If you are looking for one of the best ways to experience the Caribbean, then you might consider taking your next cruise from Fort-de-France. This fabulous port city is also the capital of Martinique, one of the region’s many beautiful islands. Filled with gorgeous colonial architecture, gardens, parks, museums, historic forts, and as many beaches as you can handle, there’s almost no reason why you shouldn’t spend some time in this city before or after your cruise. Plus, being a territory of France, you will discover some of the most mouthwatering French dishes around. You can also find cuisine that’s seasoned and flavored with Caribbean and Indian influences as well!
Depending on which cruise line you book, cruises departing from Fort-de-France typically range in length from 7- to 22-nights, granting you tons of flexibility in planning your cruise vacation.
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Fort De France, along with a brief description:
♦ Balata Gardens
Balata Gardens (Jardin de Balata) is one of the most highly-rated attractions in Fort De France. Originally built by landscape artist Jean Phillipe Thoze, you can wander these breathtaking grounds and take in the natural beauty of the island at your own pace! Discover trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs that are nothing short of gorgeous – along with some other highlights, such as a swinging bridge, hummingbirds, walking paths, and much more. There is also a gift shop and restaurant on-site that you can check out before or after your visit. If you’re looking for a tranquil escape that’s a nice break from the beaches, then consider paying a visit to the Balata Gardens!
♦ Grand Marche Market
No stop in Fort De France is complete without a visit to Grand Marche Market! Plus, if you forgot a large floppy hat to protect you from the harsh sun, you can pick one up! Browse the many different stalls selling everything from food, spices, clothing, art, liquor (especially rum), and more. Since many locals shop here, it is a great way to interact with residents of the island and get a taste of their daily lifestyle. Whether or not you’re looking for something unique and authentic to bring back home, you definitely don’t want to miss the colorful and exciting atmosphere you’ll find here. Grand Marche Market is open daily from 4:30AM to 4:00PM (2:00PM on Saturdays), and closed on Sundays (subject to change).
Since Fort De France is situated on an island, it’s no surprise that you will discover many beautiful beaches while visiting! Whether you’re looking to stay active with water sports or simply lay out and work on your color, there is a beach that’s perfect for you. La Francaise is a small beach in close proximity to Fort Saint Louis, where you can admire incredible views of the forts and see iguanas. A bit further from the city center is Plage De Madiana, a quiet and relaxing beach with many palm trees and gray sand. If you’re looking to try out some watersports (such as kayaking and swimming), a good beach to check out is Plage de I’Anse Madame.
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