Disney Cruise Line will be once again be touring Europe this summer, starting in May. The Disney Magic will begin its itineraries in the Mediterranean, followed by cruises to northern Europe, Norway, and Iceland. Last week I brought your glimpses of destinations in Italy. Today we’ll be exploring the cities of France, one of the more popular destinations for Disney Cruise Line.
Situated in the Provence region, Marseilles is the second largest city in the country. One of France’s oldest cities, Marseilles is home to many historic landmarks and monuments. It is also a vibrant cultural center with a robust collection of theatres, opera houses and museums. At its heart is the Vieux Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell fresh seafood along the boat-lined quay. The local culture is its own unique composite, derived from its mixed population of European and African immigrants.
CANNES and VILLEFRANCHE
Historically a quaint fishing village, modern-day Cannes is revered as one of the most famed cities in all Europe. Its sweeping marina views, exquisite restaurants, luxury shopping and warm weather draws visits from tourists and celebrities from around the globe. Prestigious events like the annual Cannes International Film Festival add to the rich culture and sense of pride found within the town.
Year after year, tourists find themselves smitten with the beauty of the almost perfectly preserved medieval city that is Villefranche. When you arrive, you will see that the port is uniquely surrounded by an imposing wall and is perched high on a cliff, overlooking the sea. This ancient fortress encompasses the Town Hall, a convention center, an open air theater and 3 museums.
These popular destinations are also gateways to the world-famous Monte Carlo and Nice.
An important city for its harbor and proximity to French cities of note, Cherbourg is also a busy deep-water seaport, naval base and maritime industrial center.
This dynamic port city offers natural beauty and impressive manmade landmarks—from spectacular sea vistas and verdant hills, to the massive sea wall that rims the harbor and the star-shaped fortress that guards it. You can journey to the beaches of Normandy where the famous Normandy invasion took place in WWII or visit the gorgeous Mont Saint-Michel Cathedral on a rocky tidal island off the shore of Cherbourg.
Stay tuned to Chip and Company as we bring you the cities of Spain that you can visit on a Disney cruise this summer.
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