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Guadeloupe Cruises

The islands of Guadeloupe used to be called ‘Karukera’, meaning ‘island of beautiful waters’, and anyone visiting here will instantly see why.

A region of France, Guadeloupe is part of the lesser Antilles chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea. A smaller archipelago of around 628 square miles, Guadeloupe has a youthful and vibrant population – less than 10% of its natives are over the age of 65, and most are younger than 50. 

 The youthfulness of the country, paired with its solid tourist industry and growing agricultural trade, have made Guadeloupe a thriving island on the far edge of the Caribbean and an excellent cruise destination. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The Guadeloupe ‘Carnival’ lasts for three whole months.
  • On All Saints’ Day people light thousands of candles in graveyards.
  • The best time to visit is December to May.
  • Christopher Columbus first visited the islands in 1493.
  • Biguine and Zouk music can be heard in the cafés and clubs.
 

Highlights

Stunning ports

The five islands in this archipelago are Basse-Terre, La Désirade, Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and Grande-Terre, where the main port of call for our cruises Pointe-à-Pitre is located. This eastern island encompasses a huge limestone plateau surrounded by white sandy beaches.

The smaller island of Marie-Galante is also home to sandy beaches and shallow waters, with fine rum for sale at beach bars. 

Landscapes

From Pointe-à-Pitre you can reach Basse-Terre in an hour, with a scenic drive around the Guadeloupe National Forest. Overlooking the Guadeloupe National Park lies a volcano known as La Soufrière, which is no longer active but stunning to view.

The mountain range on Basse-Terre is covered by 65 square miles of tropical forests, which you can explore via marked paths and hiking trails. Here you’ll encounter waterfalls, tropical pools and exotic flora.

 

Wildlife

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On the west coast of Basse-Terre lies the Parc des Mamelles, a zoological and botanical reserve that is home to endangered rainforest animals. 

Jaguars, snapping turtles, squirrel monkeys and iguanas are residents here among the guava trees, wild pineapples (Columbus ‘discovered’ pineapples in Guadeloupe) and anthurium plants. This park offers suspended hanging walkways high up in the rainforest, so you can watch the birds and animals in their native forest layer.

Basse-Terre’s shoreline is the site of La Réserve Cousteau, the late Jacques Cousteau’s lifelong work. This internationally renowned underwater park is open to the public and offers unique views of ocean fish and plant life. Archaeological ruins from the island’s first inhabitants, as well as a 17th century military fort, are also popular day trips on Basse-Terre.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Guadeloupe

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