2015 Quantum of the Seas Day 7
Saturday April 18, 2015
Another day, another island. Our ship reached the island of Martinique at its capital, Fort de France, around 9:00 AM. The picturesque city sits high on the hills and overlooks the ocean.
Here you can shop at the numerous shops at the end of the long pier, go to downtown, or take a ferry to one of the many beaches surrounding Fort de France. We decided to take the ferry to an area with a beach, many shops and restaurants. Although the island is a French colony and Euros is the main currency, you could still use the dollars but the exchange rates are not very good.
Tri and Janie ready to go ashore
Billboard at the port greeting cruisers
After a 15-minute ferry ride, we got off at La Pointe de Bout then walked down a dirt path, and arrived at the beach behind the Bakoua Hotel on Rue de Chacha.
Representing our group of 16 people, Trang was able rent umbrellas and beach chairs for all of us at a very reasonable rate. We settled down, relaxed, and took a lot of pictures. The beach here is very small but because it sits in a cove, the water is extremely calm. We played in the water for a long time and I was glad to see the kids were having a lot of fun.
The beautiful Quantum of the Seas ladies. L-R Bao Anh, Trang, Anna, Kay Lee and Janie
Color shirt day. Trang and Chien Duong's family
The beach behind Hotel Bakou
Quantum of the Seas pulling into Fort de France, Martinique
An and Anna Le. Mr. Le finally cracked a smile
One big happy group
Bao Anh and Loc Bang's family
Kay and Steve on the calm beach
The adults. L-R, Tri and Janie, Trang and Chien, An and Anna, Steve and Kay, Loc and Bao Anh, and Lee and Bo. We got a good photographer in one of the kids
Not a shabby place to spend a day
View from the hotel outdoor restaurant
Since the hotel was well kept, its landscaping was extremely lush and covered with all kinds of colorful flowers, we also spent time walking around the hotel ground and took pictures.
The hut bar over the water
The hotel lush landscaping
Lee's blouse and the bougainvillea flowers match
Fresh seafood salad and local wine served here
La Pause Restaurant in a neighborhood called La Pointe de Bout
Today was a color-shirt day. Our entire group decided to wear color shirts and white pants or shorts to take pictures and everybody was pleased that the coordinated wardrobe pictures turned out very good.
Lot of palm trees on the premises
Around noon, Lee and I took a short walk to town. There are a number of boutique shops, restaurants, and souvenir stores along Rue de Chacha. We sat down at an outdoor table at a small but charming French restaurant called La Pause and had excellent and fresh seafood salad. The local white wine that was paired with our meal was great too.
Back to the beach for a little more relaxation then it was time for us to take the ferry back to our ship in advance of the 6:00 PM departure and our 8:00 PM reservation at Chic Restaurant.
Chic is located on Deck 3 across the hall from the Grande Restaurant. It has a modern decor with contemporary furnishings and its menu contains easy-to-like items like jumbo lump crab cakes, Mediterranean sea bass, ribeye, and roasted scallops. I did not try the desserts but people in our group praised the carrot cake trifle.
Stock picture of Chic Restaurant
Goodbye from Martinique