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As your ship is drawn into the embrace of the Seine estuary your arrival is marked by the graceful and triumphant arch of the Honfleur cable-stay bridge straddling the river, the longest such bridge in the world when it was built!
Honfleur is able to receive cruise ships on the Seine itself, while river-cruise boats can moor in the locked tide-free area next to the medieval port. This is often described as the jewel in the crown of Normandy: it is so quaint it hurts.
Over centuries this was where you would have had to come for fish, for salt, for trade, for privateering. How could such a place have survived all those wars and sieges? What about that medieval wooden church? It is packed with monuments and heritage and all its associations with the sea and salt and the Impressionist painters who found their inspiration there. It has an impossibly beautiful townscape and it’s only a mile from where you dock.
And on hand are professional, multilingual guides to whisk you to the D-Day Landing Beaches and much besides. Rouen to the east, William the Conqueror’s Caen and its abbeys, Deauville and the Côte Fleurie to the west, Etretat and the Alabaster Coast to the north. Further afield you have Giverny and Monet’s gardens, Bayeux and Mont-Saint-Michel beckon, from end to end Normandy offers a real feast of history, heritage and landscape.
Inaugurated in 2013, Honfleur boasts two dedicated docks and a terminal to receive cruise ships, QSH N°1 for ships up to 160 metres, QSH N°3, up to 260 metres long and both with a maximum draught of 9m. There’s a dedicated and secure area to ISPS norms for all facilities like customs desks, hospitality desk and areas where coaches and shuttles may gather are provided.