Le Havre (cruise port to Paris) is a major seaport located approx 131 ml (211 km) from France's capital city. The port is on Europe's Atlantic coast and at the English Channel. The city covers a total area of approx 47 km2 (18 ml2) and has population around 175,000 (metro around 295,000).
- Port Le Havre is France's second largest commercial seaport (after Marseille, on Mediterranean Sea) in terms of overall cargo tonnage, but the country's largest containership port.
- Le Havre is a popular cruise port of call, especially on Transatlantic repositioning crossings (repositioncruises.com).
- Statistics show a constantly increasing number of cruise ship calls – 70 ship calls (2010), 97 (2011), 107 (2012), 124 (2013).
- In 2016, the cruise port handled 129 ship calls and 332,515 passengers.
- In 2017, the port handled 129 ship calls and 397,552 passengers.
- In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 140 ship calls (including 40 roundtrips) with estimated around 420,000 passengers. Most visits were made by MSC Magnifica (22) and Royal Princess (12).
Port Le Havre
Port Le Havre (officially "Grand Port Maritime du Havre") consists of a series of canal-like docks. Canal de Tancarville and Grand Canal du Havre connect Le Havre to Seine RIver.
- The Port Authority company is a state-owned agency created in October 2008 (replacing "Port Autonome du Havre"). The company manages all port facilities and developments.
- Le Havre's Harbour office manages the port's shipping traffic - control, forecasts, navigation and berthing assistance, radio connections, radar coverage, data and information. The office also manages all vessel arrivals and departures.
- Cargo ships transporting dangerous goods or marine vessels with LOA length over 70 m (230 ft) must be assited by local pilots. As door to the cogested Northern European waterways (English Channel and North Sea), Port Le Havre also offers pilotage assistance in these waters.
- Le Havre is also important for ship repairs and ferry services to England and Ireland. The port is linked by ferries to Portsmouth (England UK) via DFDS Seaways, and to Rosslare Europort (Ireland) via IRISH FERRIES.
- The list of main cargoes shipped through the port via tankers, bulk cargo vessels and container ships includes crude oil, refined oil, gasoil, cereals, animal feed, coal, cement, general cargo and TEU containers.
- Le Havre Marina provides berthing for yachts and pleasure boats without any tidal restrictions. Its current capacity is 1160 (mooring rings). The docking facility provides electricity and water supplies. In 2012 was inaugurated a second boat marina (Port Vauban) with capacity 500 (moorings rings). In addition to the marina was also built Docks Vauban (commercial centre) and the Les Bains Des Docks (recreational complex with swimming pools). The new marina is located in the city centre and close to the Le Havre railway station, as well as to A29 highway (part of European route E44). A29 connects the port with A26 highway (at St Quentin) and also has junctions with the autoroutes A13, A131, A16, A28, A1.
Le Havre was France's first containership port. Its infrastructure includes 3 sets of containerized cargo terminals and around 6,5 km (5 ml) long quays (docks).
- European Container Terminal has wharf length of 887 m (2910 ft) and is equipped with two post-Panamax gantry cranes, 18 carriers and one LHM 550 - Liebherr (mobile crane (max load 100 tons). The wharf's max draft is 14,3 m (47 ft) - constant level. The terminal's ground slots can serve up to 7800 TEUs (containers), while the blockstow can stock 2400 TEUs.
- Americas Container Terminal has wharf length of 484 m () length and is equipped with four post-Panamax gantry cranes (3 with 18 carriers and 1 with 20 carriers). The wharf's draft is 14,5 m (low tide). Each crane returns a productivity of 22 containers per hour. The terminal's ground slots can serve up to 3400 TEUs.
- Atlantic Container Terminal has wharf length of 800 m () and is equipped with four post-Panamax gantry cranes (max load 60 tons), 18 carriers.
- The privately-owned Normandy Container Terminal covers an area of approx 80 hectares and consists of two quays (named Asia and Osaka). The terminal is served by five post-Panamax gantry cranes.
- Ocean Terminal (Bougainville quay) is a public facility covering a total area of 40 hectares. The quay length is 1666 m () with max draft 13 m () - constant level. It has seven gantry cranes plus one with max load 100 tons.
- "Port 2000" consists of two terminals (named France and Oceana) and the Le Havre wharf.
- The port can also serve RoRo vessels of all types and sizes.
- The port's railway network facilitates freight cargo transportation connecting Le Havre to all parts of Europe.
- The port's river waterway network connects it with the Paris metro region.
Le Havre cruise terminal
Le Havre cruise port terminal (Terminal 12) is at Florida Tip and has 2 piers – Roger Meunier Pier and Pierre Callet Pier. Terminal 12 was last upgraded in 2018. By year 2023, Port Le Havre plans to build 3 new cruise terminals to reach berthing capacity of 4 mega-liners simultaneously and annual passenger capacity up to 800,000.
Le Havre cruise port terminal is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from the center of the city. This takes approximately 20 minutes walking. The closest airport is Le Havre-Octeville, 5 miles (8 km away). Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris) is 135 miles (217 km) from Le Havre cruise port.
The passengers are welcomed at Le Havre cruise port terminal by friendly hostesses. The terminal facilities include check-ins, information touch screen terminal, WI-FI, free tourist brochures, touring services, luggage storage, taxi rank, car rental, parking and souvenirs shops.
The closest coach an train stations are located mile and a half from Le Havre cruise port terminal. If you want to visit Paris, you can catch a train from Gare St Lazare Station. The journey is two hours approximately. If you prefer bus, it will take between 2 hours and a half to three hours.
Le Havre tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- St Joseph: located on the south side of Avenue Foch. The church is modern made of steel and concrete. Its tower is 106-meter tall and offers breathtaking views.
- Museums: one of the most popular museums is the Musée des Beaux-Arts. It houses rich paintings collections from the 16th century to the present. The other populat museum is the Musée de l’Ancien Havre. There you can find historical materials for the town and the seafaring. Both are located on Boulevard J.F. Kennedy.
- Ste Honorine de Graville: the church houses the Black Madonna and sculpture museum. The works are from the period 12th-16th century.
- The Louvre: the world’s largest and most diverse collection of paintings, decorative objects and paintings. Probably you will need a lifetime to discover all. The most popular attraction of Paris.
- Notre Dame Cathedral: no trip is complete without visiting this architectural gothic marvel. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was built more than a century.
- Eiffel Tower: the iron towel dates from 1889. It was constructed by Gustave Eiffel for the World Exposition.
Port Le Havre 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 Le Havre, Paris, 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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