Marseille Provence Cruise Club reports on its actions to foster environmental and social acceptance of the cruise industry
At the board and annual general assembly held Wednesday 9th March 2022, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club unanimously re-elected President Jean-François Suhas, at the association’s helm since 2015, as well as the Board and Committee.
It was an opportunity to once again evoke the pillars of action of an association created in 1996 and which brings together 62 private and public sector members, all stakeholders in the region’s cruise ecosystem.
Over the last two years, Marseille Provence has shown its support to the cruise industry by being a shelter port and then the first French port to resume cruise calls in July 2021.
The port of Marseille has maintained its investments for a greener cruise activity thanks to the Blue Charter, the ESI Program, LNG bunkering, and shorepower for cruise ships by 2025.
The cruise club is working to manage the flows of cruise guests in the city center and to develop sustainable and exclusive tours in Provence for guests and local community’s satisfaction.
The Marseille Provence Cruise Club also works for an inclusive cruise sector: creation of local jobs, donations by cruise ships, collaboration with local associations to preserve the biodiversity, all supported by online and offline communication campaigns.
In 2022, the association will continue its lobbying towards the French government and the coordination between French ports to support the full resumption of cruises in mainland France and overseas territories.
The cruise club will also attend all major cruise industry events to promote the destination to cruise lines representatives and international tour-operators.
Press release – The Marseille Provence Cruise Club’s ongoing actions – 03/10/2022 1
UPCOMING CLUB DATES
Club’s 25th anniversary, at the Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal – June, 16th 2022
2nd edition of the Blue Maritime Summit – October, 20th 2022 at the Cosquer Cave
6th edition of the Rencontres Nationales du Tourisme Fluvial in Arles, 8th and 9th November 2022
2021 KEY FIGURES:
160 port calls
More than 350,000 cruise guests
Marseille hosted 18 cruise companies and 35 different ships River cruises
Around 20,000 river cruise guests
280 cruises on the Rhône river 2022 KEY FIGURES: Maritime cruises
Return to pre-crisis levels (1.8 million passengers in 2019), 11 maiden port calls and 38 port calls at the J4 Dock
5 new ships expected: Costa Toscana, Azamara Onward, Valiant Lady, Evrima, Celebrity Beyond River cruises
120,000 river cruise guests expected
820 port calls
Read the full press release here: https://www.marseille-cruise.com/IMG/pdf/press_kit_marseille_provence_cruise_club_032022.pdf