Saint George Cruise

Creole houses from the 19th century
Cacao plantations and nutmeg 
Waterfalls and Creole bus ride

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St. George’s

Where the air is scented with spices

Scents of spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg waft through the air as you arrive on MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise to St. George’s, the capital of the island of Grenada. Nicknamed the “Spice Island” for its agriculture, Grenada’s symbol is the nutmeg, the island’s most famous product, which also appears on the nation’s flag.
Originally colonized by the French in the 1600s, who wiped out the native Carib peoples during conflicts, Grenada was captured by the British in 1762 and remained under British rule until its independence in 1974.
 
St. George’s offers many attractions starting with its beautiful views, botanical gardens, parks and heavenly beaches, most notably the Grand Anse Beach nearby. 
 
Start your journey with a guided walk on an MSC excursion through the capital’s winding maze of streets from the Carenage, the horseshoe-shaped harbour, with its lively waterfront promenade. Gaze at picturesque 19th-century pastel-coloured Creole houses made of brick and stone with red-tile roofs made from ship ballasts. 
 
Get a first-hand look at the wonderful palette of spices and scents of the island on an MSC excursion that stops at Dougaldston Estate. At this rustic, 300-year-old cocoa plantation in Gouyave, discover what drying trays for spices and cacao look like and learn how these spices are processed from seed pods, or how cinnamon is harvested from the bark of a tree. From there, proceed to an old-fashioned nutmeg cooperative plant where the work is done by hand.
 
Grenada features a host of beautiful waterfalls, the most spectacular of which are Annandale Falls, about 7 miles from St. George’s. Hidden by a grotto of dense vegetation in the mountains, the waterfall cascades 30 feet down into the midst of leaves and branches, creating a natural pool where you can swim.
 
For a throw-back to Grenada’s past, hop on a Creole bus on a guided MSC excursion along a labyrinth of steep roads to higher elevations. Enjoy sumptuous panoramas from the 18th-century forts of Fort George and Fort Frederick, nicknamed “The Backward Facing Fort,” for the cannons facing the land and not the sea.

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    Scents of spices
    Scents of spices

    As your cruise approaches Grenada, the first thing you notice are the green hills of the hinterland. These reminded the Spanish conquerors of the hills behind the Andalusian town of Granada and for this reason they chose this name. Today it is the “island of spices”.
    As you will see during your vacation in Grenada, here we find vast cultivations of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, but above all, nutmeg, marvelous plants to look for also during your excursions to the forest.

    Those who choose to visit Grenada will be favourably impressed by its care of the environmental heritage: 100% of the territory is protected, either completely or partially, all to the advantage of hikers and trekkers in the mountains of the hinterland. Of great eco-touristic attraction are the excursions to the territories of Saint John, to the west and of Saint David, to the south-east.

    If you’re looking for beaches, you don’t have to go too far from the capital, Saint George; here, in the south-western part of the island you find the most stunning locations, like the Grand Anse Beach, considered by many to be one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
    And if these 3km of beach aren’t enough, there are other stretches along the coasts of the Lance aux Épines peninsula or the white sands of the coast of Morne Rouge Bay, at the southern end of the island.