CruiseCompete: Easily Compare Multiple Offers from Cruise Experts
Compare offers from multiple travel agencies
Find your cruise
& request quotes
Compare members only prices,
upgrades, cabin credits & more!
Contact your preferred agent
for questions or to book your cruise
Over 1 million members
Join CruiseCompete for free
Home   How it works   Search Cruises   Ships   Reviews   Shore Excursions   Cruise Specials
  Ports Reviews

Marseilles reviews

Average Rating based on 1 Review:
OverallOverall = 3.003.00

Todd Todd saw things this way:
OverallOverall = 33
There are better ports in the south of France, August 26, 2010
Reviewer: Todd Todd

Pros: Good for excursions to Provence

Cons: The dock is located way out of town

Marseilles is a big, industrial port and you either have to focus on the inner harbor area, or take an excursion to Provence to get the most out of your stay.

The ship docks way out of town. My cruise line didn't arrange for a "free" transfer so you must pay to go into town. On the dock there were some vendors who set up a small shop. It's a very long walk to the local bus stop.

Once in town the area of interest centers on the inner harbor. There is an old fortification to walk around and over with some nice views of the harbor which is filled with boats and in season some big yachts. Up on the hill is a famous church with more stunning views of the ocean and the town. he church is easily recognizable due to it's unique tower. You can either catch a city bus up to the church or walk up. Around the harbor are seafood restaurants and cafes.

There are no museums that "must" be visited. The Roman ruins are extremely uninteresting. The train station with the contrast between it's colonial period decoration (Marseilles was a major jumping off point) and the TGV trains is of minor interest. Wandering into the "Arab" market you can easily purchase two of the most famous products of the area, a rustic soap made from olive oil and the herb blend known as Herbes de Provence.

There are boat trips to the small island right off the coast that was once used as a prison.

The excursions to Provence leave from the ship very early. You could also catch a train to Provence from the train station but the times and the time it takes might make it not worth the effort. The ship-arranged excursions make sense because you can see the countryside and be assured that you will make it back in time.

The bottom line is that Marseilles is not St. Tropez, nor Monaco.

Your Account   Home   Search   Specials   Cruises   Shore Excursions   Group Cruises   About   FAQ  
River Cruises   International Cruisers Welcome   Weddings at Sea

Cruise Videos   Cruise Ship Reviews   Cruise Port Reviews  

Cruise departures:
 Alton   Anchorage   Baltimore   Boston   Cape Liberty   Charleston   Chattanooga   Chicago   Cincinnati   Clarkston   Fort Lauderdale   Galveston   Honolulu   Jacksonville   Juneau   Ketchikan   Long Beach   Los Angeles   Louisville   Memphis   Miami   Minneapolis   Mobile   Molokai   Montreal   Nashville   New Orleans   New York   Nome   Norfolk   Oahu   Petersburg   Pittsburgh   Port Canaveral   Port Everglades   Portland   Providence   Quebec City   Red Wing   San Diego   San Francisco   Savannah   Seattle   Seward   Sitka   St Louis   St Paul   Tampa   Vancouver   Victoria   Warren   West Palm Beach   Whittier 

Browse Cruise Ships and Cruise Lines
 Amadeus River Cruises   AmaWaterways   American Cruise Lines   American Queen Steamboat Company   Avalon Waterways   Azamara Club Cruises   Blount Small Ship Adventures   Carnival Cruise Lines   Celebrity Cruises   Costa Cruise Lines   Crystal Cruises   Cunard Line   Disney Cruise Line   Emerald Waterways   Holland America Line (HAL)   Imperial River Cruises   MSC Cruises   Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)   Oceania Cruises   Paul Gauguin Cruises   Princess Cruises   Regent Seven Seas Cruises   Royal Caribbean International (RCL)   Scenic   Seabourn   SeaDream Yacht Club   Silversea Cruises   Star Clippers   Un-Cruise Adventures   Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection   Variety Cruises   Viking Ocean Cruises   Viking River Cruises   Voyages to Antiquity   Windstar Cruises   Cruises by Region

Connecting cruisers with the best cruise prices on discount cruises since 2003. Privacy Policy

Cruise news from Cruise Compete, where you compare cruise prices to get the best cruise discounts and deals
The secret to Serious Savings on hotels!