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Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique): discover the construction of cruise ships!


Rédigé par Saliha Hadj-Djilani translated by Joséphine Foucher le Lundi 2 Janvier 2017

In Saint-Nazaire, visitors can explore shipyards that have been manufacturing cruise ships for many years.



Harmony of the Seas Ship of Royal Caribbean International, built in Saint-Nazaire
Harmony of the Seas Ship of Royal Caribbean International, built in Saint-Nazaire
“The visit of shipyards provides a complete discovery of the yard in just two hours with an impressive view onto the ships being built and gigantic installations.

From the submarine base, visitors are brought by bus to a visit that must be guided. The tours done on the site and the contents of the visit can vary depending on the constraints linked to the company’s activity.

But generally, visitors finish the visit with sparkles in their eyes as they discovered the behind the scenes of ship building, a truly impressive feat,”
explains Bertrand Onfray, Associate Director of the Saint-Nazaire tourism office.

Another possibility, the thematic visit “Giants of the Seas” that reveals the secrets of the world’s largest ocean liners built in Saint-Nazaire.

The most famous of these liners, Harmony of the Seas, was delivered to its owner, the American shipowner Royal Caribbean International in May 2016.

But other equally fascinating ships are currently being built at the STX France shipyard. The Italian shipowner MSC Cruises had almost all of its fleet built in Saint-Nazaire and ordered several new liners.

Currently, visitors can admire the MSC Meraviglia that is being created inside the holds of the Nazaire shipyard.

This very large ship of 315 meters long for a width of 43 meters will have a capacity of 5,700 passengers and 1,530 members of the crew. It will be delivered in May 2017.


MSC Meraviglia, first ship of the Vista class, is announced as the largest ship ever built for a European shipowner.

Innovative both on a technological and ecological front, it will have three showrooms, an amusement park on two bridges tied to an aquatic park, reinvented solariums, an indoor pool, a panoramic atrium, family-friendly cabins, duplex suites, and no less than 12 restaurants…


Practical Information

Guided visit of the shipyards

Bus departure from the submarine base

Mandatory reservations and photos strictly prohibited (risk of industrial espionage)

Phone: 02 28 54 06 40

www.saint-nazaire-tourisme.com

Rates
Adults 13 €
Children 6,50 €

Visits all year except January

Getting to Saint-Nazaire ?

Train
Several daily trains with Paris-Montparnasse (2h50) and via Nantes, toward all major French cities.

Airport
Nantes Atlantique Airport is under one hour by car.

Road
4 hours from Paris and 1h30 from Angers (highway A11), Nantes is 60 minutes away, Rennes is 1h30 away, Bordeaux 4h (highway A10/A83), La Baule 15 minutes.

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