Bordeaux is definitely becoming a European hot spot for both Cruises and River Cruises. In 2014, more than 40 Ships stopped in one of the three main ports of Bordeaux and both Viking Cruises and Uniworld began to operate ships departing from Bordeaux.
"France is the hot spot du jour in the booming river cruise market" explains Michelle Baran in a Travel Weekly article of July 2014 and Bordeaux has certainly become a center of atraction. This year (2014), Viking Cruises and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection each introduced new itineraries here. In 2015, Grand Circle Line will put the river Cloud II while Richard Marnell, Viking's senior vice president of marketing, confirms that they will add a second ship, Viking Ronda, due to a strong demand in 2014.
Other Cruise lines that have made a halt in Bordeaux this year include Crystal (Serenity, Symphony), Silversea Cruises (Whisper, Cloud), Princess Cruises (Emerald), Oceania (Oceania, Nautica, Marina, Insignia), P&O Cruises (Adonia), Regent Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager), Saga Cruises (Sapphire), Azamara (Journey), Majestic (Ocean Majesty), Sea Dream (Sea Dream I), Seabourne (Legend) and many more.
The city of Bordeaux has two berths dedicated to Cruise ships that are located on the River Garonne (Left Bank of the River), within the city of Bordeaux. The cruise ships can be positioned either along the Quai Louis XVIII located near the Modern Art Museum or in the heart of the city facing the Quinconces square on Quai du Maréchal Lyautey. These are certainly the best locations as the historic city center of Bordeaux is within a 10 minute walking distance from where the Cruise ships are located.
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The town of Bassens is located on the Right Bank of the River Garonne. Located at about 10 kms outside of Bordeaux, the Cruise companies organise regular shuttles that will take you right into the city center.
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Le Verdon is a port of call for Cruise Ships that is located 63 miles north of Bordeaux, on the Atlantic Coast. To reach Bordeaux by car, you will need at least 2 hours as there is only one main road that connects the two areas. If your Cruise Ship docks in Le Verdon your best option for a tour is one that will take you to the Medoc wine producing area. For those of you who would like to head towards Saint Emilion, this will mean a 3 hour drive on both ways making the destination quite far away. Some Cruise ships first dock in Le Verdon, leave some passengers there, and continue their way along the River to arrive in Bordeaux. This allows passengers to tour in the Medoc and then board the ship after the end of the tour in Bordeaux.
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