CRUISETOUR

Sailing The Caribbean (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Ship: Sea Cloud  |  8 Reviews
Bridgetown, Barbados to Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados
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DAY 1
Bridgetown, Barbados

Embark Sea Cloud in the late afternoon and begin our voyage in the Caribbean. (D)

DAY 2
Day-at-Sea

We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our authentic barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we ride the trade winds. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud's 32,000 square feet of canvas, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways possible to learn about the art and science of sailing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this historic tall ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Dominica, Dominica

Dominica is called the "Nature Island" because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning, we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rainforest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica's two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rainforest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We'll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm clear Caribbean waters. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
Day-at-Sea

Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes, and people of Les Saintes are colorful, tasteful, and delightful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas, and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon, we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Bequia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

In the morning, we sail aboard our magnificent ship, and in the afternoon, we visit Bequia. With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers, and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors' watering hole. We'll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a traditional model boat museum. In Port Elizabeth, we'll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Day-at-Sea
The Grenadines

In the morning, we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cays, Mayreau, and Union Islands. We'll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Soufriere (St. Lucia), Guadeloupe
Day-at-Sea

Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called "Les Pitons", the iconic image of the famed Windward Islands. We'll stop beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We'll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens. Fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff, the gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches, and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Bridgetown, Barbados
Holetown, Barbados
Speightstown, Barbados
St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Bathsheba, Barbados
Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Disembark the Sea Cloud in Bridgetown, Barbados. We'll drive to the north along the west coast and through Holetown, site of the first settlement in 1627. We'll stop at the St. James Parish Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Barbados, and continue our drive through Speightstown to St. Nicholas Abbey. Built in 1660, St. Nicholas Abbey is not a church but one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. It was recently refurbished, and the distinguishing features of this magnificent well-preserved mansion include curved Dutch gables, chimney stack and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase, and fine antiques. Our last stop before Bridgetown Airport for departure flights is Bathsheba, with spectacular views of the rugged east coast hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other. We'll stop at one of the parks nearby for a picnic lunch before continuing to the airport for flights home. (B,L)

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