Ideally located at the heart of the Western Mediterranean, Marseille is France’s leading cruise port with 1.7M expected for 2018.

Marseille benefits both from excellent port and ship repair facilities (three dry docks and the no.10, the largest dry dock in the Mediterranean), good international air, rail and road access whilst being at the heart of a world-famous destination: Provence.

Thanks to its location, Marseille Provence is a port of transit as well as a port of call. Thus, Marseille Provence offers 150 proposals for shore excursions or pre/post cruise stays, with 5 sites listed UNESCO World Heritage.

The port features a dedicated cruise ship basin located in the northern part of the port and a small luxury terminal near the City Center: La Joliette terminal (J4).

The largest facilities are operated by Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal (MPCT), and can handle up to seven megaships simultaneously with no size restrictions. Works on the expansion of the North Passage were completed in September 2017. The objective was to facilitate access for large vessels in all weather condition to the eastern harbours of the Port of Marseille Fos in order to meet the security and commercial requirements of the cruise ships in Marseille.

Moreover, the Port of Marseille is developing with ship-owners new solutions to decrease environment impact of cruise ships and has introduced a premium for the "greenest" shipping companies that are trying to reduce atmospheric emissions (membership for the implementation of the Environmental Ship Index - ESI). Also, the Port of Marseille will welcome LNG powered at sea ships in 2019.

Jean-Francois SUHAS
Marseille Provence Cruise Club
Phone : +33(0)6 07 36 05 76 (External link)

Port information:

Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal: (External link)

Marseille Fos, the Mediterranean port: (External link)

Chantier Naval de Marseille: (External link)

Destination information: Discover the Provence destination: