Michèle Valandina

Michèle Valandina

French correspodent

A graduate from Lyon University, where she specialized in foreign languages and American Literature, Michèle worked as an interpreter/translator (English, German and Italian) for major international events before entering the diplomatic world for a few years. As a Paris-based freelance travel and lifestyle writer, she has been a contributor to a host of publications and has long specialized in two sectors: cruising and wellness. Her features have appeared, among others, in Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Figaro Magazine, Les Echos Week-end and periodicals dedicated to the MICE sector. She has also featured on radio and TV travel programmes and since 1992, has been the author of the only French cruise guide, Croisières Passion.

Quark Expeditions bets on France

July 22, 2019

Showing its confidence in the potential of France as a market for its Antarctic and Arctic programs, Toronto-based Quark Expeditions seeks a bigger share. Read More

River cruising in France: growth is back

July 4, 2018

After a year of terrorist attacks and floods in 2016, France’s river cruise business had a setback but last year it bounced back with 9% growth as foreign passengers returned, according to Voies Navigables de France (VNF).

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Marseille swings to growth with 1.7m cruisers forecast in 2018

April 1, 2018

If 2017, with 1,487,313 passengers, showed a dip (7%) compared to 2016, significant growth (13.3%) is projected to resume this year for France’s leading cruise port, Jean-François Suhas, president of the Club de la Croisière Marseille Provence, said during the recent 18th edition of the trade event Top Cruise.

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Marseille eyeing growth after a slight dip last year

February 21, 2018

With some 1,488,000 cruise passengers recorded in 2017, a 7% decrease compared to 1.6m in 2016, activity at France’s leading cruise port of Marseille declined slighty due mainly to the closure of CDF Croisières de France and the repositioning of some US-owned capacity to Northern Europe and Asia.


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STX France/Fincantieri: a solution by September 27?

September 11, 2017

Discussions between France and Italy regarding the sale and control of STX France resume today in Rome with Bruno Le Maire French minister for economy;and finance meeting with Italy’s finance minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, to try and find a resolution to the transaction.

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