Caen is expecting six cruise calls this year from little ships, with 1,100 travellers in total. It is somewhat down from 2018, when the port saw seven calls, including the Saga Pearl II.
One year from now will see somewhere in the range of seven and ten calls said Morgan Pravos, voyage club counselor, Caen-Ouistreham Normandy Cruise. The possible five-year objective is to twofold the cruise business, and get to 20 calls by 2024.
The Caen-Ouistreham port is situated in the very heart of the Normandy area in Western France.
“We are an intimate port for small ships,” said Pravos.
The way to the port begins with 15 kilometers of canal connecting the sea to Caen’s downtown area journey terminal.
“The journey between the sea and the city takes about 90 minutes, it gives to cruise passengers a preview of the history and the richness of our territory,” Pravos said.
Among the landmarks are Benouville’s eighteenth century stronghold, Pegasus Bridge, (the notable site of D-Day landing and the Battle of Normandy) or the wooden park of Beauregard’s château.
“The cruise quay is walking distance from the lively Caen city center,” said Pravos. “In the medieval town, passengers can discover two breathtaking abbeys, the Duke’s castle, and an historic centre which is also the best shopping area of the region.”
New for 2020 will be the expansion of an electric transport shuttle bus, which will be free of charge, associating the cruise pier to the downtown area.
“Our main challenge is to make our port and destination known in the global cruise market,” Pravos said, noticing that the port had as of late joined the French Atlantic Ports affiliation.