The city of Nantes is located on the banks of the Loire River, about 30 mi/50 km from the ocean. Cruise ships dock at the Quai Wilson terminal, located near the heart of the city. Free shuttle buses are provided to transport passengers into town.
There are two other terminals—Saint-Nazaire, which is close to the ocean, and Montoir de Bretagne. Cruise ships provide transportation into the city if they dock at one of the alternative terminals.