Port of Spain

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A colourful wildlife
The Macqueripe Bay Zip-Line

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Port of Spain

Ancient cocoa and coffee plantations

Those arriving to Trinidad with an MSC Caribbean cruise, immediately notice the Northern Range, Trinidad’s mountain chain, a triumph of wild nature.  and stalagmites.

During your holiday in the Caribbean, you will be able to go on an excursion to some of the biggest accessible caves of the island, the Aripo Caves, which penetrate 90 metres into the ground and are full of stalactites On the slopes of the Northern Range covered by a flourishing rain forest, hides a former cocoa and coffee plantation that has been transformed into the Asa Wright Nature Center. This 80-hectare nature reserve is a spectacle of colourful wildlife with many hiking trails.

Here, bird watching is almost a requirement: you can see rare birds such as the blue-crowned motmot or the palm tanager. To admire the scarlet ibis, which fill the mangroves with thousands of red dots at sunset, head for the island’s other bird temple: the Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Between these hills, opens the Santa Cruz Valley, once full of plantations and cocoa-processing plants, it is now a beautiful residential area.

Just 40 minutes from the capital, you will find Maracas Bay, the deepest bay on the northern coast of the island. Its U shape makes it perfect for any recreational sea activity, from sunbathing to windsurfing and bodysurfing. Another way to admire the island is to securely fasten yourself to a pulley and take a ride on a zip-line at locations such as the Macqueripe Bay Zip-Line in Chaguaramas, located five km west of Port of Spain. This sip-line has seven descent routes, the highest starting at an elevation of 30 minutes and lasting 45 minutes: an experience that has no equal anywhere in the world. Book an excursion to the Pitch Lake in La Brea, the biggest natural tar lake in the world.

Must see places in Port of Spain

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  • GOLF AT SAINT ANDREWS

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    POS11

    Your golf tour begins with a short drive through Port of Spain and up the Maraval valley to St. Andrews Golf course - the oldest Golf Club in the Caribbean an 18-hole championship golf course nestled at the foothills of the lush, forested northern range – a truly majestic setting. This course, designed by Golf Course Architects Fream Storm Associates of California, is sited on 112 acres and is considered by many to be one of the finest “championship” quality 18 hole Golf Course in the Caribbean. Not long (6,649 yds.), but with narrow fairways, contoured greens and mature tropical trees strategically located, it provides a stern test to break par (72). The facilities are excellent and the course is the home of the Trinidad & Tobago Open and the Pro/Am Tournament held in March. Please note: Your tour includes transportation, green fees (18 Holes). Clubs and shoes are available for rent and balls are available for purchase at the golf club. Beverage and snacks are also available for purchase from Golf Club. Caddy Fee is not included in the tour price. Golf attire is required: Collared shirts for ladies and Polos and golf shoes with soft spikes, no Denim for men.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£169.00Price per person

    • Children£119.00Price per person

  • KAYAKING IN THE CARONI WETLAND

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    POS10

    After a short drive we arrive at the Caroni Wetland, a 40 square miles mangrove swamp at Trinidad’s North West Coast. We go over a briefing by the local guide, board your double kayaks and slowly travel along the beautiful peaceful waterways and lagoons admiring the bizarre Beauty of the Landscape. This tour gives us the opportunity of kayaking through the mangrove waterways and open lakes that offer peaceful setting of lush tropical mangrove and a variety of birds and other wildlife. Your kayak guide will point out the way the mangroves grow and other marine life such as the four-eyed fish that lives in this area of Trinidad. As an added attraction you have an option of also visiting a 60ft high view tower (approx. 100 steps) from which you experience a fantastic panoramic view of the swamp and environs including the Northern Range - imagine placing yourself just above the clouds.... Or just remain seated in the boats, while your guide keeps you informed. The almost surrealistic beauty of this famous nature resort will amaze you. This tour is a must for visitor with an interest in conservation and the protection of the environment. Please note: Minimum age to participate to this tour is 12 years. Guests must be medically fit. Maximum weight is 250 lbs.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults£75.00Price per person

    • Children£52.00Price per person

  • TRINIDAD JEEP ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    POS07

    On this tour you will have an opportunity of visiting places rarely visited by the local population. Start your day off by taking a short bus ride to the Town of Maraval and board a 4 X 4 Jeep Adventure tour and ascend to the Paramin hillside. Here you will have a firsthand experience of this rich agriculture landmass where farmers plant all of the local herbs used in our everyday cooking while having a panoramic breathtaking view only accessible by four-wheel vehicles. This would also be our first stop where we take a walk through the village and let the locals share with you how they grow their herbs and prepare them for market. From here we continue along the hilly north coast road descending along the Maracas Royal Road towards the Maracas lookout making our second stop and continue to Maracas Beach for a swim and walk along the white sandy bay. After this breath-taking Mountain Adventure, we head back via Maraval. Please Note: Guests are recommended to wear comfortable, casual clothing with their swimsuit underneath and a towel. This is not a self-driven tour.
    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£69.00Price per person

    • Children£49.00Price per person

  • CITY HIGHLIGHTS & MONASTERY

    CITY TOUR

    POS02

    Take in the highlights of Port of Spain and experience the serenity of Mount St. Benedict’s Monastery, known as The Abbey of Our Lady of Exile. Begin your tour with an air-conditioned bus ride through the city, passing the striking Parliament building known as the “Red House” as well as the “Magnificent Seven”, a row of imposing colonial houses originally built at the turn of the century as private residences. Continuing around the Queens Park Savannah, you’ll make a brief stop at the tropical Botanical Gardens, a cool shady enclave of exotic trees and tropical flowers. Then it’s a short drive to Lady Young Lookout for an excellent panoramic view of Port of Spain. You will then journey to the edge of Trinidad’s rain forest to ascend to the monastery, nestled peacefully in the mountains, originally founded by the Brazilian monk as refuge for monks and others suffering religious persecution. Here your guide will provide a cultural and historical perspective of the monks that have lived the contemplative life for decades. You will visit the beautiful church before returning to Pax Guesthouse for tea and delicious homemade bread before returning to the ship. Please Note: Guests on this tour are encouraged to wear comfortable, casual clothing. Only knee length shorts allowed. No picking of fruit is allowed in the Botanic Garden.
    • Drink included

    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR AND PANYARD EXPERIENCE

    CITY TOUR

    POS03

    This tour offers a combination of sightseeing around the city of Port of Spain passing the main places of interest coupled with an introduction to steel band and its history. This is definitely a unique experience and an opportunity to listen to the steel band in its home - a Pan Yard. Enjoy the sweet sound of pan, Trinidad's contribution to music ... the only musical instrument invented in the twentieth century ... like a native. Your mini concert will include classics, contemporary and pop songs and of course, our calypso. Light beverage refreshments provided. Please Note: Guests on this tour are encouraged to wear comfortable, casual clothing. No picking of fruit is allowed in the Botanic Garden.
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults£49.00Price per person

    • Children£35.00Price per person

  • ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTER

    NATURAL WONDERS

    POS06

    Interested in scenic beauty, peace and tranquillity, nature and a walk through a tropical rain forest? Then this is the tour for you. This tour begins in Port of Spain travelling East by-passing villages and towns set against the backdrop of the scenic Blanchisseuse mountain road, which offers a picturesque drive through tropical rain forests, cocoa, citrus and coffee plantations to the Asa Wright Nature Centre nestled in the Aripo Valley. Asa Wright is a microcosm of bird, insect, butterfly and plant life, which the visitor experiences through a conducted tour of the walkways by expert naturalist guides. For those who prefer a less active day, one can relax in the cosy comfort of the recently restored estate house and admire the view from the verandah, where several species of birds can be seen at the feeders. After the tour we make our journey back to the ship. Please note: This tour is recommended for those who are physically fit. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable, casual clothing with proper walking shoes and Insect repellent. Picking of fruits or flowers is not allowed at the Center.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults£52.00Price per person

    • Children£39.00Price per person

  • CARONI NATURE SANCTUARY

    NATURAL WONDERS

    POS09

    The Caroni Nature Sanctuary is a mangrove swamp covering an area of 40 square miles at Trinidad’s North West Coast. After about 30 minutes’ drive from Port of Spain we board a large flat-bottomed boat and slowly travel along the beautiful peaceful waterways and lagoons admiring the bizarre Beauty of the Landscape and a variety of birds and other wildlife. The most astounding among these birds is the Scarlet Ibis, a large bright red bird feeding and nesting here. This tour is world renowned among ornithologists as it offers the observer an opportunity to see this rare protected bird with very little effort.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price per person

  • GASPAREE CAVES

    NATURAL WONDERS

    POS05

    Following a short drive to historic Chaguaramas, we will arrive at Island Homes Marina where we board the local pirogue, a covered boat for a cruise around the mainland area of Chaguaramas and head for the Gaspar Grande island where we disembark and make our walk for approximately 20 minutes to the entrance of the Gasparee Cave – a subterranean system which is 90ft deep and half an acre in size. Then you will descend into the Cave through the smaller of two sinkholes to explore this natural wonder – which is filled with fascinating stalagmites, stalactites, flow stones, pillars, ribbons, fringed curtains, and other Limestone features, with names such as Pulpit Pipe Organ, Lovers, Dinosaur Head and others. Natural light fills the cave through a huge sinkhole above the pool, and fills the cave with a heavenly aura. You will then return to the boats for a short ride back to the mainland via a different return route before returning to Island Homes Marina for the return trip to ship. For those interested in seeing the wonders of nature the Gasparee Cave is a must see. Please Note: This tour is recommended for the physically fit. The short walk to the Cave, though on a concrete pathway, is a continuous uphill climb – about 25-degree incline. This is followed by a descent into the cave - about 100 steps down and back up. The short walk – 20 minute - to the Cave though on concrete pathway, is a continuous uphill climb – about 25-degree incline. This is followed by a descent into the cave - about 100 steps down and back up. Minimum age to participate to this tour is 10 years.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults£75.00Price per person

    • Children£52.00Price per person

  • MARACAS WATERFALL

    NATURAL WONDERS

    POS14

    We leave the Port and drive east to the first capital of Trinidad, St Joseph or Jose de Oruna as it was called in the old days. After a short history lesson you will continue to the Maracas Waterfall. The Maracas Waterfall is situated in the upper part of the Maracas valley. It is a little over 91.5m. in height and is situated in cool, beautiful surroundings. Please note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes for your hike. Guests will have to walk on rocks and in water. Once buses reach the waterfall parking area, guests are requested to walk about 2.4 km to reach the waterfall. Water will be provided on the buses.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price per person

  • TRINIDAD HIGHLIGHTS & SCENIC DRIVE

    SCENIC ROUTE

    POS01

    Visit Trinidad’s highlights on this comprehensive, half-day guided tour. On your tour, relax and enjoy the sights as you pass by the lighthouse, the striking Parliament building known as the “Red House” as well as the “Magnificent Seven”, a row of imposing colonial houses originally built at the turn of the century as private residences. Make a brief stop at the tropical Botanical Gardens, a cool shady enclave of exotic trees and tropical flowers. Then it’s a short drive to Lady Young Lookout for an excellent panoramic view of Port of Spain. Departing, you’ll head for Santa Cruz Valley with its endless cocoa and coffee plantations. Continue along the scenic North Coast Road and take in a spectacular panoramic view at Maracas Lookout, followed by a brief stop at Maracas Beach, Trinidad’s most beautiful and popular, before returning to the ship. Please Note: Guests on this tour are encouraged to wear comfortable, casual clothing. There is no picking of fruit allowed in the Botanic Garden.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£35.00Price per person

    • Children£25.00Price per person

  • MARACAS BEACH TRIP

    SEA & SUN

    POS08

    For the genuine "beach bum" the drive to the beach will surely be unforgettable. The drive to the beach traverses one of the most picturesque and lush areas of Trinidad's Northern Range before descending on to beautiful Maracas Bay, lined with palms and surrounded by densely covered hills. Caressed by the North East trade winds, this is a most relaxing way to spend some few hours out of your ship. Please Note: Dressing rooms and swimming facilities are available. Beach Chairs and Umbrellas can be rented on the beach at an additional cost. All beaches are public. The drive to / from the beach can take from 40 to 60 minutes depending in traffic conditions.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£32.00Price per person

    • Children£25.00Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Trinidad and Tobago

Shades of the coral reef
Shades of the coral reef

Trinidad and Tobago. So close but so different. A cruise to Trinidad will carry you to Port of Spain, its capital, nearly twenty times more populated than Scarborough, the main center of Tobago.


Nineteenth century colonial buildings line two pedestrian avenues which make up Independence Square, the main square, full of shops and restaurants. In the north eastern corner of Queen’s Park Savannah, once a sugar plantation, and today a public park with a race course inside, you can visit the beautiful rockery garden with water lilies covering a pond between the rocks. Moving onto the opposite side you have a splendid aerial view of the small town. The Magnificent Seven stand out: a wonderful group of colonial buildings where the parapets and turrets of the Stollmeyer Castle catch your eye, a fragment of Scotland in the Caribbean sea.

Unspoilt nature can be found on both islands, but for a slower pace you should go to Tobago. You will still find colourful fishing villages as they were fifty years ago, like those of Charlotteville and Speyside. At the latter, you can find unique sites for diving amongst the coral reef which protects the beaches, between sponges as tall as man and bushes of black coral.