Port Louis

The capital of Mauritius
Ile aux Cerfs’ splendid beaches
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

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Port Louis

Elegant palaces and a striking seafro

A holiday in the Mauritius with an MSC cruise means disembarking at Port Louis. It is the capital of this island nation off the cost of Madagascar, which together with its twin Réunion, represents a must-see stop for an MSC cruise to Southern Africa.

Port Louis has taken its role as the country’s first city seriously and has expanded over time with new streets, buildings and a beautiful promenade. After our cruise ship has docked, you will be able to take a stroll along the Caudan Waterfront, lined with some old cannons and numerous shops. Traces of Port Luis’s colonial past can be seen on Place D’Armes, where the statue of Bertrand François Mahé, the count of La Bourdonnais and a former governor of the island, observes passers-by surrounded by palm trees.

A short distance away, stands the Government House. Dating from 1738, it is shaped like a horseshoe and protected by an iron fence guarded by the statue of a grave-looking Queen Victoria. In the same neighbourhood, there are also the central market and the city park, the Jardins de la Compagnie. However, it is a former property of the Count de La Bourdonnais to house an even more spectacular garden, the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.

An MSC excursion to this garden should not be missed for any reason on earth. This garden is almost three hundred years old. Over the centuries, it has been lovingly tended by expert gardeners, who have slowly enriched it with plant species from three different continents, Asia, Africa and Oceania. If you prefer the sea to vegetation, another highly recommended MSC excursion will allow you to pass a day on the other side of Mauritius, on the splendid beaches of Ile aux Cerfs (so called because of the deer imported here for hunting).

Must see places in Port Louis

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  • Casela Nature Park & Eureka Estate

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$43Price per person

    • Children$39Price per person

    PL03

    Casela Nature Park & Eureka Estate
  • Mauritius Panoramic & Beach

    SEA & SUN
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults$36Price per person

    • Children$32Price per person

    PL06

    Mauritius Panoramic & Beach
  • Pamplemousses Botanical Garden &
    Beach

    SEA & SUN
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • Adults$36Price per person

    • Children$32Price per person

    PL07SA

    Pamplemousses Botanical Garden & Beach
  • Blue safari by Submarine & Grand
    Baie Market

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$157Price per person

    • Children$0Price per person

    PL11

    Blue safari by Submarine & Grand Baie Market
  • Blue Safari Sub Scooter & Grand Baie
    Market

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • Shopping

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$109Price per person

    • Children$0Price per person

    PL12

    Blue Safari Sub Scooter & Grand Baie Market
  • Botanical Gardens and Port Louis
    Shopping

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • Shopping

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$36Price per person

    • Children$32Price per person

    PL04

    Botanical Gardens and Port Louis Shopping
  • Catamaran Cruise North and BBQ

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults$146Price per person

      • Children$146Price per person

      PL16

      Catamaran Cruise North and BBQ
    • Ile Aux Benitiers & Lobster BBQ

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults$230Price per person

      • Children$197Price per person

      PL18

      Ile Aux Benitiers & Lobster BBQ
    • Ile Aux Cerfs with lunch

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults$94Price per person

      • Children$87Price per person

      PL02

      Ile Aux Cerfs with lunch
    • Kayak & Beach Bar Lunch

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        7 h

      • Adults$149Price per person

      • Children$135Price per person

      PL17

      Kayak & Beach Bar Lunch
    • Quad at Casela Nature Park

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$149Price per person

      • Children$0Price per person

      PL15

      Quad at Casela Nature Park
    • Swim with Dophins

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$113Price per person

      • Children$109Price per person

      PL14

      Swim with Dophins
    • Undersea Walk & Grand Baie

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Shopping

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$76Price per person

      • Children$0Price per person

      PL13

      Undersea Walk & Grand Baie

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that 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 programs 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.

    Mauritius

    A melting pot of cultures
    A melting pot of cultures

    At almost 900km beyond Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is far enough east to get omitted from most maps of South Africa.

    It’s sometimes excluded from accounts of the continent, too, perhaps because its atmosphere, architecture and outlook are so distinct from the mainland. With a proudly multicultural population descended from French, British and Indian settlers as well as Africans, it feels part-European, part-Asian and part-international.

    On your holiday to Mauritius, you’ll see tutti-frutti coloured Tamil temples sitting jauntily alongside the kind of modern developments that are common to tropical playgrounds such as Queensland and the Caribbean. On a cruise to Mauritius, luxury beach and golf resorts are the main selling points. If you’re the kind of person who likes your sand manicured, your golf clubs polished, your jacuzzi sprinkled with petals and your towels sculpted into swans, you’ll fit right in. Mauritius is quiet, peaceful and wealthy, by African standards, its coffers boosted by foreign investment in its thriving business scene and its luxury housing projects.

    The roads are in good enough condition to make travelling to Mauritius a pleasure and while very little of the landscape remains untouched by farming, logging and hunting, a few beautiful wilderness regions remain, with little-used hiking trails.