FRANCE, MARITIME CRUISE DESTINATION
France is known for both its design and construction of ships, a healthy outbound market and as a host destination for cruises. France counts 32 maritime cruise destinations offering 84 ports of call. Marseille is the #1 port with more than 945,000 annual passengers, followed by Noumea, Cannes and Ajaccio, which each received between 300,000 and 350,000 passengers in 2015.
RIVER CRUISES: THE MOST EXTENSIVE WATERWAY NETWORK IN EUROPE
France boasts the longest navigable river network in Europe with 8,500 km of waterways. To this can be added barge-hotels and houseboat rentals without a licence. Holidays combining biking and boating, are also increasingly popular.
- France has the second maritime territory in the world.
- The Mediterranean is the #1 French cruise region with 2.16 million passenger arrivals in stopovers and 557,000 departing passengers.
- 8,500 km of fluvial waterways
• Caters to all types of clients (couples, families, seniors).
• Ease of access and connections.
• Dynamic excursions “off the beaten path”.
MARSEILLE’S MUCEM WELCOMES CRUISE PASSENGERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
At the entrance to the old Port, Marseille’s MuCEM (Museum of civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean) is a “must”. Over the centuries, this has been a place of passage for countless travellers, but while it is strongly anchored in the past, MuCEM is also above all a witness to the present. A true heritage complex, it spans 40,000 square meters and houses no less than a million works, objects and documents.
Beginning with the history of Mediterranean civilisations from the Neolithic period, it takes us up to the present day through the Gallery of the Mediterranean, a semi-permanent exhibition space. Varied programming also involves discussions, performances and lm screenings.
To discover Normandy in a different way and enjoy some romantic moments, what better than a cruise on the Seine? During the Honlfeur musical and impressionistic cruise in Rouen, a guide relives the history of Impressionism on the Seine, with, as a background, music from their time of the Impressionists.
A discovery cruise of Rouen on the other hand allows one to navigate the most beautiful loop of the river Seine, in the midst of scenery that inspired the great Impressionists. It is also possible to take a cruise by outboard boat, Mastercraft or Cape Camarat, in order to appreciate the beauty of the Seine in a different way: pass the locks, discover the chalk cliffs and the cave habitats, admire the surrounding valley while the off barge that characterises the region’s economic wealth glides by.