Discover some of the most popular sites in Martinique, plus enjoy a delicious lunch featuring authentic Creole food. Driving along the western coastline, pass villages like Le Carbet, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. At Saint Pierre, learn how a devastating volcano in 1902 destroyed what was once the “Paris of the Caribbean.” Visit the ruins, the Depaz distillery, where you’ll learn about how this famous rum is produced from blue cane as well as enjoy a taste. You will then stop at the Volcano museum situated at the foot of the mountain Pelée to understand the eruption history. Your tour continues through the lush rainforest to a restaurant for a welcome drink, followed by lunch with wine. Savor dishes that mix Creole and French cooking, including Marlin rillettes, salt cod fish fritters, chicken flambéed with old rum and more. After, visit Balata Garden, a magical collection of beautifully landscaped flowers and plants. Head to the suspension bridge for unforgettable views of the garden, Fort-de-France Bay and the Pitons of Carbet. On your way back to the ship, have your camera ready for a stop at Balata Church. An exact replica of the Basilica of Montmartre in Paris, the church features a spectacular view of Fort-de-France and the bay.
• St. Pierre: Visit volcanic ruins; tour the Depaz distillery, where you’ll sample rum and learn how it’s produced.
• Creole lunch: Enjoy lunch with wine at a restaurant in the rainforest, savoring dishes mixing Creole and French cooking.
• Balata Garden: See a beautifully landscaped collection of 3,000 varieties of tropical plants from around the world.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
• Insect repellent
What to Wear:
• Casual clothing
• Walking shoes
• Tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
• Unsuitable for guests prone to motion sickness, as the roads have many curves.
• Guests prone to motion sickness should take precautions.
• Guest must be of legal age to consume alcohol.