Cruises to Marseille

During a MSC Cruise to Marseille you will discover France’s second largest city and the capital of the Provence- Côte d'Azur region, the cosmopolitan city of Marseille lies on the southeast coast of France. Visit Marseille with MSC Cruises.

A delightful blend of history, outstanding seafood, culture and heritage

France’s second largest city and the capital of the Provence- Côte d'Azur region, the cosmopolitan city of Marseille lies on the southeast coast of France.

As France’s most important port, Marseille boasts connections with Africa, Italy and Spain. The strong mistral wind blows away all traces of pollution and provides a clarity of air so pure that many famous artists have been attracted to the city: Cézanne; Braque; Derain; Dufy and Marquet.

Although Marseille is the economic and industrial capital of France , it manages to remain true to its own traditions and culture, reflected in the Marseille way of life and its numerous museums, theatres and opera houses.

If you choose to leave your MSC cruise ship you really will be spoilt for choice during this part of your Mediterranean cruise vacation.

Marseille itself is one of the most vital cities in Provence – a delightful blend of history, outstanding seafood, culture and heritage. Food-lovers will be eager to try the city‘s world famous dish, the tempting ‘bouillabaisse’ with its six different types of fish.

Passengers already familiar with Marseille are invited to join us on our vacation excursion packages that take you further afield. From the cultural hotspot that is Aix-en-Provence to the charming town of Cassis, you will enjoy the best deals on all local attractions.

Book-lovers may wish to swap one marine ship for another and hop on a boat transfer to the island of Chateau d’If, home to Alexandre Dumas’ fictional legend, the Count of Monte Cristo.

Cruises to Marseille - France - MSC Cruises

Directions


A bus shuttle service and a taxi service to the city center is available.

Port average temperature

The city has a temperate continental climate. Owing to the mitigating influence of the Baltic sea and Gulf stream, temperatures in winter are much higher than the northern location might suggest, with the average in January and February around −5°C. Temperatures below −20°C occur normally a week or two in a year. However, because of the latitude, days lasts less than six hours in the winter solstice, and the very cloudy weather at this time of year accentuates the darkness. Conversely, Helsinki enjoys long days in summer, almost nineteen hours at the summer solstice. The average maximum temperature from June through August is around 19 to 21°C. The highest temperature ever recorded at city centre was 31.6°C on July 18, 1945 and the lowest was −34.3°C on January 10, 1987

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 MRS02 - AIX-EN-PROVENCE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  We will leave Marseille port for a 40-minute drive to the lovely town of Aix-en-Provence. The excursion starts with a visit to the famous XII century St. Saviour’s Cathedral and gardens. The Cathedral was built on the site of a Roman Temple and dates from a period that spans the XI and XIII centuries. Fronted by a richly decorated Gothic-style portal with elaborately carved doors, the Cathedral is flanked on the north by an unfinished tower. Enjoy a pleasant walk (1,5 hours) through the historic town centre before reaching the famous Mazarino Quarter, a residential district created by Cardinal Mazarin’s brother in the last half of the XVII century for the gentry of Aix en Provence. Free time for shopping. Please note: this tour includes long periods of walking on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. On holidays shops may be closed.

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Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 MRS03 - CASSIS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  Formerly a quiet fishing village on the southern coastline of France near Marseille, Cassis has grown into a charming small town and popular international tourist resort. The town is particularly famed for its cliffs, calanques – steep-walled inlets – and the local white and rosé wines. On leaving the port of Marseille, your tour begins with a 1-hour coach transfer, followed by a local train to the town. Once there, you will have plenty of time to stroll around Cassis’ charming streets, lined with the brightly coloured homes of the locals, and beautiful port as well as enjoy splendid views afforded from the waterfront. Your tour ends with your return trip back to the ship. Please note: the station of the local train may be crowded so please expect some queues. On holidays shops may be closed. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 MRS06 - MARSEILLES CITY TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Join us on a visit around this important maritime town. We will begin at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Garde which stands majestically on top of a hill. The Cathedral is made up of a lower and an upper church and was built on the site of an ancient chapel. Continue along the “Corniche” (coast road) where we will admire Borely Castle and garden (no inside visit). The excursion includes sightseeing in the centre of Marseilles and photos at Longchamps Palace before enjoying some free time in the “Vieux Port” (old port). Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair due to many steps and uphill path around the Cathedral. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

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Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 MRS07 - AVIGNON AND MARSEILLES (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Our starting point for this day-long tour begins in Marseilles, as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Garde. This Neo-Byzantine church stands on top of a hill and was designed by the French architect Esperandiu between 1853 and 1864. The site was formerly a XIII century chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Guard and features several votive offerings from safely returned sailors. Stop for an inside visit before continuing on a 1.5-hour coach ride to the medieval city of Avignon. Here we will visit the Palace of the Popes, an ancient fortress rich in galleries and chapels. The frescoes and hand-painted tapestries in the Popes’ bedrooms and private rooms bear witness to the former opulence of this residence. Make the most of your free time to stroll around and have lunch (non-inclusive) in one of the typical French brasserie-restaurants. Return to Marseilles for embarkation. Please note: walking on uneven ground and steps. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair due to many steps and uphill path around the Cathedral in Marseilles. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
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Price per person $101.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 MRS14 - DELUXE VISIT TO PROVENCE: AVIGNON & AIX-EN-PROVENCE: full day, lunch not included - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  New  While the sun-kissed shores of southern France make ideal holiday destinations, the delightful towns lying inland are equally worth a visit. Designed to let you savour two such jewels, the outing begins with a 40-minute drive to Aix-en-Provence, where you’ll visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour. Sitting on the site of a former Roman forum and amalgamating a variety of architectural styles from the 5th to the 17th centuries, the Cathedral boasts a richly decorated Gothic façade with elaborately carved doors, and to the north of the building an unfinished tower. You’ll then walk through the historical district to reach the lovely Mazarin quarter, a residential area built for the town’s gentry in the second half of the 17th century. A chance to relax then follows on the 90-minute drive up to Avignon, after which you’ll have some time for lunch in one of the town’s many brasseries before moving on to the monumental Papal Palace, the seat of Christianity in the 14th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rich in galleries and chapels as well as frescoes and hand-painted wall-hangings in the private papal suite, the palace still bears testament to its former opulence. The pleasant return drive to Marseille and your ship then brings the tour to an unhurried close. Please note: as the tour involves walking on uneven ground and using stairs, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. The cost of lunch (optional) is not included in the price of the tour. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $101.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 MRS15 - BEST OF TWO CITIES: AIX-EN-PROVENCE & MARSEILLE: 8 hours, lunch not included - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  New  Treat yourself to an excursion combining two of the most visited cities in southern France on an enjoyable day out of the vessel. Your exploration will begin in Marseille, with a coach drive along the Kennedy Corniche, a coast road offering views of the islands located off the city. Next a stop at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Garde will give you the possibility to visit this Neo-Byzantine church that stands on the top of a hill. Take your camera ready to capture the views of the city below. Your exploration of Marseille will continue along “Palais Longchamps” and to the “Vieux Port” where you will have free time in one of the iconic place of the town. You may decide to sit in one of the many cafés of the area, have lunch in a restaurant or go visiting the nearby “Centre Bourse” for a shopping opportunity. Your afternoon will see you visiting the University and SPA town of Aix-en-Provence that you will reach after a 40-minute coach drive. Enjoy a walk through the historical district, starting from the “Cours Mirabeau”, a tree-lined boulevard with beautiful fountains and many cafés, to reach the lovely Mazarin quarter, a residential area built for the town’s gentry in the second half of the 17th century. Next on the list are “Place des Quatre Dauphins” – Four Dolphins Square – with its lovely fountain adorned with sculptures of four dolphins, and the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour. Sitting on the site of a former Roman forum and amalgamating a variety of architectural styles from the 5th to the 17th centuries, the Cathedral boasts a richly decorated Gothic façade with elaborately carved doors, and to the north of the building an unfinished tower. Some free time is scheduled before boarding your coach that will take you back to Marseille and your cruise ship. Please note: as the tour involves walking on uneven ground and using stairs, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. The cost of lunch (optional) is not included in the price of the tour. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $101.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.