Located on Grande-Terre Island in Guadeloupe, Pointe-A-Pitre is a wonderful starting destination for your next Caribbean cruise. This port city is famous for its 19th century architecture, local markets, museums, historic sites, and more. Plus, there are a few nice beaches where you can kick back and relax on a warm, sunny day. Pointe-A-Pitre is also very gastronomically diverse, sharing Caribbean, French, Cajun, and Creole influences. Many cruises include Pointe-A-Pitre as a port of call in the middle of their itinerary, rather than as a departure port.
Two cruise lines currently feature cruises departing from Pointe-A-Pitre, Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises. Depending on which cruise line you choose, voyages range in length from 7- to 23-nights, giving you tons of flexibility! A great time to visit Pointe-A-Pitre is any time of the year, though the period between December and May are typically the most popular.
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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.
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).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Pointe-A-Pitre, along with a brief description:
♦ Memorial ACTe
History-lovers are certain to be interested in visiting Memorial ACTe, a museum offering insight into the history of slave trade in the Caribbean. There are also a few exhibits that showcase Point-A-Pitre’s local history, artwork, flora, and fauna (some displays are interactive). Audio tours are available to bring you from room to room, each one telling a story about the Caribbean’s grim past. The museum itself is modern, air-conditioned, and easy to navigate. If you’re looking for an emotional yet educational experience, consider checking out Memorial ACTe during your time in Point-A-Pitre.
♦ Spice Market
For a true cultural experience, consider paying a visit to Point-A-Pitre’s Spice Market. Not only is this market registered as a historic monument, but it’s a great way to indulge in Creole flavors and fragrances. The best feature of the Spice Market is the vendors, who are dressed in traditional clothing and very welcoming when you visit! It’s a great way to interact with locals. Among some of the items you will find for sale at this market include a wide variety of spices, flowers, Creole handicrafts, hand-woven baskets, and much more! The Spice Market is open from Monday to Saturday (subject to change).
♦ Ilet du Gosier
If you’re looking for a nice way to spend time outdoors, look no further than Ilet du Gosier. This small island is located right off the coast of Pointe-A-Pitre and can be easily accessed via boat (or, if you’re feeling up to it, by kayak). This paradise-like island features white-sand beaches, clear shallow waters (perfect for snorkeling), and even its own bar where you can enjoy rum-based cocktails and yummy Creole cuisine (certain to put you in a tropical mood!). There’s also a lighthouse and a few ruins for those fascinated by history. All in all, Ilet du Gosier makes for an excellent day trip!
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