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Making the Most of Le Havre, France
Making the Most of Le Havre, France
Le Havre is France's second-largest port, handling cruise ships, river cruises, ferries, and commercial cargo. The cruise terminal has tourist info, WiFi, shops, and car and bike rentals, and there's a free shuttle into town. Taxi are outside; fares are fixed-rate and posted. The rail station, with service to Rouen (1 hour) and Paris St. Lazare station (2.25 hours) is 1.3 mi. from the terminal http://www.sncf.com/en/ (Disneyland Paris is not practical by rail from here). In 2017 the Disney Magic's British Isles itinerary docks on July 10; All Ashore is 7:15 am, All Aboard is 10:45 pm. The Barcelona repo is here July 22; All Ashore is 7:15 am, All Aboard is 11:30 pm.
There are currently 28 excursions listed by Disney Cruise Line for Le Havre. Your very long day in port allows for visits to Paris, Disneyland Paris, or Mont Saint Michel, though you'll spend 6-7 hours on a bus. We're not hot for the Paris tours; so little time in such a great city. But if you've never been there... We'd pick the Paris River Cruise with Lunch (LH15). You have to eat, so why not do some sightseeing at the same time? Disneyland Paris On Your Own (LH18) is cheaper than arranging your own transport and park tickets. The V.I.P. tours (LH19-LH21) help to pack in the most attractions, but Disney parks aren't just about the rides. The fabled island monastery of Mont Saint Michel (LH17) is another long drive, but if it beckons, go! There's plenty to do closer to port. We think Giverny, Monet's House, and Rouen (LH06) is a great combination, especially if you've already seen Paris. D-Day Landing Beaches (LH11 & LH12) will be a long day, but we think The Longest Day deserves it. Caen Peace Memorial (LH10) is a briefer alternative. For a more relaxed, half-day investment, Charming Honfleur (LH1), Medieval Rouen (LH05) and Fécamp and Étretat (LH04) all deliver worthwhile, basic sightseeing, though we might go Hiking in Étretat (LH03), which also includes free time in that picturesque town. We're impressed by the selection of tours with kids' activities. Our cultural ambitions for the kids lean towards Taste of Normandy (LH09), Rouen and Monet Cathedrals (LH07), and Monet House and Family Painting Workshop (LH08), but sometimes the kids just need to let off steam (Étretat Railroad Cycle LH02)! On Your Own: Le Havre's shops, restaurants, museums, and café-lined beachfront promenade are easy to reach. Fans of Impressionism must see MuMa (Museum Malraux) http://www.muma-lehavre.fr/. Espace Coty mall, Halles Centrales, and other shopping districts are marked on the tourist map available at the pier.
If you'll be out and about in Paris, Rouen, or Le Havre, follow the same general precautions you would in any major, urban area. When in crowds, be alert of those around you, and keep wallets, purses, and parcels well-secured, and leave valuables in your stateroom. The weather ought to be good, so a reminder about sun block is in order, too.
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