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About Martinique

Martinique, one of the Lesser Antilles, is a chic, beautiful and beguiling island that offers a taste of France deep in the heart of the Caribbean. It also possesses an endearing West Indian warmth in its personality and a special Caribbean spice in its music, dance and cuisine.

Martinique's capital, Fort-de-France, is a neat and colourful town that boasts a scaled down replica of Paris' Sacre Coeur, as well as a memorial to the island's most famous local daughter - Napoleon's 'Not tonight' empress - Josephine.

Catch a ferry from the seafront and cruise across the magnificent bay to a clutch of superb beaches. Or visit Mont Pelée to see the site of the worst ever volcanic eruption in the Caribbean - then cool off with local rum punch!

 

Shore excursions in Martinique

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Balata Botanical Gardens

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Visit the Balata Botanical Gardens and submerse yourself amongst an array of floral colours and lush plant life.

The Balata Botanical Gardens are nestled in the outskirts of Fort De France and are the result of 20 years of dedication. The owner, Mr Jean Philippe Thoze, is a botanical and landscape gardener who has carefully designed the charming gardens.

As you take a leisurely guided walk, look around you and discover a multitude of harmoniously placed botanical plants and flowers. There is said to be over 3000 varieties of plant life. For those who wish, you can take the walk across the suspension footbridge, situated around 20 feet above the ground. Here, you’ll capture some lovely views overlooking the gardens and as far across to the Pitons of Carbet.

En route to the Balata Botanical Gardens, a short stop will be made to view the external architecture of the ‘Sacré –Coeur De La Balata’, a smaller scale replica of the ‘Basilica Montmartre’ in Paris. Its location high in the hills above Fort De France also offers an excellent panoramic view.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2 hours of walking over varying terrain including uneven ground. Due to the winding roads this tour is not recommended for vertigo sufferers, and those prone to travel sickness are advised to take the appropriate medication. The suspension footbridge is not suitable for pregnant women or children under the age of 7.

Catamaran and Beach

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Step aboard a motor catamaran and discover the marine life and coastline of Martinique.

Join your motor catamaran at the pier and cruise off across the Flemish Bay. Admire the lovely surroundings as you head along the Ramier Islet and pass by the Bat Cave. Your motor catamaran is also fully equipped with an underwater viewing area, ideal for catching sight of the underwater world.

As you continue, you’ll pass by Salomon Cape and arrive at Grand Anse Beach. Here, you will have an opportunity to view from the catamaran the turtles that inhabit the area, and to spend time relaxing on the warm sand or perhaps take a refreshing dip in the inviting sea.

During your cruise fruit juice will be available, and rum punch will be served on the return journey.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. The underwater viewing area has limited seating and is not able to accommodate all passengers at once. Rotations will be required. Participants must be competent swimmers. Sunchairs are not included and not available for hire. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Flat, non-slip shoes or water shoes are recommended.

Discover Martinique

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Make the most of your time in Martinique and visit some of the island’s historic locations and beautiful sights and scenery.

Driving via the east coast, you’ll head to Sainte Marie for a visit to the factory of Sainte James, where you can sample some excellent local rum.

Afterwards, your drive continues to Saint Pierre, one of the most famous places on the island due to the devastating volcano of 1902. Thirty thousand people perished, with a prisoner in an underground prison being one of the lucky survivors. Lying at the foot of the Mount Pelée volcano is the small village of Morne Rouge where you’ll be served a delicious Caribbean lunch in a local restaurant.

Your return journey will go via the west coast of the island, where you’ll pass Case Pilote, one of the oldest fishing villages on the island. You’ll also see the point where Columbus landed in 1502 and where Gaugin lived and painted some of his most beautiful canvases.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1-1½ hours’ walking which may be uneven in parts. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse.

Naturally Martinique

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience the biodiversity and natural beauty of Martinique.

Leaving the port, you’ll head to the Balata Church for a photo stop and scenic views over the surrounding bay.

Continuing along the Trace Road, you’ll arrive at the Emerald Estate, a natural regional park located at Morne Rouge village between Mount Pelee and the Carbet Pitons. Here, you’ll learn about Martinique’s biodiversity, view traditional Creole gardens, and gain a better understanding of the natural soul of Martinique.

In the estate's interactive stage gallery, your guide will teach you about the Natural history of Martinique. Immerse yourself in family friendly interactive exhibits, including a cleverly illustrated discovery of nature.>BR>
During your visit you’ll have time to explore this amazing nature estate on foot. If you are feeling active you can take an optional short guided walk along a walking trail that winds its way through the rainforest past some of the 100 endemic species.

Finish your visit by enjoying some traditional snacks and a local natural drink, made from fresh fruit juice.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour over uneven and gravelled ground. The group will be split in 2 upon arrival at the estate. Passengers are reminded to take sun protection with them and wear footwear suitable for hiking over rough, uneven and wet ground. This excursion involves travelling along winding roads, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo.

Rum and Bananas

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

Discover scenic beauty and tropical delights at two of the area’s most treasured plantation homes.

Board your bus for a scenic 30-minute inland drive to Le Lamentin, one of the largest towns on the island.

L'Habitation Belfort is a charming banana plantation where you’ll discover one of the island’s most important industries. Enjoy a fun and informative trolley train ride and learn how this sunny yellow fruit gets from the field to the supermarket. Discover all processes including irrigation, harvest, banana fields, and seeing locals at work. At the end of the tour, explore the pretty grounds and gardens and sample some of the delicious local produce.

Continue on to the Clement Plantation House, one of the most famous plantation homes in the Caribbean. Explore this spectacular cultural heritage site and its tranquil gardens that display a breathtaking selection of local flora.

Since 1887, Clement Rum has been one of the most recognised rums in the world. Walk next door to the plantation's antique rum distillery for a guided tour and a rum tasting, the perfect way to conclude the day. Time for shopping will be given for you to purchase some premium rum in the store.

Following your visit, settle back and enjoy a picturesque drive back to the ship through lush landscapes.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus, open tram and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour. There are approximately 70 steps at the rum distillery and 20 steps inside Clement Plantation House. Local currency or a credit card will be required for purchases.

 

A selection of cruises to Martinique

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