At the start of 2013, the Atlantic Alliance welcomed the Port of Bordeaux to the marketing association.
The world renowned wine capital Bordeaux is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and offers cruise ships a really unique and stunning city center call. Cruise passengers arriving at Bordeaux first see and enjoy the magnificent 18th century façade alongside which their ship will berth. Passengers can easily discover the town on foot, enjoy shopping and restaurants in the pedestrian heart of the city, and within easy distance by bus, they can explore the famous châteaux and vineyards of Médoc, Saint-Emilion, Margaux, Pauillac or Sauternes .
“Atlantic Alliance is a cooperation of the finest ports and destinations in Western Europe, and we felt that Bordeaux, which is a real gem on the Atlantic coast, had every reason to become a member of the Atlantic Alliance”, commented Laurence Bouchardie, Cruise Bordeaux, Atlantic Port of Bordeaux.
The 2012 cruising season was again a record year for the member ports of the Atlantic Alliance. A total passenger volume of 2.2 million throughout the 15 ports equated to a 10 percent increase compared to the previous year (2011: 2 million passengers). Also extremely positive is the outlook for the future, which again promises further growth for the 2013 season. The now 16 ports estimate a total passenger volume of 2.4 million, an increase of 9 percent, and 1.300 total calls.