Bordeaux, an active river for cruise ships

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The second largest cruise port on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux recorded more than 40 liner stops in central Bordeaux in 2017. A number about the same number as the previous year. Higher-end boats with a lower capacity, which explains a 15% drop in passenger numbers.

An increase in attendance

However, a new attendance record is announced this year for the Atlantic Port. It’s no less than 54 cruise ships expected from April 8, almost double the number in 2013. A real tourist windfall for traders and tourist spots. Indeed, cruise lines regularly stop in Bordeaux specifically to visit the city, the vineyards, and its undeniable gastronomy. The advantage of the Port of Bordeaux, is that it is located in the heart of the city center, which allows travelers to browse the streets of Bordeaux and its riches as soon as they arrive.

“Our strength and our originality is to be able to welcome these ships in the heart of the city centre,” enthuses Stephan Delaux, Deputy Mayor and Director of the Tourist Office.

If we can break records every year, it is thanks to all the investments made in the recent past. The quays have been completely designed and redesigned, with the birth of new poles of attraction such as the City of Wine.

The Port of Bordeaux thus consolidates its second place behind that of Le Havre (Normandy) which will host this year 119 boats, double that of Bordeaux. As a result, the City still has a lot of room to attract tourists from all over the world.

Cruise ships aren’t the only ones docking!

In addition to cruise ships, Bordeaux is also increasingly welcoming yachts from wealthy owners. Most come to discover the city, taste wine and gastronomy, thus feeding the local economy. A strong added value for the city. The latest is the Kismet, a 95-metre super yacht built in 2014 in Germany in the shipyards of the city. This boat of excellence stayed a few days and its owner probably visited the sublime city that is Bordeaux.

River stays and cruises with Bordeaux airlines

Bordeaux is home to 5 river cruise lines(Croisieurope, Uniworld, Viking River Cruises, Grand Circle Cruise Line. Dernière arrival, Scenic Tours since August 2015, which offers itinerant stays aboard 6 river liners on the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde estuary. Not to mention stopovers in Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Cadillac, allowing a discovery of vineyards and heritage. Every week, many tourists enjoy these discovery tours, perfect from the first ray of sunshine.

However, the subject of the impact of ocean liners on air pollution in Bordeaux regularly resurfaces at the heart of the news. The lack of factual data sometimes leaves room for more or less realistic interpretations. Until 1 June 2018, ATMO Nouvelle Aquitaine, in collaboration with Bordeaux Métropole and the City of Bordeaux will carry out a series of measurements on the docks.. It will provide the most complete state of the art and determine whether the presence of the liners is harmful.

Bordeaux, with its new features such as the development of the quays or the creation of new tourist hubs, invites the travellers to discover its heritage. Bordeaux is now establishing itself as one of the major cities in France, with increasing and impulsive attractiveness.

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