Discover the forgotten connections between the Caribbean and 18th-century America on a cruise aboard the legendary Sea Cloud. From Barbados, sail to Nevis, the birthplace of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, to visit his childhood home. Call at St. Kitts and St. Eustatius, two small islands whose histories shaped the course of the American Revolution. 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. Explore the natural volcanic wonders of St. Lucia before returning to Barbados.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020
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
Friday, January 24 DEPARTURE
Arrive in Barbados in the afternoon and transfer to the awaiting Sea Cloud.
- day 2
Saturday, January 25 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, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. Tonight join the captain for welcome cocktails, followed by dinner.
- day 3
Sunday, January 26 CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS
Arrive this afternoon on 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 botanic garden. The five-acre property contains orchid terraces, various tropical plants, and a rainforest conservancy.
- day 4
Monday, January 27 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 5
Tuesday, January 28 GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTHELEMY
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 enjoy 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 6
Wednesday, January 29 ILES DES SAINTES, GUADELOUPE
The Îles 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.
- day 7
Thursday, January 30 SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA
Anchor this afternoon 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. In the early afternoon, Sea Cloud sets sail for Barbados. The captain’s farewell dinner is tonight.
- day 8
Friday, January 31 BARBADOS / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud early this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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