This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort-de-France.
We were in Martinique’s main port for just one day – on April 9, 2015 – while on a 25 night cruise from the Dominican Republic.
We were travelling on the MSC Musica, on what I thought was an exceptionally good deal – a ‘re-positioning cruise’ that I had booked around 10 months earlier.
We (that is myself, my wife, my two sisters, and their two travelling companions) were in three balcony staterooms and we had each paid an average of $A57 a night over the 25 nights of the cruise. I thought that price was effectively unbeatable.
Until my sister and I spotted this, as we strolled through Fort-De-France.
Leaving the next day, a Costa ship was offering 19 nights in a balcony stateroom for €292 – or approximately $A23 a day. For a balcony. That’s cheaper than the ‘agency fee’ I pay as a cruise-ship lecturer!
I can’t be certain what ship it was on but it was probably either the Costa Favolosa or the Costa Pacifica – both Concordia class vessels carrying around 3000 passengers.
But whatever it was, $A23 a day (or $A14 per day for an inside cabin) was a seemingly absurd price.
But obviously, there were lots of empty staterooms.
Well, possibly because this was just three years after another Costa ship (The Concordia, for which the class of ship was named) capsized in a disaster off Italy.
And possibly because this was about the last ship to sail across the Atlantic for the season.
But either way, it’s proof that the legendary ‘last minute cruise special’ does exist. You just have to be in the right place, at the right time!