Cruise Club Marseille Provence
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016
Almost 1.7M cruise passengers are expected next year and potentially 2 million by 2020, according to estimates included in the Marseille Provence Cruise Club's business plan. In all, some 69 different ships from 30 cruise companies are expected in Marseille in 2016.
The programme of some 500 port calls scheduled in 2016 (programme still to be finalized) includes a number of highlights:
• The Epic, one of the world's largest cruise ships and property of Norwegian Cruise Line, will be calling at Marseille on Saturday between 23rd April and 19th November (31 calls), cruising from Marseille for French but also worldwide cruise passengers.
• Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the latest masterpiece from the French STX shipyard in St. Nazaire, will make its inaugural port call on 14th June 2016 (plus a total of 19 port calls between 14th June and 18th October 2016).
• The Carnival Vista, owned by Carnival Cruise Line, will make 18 port calls at Marseille from 13th May to Thursday 20th October on different routes within the Mediterranean, calling every Thursday and one Sunday each month.
Other notable events: the return of Disney Cruises (10th August) and Azamara Cruises (13th August).
The three main operators on the French market (Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises and Croisières de France) have shown their continued confidence in Marseille with numerous turnarounds scheduled to cater for their French and Benelux clients.
• Costa Cruises' COSTA Diadema will call on Sunday of each week between January and December 2016.
• The MSC Preziosa, one of the MSC Cruises fleet, will call at Marseille every Saturday from January to April, 2016 and then every Friday until November 2016.
• The Zénith and Horizon, owned by Croisières de France, will make 44 turnaround port calls between 10th April and 20th November, 2016.
The French cruise market is showing rapid growth and represents a definite asset for France's no.1 port, which is setting itself on ambitious but realistic goals to consolidate its place as leader.