Ideally located on the route between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the port of Le Havre has all the facilities required to welcome both the largest and smallest cruise liners, 24/7. The variety of tourist attractions available in Le Havre, Normandy and Paris helps to create loyal visitors, as all year round, each stopover offers a range of new opportunities for exciting excursions for every category of a cruise, be it contemporary, premium or luxury cruise services.
Having climbed to the top of the list of cruise destinations in Northern Europe by being marketed as "Le Havre, the Gateway to Paris" and with the international influence created by the 500th anniversary celebrations of the town and the port in 2017, Le Havre now attracts cruise passengers with its own assets: 20th century architecture listed as World Heritage, and its status as the birthplace of impressionism, a coastal resort, and a “Town of Art and History”.
Ship lovers of Le Havre, the Normandy, as well as many tourists, can admire these new giants of the sea right at the port entrance on their arrival and departure. Furthermore, Le Havre is not missing places to immortalize cruise ships.
Passionate or simple curious photographers, for example, take their cameras along the Chaussée Kennedy, at the captaincy, at the pebbles of the beach, or at Rue de Paris, where the ships come to set in the background on this long, straight street. For those who want to perpetuate this show in a different way, the rue Félix Faure and the Hanging gardens (Jardins Suspendus) offer unique views of the city and its cruise ships.
All these clichés are often published on Facebook accounts and Instagram @, with as rallying sign hashtag #cruiselehavre. Just follow the crackling of camera flashes to discover other secret places to photograph these imposing visitors.
The Cruise Terminal located at Pointe de Floride has all the necessary facilities for a high-quality welcome of passengers in transit or embarking on a cruise, and crew members: Tourist Information Point with distribution of multilingual maps and brochures, registration counters, luggage scanning, control and storage area, customs office and border police, lounge, boutique, car & bike hire, free Wifi, toilets, defibrillator.
- Multilingual personnel
- Taxi rank
- A shuttle service between the terminal and the City centre: if your company does not have a shuttle service, information is available at the Tourist Information.
- Long term parking for passengers embarking/disembarking at Le Havre: Information is available at the Tourist Information via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to better meet regulatory requirements related to safety, infrastructures were protected by fencing and access controls were put in place on the days of call. Only passengers with their boarding pass or reservation, as well as authorized professionals have access.
The Seine offers a much-loved itinerary to river cruises, following in the footsteps of the Impressionists. Several fluvial companies stop in Le Havre.
A site dedicated to river cruises in the town centre: To welcome river cruise ships, Le Havre has two quays located in the Docks quarter. Rebuilt around old docks, converted into an innovative shopping centre, this quarter offers a wide range of leisure activities.
Quai de Marseille - Quai des Antilles.
- A stone’s throw from the town centre, listed as World Heritage, accessible by foot (15min) or by tram.
- Near to the station and the tram line, bike hire nearby.
- Welcome/ Information / Documentation: Le Havre Urban District Tourism Office
Embarking at Le Havre
More and more French and foreign cruise passengers are choosing to board at Le Havre. The Tourist Information Office proposes very attractive, preferential tariffs for 2 to 4 star hotels and guest houses. Accommodation can be packaged with a transfer to the Cruise Terminal and a programme of excursions, before or after the cruise.
Receptive and Promotion Service: email@example.com - +33 232 74 04 05
Distance from the cruise terminal to the city centre and station: 2.5 km
- Access for light vehicles:
GPS: latitude: 49 48 - Longitude: 0.11. Follow the green signs showing “car-ferries” then signs to “Terminal Croisière”.
- Access for coaches: follow port address “3839"