Inland from the central Atlantic coast of France, along Gironde Estuary, is situated the port of Bordeaux, famous for its superior wines. The new city is laid out with spacious squares, wide streets and imposing buildings while the old quarter features numerous wooden structures and narrow, crooked streets. Places of interest include several art museums, the 18th century arched gate Porte de Bourgogne, St Andre cathedral (consecrated 1006), the 12th century Romanesque basilica Sainte Croix church, Hôtel de Ville and 18th-century Grand Theatre.
Excursions outside the city of Bordeaux include Arcachon and the vineyards of Medoc and Saint Emilion. During the 12th century, King Louis VI's son married Eleanor, daughter to Duke William of Aquitaine. The dowry included southwestern portion of France. However, 15 years later, the marriage was dissolved, the dowry returned. Eleanor married the Duke of Normandy, who was crowned King Henry II of England. The 3 centuries that followed were filled with conflict between France and England. In the final battle of the Hundred Years War, the city of Bordeaux was won back for France. During the French Revolution, in Bordeaux were formed a group known as the Girondins. In 1773 they were accused of conspiracy against the revolution and executed.
In mid 2017, Port Bordeaux introduced a new cruise ship garbage collection system for all berthed vessels. The ship's garbage is now offloaded on a river barge and shipped upstream Garonne River to a waste processing plant. The new system replaced the previous garbage trucks, which resulted in less noise and pollution, as well as in easier and safer for the crew garbage handling, regardless of tide levels. The new system was implemented for both ocean and river cruises.
Highlights: City, Medoc wine area, Arcachon, St. Emilion
Bordeaux cruise terminal
Port of Bordeaux is state-owned and operates a total of 6 terminals. They are named Ambès, Bassens, Bordeaux, Blaye, Le Verdon, and Pauillac.
Bordeaux Port de la Lune
Largest cruise ships visiting Bordeaux dock at Le Verdon-sur-Mer (at about 30 min drive distance). Port de la Lune (quay in the city center) handles smaller (mainly luxury cruise ships and mega yachts) and also riverboats operating on Gironde cruise itineraries.
Bordeaux City Center Cruise Terminal
Ships with max LOA length 255 m (837 ft) are allowed to dock at the quay by Place de la Bourse (near the Place des Quinconces square) - approx 200 m (700 ft) from the city center. This port terminal offers:
- 2 berths - lengths 127 m (417 ft) and 125 m (410 ft), bollards are spaced out at 20 m.
- max air draft 49 m (161 ft)
- max draft 7,50 m (25 ft)
- open gangway
- Fresh water and grey water services can be provided on berth (upon request).
Bordeaux Bassens Port Cruise Terminal
Bordeaux cruise ship terminal at Bassens port has 1 berth (number 431) and can handle the largest vessels. The Bassens Cruise Terminal is located in the city's metropolitan area, at approx 30 min from the city center.
- The port's max air draft is 49 m (161 ft).
- The max draft (vessel draught) is 10 m (33 ft).
- Pier's bollards are evenly spaced out at ~20 m (66 ft).
- It has a passenger gangway on shore.
- Fresh and grey waters are available (on request).
- There is a coach park at the port (bus shuttles available on request).
Port Bordeaux cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bordeaux, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Bordeaux cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bordeaux, France.
If you lose the Bordeaux location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.