As part of Monaco’s new policy on cruise ships, the embargo on visits has been extended to more than four months, from mid-November until the end of March. Previously, it was only in January and February that cruise ship visits were banned.

In 2019, there were 165 port calls by cruise ships, and this is expected to fall to 137 this year.

Large cruse ships will no longer find a warm welcome, as the Principality shifts to smaller or luxury vessels of less than 250 metres carrying no more than 1,250 passengers.

Cruise ships contribute to Monaco’s economy in berthing fees and in providing custom to restaurants, particularly on the Rock. However, there has been growing concern over pollution, which the new rules are designed to address.

PHOTO: No longer welcome in Monaco