In just a few years, Bordeaux has, become the IN destination for cruises. In 2015, a record 35 cruise ships anchored in the Port of the Moon! It’s quite a sight every time the 117-metre Chaban-Delmas bridge is raised to let the ships through. The 2016 season is likely to be even busier, with around fifty stopovers already scheduled.
Along the garonne and dordogne rivers
Bordeaux is also affirming its position as a key departure port for river cruise specialists. CroisiEurope was the first to recognise the charms of Bordeaux by organizing Garonne and Dordogne river cruises, aboard the Princesse d’Aquitaine and Cyrano de Bergerac. Viking River Cruises and Uniworld followed suit in 2014, as well as two more river cruise operators, Scenic Cruises and Grand Circle Travel, in 2015. These companies offer 1-week cruises along the Gironde Estuary and Garonne River as far as Cadillac, and the Dordogne River as far as Libourne, punctuated by tours of the Bordeaux vineyards. They will be joined by AmaWaterways and Aquitaine Croisières in 2016 and Crystal Cruises in 2017.
The latest arrival, the Sicambre, a former flat-bottomed ferry converted into a floating restaurant by Bordeaux River Cruise, proposes full or half-day wine-themed cruises, wine tastings, guided excursions with cultural tours, and dinner cruises.
A unique way of arriving in Bordeaux! Paddle down the Garonne River by canoe and discover the wild islands, fishing huts, and imposing bridges. Experience the incredible natural phenomenon of the river changing direction at high tide.
Explore Bordeaux and the wonders of the estuary for a day or an evening on the recently-renovated Marco Polo, with its wine-red hull, white superstructure, and yellow and black funnel.