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Escal'Atlantic, the Ocean Liner Experience, takes you on a transatlantic voyage, as though you had embarked on an ocean liner. Ready to set sail?

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Welcome on board!

On the very spot where ocean liners used to moor alongside Saint-Nazaire’s quays, in the former submarine base, Escal’Atlantic offers you a unique experience and the discovery of the world of legendary liners. Walk up the gangway, cross the huge hull which awaits you at the top… Welcome on board! When you lounge in a deckchair, take a break in the bar or imagine yourself at the captain’s table in the dining room, you will know that this is a journey like no other.

A saint-nazaire en loire-atlantique découvrez Escal'Atlantic un site de visite incontournable pour toute la famille

A new visitor’s experience

Once you have “embarked”, you are free to stay as long as you wish, one hour or much more, it’s up to you. You discover at your own pace what life on board was like and how things worked in the hidden corners of the liners. Whether you visit alone, with friends or family, a whole new visitor’s experience lies in store for you!

During your visit of Escal’Atlantic, you will…

  • Immerge yourself in the world of legendary ocean liners, walking in the footsteps of yesterday’s travelers: entrance hall, cabins, promenade deck…
  • Be surprised on every deck, behind every door: you will learn about the history of the liners, life on board the ships, the work of the crew…
  • Admire 200 ocean liner artefacts, stemming from various ships built in Saint-Nazaire between the early 1900’s and the 1960’s.
Escal'Atlantic, Saint-Nazaire, des enfants devant un plan des chambres froides d'un paquebot
Escal'Atlantic, Saint-Nazaire, jeu interactif, famille

A great visit for the whole family

The self-guided tour unfolds along more than 20 different display areas which literally take you “on board” an ocean liner and make you feel the magic of this unique venue. You are also allowed into forbidden areas, such as the engine room or steerage, for example.

Most of the state-of-the-art interactive features, audiovisual displays and “hands-on” devices are especially designed for families. Try the interactive game in the hold, for example: it gives you an opportunity to run your own shipping company around 1900. Have a try at the Le Havre – New York run? You’ll soon find out that it was a very complex business indeed: should you privilege safety or commercial aspects, risk sailing near the icebergs or play it safe and arrive late in the harbour? The decision will be yours!

Escal’Atlantic has obtained the national quality award Qualité Tourisme.

How to get there?

Escal’Atlantic is inside the submarine base, Boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur.

Public transport. – The nearest bus stops are: rue de la Paix + 7 minutes walk, Hélyce line (every day) ; Ruban Bleu + 4 minutes walk, U2 and U4 lines (from Monday to Saturday).



2019 Opening times

Last admission one hour before the advertised closing time.


How much?

2019 prices
Full Reduced* Children age 4-17
14 € 12 € 7 €

* Reduced price (ID required): students, unemployed, disabled persons and accompanying person.


Self-guided tour, approx. 1 ½ hours.

The printed texts are in 4 languages: French, English, German and Spanish, as are the interactive games and some of the multimedia devices.

Strollers are permitted but not recommended, except for light folding buggies. Please be aware that the tour spreads over three levels with 134 steps overall.

Animals are not allowed, except guide dogs for the blind.

Guided tours take place during French school holidays (in French)

See conditions for groups.


Disabled visitors have access to the whole museum, in a slightly different order. Crew members help them get from one floor to the other.