Cannes

The Promenade de la Croisette
The beautiful Chapelle Ste-Anne
The great panorama from Le Suquet

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Cannes

The symbol of the Riviera

A holiday to France with MSC Cruises is the perfect chance to visit Cannes.
With its immaculate seafront hotels and exclusive beach concessions, glamorous yachts and designer boutiques, Cannes is in many ways the definitive Riviera resort, a place where appearances count, especially during the film festival in May. The not particularly attractive seafront Palais des Festivals is the heart of the film festival but also hosts conferences, tournaments and trade shows.

Despite its glittery image, Cannes works surprisingly well as a big seaside resort, with plenty of free, sandy public beaches. Promenade de la Croisette is certainly the sight to see during your excursions, with its palace hotels – the Martinez and Carlton – on one side and their private beaches on the other. It’s possible to find your way down to the beach without paying, but not easy (you can of course walk along it below the rows of sun beds).

The old town, known as Le Suquet after the hill on which it stands, provides a great panorama of the curve of Cannes’ bay. On its summit stand the remains of the fortified priory lived in by Cannes’ eleventh-century monks, and the beautiful twelfth-century Chapelle Ste-Anne. The Musée de la Castre, in the remains of Cannes’ eleventh-century priory, holds an extraordinary collection of musical instruments from all over the world, along with pictures and prints of old Cannes and an ethnology and archaeology section.

MSC Mediterranean cruises also offer excursions to Nice. Since reaching its zenith in the belle époque of the late nineteenth century, it has retained its historical styles almost intact: the medieval rabbit warren of Vieux Nice, the Italianate facades of modern Nice and the rich exuberance of fin-de-siècle residences dating from when the city was Europe’s most fashionable winter retreat.

Must see places in Cannes

  • Eze

    Eze

  • Nice

    Nice

  • Montecarlo Casino

    Montecarlo Casino

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  • CANNES & ST. RAPHAEL

    CITY TOUR

    CEQ02

    Spend a few hours off the ship exploring the sophisticated seaside town of Cannes and the resort of St. Raphael on the glorious French Riviera. Your first stop after boarding the coach will be Cannes itself, host of the annual Cannes Film Festival and a thoroughly captivating resort that you will then have time to explore at your leisure. Immerse yourself in living history as you amble through the lovely old town, enjoy the view from the castle ruins, check out the yachts moored in the harbour and follow in the footsteps of the jet set as you stroll down the sartorial La Croisette, Cannes’ famous seafront promenade. Further highlights include the town’s many luxury hotels, high-end boutiques and the wonderful Marché Forville market. The next leg of the tour will then see you re-board you coach and head for St. Raphael, an attractive seaside resort popular among artists, sportspeople and politicians seeking relaxation. You will have some free time to spend in town and discover its hidden treasures before the coach returns you to Cannes and your ship. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$65.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • CANNES THE WORLD OF CINEMA

      CITY TOUR

      CEQ06

      Made synonymous with the glitz and glamor of the movie industry by its annual International Film Festival – first held in 1946 – the seaside town of Cannes continues to add an all-round sense of luxury to any holiday break. Moreover, if you add a scenic drive around the rocky coastline of Cap d’Antibes, your movie stars-centered tour is soon made. Leave the port and enjoy a drive along the promontory of Cap d’Antibes with its many pine trees and the famous Millionaires Bay in the south of the peninsula; this is the place where many movie stars have their villas. Upon your arrival at Cannes, you can enjoy a fully guided walking tour, beginning at La Croisette, the town’s famous seafront promenade and annual “film star magnet”. La Croisette is also the address of the amazing Carlton Hotel, featured in such films as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 romantic thriller “To Catch A Thief”, so look out for its beautiful façade as you stroll. And, keep an eye out for movie-themed murals on numerous walls around town, created in honour of cinematography, “the seventh art”. The new Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, inaugurated in 1982, currently hosts the festival and is a place where you can retrace the footsteps of many international film icons. Leaving the promenade, a 30-minute walk will take you up through Cannes’ old Le Suquet quarter to a vantage point for superb views of the bay of Cannes, the Lérin Islands and the Estérel Mountains in the distance – perfect for a photo or two. Then get set to browse and buy, first at Cannes’ lovely old Marché Forville, a covered market selling everything from fresh produce to antiques and bric-a-brac, then in the luxury shops in and around the town centre. Your return to the ship finally ends your tour. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • CANNES, CAP D’ANTIBES & ANTIBES

        CITY TOUR

        CEQ09

        Apart from the glorious weather and beautiful blue of the Mediterranean Sea, numerous upscale resorts and a highly varied coastline all go to make the south of France so appealing. After a coach-based look at Cannes, the first destination on this entertaining tour is the town of Antibes, situated in between Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur. Places of interest in the superbly preserved medieval town include its cathedral, the 17th-century Château Grimaldi, the Picasso Museum and Port Vauban, now a marina much famed for its numerous high-end yachts and as the playground of billionaires. After leaving town, you’ll make your way to the promontory known as Cap d’Antibes, once of strategic military importance and now home to a Napoleonic museum, an archaeological museum and fortified bastions. The spot also affords great views of the surrounding coastline so do keep your camera at hand. Finally, you’ll return to Cannes for time to explore on your own before you return to the ship.
          • Duration
            6:30 h

          • Adults$79.00Price per person

          • Children$59.00Price per person

        • CANNES, GRASSE AND FRAGONARD FACTORY

          CITY TOUR

          CEQ07

          The luck of Grasse, ancient town and capital of the oriental Provence, began in the 17th century because of tanneries and factories of perfumes. From that rich past the old city centre conserves the picturesque steep streets, an original cathedral and several patrician houses. Leave the port for a 45-minute coach drive to the capital of parfumeries, Grasse, some 20 km far from Cannes, and enjoy a visit to the unique historical centre including some free time to shop around and feel the Provencal atmosphere. Then you will experience the visit of one of the most famous factory of perfumes in France, Fragonard. In the factory you will be introduced to the elaboration process and production of perfumes. Of course you will have the possibility of buying some of those products. The second leg of your tour includes Cannes and a sightseeing coach tour; your visit will be at the Promenade de la Croisette, famous for its Palais des Festivals et des Congrés, where one of the most popular Film Festival takes place. You will have a look at the luxury hotels and shops and at the beautiful mediterranean coast. The visit continues with a panoramic exploration of Cannes from the hill of Suquet, first urban core of Cannes. You will walk from the port of St Pierre, through ancient streets which lead you to the old gothic Cathedral Notre Dame de l’Espérance and the Musée de la Castre which is located in the ancient castle of the Monks of Lérin. From the terrace of the castle, the view upon the town, the port, the Palais des Festivals and the islands of St Honorat and St Marguerite is superb. On the way back, through the pedestrian routes of the town, you will get to the Provencal market Forville and the Promenade de la Pantiero. Free time to visit the vintage market and the popular boutiques of rue Meynadier. Return with the guide to the port of Cannes. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
          • Shopping

          • Duration
            6:30 h

          • Adults$79.00Price per person

          • Children$59.00Price per person

        • MONACO & EZE

          CITY TOUR

          CEQ05

          The city-state of Monaco is known all over the world for its charming life and for being electedas a place of residence of several famous people.No doubt that it is the favorite destination for those who love the "sweet life" and the privilege to enjoy an endless selection of extra-luxury services. The quiet, cleanliness and security of the place make the Principality of Monaco one of the most loved and frequented by international tourists. The history of the Principality of Monaco is inexorably linked to the Grimaldi family, that gave the dimension of kingdom to the rocky cliff on which already Ligurians had erected a fort. In fact, because of its great strategic importance, this rocky promontory has suffered continuous disputes of local families, but the great dexterity military and diplomatic skills of Grimaldi's guaranteed up to now the possession of this area. The Grimaldi family has been, and is, one of the families historically most interesting of the nobility world. Today this important and prestigious tradition is performed by SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco, who with great generosity and simplicity, continues the path opened by his father Ranieri III in making Monaco a tourist destination and a thriving international reference point for the world business. The visit is at the Rock of Monaco, where we will park before heading up into the old town. Our guide will lead us through the narrow uphill streets, past the Oceanographic Museum, theCathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are buried (outside view), and the fairytale Prince’s Palace. After that you will be lead to a place where ancient remains, charm and culture come together to create a unique and enchanting scenery: this place is Eze. Selective and popular tourist destination 365 days a year, for travelers who appreciate this unique and rare jewel, with its ancient architecture and a set of styles and influences that have passed through more than 2,000 years of history. It is from the Iron Age that people who settled locally erected huge walls of which there are still some sporadic traces. The feeling you get when you visit this town is to go back to the past, along the streets, getting lost in the maze of alleys, tunnels and rocky stairways, discovering sceneries out of the ordinary. Pass the XIV century double gateway and enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of the town. A stop for shopping is scheduled at the renowned Fragonard perfume factory to learn about French perfume techniques and purchase sample fragrances. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
          • Shopping

          • Duration
            6:30 h

          • Adults$99.00Price per person

          • Children$72.00Price per person

        • MONACO AND MONTECARLO

          CITY TOUR

          CEQ04

          Depart from the port and drive along the coastal road passing St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Eze-sur-Mer to the Principality of Monaco. Our first stop will be at the Rock of Monaco where we will park before heading up into the old town. Our guide will lead us through the narrow uphill streets, past the Oceanographic Museum, the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are buried (outside view), and the fairytale Prince’s Palace. We will also see one of the most famous buildings of the Principality: Monaco’s legendary Casino that stands next to the glamorous Hotel de Paris. Here we will have a guided tour of the elegant square and surrounding buildings before enjoying some free time. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. The tour does not include an internal viewing of or admission to the Casino.
          • Best seller

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            6 h

          • Adults$99.00Price per person

          • Children$72.00Price per person

        • NICE

          CITY TOUR

          CEQ01

          After leaving the port of Cannes, a short coach drive will take you to the wonderful city of Nice, one of the most popular resorts on the beautiful French Riviera. You will have a chance to enjoy the view from the famous palm-lined Promenade des Anglais that overlooks the sea, take a look at the legendary Negresco Hotel with its delightful Rococo façade and pass by the Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its brightly coloured ceramics and six onion domes. The last stop on your tour will be Nice’s historical quarter, where you can spend some free time exploring the attractive Cours Saleya market square and its rich produce as well as the nearby open-air cafés and souvenir shops. Your tour ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adults$65.00Price per person

            • Children$49.00Price per person

          • NICE & EZE

            CULTURE AND HISTORY

            CEQ03

            Leave Cannes and follow the scenic coastal road that offers lovely views of French Riviera before arriving at the medieval cliff-top town of Eze. Pass the XIV century double gateway and enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of the town. There will be a stop for shopping at the renowned Fragonard perfume factory to learn about French perfume techniques and purchase sample fragrances. Next, we will continue on to Nice, capital of the “Côte d’Azur”. Here we will admire the famous seafront boulevard known as the “Promenade des Anglais”, the legendary “Negresco” Hotel with its delightful rococo façade and pass by the Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its brightly coloured ceramics and six onion domes. Finally, we will visit the old town and have some free time on the attractive “Cours Saleya”, a colourful square in Nice old town. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
            • Shopping

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adults$75.00Price per person

            • Children$59.00Price per person

          The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
          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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          France

          A discrete and slightly snobbish charm
          A discrete and slightly snobbish charm

          A holiday to southern France will take you to heaven. This Garden of Eden encompasses the snow-peaked lower Alps and their foothills, which in the east descend right to the sea, and to the west extend almost to the Rhône.


          The coastal hinterland is made up of range after range of steep, forested hills, while the shore is an ever-changing series of geometric bays giving way to chaotic outcrops of glimmering rock and deep, narrow inlets, like miniature fjords – the calanques. All these elements would count for nothing, however, were it not for the magical Mediterranean light. At its best in spring and autumn, it is both soft and brightly theatrical, as if some expert had rigged the lighting for each landscape for maximum colour and definition with minimum glare. A cruise to southern France is a good opportunity to visit the capital of the Riviera, Nice – a vibrant and intriguing blend of Italianate influence, faded Belle Époque splendour and first-class art.

          East of the city, the lower Corniche links the picturesque seafront towns of Villefranche, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu; the higher roads offer some of the most spectacular coastal driving in Europe, en route to the perched village of Èze and the tiny principality of Monaco. The Riviera’s western half claims its best beaches – at jazzy Juan-les-Pins and at Cannes, a glitzy centre of designer shopping and film.  

           
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