Island of Corsica, Mediterranean by Nature!
Third largest Island in the western Mediterranean, Corsica, the “Island of Beauty”, provides a welcome contrast to other continental destinations and a relaxing alternative to the big cities on the tourist trail.
Mountain in the sea, it has an extremely rich and varied coastline with hundreds of white sandy beaches, a hinterland covered in lush pine forests, mountain lakes and pastures, a“maquis”or scrubland cooled by watercourses, and snow-capped peaks until spring. The island is well-known for being wild and mysterious. It has a strong local culture that combines glamour with genuine soul. Every year Corsica attracts around 8.5 million people from all over the world, including those on cruise ships.
With 4 ports of call totalling more than 300 cruise calls every year, South Corsica has to offer an interesting range of targeted possibilities to any cruise companies’ needs.
Ajaccio, the major port, with an average of 200 cruise ships calls every year, welcomes around 400 000 cruise passengers and around one million ferry activity included. It has two passenger terminals and high-quality infrastructures providing a high level of comfort and security for cruise lines. The main cruise berth is 220 m long and can accommodate ships up to 340 m.
Because the port is run by southern Corsica’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it benefits from links to other infrastructures such asthe Napoleon Bonaparte international airport with its many direct European connections and the exhibition centre which can be used for welcoming visitors or embarking and disembarking special operations.
Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, is only two minutes’ walk from the port and provides cruise-ship passengers with easy access to all the benefits of a very typical Mediterranean stopover. The much-appreciated feedback describes us as a very a relaxing port of call.
In 2016 the port of Ajaccio will welcome a huge cruise program of 205 calls from 29 international companies and a sample of 50 different ships including any sea giants such as Independance Of the Seas, Britannia, MSC Fantasia or Celebrity Equinox...
The season will start on January the 14th with Viking Star and will go on till November the 22th. 11 maiden calls are waited such as Mein Schiff 4 e& 5, Thomson Discovery, or the brand-new Seven Seas Explorer.
Regarding investment, the port continue its ongoing investment policy with two new works projects for improvement of mooring conditions on the 2 main quays which are usually accommodating cruise ships : a new 200 tones bollard on the Cruise Pier and a new mooring buoy on the Capucins Pier. With this highest possibility of comfort and security for big ships the Cruise pier will be able to welcome Quantum Class ships alongside (weather permitting) and the Capucin Pier ships up to 209-25 m (actual capacity is 250 m).
In the near future the shore excursions’ offer will be also increased as the city won the label « Route Historique Napoléon Bonaparte» which will bring large touristic improvements and routes creation, enriching the Napoleonic theme and the local historical heritage of the Emperor & his Quote that as today the cruise passengers tours’ offer is organized around five main themes: Napoleon Bonaparte, the city, the sea, the mountain & hinterland and the gastronomy & wine. All in all around 60 products dedicated and adapted to cruise passengers and answering companies’ expectations.
Good news also from the Valinco Region and its port of call Propriano with a nice program of 30 cruise calls and notably the first venue of Aida this year. The company from Germany will join Costa on this still very « confidential » address, very appreciated by the passengers where, for the third consecutive year, the Italian company will operate a ship from its « Neo » collection. Let’s take notice also in Propriano this season of the Crystal Symphony maiden call.
Propriano is a very attractive port in South Corsica thanks to its direct 3 min walking downtown access on one side and to an amazing white sand beach on the other side of the pier.
The pier can accommodate ships up to 250m, as the port area it is completely refitted and equipped regarding ISPS application. Furthermore the anchorage area is only 15 min by tenders and the landing area is also very comfortable. Situated at only one hour by coach from Bonifacio, this port is an ideal alternative for companies which want to sell The Extrem South Region on tours.
Talking about Bonifacio, thanks to the extraordinary natural beauty of the site, the port keeps its success with the luxury baby cruise ships. 70 calls are planned yet for 2016 by long terms customers such as Seabourn, Seadream, Star Clipper, Compagnie du Ponant, Paul Gauguin, Sea Cloud.
North Corsica ports (Bastia, Calvi, Saint Florent and l’Ile-Rousse), from the Corsica Cruise Club brand, make the Mediterranean dream come true for everyone. Guests experience a unique combination of glamourous spots and preserved landscapes for a relaxing and peaceful call, far away from overcrowed ports.
Moreover, with an active partnership with the cities and Tourist Boards, Corsica Cruise Club is constantly improving the welcome services in its ports, in addition of all the comfort, security and
safety the cruise line and cruise passengers need.
In 2016, the Corsica Cruise Club is expecting more than 100 calls in its ports, with several maiden calls from Holland America Line, Voyages of Discovery, Compagnie du Ponant, Seadream or Croisieres de France.
As a matter of fact, for the first time in North Corsica, Croisières de France (Pullmantur group subsidiary) has planned regular calls in Bastia from April to November for Horizon and Zenith ships.
In terms of new projects, a study is being conducted into the installation of a mooring buoy in Bastia, the conclusions will be available in the next few weeks.