Marseille (France Riviera)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
06:01 17 Oct 2017

Address
Môle Léon Gourret, Marseille Europort, 13016 Marseille

  Port Map

Marseille cruise port is part of Marseille Fos Port - France's largest port. Fos Port is located on the city's northern coastline. Along with its cruise terminals, the port also has ferry terminals that serve the Ro-Ro shipping traffic (cars and passengers) to and from Algeria, Corsica, Sardinia, also Tunisia. Among the port's facilities are also dry docks and shipbuilding yards.

Marseille is part of the French Riviera resort coastline area. The port also is a departure point for Rhone River cruises in Provence and Burgundy - France's main / largest wine regions.

marseille cruise port

Vieux Port

Vieux Port is Marseille's old port located at the end of La Canebiere (historic street in the city's old quarter). Vieux Port is a natural harbor waterway and is currently the city's most popular (mainly pedestrian) area.

Marseille Vieux-Port

Today, Vieux Port houses large yacht marina, local tour boats terminal and a huge fish market. Vieux Port renovation project's 2nd phase (by the year 2020) includes building nature parks around the port and has budget of EUR 64 million.

Marseille-Fos Port

Marseille is the 5th largest among the Mediterranean turnaround ports (for roundtrip itineraries), France's leading cruise port (and the country's largest seaport) and the world's 16th largest.

marseille cruise port

  • The port's location from the city centre is 9 km (6 ml). Fos Port is at ~20 min drive distance from the Marseille-Provence airport and at ~20 min drive distance from the MP2 airport (budget flights). The port is also easily accessible by TGV (high speed trains) from Lyon (90 min), London England (4 1/2 hours) and from Brussels Belgium (5 hours).
  • The cruising season is from February to December.
  • In 2013, the cruise port handled over 1 million passenger. During high season, the city is visited by over 16,000 cruise tourists per day.
  • The list of French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) ports also includes AntibesBandolCannesCassisSanary-sur-MerSt RaphaelSt TropezToulonVillefranche-sur-Mer (Nice) and Monte Carlo (Monaco).
  • (statistics 2014) Fos Port's cargo shipping traffic was 78,5 million tons, the number of handled TEU containers 1,18 million, the number of handled passengers (ferry and cruise) over 2,5 million.
  • On July 19, 2011, Marseilles Fos port authority allowed the under concession use of its dry-dock 10 as a ship-repairing facility for large cruise vessels, container ships and LNG tankers. The dry-dock can handle marine vessels with length over 250 m (820 ft). Dock 10 is acknowledged as the Mediterranean's largest - with length 465 m (1525 ft) and width 85 m (280 ft). Statistical data (2011) showed that over 65% of the world's large-sized cruise ships were in the Mediterranean, making ship repairs a profitable business in the region. The Marseille port's other 2 dry-dock yards operating under concession are No 8 (320 x 50 m / 1050x165 ft) and No 9 (250 x 37 m / 820x121 ft).
  • On December 11, 2012, the Costa Pacifica ship had a port accident. The vessel hit a pier leaving an 8 m (26 ft) gash (above the waterline, portside). The cause for the accident were strong winds. Engineers had to weld steel plates over the hole. No passengers or crew injuries were reported and the ship continued the itinerary as scheduled.
  • In 2015, the cruise port handled nearly 1,5 million passengers.
  • In 2016, Marseille Fos Port handled around 2.7 million passengers (overall), including 1,6 million cruise ship tourists.
  • Port development works in 2017 (enlargement on the Fos Port's Passe Nord entrance) allowed visits by the world's largest cruise liners. The port's ferry shipping traffic to Corsica and North Africa was also increased by 2% (to around 1,1 million passengers).

Cruise itineraries to and from Marseille France

Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Marseille:

  • Western Mediterranean itineraries on cruises out of Marseille port visit Spain, Italy and France, including ports on French Riviera and Italian Riviera (coastal regions with top-luxury resorts).
  • The most commonly operated are 7-day round-trips. Longer itineraries also visit ports in Portugal and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria).
  • Most of the Canary Islands itineraries leaving round-trip from Marseille visit North Africa (Morocco), Madeira Island, Gibraltar (UK).
  • Short-break (Mini Cruises) from Marseille to Genoa are 3-nights / 4-days long. They are operated by Pullmantur-CDF ships with regular round-trip departures. Also offered are 2-night / 3-day round-trips from Marseille to Barcelona.
  • Among the most visited Mediterranean island destinations are MajorcaMenorcaIbiza, Sicily (Palermo,Messina), Corsica (Ajaccio), Malta, Sardinia (CagliariOlbia).
  • Repositioning - westbound Transatlantic crossings on ship relocation itineraries out of Marseille are offered in Fall (starting in early November). The one-ways are operated mostly by MSC ships and end up in Florida ports (Fort LauderdaleMiami, Port CanaveralTampa) or in the Caribbean island ports Bridgetown (Barbados), Fort de France (Martinique), Pointe A Pitre (Guadeloupe), Havana (Cuba). The longest Transatlantic cruises out of Marseille are on Costa ships repositioning from Europe to South America. They offer disembarkation in either Brazil (Rio De Janeiro, Santos-Sao Paulo) or Argentina (Buenos Aires). Another possible option is a Transatlantic segment on a westbound World Cruise itinerary (offered mainly by Costa).
  • For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Marseille, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).

Highlights: City, Arles, Cassis, Aix en Provence, Les Baux

Marseille cruise terminal

Marseille cruise port has terminals located at two different areas of the harbor. The small and middle size ships use the Joliette (J4) Terminal berths. They are close to the center of the city.

Marseille cruise port map (Fos Port, Vieux-Port)

  • UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - FRMRS
  • port address - "23 place de la Joliette, BP 81965, Marseille, Cedex 2 13226, France"
  • port location (GPS coordinates) - N 43° 19' 46", E 5° 20' 45"
  • supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
  • deep harbor water and berths, sheltered harbor area
  • capability to accommodate 8 vessels at a time
  • The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear.
  • Cruise ships usually arrive in Marseille in the morning (7, 8, 9 am) and depart from Marseille in late afternoon or in the evening (at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 pm).

Marseille Port Fos cruise terminals

  • Marseille Provence Cruise Center (MPCC) terminal address is "Port of Marseille - Porte 4
    Chemin du Littoral, 13015 Marseille, France". The terminal's GPS coordinates are N 43° 20’ 20’’, E 5° 20’ 53’’
  • Marseille Provence Cruise Center (Mole Leon Gourret piers) serve the majority of cruise ships docking in Marseille. The terminals are located some 6 ml / 10 km from the old city centre. This terminal has a large-capacity building and is the embarkation point for all round-trip ship departures. The terminal is accessed via Porte 4. To Porte 4 drive on Motorway A55, then take Exit 5 (“Les Ports”) and just follow the traffic signs "Gares Maritimes" and "Croisière". Public transportation option are the RTM bus lines 35 and 36.
  • Terminal car parking area is available at Gate 4 (Porte 4). The passengers car parking area is at the Mole Leon Gourret's end (near the MPCC Terminal).

marseille port fos cruise ship terminals

La Joliette pier (J4) serves mega-yachts and smaller ships (with length less than 200 m / 565 ft). J4 is located near the Old Port, the city centre, the La Major Cathedral and the “le Panier” historic district. The terminal's position provides cruise ship passengers with quick access to the city's center (at few minutes walking distance).

marseille joliette pier cruise ship terminal J4

Marseille Provence Airport is located around 27 km / 17 ml (or 1/2 hour drive distance) northwest of the cruise port and 9 km (5,6 ml) from the city centre. Shuttle bus lines run every 20 min from the airport to the St Charles train station daily (between 5 am - 11 pm). Drive distance is approx 30 min. A taxi from from the train station to the cruise ship terminals costs about EURO 20. Occasionally, the port also provides a free shuttle bus line to the city.

The Marseille port's ferry terminals serve all 4 companies leaving out of Marseille to the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, also also to north Africa (Algeria and Tunisia). These companies are Maritima Ferries ((fka SNCM), CMN (aka La Méridionale), Algerie Ferries and CTN (Tunisia Ferries).

  • Mole Leon Gourret piers are used by bigger-sized vessels. The second terminal is 4,5 km (2,8 ml) from Vieux Port.
  • Marseille port's Cruise Terminal 19 has 2 piers and it is located to the jetty entrance.
  • Marseille-Provence Cruise Terminal is 1,5 km (0,9 ml) further on. This is the newer terminal with a renovated building.
  • All terminals don't offer much facilities. Available are several ATM and a cafeteria. To leave you luggage passengers have to use the Marseille Saint Charles station. There is one souvenir shop on the quayside – marche des croisieristes.

Marseille tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Old Harbor: located on the west side. Today, The Vieux Port serves only sports craft and fishing boats.
  • La Canebière: the broad highway begins at the harbour and it is the principal traffic artery. You will see the busy traffic of the inner city.
  • Marseilles Bourse: close to Marseille cruise port (Canebiere left side), it is a stock exchange. The building dates from 1860.
  • Musée d’Histoire de Marseille: inside the Marseilles Bourse. Discover historic exhibition.
  • Musée Cantini: located on 19 rue Grignan, south of the busy Canebière. Discover collection of old porcelain and applied art from the 20th century.
  • Boulevard Longchamp Area: visit the Musée Grobet-Labadie and the Palais Longchamp.
  • Palais Longchamp: built in the period 1862 – 1869 by Espérandieu. There is a Zoological Garden behind it.
  • Musée des Beaux Arts: discover paintings from the 16th – 17th century by Rubens and Perugino. Enjoy the works of Mignard, Serre and Puget. The museum shows works and sculptures by Honoré Daumier, famous caricaturist.
  • Musée Grobet-Labadié: Madame Grobet gave the mansion to the town. There you will see beautiful furniture, musical instruments, ceramics, medieval tapestries and sculptures.
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde: located south of the city. The limestone is 154 m tall and gives great panoramic view. The Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a famous city landmark.

The Marseille 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 Marseille, France Riviera.

If you lose the Marseille 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.

Port Marseille 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 Marseille, France Riviera. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Sunday
1 October, 2017
Costa Diadema(departing at 17:00)
MSC Armonia(departing at 16:00)
Monday
2 October, 2017
Costa Magica(departing at 17:00)
Costa Pacifica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Seabourn Odyssey(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Wednesday
4 October, 2017
Thomson Celebration(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 18:00)
Thursday
5 October, 2017
Seven Seas Explorer(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 19:00)
Friday
6 October, 2017
Costa Mediterranea(departing at 17:00)
MSC Splendida(departing at 20:00)
Saturday
7 October, 2017
MSC Magnifica(departing at 18:00)
Costa Fascinosa(departing at 17:00)
MSC Meraviglia(departing at 17:00)
Sunday
8 October, 2017
Costa Diadema(departing at 17:00)
MSC Armonia(departing at 16:00)
Thomson Majesty(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Monday
9 October, 2017
Costa Pacifica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Norwegian Epic(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Costa Favolosa(departing at 18:00)
Wednesday
11 October, 2017
MSC Fantasia(departing at 18:00)
mv Voyager(arriving at 13:00 - departing at 22:00)
Friday
13 October, 2017
Costa Magica(departing at 17:00)
MSC Splendida(departing at 20:00)
Saturday
14 October, 2017
Costa Fascinosa(departing at 17:00)
Costa Favolosa(departing at 19:00)
MSC Meraviglia(departing at 17:00)
Sunday
15 October, 2017
Costa Diadema(departing at 17:00)
MSC Armonia(departing at 16:00)
Oceania Marina(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Oceania Nautica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Monday
16 October, 2017
Celebrity Constellation(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 17:00)
Costa Pacifica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
MSC Magnifica(departing at 18:00)
Oceania Riviera(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 19:00)
Costa Mediterranea(departing at 17:00)
Freedom Of The Seas(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 18:00)
Tuesday
17 October, 2017
Oceania Marina(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 20:00)
Wednesday
18 October, 2017
Silver Spirit(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 23:00)
Thomson Celebration(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 18:00)
Thursday
19 October, 2017
Britannia(arriving at 19 Oct - departing at 19 Oct)
Azamara Quest(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 20:00)
Costa Favolosa(departing at 19:00)
Friday
20 October, 2017
MSC Splendida(departing at 20:00)
Saturday
21 October, 2017
Norwegian Epic(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 16:00)
Celebrity Silhouette(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 18:00)
Costa Fascinosa(departing at 17:00)
MSC Meraviglia(departing at 17:00)
Sunday
22 October, 2017
Costa Diadema(departing at 17:00)
MSC Armonia(departing at 16:00)
Oceania Riviera(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 23:00)
Monday
23 October, 2017
Oceana(arriving at 23 Oct - departing at 23 Oct)
Costa Pacifica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
MSC Fantasia(departing at 18:00)
Tuesday
24 October, 2017
Costa Magica(departing at 17:00)
Costa Favolosa(departing at 19:00)
Wednesday
25 October, 2017
MSC Magnifica(departing at 18:00)
Thursday
26 October, 2017
Costa Mediterranea(departing at 17:00)
Friday
27 October, 2017
Oceania Riviera(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 19:00)
Seven Seas Explorer(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 19:00)
MSC Splendida(departing at 20:00)
Saturday
28 October, 2017
Norwegian Epic(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 16:00)
Jewel Of The Seas(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Costa Fascinosa(departing at 17:00)
MSC Meraviglia(departing at 17:00)
Sunday
29 October, 2017
Viking Sun(arriving at 29 Oct - departing at 29 Oct)
Costa Diadema(departing at 17:00)
MSC Armonia(departing at 16:00)
Costa Favolosa(departing at 19:00)
Monday
30 October, 2017
Costa Pacifica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
2017 October