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Art & Gardens of the Caribbean: Antigua to Barbados Aboard Sea Cloud

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  • Feb 05, 2019 - Feb 12, 2019


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Art & Gardens of the Caribbean: Antigua to Barbados Aboard Sea Cloud

Balmy breezes and centuries-old gardening traditions make the Caribbean a delightful winter interlude. Aboard the historic sailing ship Sea Cloud, explore lush gardens, sail in waters with rich maritime history, step ashore at lesser-known ports of call, and experience Caribbean culture and culinary delights. From Antigua cruise to St. Kitts to visit the lovely Romney Manor, then sail to Nevis, the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Step ashore at Iles des Saintes, site of the most significant naval battle ever fought in the Caribbean between the British and the French. On Grenada, the “Spice Island,” visit a working fruit and spice plantation in the company of the owner. Enjoy the white-sand beaches of lesser-known Carriacou before arriving on St. Vincent to discover two remarkable gardens.

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With her rich mahogany and gleaming brass, the legendary Sea Cloud travels under 30 billowing sails trimmed by hand. Her original owners, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and financier E. F. Hutton, desired a craft like no other. They spared no expense to create the largest private sailing ship ever built and in 1931, Sea Cloud was launched. In the ’30s and ’40s, as she sailed the world, the four-masted beauty was host to leaders including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Sweden’s King Gustavus V. Now carefully restored by a team of master craftspeople, this great lady continues to offer elegant quarters, fine dining, and impeccable service. Praised by the world’s most discerning travelers, Sea Cloud receives consistently high rankings from Condé Nast Traveler.

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Tuesday, February 5 DEPARTURE / ANTIGUA
Arrive in Antigua this afternoon and transfer to the awaiting Sea Cloud for our seven-night Caribbean cruise. D

Tender ashore in St. Kitts, which was transferred back and forth between British and French rule in battles fought over the imposing fortress, Brimstone Hill. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Gibraltar of the West Indies” for its extensive battery. In Basseterre, visit the gardens of the 18th-century plantation house, Romney Manor. Return to the ship for lunch. Arrive this afternoon at the island of Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Explore either the Hamilton house, with its historical museum, or Nevis’ spectacular botanic garden. The five-acre garden contains a variety of tropical plants, orchid terraces and a rainforest conservancy. Tonight join the captain for welcome cocktails, followed by dinner. B,L,R,D

The Iles des Saintes is an archipelago of eight tiny volcanic islands and site of the 1782 Battle of the Saintes between the British Royal Navy and the French fleet. Tour the colonial-style capital, Terre-de-Haut, or visit 17th-century Fort Napoleon, with its commanding views and exotic gardens. Or perhaps enjoy a swim at one of the white-sand beaches before returning to Sea Cloud for lunch and an afternoon sail and lecture. The evening festivities feature a tasting of fine rums from island distilleries. B,L,D

Friday, February 8 SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA
Anchor this morning in the Bay of Soufrière, tucked between the dramatic Anse des Pitons. Soak in mineral-rich mud baths fed by Soufrière Volcano, or tour the lush Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Attend a lecture as the ship sails this afternoon. B,L,D

Saturday, February 9 ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA
Spend a morning at sea before arriving on Grenada to anchor in St. George’s, whose brightly colored houses are set against lush green mountains. This is the Spice Island, where you can shop for local nutmeg, cloves, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. After a visit to privately owned Sunnyside Gardens, continue to Tower Plantation House, a working fruit and spice plantation high in the wooded hills. In the company of the owner, visit the historic house, walk in the manicured garden, and relax with a traditional rum punch. Alternatively, enjoy a snorkeling excursion to see an underwater sculpture park. Gather on the Lido deck tonight for dancing under the stars to the music of one of the Caribbean’s best steel bands. B,L,D

Sunday, February 10 CARRIACOU / AT SEA
Call this morning at charming Carriacou to discover its small museum and boat-building traditions or enjoy the white powdery sand of its beaches. Spend the afternoon at sea under sail as Sea Cloud takes full advantage of the trade winds. Watch the crew practice the art of setting the sails by hand, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. Gather tonight for the captain’s farewell dinner. B,L,D

Monday, February 11 KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT
Arrive in Kingstown, St. Vincent for a morning visit to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Botanic Gardens, considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Caribbean. Continue to the stunning Montreal Gardens, located in the shadow of Grand Bonhomme Mountain. The afternoon is at leisure as we continue to Barbados. B,L,D

Tuesday, February 12 BARBADOS / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home. B

An optional postlude is offered in Barbados from February 12-15, 2019.

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February 12–15, 2018

Discover historic buildings and lush gardens on the island of Barbados.
Highlights include a visit to the former home of George Washington and dinner at Lancaster Great House, a lovely 300-year-old plantation furnished with antiques, paintings, and objets d’art.
Accommodations for three nights are at the oceanfront Hilton Hotel.

Includes three nights at the Hilton Barbados Resort; all meals as per itinerary
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner); sightseeing as per itinerary

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