If you’re going on a Caribbean cruise that will call at Martinique or if you’re just thinking about a cruise vacation, either way you may want more information about this French-speaking island that lies just north of Saint Lucia and Barbados and further south than Puerto Rico or Jamaica.
Martinique Cruise Update 2011 - 2012
Named "Top Caribbean Destination for Delectable Dining of the Year 2009" by Caribbean Travel + Life Magazine and Top Caribbean Destination" by About.com in 2010, Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more.
Passengers with the following nationalities may enter Martinique without a visa:
Non-EEC citizens who are subject to a visa to enter Martinique must hold:
Cruise guests are given personalized and friendly reception upon their arrival at Martinique's Tourelles and Pointe Simon Terminals.
Le Gossip is the talk of the town among young, hip locals in Martinique. A restaurant, boutique and art gallery all in one, Le Gossip regularly hosts fashion shows, poetry readings, wine tastings, and more in a lively downtown Fort-de-France location.
Named in honor of Martinique's famed poet, Aimé Césaire, this charming eatery located in downtown Fort-de-France features the culinary creations of Chef Harold Jeanville, formerly of Ti' Foyaal and Lenotre in Paris where he worked alongside such culinary masters as Pierre Hermé and Alain Ducasse. The dynamic menu changes daily, ensuring a unique dining experience with every visit.
Martinique's newest hot spot to see and be seen, Lili's is a chic beachfront bar and restaurant located at the La Batliere hotel in Schoelcher, just 10 min from downtown Fort-France. New menu choices are served up daily under the auspices of Chef Johnny Vahey, a native of Ireland who apprenticed under renowned celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsey. Chef Vahey describes the cuisine as refined Caribbean/Creole with French accents and an emphasis on fresh, local products. The gourmet fare runs counter to Lili's casual, laid-back setting, lending a uniquely alluring, tropical style epitomizing the French Riviera in the Caribbean.
Discovering the Balata Gardens' canopy on aerial paths.
Located only seven miles from Fort-de-France, and very much appreciated by our cruise guests and nature-lovers, the Balata Gardens of Martinique now offer an incredible innovating experience to its visitors by allowing them to explore its luxuriant canopy while comfortably strolling on fifteen-meter high wooden bridges running over the tops of one hundred-year-old trees and giving a magical breathtaking aerial view of the garden, the bay of Fort-de-France and the Carbet Pitons. The Balata Gardens are a real master piece and an internationally-renowned reference for the richness of its botanical collections.
Depaz distillery opens its "Château" to the public.
Being one of the most visited venues by cruise guests, the Depaz Distillery has recently opened its plantation house to the public.
Surrounded by a well-tended park and beautifully nestled at the foot of the majestic and famed Mount Pelée, the plantation house of the former master shelters a precious collection of artifacts, archive documents, Creole costumes, and antique furniture. A real invitation to a wonderful voyage into the life of yesteryear!
97250 Saint Pierre
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