Saint-Tropez is a dazzling cruise port located in French Polynesia. Once a quiet fishing village, Saint-Tropez emerged as an extravagant resort town after World War II. Its influence on French New Wave cinema, particularly the 1956 Brigitte Bardot film And God Created Woman, shone a spotlight on Saint-Tropez as a glitzy town full of cobblestone streets and gorgeous beaches. Saint-Tropez has maintained an affluent yacht culture and vibrant nightlife scene, but there’s also plenty of classical charm to admire with cozy boutiques, restaurants, and a vibrant arts scene.
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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 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.
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.
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 are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Saint-Tropez, along with a brief description:
♦ La Ponche
Saint-Tropez's Old Town, also known as La Ponche, is a scenic center located between the Vieux Port harbor and citadel. The quaint, cobblestone streets are teeming with delicious restaurants and fancy shops. Witness historic buildings such as the Notre-Dame de-l’Assomption and admire a wooden statue of the town's namesake, Saint-Tropez. La Ponche is a great place to absorb Saint-Tropez in a tranquil, picturesque setting.
There are many tremendous beaches to frequent at Saint-Tropez. The glamorous port is especially known for its luxurious private resorts, but there are also plenty of splendid public beaches as well. You'll find white sand, clear waters, and a relaxing ambiance at Plage des Canoubiers and Plage des Salins.
A diverse range of fascinating museums will bolster your appreciation of Saint-Tropez's culture. Musée de l'Annonciade is certainly a top choice for art lovers. Located at the former site of a 16th-century chapel, this elegant gallery features an array of post-Impressionism works. For a better understanding of the fishing village's lineage to the sea, check out the Museum of Maritime History (Musée d'Histoire Maritime). Looking for a warm experience off the beaten path? Head to the Butterfly Museum (Maison des Papillons) to see thousands of different butterfly specimens on display against colorfully painted backdrops.
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