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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 ml2) and total population around 180,000. Castries has population around 70,000.
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 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. Country's legal system is based on both British common law and civil law.
Castries is St Lucia's capital and biggest city, covering an area of 80 km2 (31 ml2), 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.
The city is served by George Charles Airport (aka Vigie Airport). Longer international flights arrive at 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 located just 2 km (1 ml) north of Castries Town and has annual passenger traffic around 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).
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.
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 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.
|1 August, 2019|
|4 August, 2019|
|8 August, 2019|
|8 August, 2019|
|Freedom Of The Seas||09:00||18:00|
|15 August, 2019|
|22 August, 2019|
|Freedom Of The Seas||08:00||18:00|
|22 August, 2019|
|29 August, 2019|
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.
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