Silversea Luxury Cruises A Brest

Sheltered by a wide natural harbor known as the Rade, the maritime city of Brest is one of France's major naval ports. During World War II, Brest was destroyed by continual bombing to prevent the Germans from using it as a submarine base. When the American liberated the city on September 18, 1944, after a six-week siege, they found a town devastated beyond recognition. After the war, the city was rebuilt on the foundations of its long naval past. View more

Today Brest is the base of the French Atlantic Fleet; the dry dock can accommodate ships of up to 500,000 tons; as a ship repair center, it ranks sixth in the world. Visitors find a few old buildings and museums along the waterfront. From here one has fine views across the bay toward the Plougastel Peninsula. Among the few relics of the past is the 15th-century castle on its headland. It offers a superb panorama of the city and the bay. Three of its towers house the National Maritime Museum. In addition, the futuristic Oceanopolis may be of interest. Under its white dome is the largest aquarium in Europe. The majority of visitors will spend their time exploring the surrounding areas featuring Breton castles and quaint villages. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Pier QR2 located about one mile from the city center. Taxis generally need to be called to pick up guests pierside. Shopping Breton souvenirs, arts and crafts and marine related items may be of interest in addition to a bottle of the famous Calvados brandy. The local currency is the euro. Cuisine Britanny is known for its crepes, served with either sweet or savory fillings. Accompanied by a glass of local cider or wine, they are a light, inexpensive meal. Fresh fish and seafood - shrimp, crayfish, crabs, oysters and scallops - are always a good choice. Most of Brest's restaurants are located around the city center and the train station. Other Sites For the visitor Brest itself has few attractions to offer. Among them are the National Maritime Museum, the Museum of Old Brest located in the 14th-century Tunguy Tower, and the Oceanopolis, which is said to house the largest aquarium in Europe. The highlights are found in the surrounding area. Here scattered across pastoral countryside are quaint towns and historic castles.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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