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Marseille eyeing growth after a slight dip last year

PHOTO: C Moirenc
Marseille, France's leading cruise port
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.  

Growth is however set to resume this year, according to the Marseille Fos Port authorities which says 530 cruise calls are already scheduled in 2018, up from the 430 in 2017.

Callers this year include Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas making a Med debut, MSC Seaview, Ponant’s expedition-style luxury ships Le Champlain and Le Laperouse and Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Orion.

More details, statistics and news will be unveiled at the next Top Cruise trade event organized by the Club de la Croisière Marseille Provence on March 28 and 29.  


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