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

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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: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£49.00Price per person

      • Children£35.00Price 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. Please note: all visits are external.
        • Duration
          6:30 h

        • Adults£59.00Price per person

        • Children£42.00Price per person

      • MONACO, MONTECARLO & EZE

        CITY TOUR

        CEQ10

        Take yourself off the ship for several hours, hop on a coach at the pier and first set off for the lovely Principality of Monaco and Monte Carlo, its largest city. After a photo stop at the Rock of Monaco, you will continue on foot along a pleasant route to reach the old quarter of Monte Carlo. The guided uphill walk will take you down narrow lanes and past the Oceanographic Museum, the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are interred as well as the royal palace itself. You will also catch glimpses of Monte Carlo’s well-known casino, which sets adjacent to the no less famous Hotel de Paris. Some free time to spend in Monte Carlo as you wish will then be yours, after which the coach will take you to the picturesque town of Èze, situated just a little inland from the coast, along the scenic Moyenne Corniche road. Apart from bags of medieval charm, Èze is also home to the Fragonard perfume factory, which forms the next stop on the itinerary. The guided tour of the facility will inform you about the fine art of perfume making and give you a chance to purchase fragrance samples if you wish. The tour then draws to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. The tour does not include an internal viewing of or admission to the Casino.
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Duration
          6 h

        • Adults£69.00Price per person

        • Children£49.00Price per person

      • MONACO, MONTECARLO & NICE

        CITY TOUR

        CEQ11

        Make a triple date with Monaco, Monte Carlo and Nice on this extended half-day outing, which begins with a coach ride to the principality and its largest city. On arrival at the Rock of Monaco, you will set off on a guided uphill walk down narrow alleys on a route that will take you past the Oceanographic Museum, the cathedral where the remains of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are buried and the fairy-tale palace. Also, watch out for glimpses of Monte Carlo’s iconic casino, situated right next to the fabulous Hotel de Paris. You will then have some time to spend on your own in Monte Carlo before re-boarding the coach and heading for Nice, taking the scenic Moyenne Corniche road on the way. Included in the drive-by roundup of all that’s nice in Nice are the elegant Promenade des Anglais, the legendary Negresco Hotel with its richly adorned, stark white rococo façade, palm-lined boulevards and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its characteristic onion-domes and brightly coloured ceramics. A relaxing coach ride back to the ship then concludes the tour. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. The tour does not include an internal viewing of or admission to the Casino
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Duration
          6 h

        • Adults£59.00Price per person

        • Children£42.00Price per person

      • MONTECARLO ON YOUR OWN & FRAGONARD FACTORY AT EZE

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        CEQ12

        Independent travellers, individualists and anyone who simply likes to explore at their own pace will be well served on this appealing outing, which gives you an opportunity to visit both Monaco’s Monte Carlo and the small hilltop town of Èze for a guided tour of the famous Fragonard perfume factory. The initial coach ride to the Principality of Monaco will give you a chance to decide on your personal itinerary, but suggested visits include the late 19th-century Place du Casino, the Garnier-designed Grand Casino, the sophisticated Hotel de Paris and the elegant Café de Paris, to name but a few. However, perhaps the Rock of Monaco will be more your thing, or a stroll through the picturesque old town or even visits to Monaco Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum or the Aquarium. At the appointed time, you will then re-board the coach to reach the medieval town of Èze, home to the Fragonard perfume factory. The guided look around the facility will familiarise you with the secrets of perfume making and let you buy perfume samples before the coach returns you to the ship again. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • No guide available

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Duration
          6 h

        • Adults£52.00Price per person

        • Children£39.00Price per person

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programmes 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.