century castle, spot Jersey’s Martello towers, which were built in the 1800s to keep the French at bay, or discover the story of the German occupation.

For those wanting to enjoy Jersey up close, there are a range of walking and cycling options, with a whole network of routes across the island. Voted as one of the top European destinations for a walking break, Jersey offers quiet coastal hikes along the north coast or strolls along peaceful wooded valleys. For keen cyclists, the island can offer its many ‘green lanes’, where the speed limit is 15 miles per hour, keeping cruise guests safe as they cycle and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Those who want to taste the local cuisine are also in for a real treat with the island’s abundance of culinary delights. From Michelin-star restaurants and charming beachside food shacks, to al fresco bay-side dining and intimate settings for romantic escapes, Jersey prides itself on its array of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Maria Le Tiec is the passenger services manager for Ports of Jersey

This article was first published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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By Maria Le Tiec
01 June 2020

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