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About Guadeloupe

Take a look at a map, and you'll instantly see why Guadeloupe (Gwahd-loop) is called the Butterfly Island -- though its "wings" are actually two separate islands joined by bridges. Smaller surrounding islands, including Marie-Gallant, La Desirade and Iles des Saintes, are also part of this French overseas region in the Lesser Antilles.

The archipelago was originally settled by the Arawak people but later taken over by the Caribs. Christopher Columbus stopped there in 1493 and named the main landmass Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Extremadura after a statue of the Virgin Mary housed in a Spanish monastery of the same name.

While the Caribs were able to fend off Spanish settlement, the French annexed the island group in 1674. Guadeloupe was seized several times by the British for its lucrative sugar production and once even taken over by rebellious slaves. The French have held control since 1816, and in 1848, slavery was abolished. Today, the population is just over 400,000, and the majority is of African or mixed descent.

Guadeloupe's eastern "butterfly wing," Grande-Terre, is home to the largest city, Pointe-a-Pitre, where the cruise port is located. On this island, you'll also find beach towns and, at its easternmost tip, Pointe des Chateaux, where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet. The western "wing," Basse-Terre, is home to Guadeloupe National Park, home to the active La Soufriere volcano and 42,000 acres of tropical forest. Basse-Terre also has lovely beaches and, just off the coast, the waters around Pigeon Island are a designated marine park, named after Jacques Cousteau.

Guadeloupe averages about 70 inches of rainfall a year, with the least precipitation in January, February and March. Because of the varied geography, there are many micro-climates, and weather on the two main islands can be radically different. It might be brilliantly sunny on Grande-Terre's east side and raining in Pointe-a-Pitre while La Soufriere is completely shrouded in clouds. Hurricanes pass through the archipelago, with an average direct hit about every seven years. Hurricane season is late August/early September, well away from peak cruise season.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    Guadeloupe
    Visiting:
    St. Lucia, Barbados ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 2
      St. Lucia
    • Day 3
      Barbados
    • Day 4
      Port of Spain (Trinidad)
    • Day 5
      Grenada
    • Day 6
      St. Vincent
    • Day 7
      Martinique
    • Day 8
      Guadeloupe
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    MSC Splendida - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    A cosmopolitan, fun-loving cruise ship for all ages

    Cons

    Lack of speciality dining

    Bottom line

    Great onboard facilities and a good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

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    MSC Splendida Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Until the debut of MSC Meraviglia in June 2017, the 3,959-passenger Splendida was one of t...

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    enuf42
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Suite 9010 - The Cruise That Should Never Have Happened.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    28-night Grand Voyage - a great cruise and a great MSC job in the virus madness!
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 73 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    St. Barts, Martinique ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    73 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      St. Barts
    • Day 5
      Martinique
    • Day 6
      St. Lucia
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    • Day 9
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 10
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Miami
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 14
      San Juan
    • Day 15
      Antigua
    • Day 16
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 17
      Barbados
    • Day 18
      Grenada
    • Day 19
      St. Vincent
    • Day 20
      Martinique
    • Day 21
      St. Lucia
    • Day 22
      St. Barts
    • Day 23
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 24
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 25
      Miami
    • Day 26
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 27
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 28
      St. Barts
    • Day 29
      Martinique
    • Day 30
      St. Lucia
    • Day 31
      Antigua
    • Day 32
      San Juan
    • Day 33
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 34
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 35
      Miami
    • Day 36
      Cruising
    • Day 37
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 38
      Aruba
    • Day 39
      Curacao
    • Day 40
      Bonaire
    • Day 41
      Grenada
    • Day 42
      Barbados
    • Day 43
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 44
      St. Barts
    • Day 45
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 46
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 47
      Miami
    • Day 48
      Cruising
    • Day 49
      Costa Maya
    • Day 50
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 51
      Roatan
    • Day 52
      Cozumel
    • Day 53
      Cruising
    • Day 54
      Miami
    • Day 55
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 56
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 57
      St. Barts
    • Day 58
      St. Lucia
    • Day 59
      Martinique
    • Day 60
      Antigua
    • Day 61
      San Juan
    • Day 62
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 63
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 64
      Miami
    • Day 65
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 66
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 67
      St. Barts
    • Day 68
      Martinique
    • Day 69
      St. Lucia
    • Day 70
      Antigua
    • Day 71
      San Juan
    • Day 72
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 73
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 74
      Miami
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    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide a...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Outstanding first Oceania cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Physically Unpleasant Stateroom 7033
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Grenada
    • Day 8
      Barbados
    • Day 9
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 10
      St. Barts
    • Day 11
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide a...

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    BobC1950
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Another Wonderful Oceania Cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oceania Service Was Fabulous
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      Antigua
    • Day 6
      Martinique
    • Day 7
      Barbados
    • Day 8
      Grenada
    • Day 9
      St. Vincent
    • Day 10
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 11
      St. Lucia
    • Day 12
      St. Barts
    • Day 13
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide a...

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    Liat
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A very pleasant cruise on a delightful ship
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    tldarn
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First and last
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 31 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Provincetown ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    31 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Provincetown (Cape Cod)
    • Day 4
      Boston
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hamilton
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Barbados
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Devil's Island
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Parintins
    • Day 20
      Manaus
    • Day 21
      Manaus
    • Day 22
      Boca da Valeria
    • Day 23
      Santarem
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Grenada
    • Day 28
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 29
      St. Thomas
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    alwaysonaship
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Guadeloupe

    Leaving:
    St. Maarten
    Visiting:
    St. Barts, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Guadeloupe Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      St. Maarten
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      St. Barts
    • Day 4
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 5
      Terre-de-Haut
    • Day 6
      St. Lucia
    • Day 7
      Mayreau
    • Day 8
      Barbados
    • Day 9
      St. Vincent
    • Day 10
      Martinique
    • Day 11
      Guadeloupe
    • Day 12
      Nevis
    • Day 13
      Antigua
    • Day 14
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 15
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Seabourn Odyssey - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    The ship's ambience is contemporary and elegantly casual with plenty of options

    Cons

    Service on a vessel known for intuitive crew was surprisingly inconsistent

    Bottom Line

    The ship is ultra-comfortable, social and small enough to nip into offbeat ports