Cruise Ship Embarkation Port Profiles

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Good to know

France uses the euro as currency.

On Sundays and holidays, shops tend to be closed. Typical operating hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 5pm

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Getting around Provence

Walking

Once in the old town, walking around is conveinent and easy. It's not recommended to walk from the harbor. Public buses are outside the harbor.

Taxis

Take a cab to main part of town and the major tourist sites. The taxi ride may cost 8 - 18 euros, depending on where in the harbor your ship has docked; most lines offer a shuttle into the Vieux Port for 5 euros each way.

Bus

A free shuttle bus runs between both cruise terminals and a city interchange with bus and rail connections.

Rail

For visitors looking to see the city, the "Little Train" offers covered open-sided cars pulled behind a motorized miniature engine. The more popular of the lines departs every 30 minutes from the Quai des Belges at the port's eastern edge. It offers a tour lasts slightly over one hour and includes a stop at the Basilique Notre-Dame. Cost is 5 euros.

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Area Events

Festival d’Architecture Experimentale

Held every year in July, this unique festival brings architeture students from around Europe to the region and challenges them to create a temporary town.

French Winegrowers and Spring Fair

In end-March to early April, it displays of fine wine and food by producers from all over France. Held at Marseille's Parc Chanot exhibiton centre

SNIM

A high-profile international competition which over the last forty-odd years has attracted the stars of the sailing world. Held in April.

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ports > embark > Oslow
 

  Marseille, France

The Port of Marseille, France, provides access to the infamous French Riviera, playground of the rich and famous. It's also a launching point for river cruises into the Rhône valley. The bounty of Provençal and wine country is at your doorstep at this port. The city was named the European "Capital of Culture" in 2013.

Port of Marseille with Costa Cruises in port.

Port Authority

Local Name: Port of Marseille
Authority: Marseille Fos Port Authority
Address: 23 place de la Joliette
        BP 81965
        Marseille, Cedex 2 13226
        France
Telephone: 33 4 91 39 40 00
Email: gpmm@marseille-port.fr
Website: www.marseille-port.fr
Size: Large
Coordinates: 43° 19' 46" N, 5° 20' 45" E

 

  Terminal Information

La Jollette
For ships less than 200 meters, La Jollette is closer to the city center. ATMs are available inside.

Môle Léon Gourret
Most cruise ships dock at Môle Léon Gourret at the Northern end of the Port, six miles from the old city center. An ATM is available inside.

From Marseille Provence Airport
The Marseille Provence Airport is located 27 km northwest of Marseille. Shuttle buses run direct to Saint Charles train station from 05:00 to 23:00 hrs.
The bus stop is between the hall 1 and hall 4; every 20 minutes, a bus leaves to the train station and it takes approximately half an hour. The ticket costs about 9.00 euro per person.

To go to your cruise terminal, you can take a taxi from the train station Saint Charles. It will cost about 20 euro.

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  Parking

To reach terminal car parking, take exit 5 off the A55 if you are heading for the cruise terminal area at Porte 4 (Gate 4).

The cruise passengers car park, or parking croisière, is at the end of the Môle Léon Gourret near the Marseille-Provence Cruise Terminal. Tel: (+33) 4 91 03 01 15. A shuttle bus should be available to transport you to the terminal.

It is not possible to reserve parking in advance.

Parking rates, 2014:

Free parking for the first 40 minutes
From 40 minutes to 1 hour = € 2
From 1 hour to 2 hours = € 4
From 2 hours to 4 hours = € 6
From 4 hours to 6 hours = € 8
Charge per car and per 24 hour period begun: € 13 inc. VAT.
Charge for stays of 10 to 15 days per car and per cruise ship: € 130 inc. VAT.

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  Things to do in the area

Chateau d'If

Immortalized as a prison in Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, the fortification and prison of Chateau d'If is accessible by boat from Marseille. The island fortifications were built to protect the port.

Musee d' Archeologie Mediterreaneenne

An astonishing collection of artifacts from around the Mediterrean. The Egyptian collection is second in size to the Louvre.

Prado Seaside Park

This 26-acre park was built to provide access to the sea.  Stroll along the 2-kilometer long sandy beaches.

Vieux Port

The charming old port area is great for scouting homemade, local crafts, browsing boutique shops, and tasting the best of an international seaside city.

Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

The church is located on top of the bluff for breathtaking views of the city. The church dates from 1864 and its bronze doors are a marvel.

Aix-en-Provence

The nearby town of Aix-en-Provence is a charming seaside village. Visit cathedrals, the lovely Mazarin quarter, and the historic shops and restaurants dotting the avenues.

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