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Mediterranean Cruises to the Cannes Film Festival

By HarryThursday 23rd May 2013

7261014126_74a0b99f8d I’ve always wondered what it would be like to walk gracefully down a red carpet, crowds of people shouting my name and photographers snapping away! This May, the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival celebrates the best of international cinema. So while the glitterati collect their awards at this invitation-only event, I’ll be enjoying the scenic coast of Southern France, sipping spirits and soaking up the atmosphere. Cannes is the most elegant city in the Cote d’Azur, and during the festival it’s buzzing with nightlife, celebrities and attractions including the classy La Croisette and The Palais des Festivals,  found at the west end directly across Old Port.

Visiting Cannes During the Festival

Cannes wouldn’t be the same without the fans. While the festival is strictly for film professionals, there are still plenty of ways for you to join in with the festival fun and enjoy the city.

Cinema de la Plage

As the film industry attends black tie events, you can enjoy midnight movies at the beach. Plage Mace has nightly open-air screenings for the public. Just visit the tourism office for a schedule and free tickets to screenings.

Boulevard de La Croisette

Along the Mediterranean shoreline, from La Croisette up to Rue d’Antibes, this classy boulevard is lined with fancy villas, upscale boutiques, restaurants and chic hotels. Croisette - Tourist Train & Robin Hood Posters - Cannes Film Festival 2010 For a glamorous night out, hit the bars and clubs of La Croisette, the surrounding towns of Nice, Antibes or the hilltop village of St Paul de Vence.

Celebrity Spotting

Check the schedule of events to cheer for your favourite starlets along the red carpet. You may spot celebrities around town or relaxing on private luxury yachts anchored in the harbour. If you’re lucky, you might see a film star along the beach side promenade near the Palais des Festivals or the western end at Plages du Midi and Plages de la Bocca. Some of the stars take a short drive to the coastal village Theoule-sur-mer for golden sand beaches and waterfront bars. You can join the film festivities in Cannes by sailing one of our Mediterranean cruises. Land excursions include a 3-hour Cannes walking tour where you can retrace the steps of your favourite celebrities on the red carpet.

Festival Highlights

The festival opened this year with the long-awaited release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan. That’s not all though as other highlights include Sofia Coppola introducing her new film, The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson. Steven Spielberg heads the jury for the film festival, including a selection of global works from China, Chad and Iran.  Le Passé, by the Academy Award winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is among the critics favourite entries. Other competitors include former Palme d’Or winners including Joel and Ethan Coen with their 1960s folk musical drama Inside Llewlyn Davis and Roman Polanski with his latest production La Venus A La Fourrure. The gala screening, held on May 19, includes the multi-directorial ode to the last 100 years of Indian cinema. Bombay Talkies directed by India’s most iconic filmmakers  Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. The festival will end on 26 May with Jerome Salle’s Zulu. We asked guests on our Facebook page to share their favourite Cannes holiday memories and top tips with you. Here’s what they had to say… “Take a ride on the land train situated near Festival Hall, it’s a wonderful experience.” Carol Clark “It was our second port of call on Independence of the Seas and we were there during the film festival at night. Some fantastic boats filled the harbour and we had our picture taken on red carpet. Cannes is a beautiful place and we’ll be going again, hopefully on the Oasis next time.” Karen Mirfin “I was there when the film festival was on. It’s a great place for people watching.” Carole Brindley “Absolutely love Cannes. I’ve been there on a cruise and about ten times on holiday in the Cote D'azur.” Wendy Kelly “It's fantastic. We went in May when the film festival was on so there were lots of stars there. Cannes is so pretty, I’m jealous of anyone going this year!” Lynn Abramson “Visited it, loved it and wish I was still there. One of the most surprising places I've ever been.” Steven Foster “Such a beautiful city and it’s a great place to shop.” Lauren Gardiner “Cannes is a lovely place. It even rained warm rain so we kept smiling as it refreshed the town. We were there on Indy [Royal Caribbean’s ship Independence of the Seas] a few years ago.” John Davison

 Have you ever been on a Mediterranean cruise to Cannes or experienced the film festival? If so, please leave a comment below to let us know what your highlights were.

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