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Caribbean: Santo Domingo to Antigua

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Sail across the Caribbean waters on this 8-day bucketlist cruise. Start your journey in Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, and sail to the exclusive and famous St John's, Antigua. Explore around St Barts, an elegant island that offers a distinctly sophisticated lifestyle, attracting jet setters from around the world to come and experience its fine restaurants, haute couture boutiques, impressive yachts, and picture-perfect beaches. Discover Virgin Gorda, a beautiful spot with its extraordinary granite rock formations known as “The Baths”. Visit La Romana, Jost van Dyke, and more on this once-in-a-lifetime sailing adventure.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Embark
Day 2 : La Romana, Dominican Republic
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : North Sound, Virgin Gorda
Day 5 : Great Harbour | White Bay, Jost van Dyke
Days 6-7 : Gustavia, St Barthélemy
Day 8 : St. John's, Antigua | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover ancient paintings by the native Taino people at Maravillas Caves
  • Take an amazing excursion to “The Baths", rounded granite boulders
  • Sail through the historic Sir Francis Drake Channel located at Virgin Gorda
  • Enjoy the famous international jet set island of St Barts

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Antigua
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Greater Antilles
  • Gustavia
  • Jost Van Dyke
  • La Romana
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Santo Domingo
  • St. Barth
  • Virgin Gorda
  • Virgin Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tranquil shores on your Virgin Islands cruise Explore the small island of Virgin Gorda as you sail the Caribbean The road less traveled

Day 1 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Embark

Arrive at Santo Domingo Island, which is part of Hispaniola. Santo Domingo, the present capital of the Dominican Republic, is the first and oldest European-founded city in the New World. "Old" in the New World still means relatively young - it corresponds to Renaissance visions of the ideal and was the model for many cities in Latin America. A visit to the historic old city is like a journey through time. The splendid stone buildings are testament to the era of the colonial conquests and have been designated as World Heritage Sites under the protection of UNESCO.

Day 2 La Romana, Dominican Republic

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the sugar boom of the late 19th century, La Romana developed into a lively working-class city and eastern sugar center. The third largest city in the Dominican Republic now has many faces. The streets are laid out in a grid formation with colorfully painted houses. Between these and the golf courses and luxury villas of the prominent Casa de Campo flows the Rio Dulce, which runs into the sea. Native Taino art plays a large role, both in the city's archaeological museum and in what is perhaps the country's most beautiful cave, Maravillas. This was a cult site for the native Taino people and lies 35 meters below ground. The numerous cave paintings are more than 1,000 years old and have been exceptionally well preserved.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 4 North Sound, Virgin Gorda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover this wonderful spot in the Sir Francis Drake Channel where explorers and privateers historically crossed swords. Nowadays the sea around the British Virgin Islands is one of the world's best sailing areas. Heavenly bays, gorgeous beaches, idyllic anchoring spots, smart yacht clubs, and charming little beach bars make the island a popular haunt for sailors. On Virgin Gorda, once called "The Fat Virgin" by Columbus due to its shape, you can find "The Baths", one of nature's most beautiful oddities, in the National Park. Ground to a sphere and polished to a shine, the huge granite formations on the beach and in the water create a multi-branched labyrinth of giant boulders.

Day 5 Great Harbour | White Bay, Jost van Dyke

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Jost van Dyke, the smallest of the main islands in the British Virgin Islands, is a mountainous volcanic object of beauty with fewer than 300 inhabitants. One of them, Foxy, has been mixing his cocktails since 1968 and the bar of the same name enjoys a legendary reputation as perhaps the most famous beach bar in the Lesser Antilles. The island's past is less reputable - it was named by a Dutch pirate. The island gives its most beautiful treasures to all who visit - fine sand, green palm trees, colorful beach bars, and the luminous blue of the sea.

Day 6-7 Gustavia, St Barthélemy

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
St Barthélemy, affectionately known as St Barths by most, had already had many "owners" before the Lesser Antilles were acquired by France in 1877. When the first estate was acquired by the banker David Rockefeller in 1957, the island's future was finally sealed. It became a refuge for the international jet set and an elegant holiday paradise for many Hollywood stars. For over 40 years, St Barths has cultivated a luxurious lifestyle with a Caribbean laissez-faire approach. You can stroll through the charming main town of Gustavia, whose beautifully restored houses and colonial facades look out over the sea with its elegant superyachts, browse in the shops for precious items, or enjoy a sundowner in the picturesque harbor surrounded by clusters of high class bars and restaurants.

Day 8 St. John's, Antigua | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at St. John's, the capital of the small island of Antigua in the Antilles, and disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

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Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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