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Whether home porting is on the agenda or simply as a port of call, Gibraltar Port offers cruise operators several unique advantages. The newly built Gibraltar Cruise Liner Terminal can accommodate most modern cruise ships, draught permitting, including Cunard's Queen Elizabeth II and P&O's Oriana and is located within 20 minutes walk from the city centre.

Gibraltar is a modern growing city which has all the essential services - banks, hospitals, dentists, police and consuls - available.

The international airport is under 2km away from the terminal and frequent scheduled flights connect it with Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports. There are also regular flights to Morocco.

The Spanish border is open 24 hours a day for both vehicles and pedestrians. Jerez or Ronda by road takes about two hours from the border, Seville is about three hours away. A fast sea crossing connects Gibraltar with Tangier.

There are no tidal restrictions and no locks to negotiate. Its location adjacent to the Gibraltar Straits - the western entrance to the Mediterranean - means there is negligible diversion time with ships able to berth in about an hour.

Gibraltar's position has made it a focal point for passing ships to call in for bunkers, provisions and crew changes. The port is open 24 hours daily, while office opening hours are weekdays 0845-1730 hours. One day's notice of ETA is to be given with confirmation two hours before arrival.

Bunkers
All grades supplied by barge, pipeline or road tanker. Available 24 hours. Luboils are available in barrels or in bulk.

Pilotage
Compulsory for all vessels, except from anchorage to sea. Seven pilots provide 24 hour coverage.

Towage
Tugs operated by Howard Smith Towage & Salvage are stationed at Gibraltar.

Water And Stores
Fresh water is available at the cruise terminal and other berths. A well established chandlery network provides all other requirements.

Security
New measures now being enforced around port areas include security guards, fencing, closed circuit TV and floodlighting.