With a new 54mtr long pontoon, the port of Royan can accommodate two river cruise ships up to 135mtr and offers shore power connection.
The town was completely rebuilt in the 1950s following the Second World War. Its surroundings offer unspoilt natural landscapes, beaches ideal for walking or bathing, and a wealth of flora and fauna to be discovered on a bicycle tour.
CroisiEurope made an inaugural call at Royan on in November this year.
Bordeaux is growing in popularity for river cruises with cruise ships currently sailing on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and the Gironde estuary.
Five river cruise ships
Carrying between 90 to 200 guests Cyrano de Bergerac, Bon Voyage, AmaDolce, Viking Forseti and Scenic Diamond have been operating five and seven day cruises between March to November.
Whilst vineyard visits are a central theme guests can discover Bordeaux, a city with over 350 UNESCO listed building or registered historical monuments, and enjoy its southern gastronomy, wine bars, terraces, markets, shops and festivals.
The cruises wind through a fertile territory, renowned for ‘the grands crus’ of Médoc, Saint Emilion and Sauternes.
Other attractions include the Citadel of Blaye, the Cussac Fort, designed by Vauban and Saint Emilion medieval city, the ‘Entre deux-mers', and Cadillac surroundings, with a multitude of small peaceful villages.