Cannes, France - French Riviera Cruise Ship Port of Call

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Sailing into Cannes, France

Sailing into Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Cannes - Home of the Cannes Film Festival on the Beautiful French Riviera

Cannes, France is a scenic cruise ship port of call on the French Riviera. Cannes is the home of beautiful beaches and beautiful people. The annual Cannes International Film Festival, held in May of each year, is Cannes' most famous attraction. For almost two weeks, thousands of photographers, paparazzi, the press, and movie fans descend on Cannes to see the new films previewed and to catch a glimpse of the famous actors, directors, and film moguls.

The rest of the year Cannes is home to tourists seeking sun and fun on the French Riviera. In addition to beach fun, cruise ship passengers also love strolling down the Boulevard de la Croissette in Cannes, sitting in a sunny cafe, or exploring some of the nearby villages or cities on the Riviera such as St. Paul de Vence, Eze, or Monte Carlo.

The French Riviera sparkles in the early morning sun. This photo was taken as we sailed into Cannes on the Crystal Symphony on our food and wine theme cruise.

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View of the Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship from the Beach in Cannes, France

View of the Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship from the Beach in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Harbor in Cannes, France on the French Riviera

Harbor in Cannes, France on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes, France

Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Richard Gere Handprints Outside the Cannes Film Festival Hall

Richard Gere Handprints Outside the Cannes Film Festival Hall
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The sidewalks outside the Cannes Film Festival Congress Hall are decorated with the handprints of famous people like Richard Gere. It is fun to walk around and see the various signatures and prints.

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Cannes "Doggie Dumpster" on the French Riviera

Cannes "Doggie Dumpster" on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

No, you don't put dogs in this dumpster. The French love their dogs, but in Cannes they try to get dog owners to keep the mess cleaned up!

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The Carlton Hotel and the Beach in Cannes on the French Riviera

The Carlton Hotel and the Beach in Cannes on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Carlton Hotel in Cannes on the French Riviera

Carlton Hotel in Cannes on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Carlton Hotel is Cannes' most famous hotel. The Carlton was the setting for the Grace Kelly and Cary Grant movie, "To Catch a Thief".

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Palais des Festivals Entrance in Cannes, France

Palais des Festivals Entrance in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Can't you just see the stars entering the film festival at the Palais des Festivals.

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Cannes Street Scene

Cannes Street Scene
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Sailing the Mediterranean in Cannes, France

Sailing the Mediterranean in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

What a perfect way to spend a summer day -- zipping along the French Riviera near Cannes on a sailboat.

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Cannes Harbor on the French Riviera

Cannes Harbor on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The harbor in Cannes is filled with cruise ships, yachts, and sail boats.

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View of Cannes, France from the Deck of the Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship

View of Cannes, France from the Deck of the Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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The Croisette in Cannes, France on the French Riviera

The Croisette in Cannes, France on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Cannes Marina on the French Riviera

Cannes Marina on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Overview of Cannes from the Place de la Castre

Overview of Cannes from the Place de la Castre
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Place de la Castre is near the Musee de la Castre. It is an uphill climb from the beachfront to the tower, but the view is worth the climb.

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The Tower Garden at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France

The Tower Garden at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Tower at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France on the French Riviera

Tower at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Tower and Garden at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France

Tower and Garden at the Place de la Castre in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Cannes Shopping Avenue

Just one block from Boulevard de la Croissette, the most famous street in Cannes, is this main shopping area.

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Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France

Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Carlton Hotel is on the Boulevard de la Croissette in Cannes. It is just a few blocks from the Palais des Festivals and the cruise ship tender dock.

The Carlton Hotel has a distinctive look--white with two large domes. Local legend says that the domes were inspired by the breasts of La Belle Otero, a famous courtesan in the early 20th century.

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Seven Seas Voyager in the Harbor at Cannes, France

Seven Seas Voyager in the Harbor at Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Seven Seas Voyager in the sparkling harbor of Cannes. I took this photo while on a pre-inaugural cruise on the Seven Seas Voyager in March 2003.

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Lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France

Lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Inside the Lobby of the Hotel Carlton in Cannes, France on the French Riviera

Inside the Lobby of the Hotel Carlton in Cannes, France on the French Riviera
Cannes French Riviera Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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