Le Havre is expecting 10 overnight calls this season out of the total 110 booked which is one up on the nine reported in January 2012.
Of the 21 cruise lines visiting, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises have more than 20 calls while Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises have 12 calls each.
Costa Cruises’ Costa NeoRomantica, Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas, Oceania Cruises’ Nautica and Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit will all operate turnarounds bound for either the European capitals or the Norwegin fjords.
Le Havre has Christmas cruises and an extended season in its sights
Submitted by CE-Press on 23 November 2011 - 12:56pm
Le Havre has six calls booked this Christmas compared to one last year and the port is keen to not only attract more of these calls but extend the cruise season.
Valerie Dubuc, cruise director Cruise Le Havre, says: “One of our goals is to extend our cruise season throughout the year. I think there is a great potential for Christmas cruises.
The port is preparing an entertainment programme at the Cruise Terminal which includes mulled wine and hot chocolate. This December P&O Cruises’ Arcadia will call four times, Oriana once and Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 once.
In 1996 when Norway (ex France) sailed into Le Havre waiting on the quayside was Gilbert Conan who was then with Humann & Taconet and was the shipping agent who arranged her call. Also involved with her arrival was Valerie Dubuc, cruise coordinator for Le Havre Tourist Office, and a well-known and active member of Cruise Europe.
On August 21 1991 Mermoz called Le Havre. A year later the Port Authority was looking at dedicating an area to cruiseships, La Pointe de Floride, where they still call today. It was seen as a good position because the cruiseships could be viewed from the city centre and the passengers could see the city.