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Guadeloupe Plans for Strong Winter Season

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Cruise Industry News talks about Guadeloupe and their hopes and beliefs for a good Winter Season. . . .

Guadeloupe expects more than 200 cruise calls this winter season, according to Olivier Bernard Michel, director, cruise, Caribbean and nautical department. Michel told Cruise Industry News that this translates into some 307,000 passengers, compared to 150,000 last season.

“The big ships call at Pointe-a-Pitre, which can handle two big ships at a time, one homeporting or interporting, and one calling,” Michel said. “Other smaller ships call at Le Saintes, Deshaies and Marie Galante. In addition, we have opened a new port in Saint-Francois, with calls scheduled by Ponant.”

The Guadeloupe Port Authority is investing EUR 1.5 million this year, and another EUR 1.5 million next year, according to Michel, to expand and upgrade its facilities, so that for the 2013/2014 season, it will be able accommodate two big ships – homeporting or interporting – at a time.

“We are in discussions to have another ship homeport starting in the 2013/2014 season,” he added.

Michel explained that other efforts are underway, including training of uniformed taxi drivers and certification of tour guides. The most popular shore excursions are tours to Guadeloupe’s beaches and rainforest.

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