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St. Lucia to Antigua

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Mandalay
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Experience a memorable Caribbean sailing adventure on this 7-day cruise from St. Lucia to Antigua. Hang out on the top deck looking for marine and bird life, enjoy different water sport activities on paradisiac islands, and choose from various Island excursions each day. Partake in raising the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just enjoy the winds of the Caribbean sea filling the sails as you navigate through Martinique, Iles Des Saintes, Marie-Galante, Montserrat, Nevis, Antigua, and possibly some other spots along the way.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-7 : Sailing Around the Caribbean: St. Lucia to Antigua

Highlights

  • Taste early morning pastries, Bloody Marys, and coffee
  • Snorkel and swim from the boat in marine life-rich waters
  • Enjoy lunch ashore on a sublime Caribbean beach
  • Participate in nightly games like the Mandalay Masquerade

Ship

Mandalay

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Antigua
  • Guadeloupe
  • Iles des Saintes
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Marie Galante
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Virgin Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Diving off the side of the s/v Mandalay Snorkeling Mandalay Mandalay Caribbean Beach The Mandalay Palm trees along the Caribbean coast

Day 1-7 Sailing Around the Caribbean: St. Lucia to Antigua

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Board the S/V Mandalay in St. Lucia and set sail for the Caribbean! Saint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean with 2 distinctive mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. It’s known for its beaches and reef-diving sites, as well as its rainforested interior with waterfalls such as the Toraille. It’s home to quiet volcanic beaches and fishing villages as well as luxurious resorts. The capital, Castries, is a regular cruise ship stop.

The exact schedule depends on where the wind and the Captain take you! Itineraries can vary from week to week. Here are some of the islands that may be visited:

St. Lucia, Martinique, Iles Des Saintes, Marie-Galante, Montserrat, Nevis, Antigua and possibly some other stops along the way!

Here is an example of a "Typical Jammin' Day" on board the Mandalay:

6:30 am- Sunrise Breakfast
Pastries, Bloody Marys, and coffee are available for early risers. Hang out on the top deck and watch the sunrise, a great way to start the day. View marine life and birds while enjoying your coffee or bloody marys and sticky buns.

7:30-8:15 – Sit Down Breakfast
Full Service breakfast served in the dining room.

8:30- Captain's Presentation
Listen to the captain as he delivers an entertaining overview of the islands and region. Local lore, history, jokes and tall tales are all part of the fun.

9:30am- Daytime Activities Begin
Almost every island you visit offers beach and water sports activities, including snorkeling, and even swimming from the ship. If you’re on a deserted island, grab your beach towel, sunscreen, a good book, and your favorite floatie and head for the beach. You can choose from various Island excursions each day. Some last a few hours, some a full day (lunch is included). If you choose to, you can just relax on the top deck, read a book with drink in hand, and enjoy the solitude.

12:00 or 12:30 Lunch
Lunch is served in the dining room or ashore on the beach.

5:00-5:30 Snacks and Swizzle Time
Enjoy a refreshing rum swizzle and an assortment of tasty goodies ranging from local seafood to peanut butter pate and mingle with your fellow passengers.

5:30- Fun on the Top Deck
You can either relax on the top deck and watch the sun begin to set - and try to catch a glimpse of the green flash, or participate in wacky deck games.

7:00- Dinner
You have a choice of a couple delicious entrees served by your amazing, friendly, and charming crew. Dinner can be a buffet, sit down, or even prepared ashore.

9:00- Nocturnal Activities
Many choices here… dance the night away, mingle with your new-found friends at the rail, relax with your beverage of choice on the aft deck, or gaze at the stars. If you’re worn out from the day’s activities, retire to your cabin and enjoy the tranquil nights at sea.

Nightly games and activities including MANDALAY MASQUERADE. Bring a costume if you like, or make one on board.

On the morning of your last day, disembark in Antigua and head to your next adventure!

Mandalay

Per person starting at
$1,799
Standard Cabin
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Standard Cabin
23 Standard Cabins with twin bunk beds located on the lower deck.
Commodore Cabin
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Commodore Deluxe Cabin
4 Commodore Deluxe Cabins with bunk beds, one twin and one full, located on lower deck.
Deck Cabin
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Admiral Suite
6 Admiral Suites, with full lower bed and upper pullman, on the main deck.
Kings Cabin
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King
1 Large King's Cabin with shower separate from the bathroom and a large bed located on the lower deck.

Notes

-All prices are per person, based on double occupancy

-2017 port charges are $149 per person for one week round trip Grenada sails and $199 per person for two week sails round trip Grenada. One week round trip 2017 Grenada sails include your transfers. 2016 port charges of $99 per person do not include transfers. Port charges are $199 per person for one week sails and $249 per person for two week sails on any cruise that include the following ports of call: St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua and Tortola and do not include transfers.

-Single Shares are available at the per person rate and we will pair you up with another single of the same sex

-Single occupancy is available at 150% of the per person rate

-Third Passenger prices are 25% off per person rate

Please Note:
- Snorkel gear is available on board for weekly rental.
- Be sure to bring sunscreen and toiletries. Soap is available in all cabins, but shampoo is not provided.

Inclusions:
- 3 meals a day
- On-board entertainment
- Early morning pastries and Bloody Marys
- Early evening snacks
- Rum Swizzles
- 24 hour coffee, tea and water

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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