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Memorable experiences at Cowes

Cruise to Cowes Cowes – one of the world's most famous sailing destinations Cruise guests are dropped off at Trinity Landing in the heart of Cowes Discover the historic town of Cowes and home of world yachting Cowes offers exceptional visitor appeal with world famous tourist attractions such as Queen Victoria’s Osborne House in East Cowes and Carisbrooke Castle in Newport

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Welcome to Cowes – Isle of Wight Cowes Harbour Commission is progressing an initiative with “Destination Cowes” and the Island’s tourism organisation ”Visit Isle of Wight” to increase the number of cruise ships visiting Cowes, and therefore, I would like to encourage you to consider Cowes as a stopover port for your Northern European itineraries.

Every year, the Commission welcomes visiting cruise ships to the Isle of Wight to enjoy the delights of Cowes as well as the Island’s stunning coastlines and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. The Commission is keen to promote Cowes as a unique destination for small and medium-sized cruise liners; this is in response to the rising demand in the cruise ship market and growth in the Northern European luxury cruise market. Cowes is ideally located on the central south coast of the UK and is an economical port-of-call for European and UK cruise itineraries. The sheltered anchorage offers ample swinging room with a quick tender run to Trinity Landing for disembarkation. Cruise visitors arrive onto The Parade, which is next to Henry VIII’s “Cowes Castle”, home to the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron and in the heart of Cowes. Cruise passengers may discover the historic town of Cowes and home of world yachting with its delightful boutique shopping in winding streets, or take a stroll along Prince’s Green with stunning views over the Solent. Visitors can also enjoy a visit to Queen Victoria’s magnificent Osborne House in East Cowes, the palatial royal residence used as the setting for the film Victoria and Abdul, and follow the new “Victoria’s Island” heritage trail. Throughout the season, Cowes hosts an unrivalled number of yacht races and regattas, with thousands of visitors regularly arriving in the town during the season’s major events. Lendy Cowes Week is the highlight of the British yacht-racing calendar, while the Round the Island Race is one of the largest participatory events in the world with around 1,500 boats competing. If you would like to find out more about Cowes as a port-of-call for your cruise itinerary, you are welcome to contact us at Cowes Harbour Office or please visit our website for more information: Capt. Stuart McIntosh Harbour Master / Chief Executive | +44 (0)1983 293952

Cruise facilities - Cowes Harbour

Pilotage & anchorages Cowes Harbour Commission provides pilotage for cruise vessels using the Cowes anchorage “C1”, suitable for cruise vessels up to 150m dependent on weather conditions. ABP Southampton provides pilotage for cruise vessels over 150m using the “ABP Anchorage”.



Tenders disembark passengers at the Trinity Landing pontoons. The landing is rigged with a marquee and a welcoming party will be on station to assist passengers. Coach parking facilities are located at the head of the gangway ramp.

1.5 nm (15 minutes)

Precautionary Area (ABP Southampton)

Prince Consort


Trinity House Mooring Buoy

Outer Fairway

0.5 nm (5 minutes)

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Seasonal Small Craft Moorings


Shrape Beacon (Tide Gauge)

(May to September)


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2A Small Craft Moorings


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Trinity Landing (Tide Gauge)

4A Beacon (Tide Gauge)



Small Craft Moorings

CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION This will be arranged via the cruise line’s appointed agent. If this is the vessel’s first UK port-of-call, Customs and immigration will attend the vessel on arrival for efficient clearance.

East Cowes

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Shoreside excursions - Cowes & beyond After alighting at Trinity Landing in the heart of Cowes, cruise guests may experience the delights and history of Cowes – the home of world yachting. This could include a guided tour of the remarkable Sir Max Aitken maritime history museum, housing a collection of unique nautical artefacts, then lunch at a yacht club and shopping in Cowes High Street. The High Street is pedestrianised and full of independent shops, boutiques and galleries, restaurants and cafés, chandlers and renowned brands of sailing clothing. Alternatively, passengers may opt for a range of interesting coach excursions, including themed trips, a visit to the iconic Needles landmark attraction, traditional English cream teas in beautiful gardens, with Queen Victoria’s magnificent Osborne House close by in East Cowes and Carisbrooke Castle just a 20-minute coach ride away by the County town of Newport. Over half the Isle of Wight is designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and there are almost 30 miles of “Heritage Coast”, a designation applied to coastlines of only the highest quality in England and Wales. The Isle of Wight has a long established reputation for having more visitor attractions per square mile than anywhere in the UK and visitors will find themselves running out of time before they run out of things to do! The Isle of Wight boasts multi award-winning food growers and producers, with inspiring places to enjoy eating and drinking. Fine dining at luxury hotel venues or great pub food served in a beautiful rural or coastal location with every kind of café, bistro or restaurant in between. With centuries of Island history and truly amazing landscapes, it really doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. However, there’s more chance of enjoying some sunshine on the Isle of Wight than anywhere else in England!

Mainland & Island tour companies Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, London: +44 (0)20 7636 8426 Excursions Ltd, Highworth: +44 (0)1793 765 222 European Cruise Service UK Ltd, Edinburgh: +44 (0)185 828 8494 Kardan Travel IW, Newport: +44 (0)983 520995 | +44 (0)1983 293952

The Isle of Wight - England in miniature!

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Port-of-call enquiries - Cowes Harbour


COWES 50°46’.08N 01°17’.95W UKHO charts 2036, 2038, 2793


Arrange a Cowes stopover Contact the Cowes Harbour Master Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AS +44 (0)1983 293952

Cruise agents Denholm Wilhelmsen South, Southampton: +44 (0)2380 713134 Inchcape Shipping Services, Southampton: +44 (0)2380 930 600 / GAC Shipping (UK) Ltd, Sunderland: +44 (0)191 431 8976

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