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Cruises to Fort de France, Martinique

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Fort de France: Volcanic landscapes and white and black sandy beaches

Whether you are a seasoned cruise passenger or you’ve never cruised before, we will help you experience your holiday to the full, thanks to our well-appointed luxury  cruise ships , our fantastic stop-over destinations and great package deals on day-trip excursions . Fort de France, on the island of Martinique makes for a fantastic day off the ship and has something for all tastes.

Located in the East Caribbean, Martinique is a Mecca for tourists who are drawn by its stunning natural beauty. The volcanic landscapes, with sugar, palm, banana and pineapple plantations that roll down to sandy beaches of white and black sand are just some of the reasons why Christopher Columbus claimed that Martinique was ‘the most beautiful country in the world’ when he landed here in 1493.

All holiday makers to Fort de France love the captivating mix of French and Creole cultures. Here, in the capital city, Parisian chic meets a laid back Caribbean vibe. You can find fashionable French brands in the stylish boutiques as well as vibrant covered markets where the melodies of French folk music mingle with the sounds of local zouk.

There is as much to do off the island as in Fort de France itself; choose from a range of water activities from snorkeling to kayaking. Architecture fans will appreciate the replica of Paris’ Sacred Heart Basilica whilst art lovers will be thrilled with the Paul Gauguin museum.
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 MAR15 - GETAWAY JEEP ADVENTURE (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Step off the ship and get in a jeep for an exciting tour of the lesser known regions of Martinique. A scenic drive along the main roads will first take you to the small town of St. Joseph in the island’s interior, after which you will enter private property and proceed to the off-road part of your tour, fording a number of rivers along the way before you hit the rainforest and its glorious vegetation. A stop will be made to let you appreciate the sheer tranquillity of this special place. Back on the road again, you can enjoy splendid views of the valleys and mountains before learning a little about Martinique’s agriculture when you travel through a banana plantation. Your final stop on the tour is the beautiful Coeur-Bouliki forest near St. Joseph and the Rivière Blanche (White River), where you can take a seat at the river bank and refresh yourself with a delicious drink. Your return to Fort-de-France on interior roads will give you more marvellous views of the bay to enjoy before you arrive back at your ship. Please note: as this tour involves travelling along winding roads, it may be unsuitable for guests who are susceptible to motion sickness. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 MAR16 - FOLKLORIC MARTINIQUE & RUM DISTILLERY TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Tasting included  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.  For an authentic taste of Martinique, step off the ship, board a coach and travel through the rainforest to one of the island’s best rum distilleries. On the way, a stop will be made at Balata Church, an exact miniature replica of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris that affords a spectacular view of Fort-de-France and the bay. A visit to the Depaz rum distillery will not only give you a chance to learn a little about the process of making rum, but also let you sample the special rhum agricole, which is distilled only in Martinique and is made using freshly squeezed sugarcane juice rather than the conventional molasses. A 10-minute drive from the distillery will take you St. Pierre, the former cultural capital of Martinique that was tragically destroyed in a major outbreak of Mount Pelée in 1902. The modern-day town of St. Pierre is France’s 101st “City of Art and History”. After visiting the Volcano Museum, your return trip to Fort-de-France will take you through Le Carbet, the spot where Columbus landed in 1502 and the town that inspired Gauguin to paint some of his most beguiling canvases. Also on the itinerary are Bellefontaine and its famous boat-shaped house as well as Schoelcher, a seaside resort that was named after a 19th-century French abolitionist writer. Please note: the tour itinerary may be reversed. As this tour involves travelling along winding roads, it may be unsuitable for guests who are susceptible to motion sickness. Shooting videos and taking photos are not permitted inside the St. Pierre Volcano Museum. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 MAR18 - NATURE KAYAKING TOUR (3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  Departing from the ship by boat with an English speaking guide, wearing your swimsuit, you will go to a little islet where the kayaks are waiting for you. On the islet, your will be welcomed and receive a brief Kayak and safety lesson. Paddling from the islet, you will penetrate inside a natural mangrove where you will appreciate the peaceful and atmospheric area. You will discover with your guide this natural environment where there is the aquatic fauna reproduction. The calm water will be ideal for novices also. During the paddle under a vegetation umbrella in the mangrove, your escorts will relate the area’s quiet benefit of this nature before returning to the Islet. On your return you will be served a cool refreshment and have the possibility to swim in the sea close to the Mandolin Islet if time and Sea Conditions permit. Notes: This excursion is quite active and then suitable only for passengers with very good physical condition. Wear your Swimsuit, towel and good sun protection. Tour may be canceled depending on sea conditions for security or comfort reasons.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 MAR20 - HIKING & PEACE OF MIND (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Take some time out from your ship and board a minibus for a short ride from Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, to the scenic Rue de la Fontaine Didier hiking trail. Look forward to a gentle hike on well-maintained roads through the most spectacular landscape, marked by lush rainforest vegetation, tropical trees and an abundance of wildlife. The trail also takes you past a number of lovely waterfalls before you arrive at Absalon, the final destination of your hike. You will then have time to have a rest, relax and enjoy a well-earned drink on the banks of a small river. To save your feet, a comfortable minibus will then be waiting to take you on an equally scenic return drive to the port and your ship.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 MAR21 - Botanical Garden & Its Suspension Bridge (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  After a short drive, enjoy a beautiful view of Fort de France while visiting a replica of the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre. Next, your tour will take you to the stunning Botanical Garden where you can walk under the trees and discover a multitude of tropical plants and flowers. Take a moment to cross the Garden’s Suspension Bridge where you will find exceptional views you will want to immortalize in photos. Notes: Participants of this tour must be physically fit and able to walk about 1.5 miles. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable closed shoes. The tour itinerary may be reversed. 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 MAR21 if you will be in transit in Fort de France or code MAR21D if you will be disembarking in Fort de France. Please note that the feasibility of this tour for disembarking guests will be confirmed onboard for the call of March 4, 2014.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 MAR21D - Botanical Garden & Its Suspension Bridge for Disembarking Guests(3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  After a short drive, enjoy a beautiful view of Fort de France while visiting a replica of the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre. Next, your tour will take you to the stunning Botanical Garden where you can walk under the trees and discover a multitude of tropical plants and flowers. Take a moment to cross the Garden’s Suspension Bridge where you will find exceptional views you will want to immortalize in photos. Notes: Participants of this tour must be physically fit and able to walk about 1.5 miles. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable closed shoes. The tour itinerary may be reversed. 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 MAR21 if you will be in transit in Fort de France or code MAR21D if you will be disembarking in Fort de France. Please note that the feasibility of this tour for disembarking guests will be confirmed onboard for the call of March 4, 2014.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 MAR22 - Historical Clement Plantation (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  During this excursion you will discover the architectural and industrial heritage of Martinique. Your tour begins with a visit to a tropical botanic garden which showcases more than 300 different botanical species throughout 16 acres of lush landscape. Next you will make your way to the Clement Plantation where you will visit the Main house where you can observe the domestic life of the plantation, and admire the Creole architecture. Your visit to the plantation also includes a visit to the Old Rum Distillery where you can learn about the rum making process and have a rum tasting. Notes: This tour involves winding roads which may not be suitable for those who suffer from vertigo or car- sickness. Participants must be in good health and correctly dressed. 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 MAR22 if you will be in transit in Fort de France or code MAR22D if you will be disembarking in Fort de France. Please note that this tour will not be available for disembarking guests on March 4, 2014.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 MAR22D - Historical Clement Plantation for Disembarking Guests (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  During this excursion you will discover the architectural and industrial heritage of Martinique. Your tour begins with a visit to a tropical botanic garden which showcases more than 300 different botanical species throughout 16 acres of lush landscape. Next you will make your way to the Clement Plantation where you will visit the Main house where you can observe the domestic life of the plantation, and admire the Creole architecture. Your visit to the plantation also includes a visit to the Old Rum Distillery where you can learn about the rum making process and have a rum tasting. Notes: This tour involves winding roads which may not be suitable for those who suffer from vertigo or car- sickness. Participants must be in good health and correctly dressed. 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 MAR22 if you will be in transit in Fort de France or code MAR22D if you will be disembarking in Fort de France. Please note that this tour will not be available for disembarking guests on March 4, 2014.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 MAR23 - Saint Pierre Panoramic (2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Board your air conditioned motor coach and travel along a winding road to reach the city of St. Pierre. Once the capital of Martinique, here you may view the ruins of houses, monuments and buildings which were destroyed in the 1902 eruption of Mt. Pelee. On the journey back to the ship you will have an opportunity to visit the Church of Balata, a replica of the Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris. Notes: This tour involves winding roads which may not be suitable for those who suffer from vertigo or car- sickness.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 MAR24 - Rum Distillery with lunch at Bambou (7 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  You will depart Fort de France and head towards Ste Marie where you will visit the famous St. James Rum Distillery & Museum. There you can try some agricol rum and learn how rum is distilled while visiting the museum. Next you will make your way to “Le Bambou” for an authentic Creole lunch. After lunch you will board your motor coach and travel to the city of St. Pierre which was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902. On your journey back to the ship make sure to be on the lookout for the many quaint fishing villages you will pass along the way. Notes: This tour is not available for the port of call of March 4, 2014.

Price per person $129.00 Adults $90.00 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.