Saint George cruise

19th century Creole houses 
A tour of French forts
An infinity of waterfalls

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St. George’s

A dip in the stills of the lakes

To those arriving with a Caribbean Sea cruise to St. George’s, the capital of Grenada appears to enclose its port, Carenage, like a horseshoe.

Here your cruise ship will await you. Walking up the streets that climb the surrounding hills, one can admire some 19th century Creole houses, which still have roofs of red tiles used as ballast by Old World ships.
Once disembarked from your MSC ship, you can visit the Grenada National Museum, housed in French barracks dating to 1704, where Amerindian pottery, a still for distilling rum and a marble tub belonging to Joséphine de Beauharnais are on display.

Another interesting excursion to go on during your holiday in Grenada will take you on a tour of French forts: Fort George (1705); Fort Frederick, the best preserved; and Fort Matthew, which was bombarded by the Americans in 1983. At Fort George, graffiti reads, “No pain no gain, brother” and a pole bears bullet holes from the shooting of Maurice Bishop, leader of the Grenadian revolution of 1979, who is much loved to this day.

If an excursion takes you to higher elevations, you will discover an infinity of waterfalls. They are not enormous, but they have an undeniable charm: they appear suddenly in the middle of the wood, each with its own small lake in which to cool down after a long walk. Choosing among these waterfalls is truly difficult. Annandale, Concordes, Seven Sisters, Mt. Carmel, Honeymoon or Paraclete; they are all worth a visit.

Following the Mt. Qua Qua Trail, will take you into the Grand Etang Rain Forest and to the peak of the mountain, from where you will be able to see all of the southeastern Caribbean islands. Grenada, like any tropical island, has splendid beaches where to go swimming, snorkelling and diving.

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  • SNORKELING CHAMPAGNE LOBSTER CRUISE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    GRE08

    Join us for this unforgettable six hour tour which sails from St. George's Harbour to the enchanted island of Hog. Sail along the scenic South West Caribbean coast of Grenada towards Point Salines, the Southern most point of Grenada. Then you will have an exhilarating experience, sailing upwind on the Atlantic side to the secluded island of Hog. After a snorkeling stop on a vibrant coral reef with colorful tropical fishes and other marine life, you will have your grilled lobster lunch served on Hog Island, where you can just swim or explore the secrets of this "Robinson Crusoe" island. To complete this memorable day, you re-board, sit back, relax and enjoy a smooth one hour and half sail back to St George's. Please note: The following are included on the tour: A complimentary bar with rum punch, sodas, juices and mineral water, Snacks (fruits, French bread and cheese), One glass of Champagne and two glasses of wine during the lunch, A lobster lunch (grilled lobster with potatoes, green salad and garlic bread), Grilled Stirloin Steak, or fish, or chicken, or veggie lunch can be served instead of the lobster (upon request 24 hours in advance), snorkel gear, instructions and a guided snorkel tour
    • Drink included

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • Adults$145.00Price per person

    • Children$99.00Price per person

  • ECO TREK TO BAMBOO WATERFALL

    NATURAL WONDERS

    GRE15

    One of Grenada’s most prized natural beauty spots lies mid-island in the Grand Etang Nature Reserve and is a water-filled crater of an extinct volcano. The place is simply called Lake Grand Etang – which equates to something like Great Pond Lake – and will be among your destinations on this nature-based half-day trekking tour. You’ll first leave St. George’s to travel along winding roads up to the summit of the nature reserve area, which sits at an elevation of about 550 m/1,800 ft. above mean sea level. The roughly 30-minute trek will take you through not just the lush rainforest, but also a private plantation with nutmeg, cocoa, mango and other fruit trees, banana plants, coconut palms and a variety of topical flowers to discover en route to the beautiful Bamboo Waterfall. There’ll be time for you to go for a soak or simply relax and savour the views before you begin to head back to the cruise terminal for a glass of fresh local organic fruit juice, after which you’ll return to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age to take part. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and be under their supervision at all times. Rainforest terrain is uneven, can be muddy and can sometimes be slippery. Guests are recommended to wear sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers and to bring a bottle of water. Guests wishing to swim at the waterfall are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing and to bring a towel.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$49.00Price per person

    • Children$35.00Price per person

  • SPICES & RAINFOREST

    NATURAL WONDERS

    GRE13

    Lying northeast of mainland Venezuela, northwest of Trinidad & Tobago and southwest of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the island nation of Grenada is generally known as the “spice isle” due to the widespread farming of mace and nutmeg. In fact, Grenada is among the world’s largest exporters of these spices. A drive through the town of St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, begins your sightseeing tour, after which you will head for the seaside town of Gouyave and the Nutmeg Station, Grenada’s largest nutmeg receiving station and the place where this "black gold" is processed. Once you have passed through the protective walls surrounding the station, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time to a pre-industrial age. Neither conveyor belts nor machines work here; instead, the mace and nutmeg processing line is powered by the nimble fingers of numerous women. Your tour then continues along the lovely Belvedere Road, which runs through cocoa, banana, nutmeg and various other spice crops, as you head for Lake Grand Etang, an utterly enchanting expanse of cobalt-blue water that occupies the crater of an extinct volcano high up in the centre of the island. Then, there’s time for a refreshing drink at the Visitor Centre before descending through hanging carpets of green mountain fern to Annandale Falls our last stop. It's a short but steep walk to this green paradise, where rushing water is framed by hanging ferns and a variety of the island's flowering and medicinal plants. Please note: photography and/or videoing is prohibited in the nutmeg processing plant.
    • Drink included

    • Best seller

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • CREOLE BUS SENSATION

    SCENIC ROUTE

    GRE03

    Originally British, the Creole buses were the first large means of transportation on the island in the 50's. Neglected and forgotten over the course of the years due to the competition of modern transport, they are currently making their comeback to provide you with the opportunity of savoring the charm of Grenada in the early days! Nothing has changed: bright colors, and deliciously padded wooden benches. So, off we go for a truly local cocktail. Grenada's capital is very British in nature with the Carenage, an adorable little harbor set in the hollow of an ancient volcano. This is our point of departure from where we launch ourselves in the assault of St George's, following a labyrinth of roads reminiscent of San Francisco, Caribbean style! And on board of the Creole buses, the drive takes a turn for the unexpected! It is indeed a bit of a climb to reach the heights of Grenadian history; we are on our way to the sumptuous panoramas that can be admired from the old forts: Fort George and Fort Frederick. Fort George overlooks the small capital. Its ancient stones and rocks tell the tale of the culture shock between England and France in the old days; as for Fort Frederick, it stands dominant above the tropical rainforest and the Caribbean Sea, offering a panoramic view of 360 degree. Leaving Fort Frederick behind you, you head to the south of the island, "surfing" the hill tops, as the bus follows the road along the tropical hills and slides down the rural delight of the Grenadian countryside. It is only on the beach, with your feet in the water, your head below the sea grape trees and a rum punch in your hand that we propose an end to this Creole escapade! Please note: Maximum weight is 90 kilos. Beach chair available (Usd, 5/chair) but not included in the tour. Guests must be in good health to climb the forts; however they can stay in the bus during the visit.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$39.00Price per person

    • Children$29.00Price per person

  • MOTORBOAT TO GOUYAVE & BEACH

    SCENIC ROUTE

    GRE12

    Leave from the water taxi landing stage at the port and go full speed up the west coast for about half an hour, until you reach the fishing town of Gouyave, where we tie up at the jetty. A fifteen minute walk brings you to the nutmeg factory, where you have a guided tour that takes approximately 40 minutes. You will have the opportunity to buy nutmegs and other spices and souvenirs. Back to the boat, where a further 20 minute ride brings you to Flamingo Bay for snorkelling (40 minutes). You then move on to the longest white sand beach, Grand Anse, for up to 45 minutes of bathing, exploring and browsing in the ‘Art & Craft Market’, which is right on the beach. After this, you will be taken to the old port of St. George’s, for a leisurely drive (in the boat!) around the picturesque Carenage for 15 minutes, telling you about some of the buildings and the history of the area. After this, it takes just five minutes to get back to the port. Please note: Included in the tour: one glass of rum punch, fruit juice, water, and tuna & cheese sandwiches. Snorkeling equipment: mask and fins are included. Snorkeling is from the boat, not from the shore. Snorkelers should be able to swim.
    • Drink included

    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$85.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • HIGH TIME SAIL SNORKEL & BEACH

    SEA & SUN

    GRE01

    It’s Adventure Time when you board your catamaran, High Time for a memorable snorkel and Beach experience. Sail along the picturesque coastline to the Mollinere/Flamingo Bay Marine Park. The crew gives the orientation briefing before leading you on a colourful journey along the reef. You will see brilliantly hued tropical fish, colourful hard and soft coral, sea fans and sponges. Witness the “feeding frenzy” of Sergeant Majors. After snorkeling, High Time sails off to a pretty white sand beach. Sunbathe, relax on the beach all to the strains of Caribbean Calypso Music. Experience island life the way it was meant to be your own time, your own pace. You return to your ship with fond memories of a special place. Please note : Rum Punch, bottled water and sandwiches are complimentary. Guests must be able to walk unaided
    • Drink included

    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • NUTMEG & FALLS

    SEA & SUN

    GRE05

    The west coast of Grenada hosts a number of features that are very specific to Grenada: spices and cocoa at Dougaldston Estate, nutmeg in Gouyave and in the tropical heights, waterfalls and plantations! The point of departure is St George’s and we follow the road to the North along the Caribbean Sea. Your first stop is Dougaldston Estate. Founded in 1700, this ancient cocoa plantation opens the wonderful palette of spices and scents of the island. In Gouyave however, fishing is not the only source of income and this small town reveals one of its most surprising features: the nutmeg cooperative plant. Well-protected behind high walls, you will travel about one century back in time: no conveyor belts, no machines; the long processing chain of this precious spice starts off in the hands and nimble fingers of the kind-hearted "mammas". Here you enter in the kingdom of women! Humble and conscientious, their movements are founded day after day in the long tradition of secrets of nutmeg, placing these ageless sites second in the world of exporting nations. On your way back, you make a tiny detour to enjoy a swim in the natural lovely pool at the Concord Falls. There you will discover a very particular type of plantation. Here the nutmeg and cocoa trees grow along the flanks of the hills in the tropical forest that is forever near. Please note : it is not permitted to take photographs inside the Nutmeg factory.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$49.00Price per person

    • Children$35.00Price per person

  • AROUND THE ISLE OF SPICE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    GRE02

    Discover the scents and aromas of the "Isle of Spice" on this full day sightseeing tour by motor coach. Your driver will follow the picturesque west coast, rich in history and colour until Dougaldston Estate where you will receive an introduction to the spices. The nutmeg factory in Gouyave is your next stop: there, you are shown the seasoning, processing and sorting of nutmegs and mace. Nutmeg products vary from syrup to massage oil, garden mulch to nail varnish; even a pain-relieving spray. By now, you're ready for lunch in Belmont Estate, a plantation house, where you will have the opportunity of tasting some typical Creole dishes while enjoying a fantastic view of the Estate. Leaving the restaurant, you will go to River Antoine Rum Distillery: the place is as antique (1785) as the rum is strong (75% alcohol – ouch!). It can be hard to believe that the place is a working distillery, not an elderly museum. Despite its antiquity, it is quite well thought-out, and has environmentally-friendly aspects. To end this day, you will return to the pier through the rain forest over the mountains with a stop at Grand Etang, home of the Mona monkey, where you can take a short walk of the surrounding gardens. Please Note: the order of the visits may vary.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      7 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • RUM & BEACH

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    GRE06

    Without a doubt, Grenada is one of the most charming islands in the Caribbean. The unspoiled natural beauty is what makes the island so unique. Our first stop is at Clark's Court, a rum distillery unlike any other and one of the most interesting historical sites. The factory has been in operation since 1937, and is situated in the southern part of the island, in the Parish of St. George's. Our guide would explain all the different processes and stages of making the rum. You would learn of the distilling process from sugar cane, syrup and molasses, to rum, and also the aging, blending and bottling process of making rum. On tour you would also get the opportunity to discover old steam engines, some dating as far back as 1886 that are still used. Then you are invited to sample the award-winning rums at the sample bar. You would be given recipes on different ways you can mix the rum and truly appreciate the taste of our fine products. Leaving the Rum Distillery, you will travel to our secluded white sandy beach, graced by crystal clear waters and kissed by almond trees for natural shade. There, you will enjoy paddling in the water with a fresh drink in your hand, during two hours. Included in your package is: restroom facilities with changing rooms, showers and two complimentary beverages. Please note : beach chair available (5Usd/chair) but not included in the tour.
    • Drink included

    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$39.00Price per person

    • Children$29.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Grenada

Scents of spices
Scents of spices

As your cruise approaches Grenada, the first thing you notice are the green hills of the hinterland. These reminded the Spanish conquerors of the hills behind the Andalusian town of Granada and for this reason they chose this name. Today it is the “island of spices”.
As you will see during your vacation in Grenada, here we find vast cultivations of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, but above all, nutmeg, marvelous plants to look for also during your excursions to the forest.

Those who choose to visit Grenada will be favourably impressed by its care of the environmental heritage: 100% of the territory is protected, either completely or partially, all to the advantage of hikers and trekkers in the mountains of the hinterland. Of great eco-touristic attraction are the excursions to the territories of Saint John, to the west and of Saint David, to the south-east.

If you’re looking for beaches, you don’t have to go too far from the capital, Saint George; here, in the south-western part of the island you find the most stunning locations, like the Grand Anse Beach, considered by many to be one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
And if these 3km of beach aren’t enough, there are other stretches along the coasts of the Lance aux Épines peninsula or the white sands of the coast of Morne Rouge Bay, at the southern end of the island.