Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux (and a well-known senior French politician) has presented the ambitious city plan for the future development of riverside facilities, some of which are already under way.
Whilst twenty years ago the Bordeaux quays, docks and warehouses were derelict and fenced off, today the World Heritage ‘Port de la Lune‘ is spruced up and full of life. This rejuvenation will continue further with an expansion to the existing marina/port de plaisance (by the submarine pens that were filmed by Steven Speilberg for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and by Wolfgang Petersen for ‘Das Boot’), a future fuel pontoon, expanded river and maritime cruise ship facilities, a lengthened city pontoon (by the Pont Pierre) plus restaurant, walking, sailing and cultural leisure developments. The cruise fleet CroisiEurope already operates one ship, the Princesse d’Aquitaine out of the port and will introduce another, the Cyrano de Bergerac, later in 2013. Another fleet also plans to develop Garonne/Gironde cruise tourism.
Port de la Lune – ‘Port of the Moon’ which refers to the crescent shape of the River Garonne as it passes through the city and which appears on the city’s historic coat of arms.