Villefranche/Nice cruise port is the busiest one on the French Reviera. Its official name is “Port de la Sante.” The city of Villefranche-sur-Mer has the Alps as its background and is very closely located to Nice, Cannes and Monaco. The city covers a total area of approx 4,88 km2 (1,88 ml2) and has a population of around 5,470 people (2010 census).
- The city limits extend to the hills that surround the bay climbing from sea level to 520 m (1750 ft) altitude at Mont-Leuze. The 3 "Corniches" (main roads) that link Nice to Italy pass through the city of Villefranche.
- The main beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer is Plage des Marinieres, located at the bay's north end. It stretches for one kilometre under the track of railway line linking the city of Nice to Italy. Plage de la Darse is a pebble beach situated behind the main jetty of La Darse harbour.
- The main activity is tourism, with restaurants and hotels employing a sizeable portion of the inhabitants. Traditional activities, such as fishing, have given way to sea-related activities like sailing and deep sea diving. Dockyard activity still remains at La Darse harbour but most of it has been already moved to Antibes.
- The bay of Villefranche is among the deepest natural harbours of any Mediterranean Sea port and offers safe anchorage for big ships, reaching depths of 320 ft (95 m) between Cap Ferrat and the Cape of Nice. It extends to the south and forms a 1700 ft (500 m) abyss at around 1 nautical mile off the coastline, popular as the undersea Canyon of Villefranche.
- Villefranche/Nice cruise port is more popular as a port of call. The ships that call here are from the fleets of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney. Windstart Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises use it as a departure port.
- The list of French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) ports also includes Antibes, Bandol, Cannes, Cassis, Marseille, Sanary-sur-Mer, St Raphael, St Tropez, Toulon, and Monte Carlo (Monaco).
Highlights: French Riviera, Cannes, Antibes, Eze and Monte Carlo
Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise terminal
Villefranche/Nice cruise port terminal is located at the deepest Mediterranean natural harbour. In the past it was used for the travels of the Romans and the Greek. Currently, it is sparkling area of the Côte d’Azur. The area is famous from many movies like James Bond movies, the Bourne Identity, The Jewel of the Nile, Never Say Never Again.
Villefranche/Nice cruise port terminal processes more than half-a-million cruisers per year. It is part ot the “Med Cruises” Association, which groups the largest cruising ports in the Mediterranean area.
The small-size cruise ships, not longer that 180 m, dock at the Bassin Lympia in Old Nice (Vieux Nice). It is in the middle of the city at the center of Place de l’Île de Beauté. It is among the listed squares in the city with it amazing facades in red ochre.
The larger cruise vessel dock at the second Villefranche/Nice cruise port terminal, located in Villefranche-sur-Mer. The distance to Nice is 3 miles by bus or by train.
There is an airport located 20 minutes from Villefranche/Nice cruise port terminal. You can use bus service, but it is easier by taxi.
The Port of Nice offers free information on arrival and departure at its Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The train station is above the beach, you can access it by stairway. There are regular services to Nice, Cannes and Monaco. There are rent-a-car offices near the Villefranche/Nice cruise port terminals.
Villefranche-sur-Mer tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Old Nice: sparkling area of narrow streets, lively facades in Sardinian architectural style. You can see the famous Palais de la Préfecture, Palais Lascaris (dating from the 17th century), Palais Communal Masséna and the Hall of Justice.
- Colourful markets: located in the Old Nice and one of the busiest areas of the city. You can visit the Cours Saleya Flower Market every day of the week except the Mondays. From June to September, there is crafts and arts market.
- Promenade des Anglais: beautiful boulevard at the seafront lined with palm trees. It is also known as the ”walkway of the English’.” It was named like that because the path was founded by an English guy in the early 1820s.
- Saint Nicolas’ Cathedral: the cathedral has the reputation of the ”most splendid Russian Orthodox church.”
- Monaco: you should not miss to visit the breathtaking Monte Carlo.
- Cannes: the iconic home of the most famous film festival in the world.
After July 14th terrorist attack in Nice France, cruise lines called either port calls or shore excursions to Nice (port Villefranche-sur-Mer arrivals). The list of lines included P&O, MSC, Royal Caribbean, NCL Norwegian, Regent and Oceania. Also cancelled were all shore tous from nearby French Riviera ports, such as Cannes and Monaco, scheduled in the next few days. On July 14, 2016, a truck driver accelerated into crowds of revelers celebrating the Bastille Day, killing 84 people.
Port Villefranche-sur-Mer 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 Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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