This sea voyage will illuminate the rich histories of these idyllic paradises, once vital stops on transatlantic trade routes. Rediscover often-forgotten links between the Caribbean and the birth of the United States. On exclusive tours, visit meticulously landscaped colonial estates and private collections dating back centuries. Stroll through two breathtaking botanical gardens that showcase the Caribbean’s varied tropical flora.
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- Trip Type
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- Departure Dates
Feb 24, 2023 - Mar 3, 2023
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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DEPARTURE / BARBADOS
Upon arrival in Barbados this afternoon, transfer to the elegant sailing yacht Sea Cloud for our seven-night Caribbean cruise.
Following a morning at sea and lunch on board, arrive in charming Carriacou. Discover the Carriacou Historical Society & Museum, which houses Arawak and Carib artifacts as well as extensive colonial collections in a historic building that was once a cotton ginnery. Alternatively, enjoy the powdery sand of the island’s beaches.
DAY AT SEA
Spend the day at sea under sail as Sea Cloud takes full advantage of the trade winds. Following morning lectures, observe as the ship’s crew practices the art of setting the sails by hand. This evening, join the captain for welcome cocktails, followed by dinner.
This afternoon, call at the island of Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. See the childhood home of the famed Founding Father. Continue on to the spectacular Botanical Gardens of Nevis, and explore its five acres of orchid terraces, various tropical plants, and a rainforest conservancy. Sea Cloud will dock overnight in the quaint village of Charlestown.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS / AFTERNOON AT SEA
Arrive on the island of St. Kitts, the first permanent English settlement in the Caribbean and the home of Alexander Hamilton’s mother for many years. Visit the imposing fortress on Brimstone Hill, known as “the Gibraltar of the West Indies” for its extensive battery. UNESCO recognized this site as an outstanding, extraordinarily well-preserved example of British military architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover Romney Manor, an 18th-century plantation house formerly owned by a direct ancestor of Thomas Jefferson. After lunch aboard Sea Cloud, set sail for an afternoon at sea while taking in the beautiful and serene Caribbean waters.
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 Napoléon, with its commanding views and exotic gardens. You may also choose to enjoy a swim at one of the white-sand beaches before returning to Sea Cloud.
SOUFRIÈRE, ST. LUCIA
Anchor this morning in the Bay of Soufrière, tucked between the dramatic Anse des Pitons. Step ashore to tour the lush Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, with its bounty of tropical blossoms as well as hot mineral springs and a dazzlingly colorful waterfall. In the early afternoon, Sea Cloud sets sail for Barbados. Gather for the captain’s farewell dinner this evening.
BARBADOS / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud early this morning, and transfer to the airport for the flights home.
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