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Sailing the Caribbean

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud (LI)
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Stand on deck as Sea Cloud’s 30 white sails fill with wind, and measure the passage of time by a distant island’s approach on the horizon. Join this extraordinary and historic yacht for an 8-day voyage that brings you into lesser-known ports of the "Old Caribbean" and offers the relaxed pace of Caribbean life.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Antigua | Embark
Day 2 : Under Sail
Day 3 : Dominica
Day 4 : Under Sail | Exploring the Grenadines
Day 5 : Bequia, the Grenadines | Under Sail
Day 6 : Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia | Under Sail
Day 7 : Îles des Saintes | Under Sail
Day 8 : Antigua | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience the power of sailing aboard a four-masted, 30-sail tall ship
  • Sail into smaller, lesser-known ports and anchorages of the “old Caribbean”
  • Explore the islands’ wildlife, cultures, and the undersea, too
  • Enjoy the relaxed pace of Caribbean life by private sailing yacht

Ship

Sea Cloud (LI)

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Antigua
  • Bequia
  • Dominica
  • Grenadines
  • Iles des Saintes
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Virgin Islands
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkelling the warm waters Relax on the beach or take a boat out Pelicans hanging out in the ocean Dock going out into the crystal blue ocean A small island sits out in the crystal clear waters of the sea.

Day 1 Antigua | Embark

Fly to Antigua, and embark Sea Cloud in the late afternoon as you begin your voyage in the Caribbean.

Day 2 Under Sail

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard your barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way — by hand — as you sail the trade winds. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of your unique sailing vessel.

Day 3 Dominica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. Dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which you may see or hear on your rain forest hike. After lunch, join your historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. Also have your first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters. 

Day 4 Under Sail | Exploring the Grenadines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. Anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene.

Day 5 Bequia, the Grenadines | Under Sail

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. Get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a very interesting local hawksbill turtle revival initiative. In Port Elizabeth find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar. In the afternoon, set sail across St. Vincent Channel. 

Day 6 Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia | Under Sail

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons." There is no more iconic image of the Windward Islands than these famed mountains. Anchor beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. Explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens that are fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff. The gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. Then return to Sea Cloud to weigh anchor and spend the afternoon sailing. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud's 32,000 square feet of sails, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways anywhere to learn about the art and science of sailing.  

Day 7 Îles des Saintes | Under Sail

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are colorful and full of taste and flavor. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoleon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre de Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind sail, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. 

Day 8 Antigua | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark Sea Cloud this morning in Antigua. For those with afternoon departure flights, there is a morning tour of the island, visiting historic Shirley Heights and Nelson’s Dockyard. Enjoy a light lunch before transferring to the airport for flights home. 

Sea Cloud (LI)

Per person starting at
$8,640
Relax in the Sea Cloud's comfortable cabins.
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Category 1
Cabins 28-29 on Promenade Deck. Cabins have two single beds, a window and private bath facilities.
Sea Cloud's Category 1S Cabin.
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Category 1S
Cabins 16-17, Promenade Deck. Upper and lower single beds, window. These cabins once housed the ship's officers.
Relax in the Sea Cloud's comfortable cabins.
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Category 2
Cabins 18-25 on the Promenade Deck. Cabins have two single beds, a window and private bath facilities.
Relax in the Sea Cloud's comfortable cabins.
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Category 3
Cabins 32-37 on Captain's Deck. Cabins have two single beds, a window and private bath facilities.
Sea Cloud's Category 1-4 Cabins.
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Category 4
Cabins 30-31, Captain's Deck. Cabins have a queen bed, forward-facing window and private bath facilities.
Sea Cloud's Category B Cabin.
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Category B
Deluxe Cabins 3-10, Main Deck. Large original cabins have a mix of bed types and decor motifs. All have portholes.
Sea Cloud's Category A Cabin.
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Category A
Deluxe Cabins 3-10, Main Deck. Large original cabins have a mix of bed types and decor motifs. All have portholes.
Sea Cloud's Owner's Suite.
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Category OS
Original owners suites 1-2, Main Deck. King sized beds, grand marble bathrooms with bathtubs.

Notes

Fare Includes:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Historian & Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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