Monte Carlo, Monaco Cruise Port Guide

On a Monaco cruise, you’ll discover the glitz and glamour this exciting beach town is famous for. Admire the Monte Carlo skyline, dotted by skyscrapers and high-end resorts, as your Western Mediterranean cruise ship sails into port. Up close, attractions like La Rocher and the Jardin Exotique reveal Old Monaco’s opulence. Soak up the sun at Larvotto Beach, a pebbled paradise lined with bright red umbrellas. Wade through clear, turquoise waters for total rejuvenation, then hit the elegant boutiques or dine at fine restaurants in the city center.

Despite its small size, you’ll find more than enough fun, adventure, and things to do during a Monte Carlo cruise. Roll the dice, tour exotic palaces and gardens, explore one of the world’s best aquariums, and discover a foodie paradise.

Please Note: While we don't currently sail to Monte Carlo, you can still discover the beauty of the French Riviera on one of our cruises to Nice or Cannes. Browse our cruises to the French Riviera below.

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Top Sights & Attractions on a Monte Carlo Cruise

Casino de Monte Carlo

The glamour of the French Riviera reaches new heights at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, one of Monaco’s most famous attractions. Play a game like roulette, craps, and Texas hold’em in an elegant setting or tour the incredible grounds of this ornate landmark.

Musée Océanographique de Monaco

With cliffside views and the dramatic French Riviera landscape just beyond, the Musée Océanographique de Monaco offers a glimpse at the species and animals that call the Mediterannean home. Turtle observations at the museum are bound to capture young hearts and the young at heart. Stunning coral reef formations are beautifully preserved on site.

Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Don’t miss Monte Carlo’s stunning botanical garden, the Jardin Exotique de Monaco. Memorable plant life, including succulents imported from México and other parts of the world, offer a green escape for nature lovers. After you’ve admired the flora and fauna, turn your attention to the awe-inspiring views of the Mediterranean from the garden’s cliffside vantage point.

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Top Things to Do in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Wander through Le Rocher

Stroll through centuries of Monaco’s history at Le Rocher, a well-kept and shining example of the look and feel of Old Monaco. It’s also home to the Prince of Monte Carlo’s opulent palace.

Drive a Luxury Sports Car

Monaco’s streets are more glamorous from behind the wheel of a luxury car. Cruise down the same drags used for the Formula 1 Grand Prix races, Monaco’s famous annual event. You’ll feel like a movie star as you navigate the scenic byways along the French Riviera. 

Explore the French Riviera

Fall in love with the French Riviera beyond Monaco on a scenic drive along the coastal Middle Corniche Road, stopping in glitzy Cannes and France’s beloved town of Nice. Take a guided tour with an expert on French culture, where you’ll learn the history of the International Film Festival, Cannes’ most glamorous event. Wander the promenade, popping in lively cafes, boutiques, and galleries along the way.

Top Food & Drink Spots in Monte Carlo

On a Monaco cruise, you’ll find high-end dining in abundance. Fresh ingredients and thoughtful presentations are highly valued here. The food merges French classics with a modern, seaside twist. Try local bouillabaisse, a regional fish stew that’s beyond comparison. Roasted porchetta is another favorite. Stop at Le Louis XV for traditional French fare, freshly-caught seafood, caviar, and much more. EQVITA is an excellent option for vegans, featuring all sorts of inventive plant-based dishes.

Culture and History of Monte Carlo

Greece and Rome were early colonizers of Monaco thousands of years ago. In the 13th century, the Grimaldi family from Genoa took control of the area, establishing the Grimaldi dynasty. By the 19th century, Monaco was recognized as an independent nation. Today, Monte Carlo is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, where real estate, luxury experiences, and the Formula One Grand Prix attract thousands of visitors each year.

Monte Carlo Cruise Port Facilities & Location

Monaco’s cruise port is called Nouvelle Digue de Monaco. Most attractions are just a mile beyond the harbor in the center of Monte Carlo and Old Town, where museums and palaces are within walking distance.

Transportation in Monte Carlo

Exploring Monte Carlo on foot is a popular option, whether you’re touring its gardens and cathedrals or exploring where the Formula One Grand Prix is held. Taxis and buses are also available. Many Monaco cruise passengers book shore excursions to explore the area’s top sights.

Shopping Near the Monte Carlo Cruise Port

Boutiques and high-end shopping are plentiful in this town, where luxury is the norm. Visit Avenue des Beaux-Arts and Avenue de Monte-Carlo for a shopping experience you won’t soon forget.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

You’ll use the euro while on a Monte Carlo cruise. In Monaco, ATMs are plentiful. Tipping your taxi driver isn’t expected, but leaving a 15% tip at restaurants is best practice. Because of the casino culture in Monaco, carrying cash is recommended.

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