Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic. Part of Lesser Antilles, it is situated north/northeast of the Saint Vincent island, northwest of Barbados, south of Martinique. Saint Lucia covers a land area of 238 sq.miles (617 km2) and has a population of 174,000. Its capital is Castries.
The French were the first European settlers on the island. In 1660 they signed a treaty with the native Carib Indians. From 1663 to 1667 England took control of the island. In ensuing years, it was 14 times at war with France, and rule of the isle changed frequently (it was 7 times each ruled by the British and French). The British took definitive control of Saint Lucia in 1814. Because it switched so often between French and British control, Saint Lucia was also famous as the "Helen of the West Indies".
From 1958 to 1962, Saint Lucia was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. On February 22, 1979 it became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations that is associated with the UK. Saint Lucia is a mixed jurisdiction: it has a legal system based in part on both English common law and the civil law. The Civil Code of St.Lucia of 1867 was based on Quebec Civil Code (1866), as supplemented by English common law-style legislation. It's also a member of La Francophonie.
Castries is the capital and biggest city of Saint Lucia. The quarter with the same name has population around 70,000 and stretches over an area of 31 ml2 (80 km2). Castries is located in flood gut and built on reclaimed land, housing the seat of government and head offices of foreign and local businesses. City's design is in grid pattern. Its harbour receives cargo vessels, cruise ships and ferries.
In 2017, Port Castries reported a 19,4% increase in cruise ship tourists (over 2016).
Highlights: The Pitons, La Soufriere volcano, Diamond Falls
Castries cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Saint Lucia Island dock (anchor) at Castries - port town on the northwestern coast.
Before entering the cruise port, ships must be first cleared by St Lucia's Airport Traffic Control Tower. This is due to the fact that the approaching vessel blocks the aerodrome's runway.
Even larger ships are able to dock at Castries. From the port, the city center is at about 15-min walking distance. Know that taxi rates are controlled by the St Lucia's government, and fairly expensive.
In January 2018 was completed the Port Castries expansion project. The new "dolphin berth" is located at Pointe Serafine Cruise Terminal. The new facility has capacity to handle larger cruise vessels - two Quantum-class ships berthing simultaneously (on each side of the pier). The first such RCI Royal Caribbean ship (Anthem of the Seas) had scheduled dock here on January 13, 2018. The ship was on a 12-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary Jan 7-19) roundtrip from NYC New York to San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (St Maarten), St Johns (Antigua), Castries, Bridgetown (Barbados) and Basseterre (St Kitts). Quantum-class ships have LOA length 348 m (1142 ft) and max capacity 4800 passengers plus 1300 crew.
Port Castries cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Castries, St Lucia Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Castries cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Castries, St Lucia Island.
If you lose the Castries location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.