Founded way back around 600 BC, Marseille is a bustling cruise port located in southern France. Many cruises start, end, and stop in Marseille in Europe and Mediterranean itinerates. If you are taking a cruise that starts or ends in Marseille, since the port is located quite a distance from the city (which is the second largest in France), it is wise to spend a few days in town before or after your cruise, so you have plenty of time to take in everything there is to experience. Since there are so many things to do here (including markets, shops, bars, cathedrals, beaches, and museums), you may find it helpful to plan your visit to Marseille ahead of arriving.
The most ideal time to visit Marseille is between September and November, which is the off-season for travel in this area. Temperatures are still relatively warm in September but can quickly taper off in October or November, so if you are traveling during those months, you may want to ensure you are prepared for cooler weather (the average high can be in the 60s).
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Marseille, France. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Papeete, along with a brief description:
If you’re looking to spend time at the beach while in Marseille, it won’t be hard to do so. There are many beautiful beaches located southwest of the city, as well as to the north. There are endless opportunities to kayak, snorkel, and partake in other fun beachside activities. There is also plenty of opportunity to take a boat ride, swim, and work on your color.
Whether you want to admire art, natural history, or European culture, you’re in luck! There are many wonderful museums that you can check out in Marseille, including Le Musee Cantini (a modern art museum), Musee des Civilisations de L’Europe et de la Mediterranee (a European culture museum), and Marseille’s Natural History Museum to learn all you can about whichever topic fascinates you the most. If you decide to stop by the art and history museum, there is also the opportunity to spend time in the nearby parks and gardens, which is a great way to enjoy yourself outdoors.
Whether or not you’re a foodie, you will discover plenty of opportunity to indulge in mouthwatering French cuisine. As a plus, you’ll also come across many al fresco dining venues, so you can enjoy your food while taking in all the local sights and sounds. Some of the types of food you may be able to try when cruising from Marseille includes ratatouille, bouillabaisse, cassis, tapenade, and plenty of seafood specialties. Bon appetit!
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