Royal Caribbean has included Martinique port calls in winter 2012-2013 itineraries aboard 2.400-passenger Vision of the Seas, marking a return 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. But the Martinique tourism people want us to know a bit more about what they have to offer besides a nice place to park a cruise ship. Here are some other features of what they call the “Isle of Flowers”.
Skip Paris, Go to Martinique
The Caribbean the island of Martinique has the best of Parisian fashion, jewelry, porcelain, perfumes and other goods is readily available here alongside unique Creole treasures born of centuries-old traditions. Diverse venues, encompassing everything from sprawling, ultra-modern malls, to chic boutiques and traditional farmer’s markets, only add to the dynamic experience of shopping in Martinique.
Fall Spectacular 2012 !
A fall escape to Martinique is more affordable this fall as the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA has launched its Fall Spectacular promotion for the third straight year. The promotion rewards travelers with “Sixth Night Free” savings on hotel stays at a choice of 6 properties located throughout the island.
Martinique is nestled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles between Dominica to the north and St. Lucia. It lies 1,965 miles from New York, 1,470 miles from Miami, 425 miles from San Juan and 4,261 miles from Paris.
The island has a population of roughly 400,000 people and it is about 425 square miles (50 miles long and 22 miles across at its widest point), or just a few blocks smaller than New York City.
It’s mountainous and lush in the north with plains in the center and rocky hills (mornes) framing pristine beach coves (anses) in the south.
Flickr photo by Fabrice ROSE