Port Castries is the main port for Cruise Ships calling to St. Lucia. On average 400 cruise ship vessels call to Port Castries during each season, which runs from October to April. The Port consists of two berthing terminals:
Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Terminal
Pointe Seraphine is within reasonable walking distance (about 500 metres or 1/3 mile) of the town Centre. Duty Free shops with amenities as well as licensed taxi stand at entrance.
PS#1: 400ft long (121.92m); Depth 36ft (10.97m). Suitable for vessels of length 850 – 1000ft (259.08m – 304.8m).
PS#2: 300ft long (91.44m); Depth 34ft (10.36m). Suitable for ships of length 750 – 850ft (228.6m – 259.08m).
La Place Carenage Duty Free Terminal
Officially named Queen Elizabeth II Wharf, also referred to as Northern wharf or Port Castries. Located in Town Centre. Duty Free shops with amenities as well as licensed taxi stand at entrance.
Berth #1: 200ft long (60.96m); Depth 18-20ft (5.48m – 6.09m).
Berths #2 & #3:720ft long (219.45m) (continuous); Depth 27ft (8.23m).
Berth #4: 498ft long (151.79m); Depth 32ft (9.75m).
Berth #5: 520ft long (158.49m); Depth 32ft (9.75m).
Berth #6: 448ft long (136.55m); Depth 30ft (9.14m).
Vieux Fort Dock
Located at the most southern tip of St. Lucia, 75 minutes drive from Port Castries. Vieux Fort is a dedicated destination cargo port as well as transshipment port.
Berth #1: Finger Pier 500 ft (163m) long and 50 ft (15m) wide. Vessel can be accommodated on either side. Height of Quay from water level at low tide is 7.5 ft (2.3m) and at high tide, 6.5 ft (2m). Water depth alongside is 35 ft (2m).
Berth #2: A Lolo container berth (exclusive of Roro ramp), 690 ft (210 m) in length. Height of Quay from water level at low tide is 8 ft (2.5 m) and high tide, 7ft (2m). Water depth alongside is 35 ft (2m).
Other Ports Of Entry
Rodney Bay Marina: Located north of Castries, premiere yachting destination for yachts and mega yachts. 232 slips and a 4.5 acre boatyard, as well as accommodation for mega yachts up to 200 feet with drafts of up to 14 feet. For further information please visit the IGY Marinas website.
Marigot Bay Marina: Destination port for yachts, located in very close proximity to the south of Castries on the West Coast. Vessels are accommodated at anchorage. For more information please visit the Marigot Bay website.
Soufriere: Destination Area for yachts and vessels at anchorage. Located on the Southwest Coast of St. Lucia. For more information on diving, diving guides and restrictions please visit the SMMA website.
Visas are not required for in transit passengers and crew (of all nationalities) when calling to St. Lucia on a cruise ship.
Visas are required for embarking crew and passengers if arriving into St. Lucia other than by cruise ship, visiting less than 24 hours.
The majority of nationalities do not require a visa or can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport.
There is however a limited group of nationalities that must obtain a visa in advance.
There are two airports in St. Lucia. There is the regional airport at Vigie, George FL Charles, airport code SLU for regional flights. George FL Charles airport is located a ten minute drive away from the port.
The other airport is Hewanorra airport (airport code UVF) and accommodates international flights. The airport is located 75 minute drive away from Port Castries, with two hour advance check in for airlines.