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

  • Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens

    Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens

  • Ile Aux Cerfs

    Ile Aux Cerfs

  • Chamarel Seven Colored Earths

    Chamarel Seven Colored Earths

Discover our excursions

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  • Casela bird & Eureka

    NATURAL WONDERS
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults39Price per person

    • Children35Price per person

    PL03

    Leave the ship and enjoy a visit to Casela the Bird Park, a park hosting about 150 species of birds. After this interesting visit your excursion will continue to Eureka, a magnificent colonial estate house with antique furniture dating back to 1830 and located in the midst of an enchanting park. Return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
  • Pamplemousses Garden and 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

    • Adults32Price per person

    • Children29Price per person

    PL07SA

    Leave the vessel and enjoy a visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. You will stroll along the shady pathways of the gardens to admire water lilies and lush tropical vegetation. Your excursion will continue to a public beach where you will have time to spend soaking the sun or swimming. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. The beach is not equipped with facilities. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
  • Panorama & 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

    • Adults32Price per person

    • Children29Price per person

    PL06

    Enjoy a day out and an excursion offering panoramic views of the most attractive places ashore, one of them being Grand Bassin, the sacred lake of the local Hindu community. Enjoy a panoramic bus drive towards the Black River Gorges where you will admire waterfalls and indigenous bird species. Highlight of the tour will be the visit to the Chamarel Seven Colored Earths, a unique volcanic phenomenon. You will stop at a public beach to enjoy the sun. Please note: the beach is not equipped with facilities. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. During the visit to Grand Bassin ladies must wear a blouse or a shirt and men must wear a shirt. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
  • Blue Safari by Sub Marine & 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

    • Adults142Price per person

    • Children0Price per person

    PL11

    Experience the emotions of diving in the most spectacular way on board a real submarine! Like landing on the moon, at the 30 meters depth, you will discover the fauna and flora of the undersea world. No need to be a swimmer to experience it. Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your second leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay! Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Minimum age to take in this tour is 18. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. This tour foresees different departures. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
  • Blue Safari by 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

    • Adults99Price per person

    • Children0Price per person

    PL12

    The most original underwater excursion is the sub-scooter! Enjoy the fun of driving yourself or as a couple, your own sub-scooter by 3 meters depth. During 35 minutes you will discover the marine fauna and flora of Mauritius through a large transparent panoramic cupola under the supervision of a guide. No need to be a swimmer to experience it. Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your second leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay! Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Minimum age to take in this tour is 18. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. This tour foresees different departures. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
  • Catamaran Cruise North and BBQ

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults132Price per person

      • Children132Price per person

      PL16

      Aboard a beautiful catamaran, sail towards the Northern Islands of Mauritius. Midway, you will encounter the imposing Coin de Mire, and its impressive cliff. An hour and a half later, you will anchor in the lagoon of Ilot Gabriel and Flat Island. The clear waters surrounding the island offer all ideal conditions for swimming and snorkeling. A delicious barbecue lunch will make your day at sea complete. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • 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

      • Adults85Price per person

      • Children79Price per person

      PL02

      Ile Aux Cerfs, or “Paradise Island”, is the ultimate island retreat! Leave the ship and enjoy a 1-hour coach drive to Trou D'eau Douce, on the east coast, and embark on motorboat for a 10-minute sail towards this sheltered lagoon with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Free time on the island. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • Kayak at Ile D`Ambre & Lunch at
      Beach House

      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

      • Adults135Price per person

      • Children122Price per person

      PL17

      The bus will take you to Goodlands , this is a great chance for you to enjoy a kayaking trip in this beautiful surrounding while learning about the vegetation and on the marine eco system. Also, you will get to visit the Ile D'Ambre islet and discover its beauty and its significant role in Mauritius' history. You will have lunch at the Beach house which is run by Cabous ,a famous South African rugby player. The restaurant is located on the beautiful beach of Grand Baie in the North, overlooking the bay. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • Pamplemousses & shopping

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Shopping

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults32Price per person

      • Children29Price per person

      PL04

      Leave the vessel and enjoy a visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. You will stroll along the shady pathways of the gardens to admire water lilies and lush tropical vegetation. Your excursion will continue to Port Louis for an orientative tour passing churches, mosques, temples. Last part of the tour includes a stop at the shopping centre Caudan. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Shops may be closed on Sundays or during public holidays. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • Pleasures on the Sea and Lobster BBQ
      Lunch on Ile Aux Benitiers

      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

      • Adults209Price per person

      • Children179Price per person

      PL18

      Situated about 500 metres off the coast at La Gaulette (South West of Mauritius). Ile aux Bénitiers is a large coral sand island approximately 2 km long and 500 metres at its widest point and 65 hectares in area. The lagoon is crystal clear, vast and shallow with large coral fields in relatively good health. The region around the island is the fishing ground of locals who for years have used the islet for leisure purposes and a stop over when fishing in the lagoon. A beautiful lobster lunch will be served on the beach, while you continue enjoying the relaxing day. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • 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

      • Adults135Price per person

      • Children0Price per person

      PL15

      The hinterland of Casela in which the safari tours take place can also be explored by an automatic quad. Where else can you get the possibility to cruise on a quad on off-road conditions between zebras, antelopes, monkeys, deer and ostriches. To control the quad on the rocky ground is not as easy as it looks. But don’t worry, before you start the tour in the wild you will get a briefing and also the opportunity to make your fist experience with the quad on a drill ground. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair. This tour is available on your cruise only. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • Swim with the Dophins

      SOMETHING SPECIAL
      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults102Price per person

      • Children99Price per person

      PL14

      Transfer from the pier to Black River to see unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals. Once you get on board the speed boat, the skipper will brief you on the experience you are about to have explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat. Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime and swim with dolphins in crystal clear waters. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.
    • Undersea walk & 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

      • Adults69Price per person

      • Children0Price per person

      PL13

      This excursion will suit all guests wanting to try a unique experience of an undersea walk. A motorboat will take you to a specific spot, close to the reef. There, the crew will brief you on how the equipment works before going down to a depth between 2 to 5 meters. In complete safety, equipped with a continual air supply, you will discover the undersea world! The helmet covering your head offers you a panoramic view and direct contact with the marine fauna and flora. After this wonderful experience you will have the possibility to visit a small fishing village: Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your last leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay! Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair or suffering from acute asthma. This tour is subject to weather conditions. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. Limited number of guides in languages other than English or French. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English or French only.

    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.

    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.