Exploring the Virgin Islands Cruise

Sail the beautiful blue waters of the British Virgin Islands on this 8-day Caribbean cruise. See the fascinating islands of the area, including St. Thomas, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda, so named by Christopher Columbus. Swim, snorkel, and kayak to your heart's content as you cruise along the archipelago.

Day 1

    St. Thomas

    Arrive in St. Thomas and transfer to the Yorktown. Attend a welcome dinner and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew. Overnight docked at the marina.

    Day 2

      Jost van Dyke / Sopers Hole, Tortola

      In the morning, relax on board as you cruise towards the idyllic Jost Van Dyke. A base for seafarers, pirates, and adventurers for over 400 years, Jost Van Dyke is one of the favorite

      islands of yachtsmen in the British Virgin Islands. Anchor at the magnificent White Bay, which is sheltered by a barrier reef and lined with a white-sand beach. Swim, kayak, and snorkel in the warm waters or hike the nearby green hills. In the afternoon, sail to Soper’s Hole, and anchor overnight.

      Day 3

        Tortola / Peter Island

        Depart from Soper’s Hole early in the morning, and dock in Tortola’s Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. In 1648, Dutch buccaneers arrived on the island, becoming the first European settlers in the archipelago. Tortola’s terrain includes lush rain forest and

        pristine white-sand beaches. Explore Sage Mountain National Park and hike through its rain forest. Mount Sage rises to more than 1,700 feet and is the highest point in the British Virgin

        Islands. The views of the surrounding islands are superb. Explore quaint Road Town on your own or

        enjoy swimming and snorkeling at one of the island’s stunning beaches. In the afternoon, cross to Peter Island, a small island which offers hiking paths and pristine beaches

        for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

        Day 4

          Virgin Gorda

          Arrive in Virgin Gorda, and land at the Leverick Bay Marina. Named “Fat Virgin” by Christopher Columbus when he arrived in 1493, the island

          is one of the most beautiful in the British Virgin Islands. The island offers many sites for exploration, including The Baths, a geological curiosity where enormous granite boulders lay

          scattered along the beach to form sea-filled grottoes and pools which are perfect for snorkeling and swimming; and Gorda Peak National

          Park, a nature preserve where trails lead to the summit and offer spectacular vistas of the surrounding islands.

          Day 5

            Cooper / Norman Islands

            Arrive on two of the “Out Islands,” a local

            expression for the archipelago’s small and remote islands. Spend the morning at Cooper Island, which is virtually undeveloped. Drop anchor at sheltered Manchioneel Bay, which features a beautiful palm-lined beach. In the afternoon, call at Norman Island, reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The Yorktown will anchor at The Caves, an outstanding swimming

            and snorkeling area, which features crystal-clear water, colorful corals, and other marine life.

            Day 6

              St. John

              Anchor at St. John’s Cruz Bay, the island’s small, neat, and tidy main town. Explore the verdant and welcoming island, including the Virgin Islands National Park and miles of shoreline and reefs. The park is home to a variety

              of flora and fauna and historic buildings and sites. Learn about the Taino, the ancient inhabitants of the island.

              Day 7

                St. Thomas

                In the morning, drop anchor at St. Thomas and spend the day relaxing and exploring

                Charlotte Amalie, the island’s capital. Join an optional excursion to the island's historic landmarks, including the Estate St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens.

                Day 8

                  St. Thomas / Disembark

                  Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights home.
                  Please note: Cruise fare does not include fuel surcharges.
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                  Caribbean, St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, St John, Peter Island
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