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12th February, 2016

Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

The second of our two French West Indian ports saw us arrive in Pointe-à-Pitre early this morning. Although Basse-Terre is the capital of Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre is the largest city and ideally centrally located for our passengers to make the most of this beautiful island.

Three different shore excursions all headed off this morning. These were Floral Park and Séverin Distillery, Carbet Falls and Longueteau Distillery and Deshaies – ‘Death in Paradise’ where our passengers had the chance to visit the set of the now extremely popular light-hearted crime drama series.

For those who weren’t going on tour, well they could head into the centre of town and visit Place de la Victoire. Other sights included the 19th century iron-framed Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, and the Schoelcher Museum, named after a famous anti-slavery campaigner. From the Bridge we could see a few ferries heading to and from nearby islands but, surprisingly, it was rather quiet around the town.

Having visited a couple of French ports, the dinner tonight had a French theme with French Onion Soup and Escargot being the order of the day. Entertainment this evening was provided by our very own Pier String Quartet as they presented their show ‘A Light Operatic Selection’.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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