A lot of people come to Castries on a cruise ship. Each time we have been there have been other ships in port with us. The first time when we came on NCL Pearl, there were two other ships there - one the Carnival Destiny and the other Saga Rose which I think was a German ship. The second time when we were on the HAL Maasdam there was a Silversea ship right in front of us (Silver Spirit), and an Oceana ship (Riviera) across the way. During the main cruise season - from October to April - as many as five (5) cruise ships can call into Castries on any one day. It has a natural deep water harbour which can accommodate ships up to 37 feet in draft, 1200 feet long and not exceeding 150,000 tons. The main docking facility is Pointe Seraphine in Castries. It is within walking distance to the center of town. On rare occasions, if the port is unusually crowded, some ships may have to dock at Port Careenage, less conveniently located to the center of town
Dedicated Cruise Berths:
P/S #1 : 400 Ft long (426.72m) ; Depth 36 Ft (10.97m)
P/S #2 : 300 Ft long (91.44m) ; Depth 34 Ft (10.36m)
Berth #1 : For ships of up to 850 - 1000 Ft (259.08 - 304.80m)
Berth #2 : For ships of up to 750 - 850 Ft (228.60 - 259.08m)
Multi Used Berths:
Berth #1 : 200 Ft Long (61m) ; Depth 18 -20 Ft (5.49 - 6.1m)
Berth#2 & 3 : 720 Ft Long (continuous) or 219.5m; Depth 27 Ft (8.23m)
Berth#4 : 498 Ft Long (151.8m) ; Depth 32 Ft (9.75m)
Berth#5 : 520 Ft Long (158.5m) ; Depth 32 Ft (9.75ft) with a RoRo Ramp 48 Ft wide
Berth#6 : 448 Ft Long (136.6m) ; Depth 26 - 28ft (7.92 - 8.53m)
We saw a little ferry from the ship. It says on it that it is a ferry. I find there are several ferry options in and around Castries. I don't know which one of these the little boat we saw was
The two sides of Marigot Bay are connected by continual ferry service. Rodney Bay has hourly ferry service from its marina and shopping area between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Ferry service from Rodney Bay also connects the main island to Pigeon Island National Park. Entry to the island is $5(USD).
I have not seen the big international airport at the south end of the island. But the little airport in Castries for local Caribbean flights was visible. The flights are primarily with turboprop aircraft such as the ATR-72 or de Havilland Canada Dash 8 DHC-8-300. Smaller air carriers also operate flights with prop aircraft. The airfield currently does not have any scheduled jet service. George F. L. Charles Airport is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). Its runway runs parallel to a pristine beach, Vigie Beach, which is a popular tourist attraction. It was renamed (it was formerly Virgie Airport) on 4 August 1997 in honor of Saint Lucia politician Sir George Frederick Lawrence Charles (1916–2004) who was a trade unionist and founder of the Saint Lucia Labour Party and Chief Minister of Saint Lucia (1 January 1960 – April 1964). He is a recipient of Saint Lucia's second-highest honour, the St. Lucia Cross (1987), and was knighted in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II.
These are the airlines currently serving this airport and where they connect to
Air Antilles Fort-de-France
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
LIAT Antigua, Barbados, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, Grenada, Port of Spain, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Sint Maarten, Dominica
SVG Air Saint Vincent
Just you need a couple of hours worth of stoicism, waiting in line to make sure the process of registering, checking and boarding takes its course. Meanwhile one gets to watch the diverse would-be passengers, the frivolous weather and appreciate the fact that coming early puts you in a position under cover, literally. The trip itself can be invigorating with seascapes dotted by islands lit by tired afternoon rays and of course, the fabulous sunset itself. Enough to make the weary traveler regroup, soak up the sea salt and forget the clumsiness of humanity.
This service is not daily. There is a stop at Martinique and the whole trip to Dominica is about four hours if everything goes well. The price one-way is roughly 115USD. Attempts to buy the tickets on the internet are frustrating with phone numbers never answered. The office in Dominica, Whitchurch, was the only one that came into contact after repeated efforts.