2017 has been full of celebration for Le Havre which made the most of its significant anniversary.
Money was spent on extensive improvements, for example EUR 300,000 on renovating the cruise ship terminal and EUR 40,000 on renovating the bus quay in the centre of the city. There has been additional welcome organization for when the passengers alight shuttles. A permanent desk is also in place.
A special tour, offered at the city centre shuttle stop, was organized around the 500-year history, offered free to travellers on every call day.
In 2017 there were a total of 129 calls of which twelve were repositioning. Passenger numbers reached around 397,000. In 2018, 140 visits are scheduled, bringing approx 420,000 passengers.
Until 2018 Port of Le Havre has committed to EUR 8 million programme of maintenance works on Pointe de Floride, starting with the modernisation of Pierre Callet & Roger Meunier quays.
The potential for development of cruise activity of Le Havre should lead to the construction of 3 terminals, with the aim of being able to welcome, from 2020, 3 or 4 large ships simultaneously, and include 2 terminals for turnarounds.
Le Havre was announced destination of the year at 2017 Seatrade Cruise Awards.