Nantes St. Nazaire

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Nantes St. Nazaire
The Magical Elephant (c) Franck TOMPS - LVAN

Nantes St. Nazaire

3 terminals are available in our Loire estuary to accommodate cruise ships: in Nantes city centre, Montoir-de-Bretagne and Saint-Nazaire.

Our destination is the natural gateway to the Loire Valley Castles (Chateaux Chambord, Chenonceau..), Guérande Medieval city or Muscadet Vineyard. The cruise guests will enjoy the historical Nantes: a city of Arts, History and Shopping! Saint-Nazaire area is the first step to experience industrial tourism (Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard or Airbus factory)

Our highlights:
• The attraction "Machines de l'Ile" in Nantes": a giant elephant weighting in at 40 tons and 12 m high (can carry up to 30 passengers on trips along the river) or a huge Carousel inaugurated in 2013
• The gothic cathedral of St. Pierre (1434) in Nantes
• The Musée des Arts displaying paintings by Monet, de la Tour, Delacroix.
• Escal'atlantic in Saint-Nazaire: the ocean liner experience
• The Salt Marshes close to Guérande and the Brière Natural Park

Port attractions

  1.  The Elephant & Machine of the Ile of Nantes

    At the crossroads of Jules Verne's "imaginary world" here extraordinary machines are brought to life. Come and discover the giant elephant and the new Carousel opened in 2013.
  2.  Salt Marshes close to Guérande Medieval City

    Take the time to discover the world of Guérande salt. Discover its history, how it is produced and how it is used. Visit the salt marshes with “Terre de Sel”.
  3.  Muscadet Vineyard

    The 11,500 hectares of Muscadet vineyards cover the largest area in the Loire Valley. Crisp, light and fruity, the different Loire Valley wines make an ideal match for the local cuisine.

Port views

Chenonceau Castle
Kerhinet (c) OTLB
Alexandre Lamoureux
Alexandre Lamoureux
L. Paitel
Saint-Nazaire VBauza
V Bauza
Franck Tomps LVAN
LVAN Jean-Dominique Billaud
LVAN Franck Tomps
LVAN Jean-Dominique Billaud
Loire Vineyard
Angers Philippe Berth

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Port facts

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Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
200 m in Nantes ; 290 m in Montoir
Max. Draught, M:
7.5 m in Nantes ; 12.5 m in Montoir ; 8
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Max. Air Draught, M:
55 m in Nantes ; 61 m in Montoir
More Info Air Draught:
Cheviré Bridge at 55 m before Nantes Call ; Saint-Nazaire Bridge at 61 m before Montoir Call
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Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Closed loop
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✔ By vessel / barge
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Passengers by Source in 2022
Calls 2022

Port contacts


Laurence PAITEL, Cruise Manager

+33 2 40 44 71 41

Page last updated: 2021-10-19 12:41