Destination planners from cruise line companies, when deciding on the itineraries that they will market to their potential passengers, prefer to have a cruise that, for the majority of the calls scheduled, enables their vessels to come alongside as opposed to anchoring off the port.
Another preference is that the berth allocated to their ship is close to the centre of a town. This is also popular with many passengers on cruise vessels. It beats ‘hands down’ a frequent alternative of being relegated to being sited in a working section of a busy harbour which is a 10 minute coach ride from all of the action.
A Mediterranean port that doesn’t have that problem is SÊTE. This port and seaside resort in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France, which is known as the Venice of Languedoc, recently welcomed the Seabourn Odyssey. Ralph Grizzle, the Editor of The Avid Cruiser, was on board the vessel and took this fine picture of the cruise ship very definitely berthed as downtown as you can get!