A number of maiden calls are scheduled: Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse, Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2, Oceania Cruises’ Sirena, Ponant Cruises’ Le Lyrial, and Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. These figures show a 70% increase for Villefranche sur mer, Nice also has a small increase and Cannes is stable.
A new tour on offer is a ‘Stroll through Antibes & a visit to the Absinthe Bar’, Arriving in Antibes, cruise guests can walk along one of the largest harbours in Europe, known as Port Vauban, where the rich and famous anchor their super yachts. Antibes was founded by Greek merchants in the 5th century BC and is one of the oldest cities in France. The historic part of the city is a maze of small, flower- bedecked streetscapes with Roman and medieval sections.
Its 16th-century ramparts overlook the Mediterranean Sea and still protect the heart of the Old Town. After a visit to the historic area, the discovery of the well- known Absinthe Bar will offer refreshment. This cavernous establishment is a world away from the vagaries of modern times, hidden in a 9th-century vaulted cellar, complete with a Roman well. To accompany this famous Absinthe – a wormwood-based alcoholic beverage, some regional delicacies such as tapenade or pissaladiere will be offered.