Aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, sail stunning Caribbean waters rich in maritime history, and discover centuries-old gardening traditions on beautifully maintained estates. From Barbados, explore tiny, lesser-known Carriacou, and call at Nevis, the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, to tour his childhood home and meander through the island’s vibrant botanical garden. In St. Kitts, visit Brimstone Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Romney Manor, an 18th-century home once owned by an ancestor of Thomas Jefferson, now surrounded by lovely gardens. Enjoy the white-sand beaches of St. Barthélemy before stepping ashore at Îles des Saintes, site of the most significant naval battle ever fought in the Caribbean between the British and the French. In St. Lucia, stroll lush botanical gardens and marvel at volcanic landscapes before returning to Barbados.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Feb 8, 2021 - Feb 16, 2021
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.
- day 1
Monday, February 8 DEPARTURE / BARBADOS / EMBARK SEA CLOUD
Arrive in Barbados in the afternoon and transfer to the awaiting Sea Cloud.
- day 2
Tuesday, February 9 CARRIACOU, GRENADA
Following a morning at sea and lunch on board, arrive in charming Carriacou. Discover the Arawak and Carib artifacts as well as the extensive colonial collections in the museum, housed in a historic building that was once a cotton ginnery, or enjoy the white powdery sand of the island’s beaches.
- day 3
Wednesday, February 10 DAY AT SEA
Enjoy a day under sail as Sea Cloud takes full advantage of the trade winds. Attend lectures and watch the crew practice the art of setting the sails by hand.
- day 4
Thursday, February 11 CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS
This afternoon, call at the island of Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Visit his childhood home, now the Nevis House of Assembly and a history museum, before exploring the island’s spectacular botanical garden. The five-acre property contains orchid terraces, various tropical plants, and a rainforest conservancy. The ship will spend the night in Nevis, where you may choose to savor some of the local cuisine during an evening ashore.
- day 5
Friday, February 12 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS / ORANJESTAD, ST. EUSTATIUS
On St. Kitts, the first permanent English settlement in the Caribbean and the home of Alexander Hamilton’s mother for many years, visit imposing Brimstone Hill. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as “the Gibraltar of the West Indies” for its extensive battery. Discover the gardens of Romney Manor, an 18th-century plantation house formerly owned by a direct ancestor of Thomas Jefferson. After lunch aboard Sea Cloud, arrive at the small Dutch island of St. Eustatius, once one of the busiest seaports in the world. You may choose to join an optional architectural walking tour through the town or explore this charming island on your own.
- day 6
Saturday, February 13 GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTHÉLEMY
This morning, call at small but cosmopolitan St. Barthélemy. Experience the island’s French savoir faire as we stroll past stylish cafés and boutiques. Swimmers will have an opportunity to visit one of many beautiful beaches. Return to the ship in time for lunch. Onboard festivities this evening feature a tasting of fine rums from island distilleries.
- day 7
Sunday, February 14 ÎLES DES SAINTES, GUADELOUPE
An archipelago of eight tiny volcanic islands, the Îles des Saintes is the 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.
- day 8
Monday, February 15 SOUFRIÈRE, ST. LUCIA
Anchor this afternoon in the Bay of Soufrière, tucked between the dramatic Anse des Pitons. Soak in mineralrich mud baths fed by Soufrière Volcano, or tour the lush Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. In the early afternoon, Sea Cloud sets sail for Barbados. The captain’s farewell dinner is tonight.
- day 9
Tuesday, February 16 BARBADOS / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud early this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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