The Guadeloupe Port Authority reported 146 cruise calls, with 70,000 passengers in 1985 - nearly twice as many as in 1983. The increased business brought $3.5 million into the local economy in 1985 alone.
The port expects to welcome at least as many passengers in 1986, and a substantial increase for 1987.
To accommodate the increase in passenger traffic and encourage the growth of the cruise industry in Guadeloupe, the Port Authority plans to build a new passenger terminal, scheduled for completion in 1989. Two-four story buildings housing shops, offices, a hotel and panoramic restaurant, as well as parking facilities and a landscaped promenade linking the docks and town are planned.
Located within walking distance to the center of Pointe-a-Pitre, the Port of Guadeloupe provides guaranteed berths for up to four ships per day, and an abundant supply of fresh water. There is also a 500 seat fleet of air-conditioned buses and approximately 100 taxis to service passengers. A modern hospital with a heliport, and Guadeloupe's International Airport are nearby.