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VIDEO: Bordeaux Boasts an Increased Number of River Cruises

By ,   December 23, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

Port Bordeaux attracts both ocean cruise ships and riverboats. A total of 5 riverboats currently cruise on the rivers Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Estuary, leaving roundtrip from homeport Bordeaux. AmaDolce, SS Bon Voyage, ms Cyrano de Bergerac, Scenic Diamond, and Viking Forseti operate from March through November, offering a sailing between river and vineyards. Ranging in size from 110 to 135 metres, these boats have passenger capacity between 90-200.

During a 5- or 7-day roundtrip river voyage, guests can discover Bordeaux, with more than 350 buildings registered historical monuments or UNESCO-listed, and enjoy its lifestyle: the wine bars, southern gastronomy, terraces, festivities, markets, shops, etc. Passengers enjoy mixing nature, culture and wine: the terroir for ‘grands crus’ of Saint Emilion, Sauternes, and Medoc, but also the Citadel of Blaye or Cussac Fort designed by Vauban and listed UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In 2020, river cruisers will be able to enjoy a new Aquitaine Region destination (on the opposite bank of Gironde Estuary) - Royan - the capital of Cote de Beaute (Cognac region). With its new 54-metre long pontoon, Port Royan is able to accommodate two ships (up to 135 m each) simultaneously, and also provides shoreside power connectivity.