Located at the town end of Douglas Promenade the cruise terminal is accessible by bus, car, or on foot. It is not far from town or hotels. The terminal building was built in the 1960's, though it has been modernized extensively since then. Inside there is a Steam Packet Travel Shop, large Tourist Office, newsagent, and a bar offering some cafe services.
Larger (> 140m) vessels can anchor in Douglas Bay and various deep water anchorages around island close to easy passenger landing facilities.
Printable map to take along on your cruise.
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The Isle of Man is an island in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland off the coast of Western Europe. It is a British Crown dependency (and therefore not part of the United Kingdom itself); the UK is responsible for defense and foreign affairs. The island has its own government (headed by a Chief Minister) and parliament - "Tynwald" (consisting of the democratically-elected "House of Keys" and the nominated "Legislative Council".) The Isle of Man is not a full member of the European Union, but an associate member.
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man. The island's government assembly, the House of Keys, is located there. Douglas is also the main center of commerce on the island and home to around a quarter of the island's population.
A horse-drawn tram, one of only two left in the world, runs the Douglas promenade's length, from the ferry terminal to the Manx Electric Railway's southern terminal. There is also a bus service in town.
Douglas is easily walkable.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Laxey - delightful village on the electric railway between Douglas and Ramsey. Noted for its water wheel (claimed to be the world's largest in operation), the mines railway and an electric railway to the top of Snaefell.
Uniquely Manx products include Smoked Kippers and Manx Tartan.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.
The Isle of Man is generally a fairly safe place. In an emergency contact the Isle of Man Constabulary (the island's police force) on 999.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hypermarts often 24/7
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