Castries (St Lucia Island)

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Castries cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2021-12-01 12:35

min: 79 °F (26 °C) / max: 83 °F (29 °C) 82°F
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Castries is a major port and the capital city of Saint Lucia Island - a Commonwealth country in Eastern Caribbean Sea, part of Lesser Antilles (archipelago). The island is located northeast of St Vincent island, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. The island has land area approx 617 km2 (238 mi2) and total population around 180,000. Castries has population around 70,000.

Castries cruise port

The French were the first European settlers on the island. In 1660 they signed a treaty with the native Carib Indians. In the period 1663-1667, the island was ruled by England. In the ensuing years, Britain and France engaged in wars 14 times over St Lucia, ruling over it 7 times each. The British took definitive control of Saint Lucia in 1814. Currently, St Lucia is a parliamentary monarchy and an independent (from UK) state since 1979. The country's legal system is based on both British common law and civil law.

Castries (St Lucia) cruise port

Castries is St Lucia's capital and biggest city, covering an area of 80 km2 (31 mi2), most of which is reclaimed land. The town was designed in a grid pattern. Port Castries Harbour can handle most types of vessels, including large cargo ships (bulk carriers, boxships), ferries and cruise liners. Yachts may also dock, but as all other vessels, they must first clear customs. When customs marine area is full, boats first anchor and wait at port's quarantine dock, then can anchor in the town or Vigie Creek Bay.

In 2017, the cruise port reported a 19,4% increase (over 2016) in passenger shipping traffic.

Other (tender) ports on St Lucia Island are Rodney Bay - Pigeon island (northernmost), Soufriere (central-west) and Vieux Fort (south). In October 2019, Carnival Corporation and RCCL-Royal Caribbean signed with the St Lucia's Government a long-term concession deal for a joint venture company to manage and operate Port Castries' cruise terminal and also to construct and operate the new cruise port Vieux Fort. The new facility will have capacity to handle even the world's biggest cruise ships.

Saint Lucia Island map (cruise ports)

The city is served by George Charles Airport (aka Vigie Airport). Longer international flights arrive at the island's second international airport Hewanorra Airport (Vieux Fort), with drive time to Castries ~1,5 hours. Optional helicopter service between both airports is also available. Vigie Airport is just 2 km (1 mi) north of Castries Town and has annual passenger traffic ~400,000. The airport serves Air Antilles, Air Caraibes, Air Sunshine, Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways, and LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport). Regularly scheduled flights connect Castries with Martinique (Fort-de-France) Guadeloupe (Pointe-a-Pitre), Dominica (Marigot), St Croix (Christiansted), Trinidad (Port of Spain), BVI (Tortola), Antigua (St Johns), Barbados, Grenadines (St Vincent).

Regularly scheduled ferries connect Castries with Fort-de-France (Martinique). Best-known tourist attractions and landmarks include Derek Walcott Square, City Library, Government House, Fort Charlotte, large beaches (Vigie, Malabar, Choc, La Toc).

In October 2019 was officially opened Glittering Sands - a new tourist attraction at L'Oranger Bay (Anse La Raye Beach) located at ~20-min drive from Port Castries. The complex is managed by Carvalho's Cruise Services Ltd (travel agency) and offers as amenities beach chairs and umbrellas, restrooms, showers, storage lockers, bar-restaurant. Glittering Sands offers as activities like snorkeling, seakayaking, sail boating, river rafting, hiking (along the waterfalls).

Castries cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Saint Lucia Island dock at Castries - port town on the northwestern coast. Before entering the cruise port, vessels must be first cleared by St Lucia's Airport Traffic Control Tower. This is required as the approaching liner blocks aerodrome's runway. All passenger ships dock at Pointe Seraphine, located to the north of Castries Harbour.

Castries (St Lucia) cruise ship terminal

Even world's largest passenger liners can be berthed in Port Castries. From the seaport, downtown is at ~15-min walking distance. Know that taxi rates are controlled by country's government and are 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 OTS) docked 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.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
2 December, 2021
Thursday
Crystal Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrystal Serenity08:0018:00
4 December, 2021
Saturday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0018:00
4 December, 2021
Saturday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAperla08:0018:00
5 December, 2021
Sunday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0016:00
6 December, 2021
Monday
Seabourn Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeabourn Odyssey08:0021:00
6 December, 2021
Monday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seaview09:0018:00
7 December, 2021
Tuesday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Riviera09:0019:00
7 December, 2021
Tuesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette09:0018:00
8 December, 2021
Wednesday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seaview07:0019:00
8 December, 2021
Wednesday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 207:0019:00
9 December, 2021
Thursday
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Discovery09:0018:00
9 December, 2021
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas09:0018:00
10 December, 2021
Friday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAsol08:0020:00
11 December, 2021
Saturday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineBritannia
11 December, 2021
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas08:0018:00
12 December, 2021
Sunday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Whisper08:0018:00
14 December, 2021
Tuesday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Spirit08:0019:00
14 December, 2021
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas08:0018:00
15 December, 2021
Wednesday
Azamara Cruises Cruises cruise lineAzamara Quest08:0020:00
16 December, 2021
Thursday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Explorer07:0016:00
16 December, 2021
Thursday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineEnchanted Princess08:0018:00
16 December, 2021
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas09:0018:00
17 December, 2021
Friday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Sea
17 December, 2021
Friday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Epic08:0018:00
17 December, 2021
Friday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAperla08:0018:00
18 December, 2021
Saturday
Crystal Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrystal Serenity08:0017:00
19 December, 2021
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAnthem of the Seas07:0018:00
20 December, 2021
Monday
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Discovery08:0018:00
20 December, 2021
Monday
Costa Cruises Cruises cruise lineCosta Deliziosa08:0018:00
21 December, 2021
Tuesday
Saga Cruises Cruises cruise lineSpirit of Adventure09:0018:00
22 December, 2021
Wednesday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 207:0019:00
22 December, 2021
Wednesday
Windstar Cruises Cruises cruise lineWind Surf08:0017:00
23 December, 2021
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas08:0018:00
23 December, 2021
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas09:0018:00
24 December, 2021
Friday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineSky Princess07:0017:00
24 December, 2021
Friday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Epic08:0017:00
25 December, 2021
Saturday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineBritannia
26 December, 2021
Sunday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Whisper08:0018:00
26 December, 2021
Sunday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0016:00
27 December, 2021
Monday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Sea
27 December, 2021
Monday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seaview14:0021:00
28 December, 2021
Tuesday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Spirit08:0018:00
28 December, 2021
Tuesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0018:00
29 December, 2021
Wednesday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Explorer07:0017:00
29 December, 2021
Wednesday
Crystal Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrystal Serenity08:0018:00
29 December, 2021
Wednesday
Azamara Cruises Cruises cruise lineAzamara Quest08:0020:00
30 December, 2021
Thursday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Whisper08:0022:00
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