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Address: Boulevard de la Legion d'Honneur, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
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+33 2 28 54 06 40

Inside the former submarine base in the harbour of Saint-Nazaire, a hidden...

Inside the former submarine base in the harbour of Saint-Nazaire, a hidden treasure lies in store for you. Escal'Atlantic, the ocean liner experience, is a unique interactive visit for the whole family. Audiovisual displays and hands-on activities, display areas inspired by the interiors of ocean liners, 200 authentic objects which were on board liners built in Saint-Nazaire and much more tell the incredible story of the luxurious giants of the oceans.

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A Mock Ship Adventure

Wow!! So in the middle of nowhere you will find this gem. A cruise ship within a warehouse disguised as a musuem that hold very big functions. I don't want to spoil the suprises... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is the best museum of ocean liners that I have seen. It combines good histrical coverage and excellent artifacts with an accessible and engaging approach to display. It makes good use of an otherwise unusable historical monument, the wartime concrete pens for Submarines (basically, air raid shelters for subs!). It covers all aspects of what it was like to... More 

Thank 982jim
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Wow!! So in the middle of nowhere you will find this gem. A cruise ship within a warehouse disguised as a musuem that hold very big functions. I don't want to spoil the suprises here but if you in the vicinity of his place you have to visit. High tech visual tricks that will leave you thinking, wow!!! The food... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Based in the former submarine pens, this looks rather formidable from the outside, but once up the gangway, it opens into an amazing and well thought out history of transatlantic liners. We had not seen anything like it before, and my teenage son was very impressed. Interactive opportunities and interesting historical information. Highly recommended.

Exeter, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

All of us, from age 9 to 70 agreed this was the highlight of our holiday. In essence, it is a museum about transatlantic ocean liners, but 'museum' conjures up ideas of rooms of exhibits which this is not. There are exhibits from ocean liners over the years, but it is so much more than that. There are some interactive... More 

Thank Jenny R
Direction-SNTP, Responsable relations publiques at Escal'Atlantic, responded to this review

Dear Jenny R, thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm! You highlight what we strive at: giving our visitors an exciting and fulfilling experience, with high-quality contents, and also doing our best to help them live their visitor's experience as well as possible. More 

Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This explains the link of ocean going liners with the historic city of St Nazaire. It has some hands on things, the children we saw seemed to enjoy it. It has been cleverly built as though you feel that you are on a liner. We particularly enjoyed the computers around the globe map where you could try your hand at... More 

Thank curlytail55
Beijing, China
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166 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I bought a combination ticket (this site + submarine + ecomusee) here for only 18 euros (student ticket). There were also other types of combination tickets. It took me two hours to finish visiting Escal'Atlantic. This museum shows what the interior of old French ocean liners looked like. You can see here cabins, personal belongings of passengers, interior design of... More 

Thank Lingfeng G
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Thought this was something about the submarine base but it isn't. It is a historical account of cruise liners. But you end up walking for most of your duration . It isn't particularly cheap either. I wouldn't recommend this to even someone with a passion for cruise liners!

Thank Martin B
Direction-SNTP, Responsable relations publiques at Escal'Atlantic, responded to this review

Dear Martin B, sorry that the visit of Escal'Atlantic was not up to your expectations. It sounds as though there was a misunderstanding at the beginning. Escal'Atlantic is housed inside the submarine base but it's all about ocean liners, and not about the history of the submarine base. Most of our visitors, whether they have a passion for ocean liners... More 

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80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

For 18 Euros (with discount vouchers from café) we had a visit to the submarine (wonderful) and the museum as well as Escal'Atlantic. It is a wonderful attraction, laid out like a cruise liner, and covers the history of leisure cruising as well as the routes of the emigrants across the Atlantic. Nice bar with coffees and cocktails. The museum... More 

Thank trescomania
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is one of those rare exhibits that are done really well. The whole experience would appeal to individuals and to families alike. The displays are nothing short of stunning, but be sure to follow the correct path - this is not always clear. Otherwise you may miss out on some bits like our group did. Highly recommend this attraction... More 

Thank GumnutMelbourne
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51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Spent a fascinating 2~2.5hrs wandering thru the exhibits. Very well done. Very informative. English descriptions present for all key items. Bought in a combo ticket that included the Naval Shipyards. Well worth visiting. Not sure my teenager was as interested... but he got WiFi so was content ;-)

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