No more giant cruise ships in Monaco: what impact on trade and the environment?

Monaco - Monte Carlo (Aerial view courtesy Société d'Exploitation des Ports de Monaco)From now on, vessels cannot exceed 250 metres in length and 1,250 passengers. The return of the fine weather in Monaco brings cruise passengers with it.

The Principality launched its cruise season on 11th April with the departure of 900 passengers on board the Viking Sky, a liner that will be seen regularly in Monegasque waters this year. A total of 116 stopovers are scheduled on the Port Hercule breakwater and in Monaco harbour this season.

But accommodating them as in the past is out of the question. Since the Covid-19 crisis, the Prince’s Government has chosen to favour “sustainable and responsible cruises” by only accepting cruise vessels that are under 250 metres long and have a maximum capacity of 1,250 passengers. This makes the Crystal Serenity the biggest ship with authorised access to the Principality.

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