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Saint-Tropez gets a fistful of ships

Saint-Tropez gets a fistful of ships

Saint-Tropez is projecting a 28% growth in ship calls this year with 90 vessels expected to visit the Provençal port bringing 40,000 passengers and 23,000 crew.

Late last month five ships visted Saint-Tropez Bay on the same day  - a first time occurance.

First to arrive, 137mtr long Star Breeze which spent the day anchored in the Bay beofre continue its trip to Monaco.

One hour after the arrival of the Star Breeze, SeaDream I and SeaDream II also anchored off the coast of Saint-Tropez.  

At 11am Azamara Quest arrived from Pisa, Italy, for a one-day call scheduled on its itinerary to Cannes.

Lastly, Star Flyer joined the four ships in the afternoon.

In addition to the five cruise ships that anchored in the Bay May 27, 11 double calls are expected in 2016.

Saint-Tropez is part of the Var Provence Cruise Club which is seeing increased traffic acorss all members.

Jacques Bianchi, president of the Var Chamber of Commerce, is enthusiastic: 'Since the VPCC launched in 2008 the number of calls in the area has increased 80% and the number of cruise passengers by 276%.'

Other ports with significant growth in 2016/17 include Sanary-sur-Mer which is expecting a 73% rise in calls in 2016 compared to last year and Frejus and Cavalaire will welcome cruise ships for the first time next year.

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