Enjoying a picturesque position on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Cannes cruise port is a gateway to the cinematic glamour of Cannes and the rest of the beautiful French Riviera. Whether you're exploring the pretty town of Cannes or heading for glitzy enclaves such as Monte Carlo, St Tropez, or Eze, disembarking your cruise ship at the Cannes port provides a wealth of shore excursion options.The Basics
If you're visiting outside of Cannes Film Festival, famed throughout France, Europe, and the world, Cannes is still a rewarding place to spend the day. Cannes city tours allow cruisers to enjoy a taste of Hollywood glamour at the Film Festival Palace (Palais des Festivals), where it's possible to pose on the famous red carpet; stroll the Boulevard de la Croisette to gaze into the windows of designer boutiques; and get lost in Le Suquet, the cityís historic center.
Travelers short on time can take advantage of Cannes shore excursions that head further afield to showcase the entire French Riviera. Typically covered are the medieval village of Eze, which boasts cobbled streets, the Fragonard perfume factory, and views of the Cote d'Azur, and Monaco, whose delights include the Princeís Palace, Monaco Cathedral, and the affluent casino of Monte Carlo. Other Cannes excursions tick off historic Antibes, where multi-million dollar yachts dock in Billionaire's Quay; the charming ProvenÁal village of St Paul de Vence; Grasse, whose lavender fields burst into bloom during summer; and Nice, whose Old Town and Cimiez neighborhood ooze tradition.
How to Get to Cannes from Cannes Cruise Port
- Nearly all shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at Cannes cruise port.
- Cannes shore excursion tours generally range from five to nine hours including transportation times.
- Private tours allow you to customize your itinerary and handpick French Riviera highlights.
Cruise ships dock in the bay before small tenders ferry passengers to Le Vieux Port (the Old Port). From here it's a short walk to the city center, where youíll find the Quai Laubeuf OUIBUS bus station and the Marine Railway Station (Gare Maritime). The train can be taken to Monaco.
French is the main language in Cannes, but due to an annual influx of tourists for the film festival, many locals speak English. The currency is the euro, and many ATMs service the cruise port.