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About Martinique

Martinique is one of four French overseas territories in the Caribbean. (The others are St. Martin, Guadeloupe and St. Barts; collectively, they're known as the French West Indies.) French is the first language, and most locals do not speak fluent English; you'll find that signs and menus generally aren't meant to accommodate anyone who isn't French. This can make a visit challenging, especially in the quick time of a day's call, but it's also part of what makes this island so intriguing.

Martinique is one of the few islands that still grows sugarcane and bananas in the rolling fields of its central section, and it has an enormously respected reputation for producing unique and refined rums. Head north to Mont Pelee to experience its rainforest or see the ruins at Saint-Pierre, which are remnants of a volcanic eruption in 1902. Beaches range from the St. Tropez-style of those at the resort town of Pointe du Bout to the naturist-friendly Pointe des Salines and Sainte-Anne, on the south side of the island.

Martinique's New World history began in 1502, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island. The French claimed the island in 1635; for 180 years, ownership bounced between France and Britain, before the former took hold for good in 1815. Martinique became a region of France in 1974.

Napoleon's Empress Josephine, born on the island in 1763, is Martinique's most famous native. She is both revered for her fame and reviled for her part in propagating the slave trade. La Pagerie is a small museum set at her birthplace and shows her early life on the island; in Fort-de-France you can also see a statue of Josephine that was beheaded and splashed with red paint in 1991 by angry locals who were protesting her pro-slavery stance.

Martinique is a sprawling island, and it's simply too vast to cover everything in a day. Narrow down your choices (beach day at Pointe du Bout for one visit, a trip to the rainforest and Saint-Pierre on another visit, etc.). Touring Fort-de-France -- and indulging in one of those great three-hour French lunches -- can consume a day as well, thanks to numerous interesting architectural sites, gorgeous La Savane park and shopping that ranges from pricy French-style boutiques to open-air markets.

--Updated by Ashley Kosciolek, Editor, and Susan Moynihan, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Martinique Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 6
      Martinique
    • Day 7
      St. Vincent
    • Day 8
      Barbados
    • Day 9
      Port of Spain (Trinidad)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Curacao
    • Day 12
      Aruba
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

    Cons

    Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

    Bottom Line

    A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance

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    Crown Princess Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enrich...

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    Winter Escapist
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    An oasis of calm in trying times
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fantastic voyage, stellar crew
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Maarten, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Martinique Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Maarten
    • Day 5
      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Martinique
    • Day 8
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 9
      St. Thomas
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    A ship for music-lovers, with venues representing rock, pop, jazz, classical and the blues

    Cons

    Free dining is strong, but some higher-cover specialty restaurants aren't worth the extra money

    Bottom Line

    Perfect for the modern cruiser who is interested in exploration, music and culinary arts

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    Nieuw Statendam Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
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    Sailingthe7seas
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    New friends
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very Enjoyable Cruise with a few caveats Feb 23 2020
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    St. Maarten, Martinique ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Martinique Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      St. Maarten
    • Day 6
      Martinique
    • Day 7
      Grenada
    • Day 8
      Curacao
    • Day 9
      Aruba
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 13
      Miami
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    MSC Meraviglia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fantastic for families; foodies and for those who just want to have a lot of fun

    Cons

    The endless activities and constant noise, plus kids up all hours, can be a little overwhelming

    Bottom line: Big, fun, family-friendly ship with good food and endless entertainment

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    MSC Meraviglia Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Another outstanding week in the Yacht Club
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great trip
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    St. Barts, Martinique ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Martinique 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
    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.

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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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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    BobC1950
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Another Wonderful Oceania Cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Outstanding first Oceania cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Tortola, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Martinique Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Tortola
    • Day 3
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 4
      Martinique
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      St. Lucia
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Genial onboard atmosphere, with good service and excellent food.

    Cons

    No adventurous attractions like waterslides or ziplines; limited optional dining.

    Bottom Line

    A good value for families with lots to do and friendly crew and fellow passengers.

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    Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Enchantment of the Seas might not have all the jaw-dropping features of newer Royal Caribbean ship...

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    Ranoah
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Read the reviews and do your research before booking!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nice getaway
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Martinique

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Tortola, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Martinique Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Tortola
    • Day 3
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 4
      Martinique
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      Grenada
    • Day 7
      Cruising