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Pointe-à-Pitre is the largest city of Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the French Caribbean. Find the perfect Caribbean Cruise to Guadeloupe with MSC Cruises.

Pointe-à-Pitre: Museums, interesting public buildings, markets, and an historic old port

Pointe-à-Pitre is the largest city of Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the French Caribbean.

The two main islands in Guadeloupe – Grande Terre and Basse Terre – are shaped like the wings of a butterfly, with Pointe-à-Pitre located right in the middle! Today, Point-à-Pitre is a well-developed, cosmopolitan city that boasts a smart new terminal for cruise ships.

However, the city is relatively recent as it was first built in 1759 when the English began to construct the town. Point-à-Pitre has since grown to become the economic hub of the island, packed with museums, interesting public buildings, markets, and an historic old port. Point-à-Pitre is popular destination along our Caribbean cruise itinerary as it offers a delightful mix of relaxing beach opportunities for sun-worshippers as well as plenty of historical attractions for those who like to add an educational dimension to their day away from ship.

Passengers can conveniently step off the luxury MSC cruise ship onto the dock where the bustling market offers a lively mix of stalls selling handicrafts and typical local goods such as rum, Creole dolls, jewelry and palm-woven baskets.

The best way to get away from it all is located nearby - close to Pointe-à-Pitre are perfect white sand beaches and beautiful national parks teeming with waterfalls and rainforests.

Choose from our great selection of package ideas for day trips and see below for our best deals on excursion to provide you with a real taste of local life and a relaxing addition to your Caribbean vacation. Book your Caribbean cruise with MSC Cruises today!

Cruise to Point a Pitre - Guadeloupe - Caribbean - MSC Cruises

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Port average temperature

Like any other Eastern Caribbean city, Pointe-à-Pitre experiences quite evenly spread rainfall during the year, with a wetter season between July and November which coincides with hurricane season. The city receives 1500-2000 mm of rainfall. Tropical heat is the norm, bringing steady highs of around 32°C that drop to 20°C at night. The trade winds blow from the northeast and often temper the climate.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 GUA08 - A Glimpse of Guadeloupe (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  This classical visit will give you the opportunity to discover the lush volcanic island of Basse-Terre where you will be taken on picturesque roads bordered by luxuriant vegetation and nature tropical landscapes. First you will cross the national park of Guadeloupe with its dense tropical forest, and enjoying the refreshing Cascade aux Écrevisses. Afterwards the Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden will captivate you with its exceptional richness: here you will enjoy the primary forest nearby orchids and cacao trees, the palm grove and spectacular exotic plants. Through sugarcane plantations, you will then visit a genuine colonial property and the estate where you will be able to taste one of the Caribbean's best “rum agricole”. Notes: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 5pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA08 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA08D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 GUA08D - A Glimpse of Guadeloupe for Disembarking Guests (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  This classical visit will give you the opportunity to discover the lush volcanic island of Basse-Terre where you will be taken on picturesque roads bordered by luxuriant vegetation and nature tropical landscapes. First you will cross the national park of Guadeloupe with its dense tropical forest, and enjoying the refreshing Cascade aux Écrevisses. Afterwards the Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden will captivate you with its exceptional richness: here you will enjoy the primary forest nearby orchids and cacao trees, the palm grove and spectacular exotic plants. Through sugarcane plantations, you will then visit a genuine colonial property and the estate where you will be able to taste one of the Caribbean's best “rum agricole”. Notes: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 5pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA08 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA08D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 GUA09 - The History of Rum and the Colourful Flowers of Guadeloupe (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Tasting included  On the road to the fishing village of Deshaies, the tour leaves from the port of Pointe-à-Pitre and ventures into the very fertile northern part of the Island of Basse-Terre. After this commented ride on the picturesque roads snaking through sugar cane plantations you will visit the most beautiful Botanical Garden in the Caribbean: le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Here you will find without doubt the most beautiful flower’s and plant’s species in all the Caribbean: it is the right place for nature lovers. Afterwards, just a few minutes from the park, you will be able to learn about culture and history of Guadeloupe: you will visit the Musée du Rhum and its several exhibitions rooms. Here you will specifically discover the tradition of producing rum and you will end this visit with a complimentary rum testing before to take the way back to the ship.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 GUA10 - Parc Des Mamelles (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Here's your chance to discover the rain forest and tropical animals in the Parc des Mamelles! Born as natural reserve to receive raccoons, the park had an important development as concerning animal hosting and protection and nature preservation. You will enter the heart of this unique habitat that has attracted the interest of countless environment experts. A glance beyond the marked path will reveal unusual wild animal species that inhabit the Caribbean and Latin America. You will also get to know the forest from above. Suspended walkways will allow you to wander through the canopy (the uppermost level of the tropical forest), from one tree to the next at a height of at least 15 meters above ground. You will also enjoy a spectacular view of Pigeon Island, the “Cousteau Reserve”. Finally, you will be able to admire the nearby Cascade des Ecrevisses, situated in the middle of Guadeloupe National Park. Please note: children must be at least 8 years of age to take part in the canopy tour.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 GUA11 - The Spectacular Carbet Waterfall (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Snack included  Drink included  The southern end of Basse-Terre island is dominated by the La Grande Soufrière volcano, which rises to a majestic height of 1,647 m amid Guadeloupe’s lush green rainforest. It is also where you’ll find the gorgeous Carbet Waterfalls, the main highlight of this tour. After boarding a comfortable coach at the port of Pointe-à-Pitre, your journey to the famous falls – consisting of three separate cascades – will first take you through the Capesterre-Belle-Eau region to the island’s Hindu temple, a testament to Guadeloupe’s multi-ethnic society. A photo stop will be made at this colourfully decorated place of worship, following which the picturesque route continues right into the rainforest and to the 110-m mid-level fall. An exhilarating walk will then take you to the viewing platform, which affords truly breathtaking views of the cascade as it gushes through the dense vegetation. The sun glinting on the sparkling water coming over the mountainside is a perfect photo moment, so do remember to bring your camera. Your tour then draws to a leisurely close with your scenic journey back to your ship. Please note: for reasons of safety, direct access to the falls and the pool has been prohibited, by order of the National Park Authorities, since 2004. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Accessing the viewing platform involves going up/down approx. 400 steps.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 GUA12 - Exclusive Eco Zodiac Tour Sail & Snorkel Tour (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  You will reach by bus the small port of St. Rose in front of the natural reserve of Grand Cul de Sac Marin, part of the Guadeloupe National Park. Here, in small groups of 4 guests you will board and drive your own zodiac boat and start your exploration of the mangroves with their birds, crabs, starfish and multi-colored sponges. After leaving the mangroves, you will discover the beautiful crystal water and a wonderful coral reef. Put on your mask and flippers and have fun snorkeling in this aquarium. On the way back you will stop on another small island "l'Ilet Blanc" so named because of its white sand, where you can enjoy a refreshing fruit juice or rum punch.

Price per person $129.00 Adults $90.00 Children

   


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 GUA13 - Water taxi to the beach (3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  Step off the ship for an enjoyable beach excursion, which begins with you boarding a water taxi and going on a scenic ride along the coast to the major seaside resort of Gosier. Beach chairs are provided free of charge to help you while away about three hours at the beach in complete comfort. A complimentary drink will also be served before you begin your return journey to the port and your ship. Notes: Umbrellas are not available at the beach however there are a lot of palms and shadow. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from seasickness or with mobility problems. Towel, sunscreen and swimsuit are recommended. Participants must be at least 4 years of age. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. Euros are accepted for purchases.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 GUA14 - Nautilus Adventure and Nature Walk (3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Team a trip in a glass-bottomed boat with a nature walk to discover the varied flora and fauna found on the island of Basse-Terre and its coastal waters. Your outward journey will take you by coach from the port of Pointe-à-Pitre to Basse-Terre and the wonderful National Park en route to the grey-sand beach of Malendure and the Nautilus, the modern glass-bottomed boat that will take you to the nearby Pigeon Island. Now a protected wildlife sanctuary, the isle was catapulted to fame when Jacques Cousteau, the famous French oceanographer and film director, declared it to be of the world’s best diving sites. The Nautilus will drop anchor here so you can swim or snorkel in the clear Caribbean Sea amongst hundreds of fish. Complimentary drinks will be served on board before you head back to Malendure. Back on land, your coach will then take you to the National Park for a stop at the small emerald-green Cascade des Ecrevisses for a short, but scenic hike through the wonderful vegetation. A short drive will then return you to the port and your ship. Please note: the physical activity that this tour involves is moderate to extensive; the tour is considered to be suitable for guests with limited mobility, but not for guests using a wheelchair. Guests wishing to swim or snorkel must be in good physical condition and able to swim in deep water. You are recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothes and take sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel. Snorkelling equipment is provided.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 GUA16 - BOTANICAL GARDENS (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  On the road to the fishing village of Deshaies, the tour leaves from the port of Pointe à Pitre and ventures into the very fertile northern part of the Island of Basse-Terre. During this commented ride on the picturesque roads snaking through sugar cane plantations you will stop to admire the beach of Grande Anse and make a nice photo stop before to visit the best Botanical Garden in the Caribbean: le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Here you will find without doubt the most various and beautiful flower’s and plant’s species in all the Caribbean: it is the right place for nature lovers. This floral and animal park will enchant you with its arboretum, the palm tree way, the cactus way, the bougainvilleas way and its ponds, the flamingos and other marvellous surprises... Notes: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 3pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA16 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA16D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GUA16D - BOTANICAL GARDENS for Disembarking Guests (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  On the road to the fishing village of Deshaies, the tour leaves from the port of Pointe à Pitre and ventures into the very fertile northern part of the Island of Basse-Terre. During this commented ride on the picturesque roads snaking through sugar cane plantations you will stop to admire the beach of Grande Anse and make a nice photo stop before to visit the best Botanical Garden in the Caribbean: le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Here you will find without doubt the most various and beautiful flower’s and plant’s species in all the Caribbean: it is the right place for nature lovers. This floral and animal park will enchant you with its arboretum, the palm tree way, the cactus way, the bougainvilleas way and its ponds, the flamingos and other marvellous surprises... Notes: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 3pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA16 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA16D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 GUA17 - PASSIONATE SEALIFE AND SNORKELING (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  A modern zodiac boat will pick you up directly at the Cruise ship pier. Through the Rivière Salée (Salt River) and the mangrove eco-system you will reach the Grand-Cul-de-Sac-Marin, part of the National Park of Guadeloupe. Your marine biology expert and guide instructor will accompany you snorkeling at the coral reef and will show you the sea-life of this extraordinary environment, world biological reserve of the UNESCO. The second part of the tour has as scenery the near and enchanting sandy island where you will enjoy the beautiful beach with your complimentary drink. The way back to the port is as well an instructive and surprising boat trip through the natural and breathtaking landscapes of Guadeloupe. NOTES: Children minimum age: 4. Guests should be able to swim. Snorkeling material is included and available in the zodiac for all guests

Price per person $116.00 Adults $81.00 Children

   


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 GUA19 - Guadeloupe Highlights (Approx. 3.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  New  This tour of Grande-Terre island begins with a short drive to one of Guadeloupe’s key historical monuments, the mid-18th-century Fort Fleur d’épée. Situated high above the coastal town of Le Gosier on the southern shores of Grand-Terre, the fortress once played a critical role in the Seven Years’ War between France and Great Britain, but is now used to host temporary art exhibitions. Moving on, you’ll then stop in Le Gosier itself for lovely views of one of Guadeloupe’s most popular snapshot scenes: the Îlet du Gosier. Located just a stone’s throw out to sea, this tiny coral isle is home to swaying palm trees and a pretty lighthouse. Leaving Le Gosier, you’ll then make your way through the beautiful greenery and fruit orchards of the Grands Fonds region, a densely vegetated area of valleys and hills that is used for agricultural purposes. The last stop on the tour will then be in the pretty fishing village of St. Anne before a scenic drive along the southern coastline takes you back to the ship.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 GUA20 - Panoramic Tour to the Pointe des Chateaux (Approx. 4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  New  Leave the ship and treat yourself to a tour of panoramic views to one of the island’s most popular destinations: the Pointe des Châteaux, or castle point, located at the island’s easternmost tip. A scenic drive along the southern coastline will see you reach St. Anne, a fishing village noted for its lovely seafront promenade and local handcraft products. You’ll then head east along the coastal road to the Pointe des Châteaux, an incredible rock formation sculpted by the wind to resemble a castle’s crenellations. A walk will take you up to the highest spot, from where you’ll catch spectacular views of the neighbouring Caribbean islands – simply perfect for a photo or two. As the outing continues, you’ll pass through a landscape of sugarcane plantations to reach Morne-à-L’Eau, a town curiously noted for its artistic cemetery, which represents the unique black-and-white architecture of the West Indies. A short drive will then take you from Morne-à-L’Eau back to your ship. Please note: the path up to Pointe des Châteaux involves going up/down approx. 400 steps. Guests are recommended to bring a bottle of water on the tour.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 GUA21 - Sand & Sea Creole Party (Approx. 5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Snack included  Drink included  New  Prepare to get into party mode when you board the King Papyrus at the pier in Pointe-à-Pitre and set sail on a creole pleasure cruise with a distinctly Caribbean flavour. As you make your way down the Rivière Salée – the narrow “salt river” channel separating the islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre – you’ll be free to take to the dance floor, lounge on the sun deck or do both. The route to the lagoon and the sandy isle of Caret will take you through fascinating mangrove swamps, an experience that you may well want to capture in a snapshot or two. Once at the island, you’ll have time to relax, swim, sunbathe and continue enjoying the party while sipping a creole drink and dancing to the music. Your return journey will give you another chance to move to authentic Caribbean sounds, while the friendly crew on the King Papyrus serves you refreshing fruit and tasty fruit juice or rum punch.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.