Larger ships can now reach Bordeaux city centre
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12:57 by ce-press
Until recently cruiseships calling Bordeaux had to sail under one power line, and two bridges. The port and the city of Bordeaux took advantage of planned works on the power line this summer, to finance additional operations to heighten the power line and bring it into alignment with the Pont d’Aquitaine bridge.
Hence ships up to 262m long with a beam of 32m, 50m air draught and 7.5m draught will be able to sail into the city centre with no restrictions. Ships up to 8m draught and 53m air draught (and above 262m in length) will also be able to access the city once pilot and harbour master approval has been given. This will be based on the tidal conditions expected at the date of the planned call.
Larger ships can still call in Le Verdon terminal, where no size or draught restrictions apply. Within a few years, an additional facility for ships up to 340min length will be built in Pauillac (one hour by bus from Bordeaux).
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Bordeaux, worldwide renowned wine capital, now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, lies some 60 miles from the sea at the head of the Gironde Estuary. For the many thousands of cruise passengers who arrive every year, their first sight of the city is the fine 18th century facade alongside which their ship will berth. On top of the Bordeaux Center arrival berth, 2 other sites can welcome cruise ships: Bassens and Le Verdon, according to the ships dimensions. Coming soon a new terminal in Pauillac for ships up to 340 m
A large choice of shore excursions are available, including tours of the city and of its major monuments – Girondins Column, Grand Théâtre, Place Saint-Pierre, Porte Cailhau and the Peu-Berland Tower. There are also half day trips to the most famous wine growing areas of Médoc, Saint Emilion/Pomerol, Graves/Sauternes. Each vineyard visit offers a guided tour through prestigious châteaux: Beychevelle, Carbonnieux, Haut Brion, Eyquem, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild