The cruise sector in Martinique was bolstered recently with news that Royal Caribbean International has included Fort-de-France port calls in winter 2012-2013 itineraries aboard the MS Vision of the Seas, which carries a maximum passenger capacity in excess of 2,400 people.
This marks a return to the Isle of Flowers for Royal Caribbean, which last sailed to Martinique in 2009. The Martinique Tourism Authority is heralding the development as a major step forward in its efforts to grow the island’s tourism receipts from the U.S. market.
“Royal Caribbean’s return to Fort-de-France is the latest testament to the fact that Martinique is well positioned for tourism growth and 100 percent open for cruise business,” said Karine Roy-Camille, commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority, in a written statement. “This is certainly good news for Martinique and a strong building block for further expansion in the cruise sector over the coming years.”
Cruise lines call on Martinique in the heart of downtown Fort-de-France, the island’s capital city and the capital of the Caribbean when it comes to shopping. The best of Parisian fashion, jewelry, porcelain, perfumes and other fine goods are here, and for U.S. travelers most of it is available at a 20-percent discount. Many stores offer the discount to visitors who make purchases using major U.S. credit cards or travelers cheques.
RCCL’s Vision of the Seas features two acres of glass walls, offering guests sweeping views of the Caribbean. On-board amenities include the 6,276 square-foot Casino Royale, complimentary Broadway-style entertainment, eight bars and restaurants, full-service Vitality Spa, Adventure Ocean youth program and rock-climbing wall where adventurous guests enjoy jaw-dropping views from the highest point of the ship.
Reservations for winter 2012-2013 itineraries including stops in Martinique are available for booking now.