Bordeaux (France)

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Bordeaux cruise port

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Local Time
2023-03-25 20:27

min: 49 °F (9 °C) / max: 61 °F (17 °C) 56°F
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Min / Max Temperature61 °F / 17 °C
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Bordeaux is a Gironde River cruise port and a large city in France's Gironde department (Nouvelle-Aquitaine region). By population (town-proper around 250,000, urban ~760,000, metro around 1,2 million /with the suburbs and satellite towns) it is ranked country's 6th-largest (after Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille).

Port Bordeaux is located inland from France's Atlantic coast and along the Gironde Estuary (river's moth). The city and the entire region is best-known for its premium-quality wines. The new city was planned with large squares, wide streets and imposing buildings, while Vieille Ville (Old Town) features wooden buildings and narrow, crooked streets. Tourist attractions include several renowned art museums, Porte de Bourgogne (18th-century gate), St Andre Cathedral (early-11th-century), Sainte Croix Church (12th-century Romanesque basilica), Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

Bordeaux (France) cruise port

Excursions outside the city include Arcachon, Medoc's vineyards, Saint Emilion. During the 12th century, King Louis VI's son married Eleanor, daughter to Duke William of Aquitaine. The dowry included France's southwestern portion. However, 15 years later, the marriage was dissolved, the dowry returned. Eleanor married the Duke of Normandy, who was crowned Henry II (1133-1189, King of England between 1154-89). The following 3 centuries were filled with conflicts between France and England. In the final battle of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), Bordeaux was won back for France. During the French Revolution (1789-99), in Bordeaux was formed the group of the Girondins, which members in 1773 were accused of conspiracy against the revolution and all executed/guillotined.

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.

In late 2018 were completed the works on matching the powerlines height to the city's bridges. Bordeaux' largest bridges (Pont d'Aquitaine, Pont Bacalan-Bastide) now have air draft/clearance 53 m (174 ft) allowing upriver navigation for larger ships. Downtown's berths have capacity to dock vessels with LOA length up to 262 m (860 ft).

In 2019, Port Bordeaux had scheduled 57 cruise ship calls (berth bookings) with estimated ~45,000 passengers. ~90% of all visits are with overnights. At season's end were reported 54 handled ships with ~40,000 tourists, or 21% increase over 2018.

Bordeaux cruise terminal

Port Bordeaux is a state-owned company that manages and operates a total of 6 terminals - Ambes, Bassens, Bordeaux, Blaye, Le Verdon, Pauillac. Currently, nearly 80% of all ship calls are by smaller-sized luxury ships (including riverboats) docking in downtown Bordeaux. The other 20% are bigger (ocean-going) vessels docking in Le Verdon (at Gironde River's mouth). Their passengers are transferred via buses. Le Verdon-Bordeaux travel time is ~2 hours.

In 2019 was suggested a development project for building a new cruise terminal facility at Pauillac - located at just 10-min drive from some of world's best-known wine estates.

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 Port de la Lune cruise ship terminal

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 downtown.

Bordeaux City Center cruise ship terminal

This port terminal offers as facilities:

  • 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

Freshwater and greywater services can be provided at 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 downtown.

Bordeaux Bassens Port cruise ship terminal

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).

There is a passenger gangway (mobile bridge) on shore. Freshwater and greywater service are available (on request). A coach park (at the port) provides bus shuttle services (upon 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.

18 March, 2023
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Forseti
23 March, 2023
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDolce
24 March, 2023
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Forseti
29 March, 2023
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDolce
30 March, 2023
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDolce

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