A cruise passenger looks over the increasingly popular Le Havre port (Image: Le Havre Etretat Tourisme)
The Port of Le Havre is expecting to welcome around 350,000 ocean cruise passengers and 16,000 river in 2019.The port, which celebrated 500 years of operation in 2017, will also welcome several ships for the first time, including Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl, Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Discovery and MSC Cruises’ MSC Grandiosa.
To support its growing popularity, the Port of Le Havre is making several infrastructure improvements. These include an extension of Terminal 12, installing metal detecting archways onshore for hand luggage checks, adding a new pedestrian walkway between the port and the town centre called Voie Verte, a renovation of the waterfront to link the beach promenade to the port, and developing new water and shore power terminals on the river cruise quay.
The territory of Le Havre is expanding to include Etretat which will allow for the development of new shore excursions in the region. New activities for 2019 include a tree-climbing course in Le Havre, tours to Etretat Gardens which overlook the Channel Sea and visits to the Fécamp Fisheries Museum.
This summer, visitors to the region will also be able to participate in the municipality’s summer event programme which includes an art exhibition ‘Raoul Dufy in Le Havre’ between 18 May and 3 November. The region will also be hosting seven FIFA Women’s World Cup games in June, while the whole of Normandy will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in June.
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