Ideally located at the heart of the Western Mediterranean, Marseille is France’s leading cruise port, with 2 million cruise passengers expected by 2020.
Marseille is one of the very few city-ports in the Med that beneﬁts both from excellent port and ship repair facilities, good international air, rail and road access whilst being at the heart of a world-famous destination: Provence. Marseille-Provence oﬀers 150 ideas for shore excursions or pre/post cruise stays: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Aubagne, as well as the Alpilles, Saint Rémy de Provence, Baux de Provence, Arles, Camargue, Luberon and Avignon, all world-famous and located one hour from Marseille.
The port features a dedicated cruise ship basin located in the northern part of the port and a small luxury terminal near the city centre: La Joliette-J4 terminal. The largest facilities are operated by the Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal (MPCT), capable of handling up to six megaships simultaneously with no size restrictions. Work on the expansion of the North Passage was completed in September 2017 . The objective was to facilitate access for large vessels in all weather conditions to the eastern harbours of the Port of Marseille Fos in order to meet the security and commercial requirements of the cruise vessels in Marseille.
Chantier Naval de Marseille operates three dry docks, no. 8, no. 9 and, since October 2017 , the no. 10, the largest dry dock in the Mediterranean, which has been refurbished in 2017 . Thanks to its 465 metres in length and 85 metres in width, dock no. 10 is ready to accommodate all types of cruise and naval vessels. Ten cruise ships were welcomed in 2017 and 11 in 2018. 11 are already conﬁrmed for 2019.
Besides, the Port of Marseille Fos is the first Mediterranean port that has been providing shore power connection to ferry and cargo ships for more than two years. Plus, the Port Authority has decided to confirm the implementation of an ambitious project on cold ironing for all ships including cruise vessels within the port by 2025 and a corresponding investment of 20 million euros.