Embark the Tere Moana in St. Martin, F.W.I.The smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two nations (France and the Netherlands), St. Martin/St. Maarten has prospered in peaceful coexistence for nearly 350 years. Embark the Tere Moana on the French side of the island, St. Martin, then perhaps enjoy the open-air markets, outdoor cafés, and duty-free shopping of this elegant and sophisticated island. The ship sets sail late in the evening.
Tortola, B.V.I.The largest and by far the most populous of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola attracts visitors for its white-sand beaches framed by lush mountains and an azure sea. The ruins of an ancient fort and a restored sugar plantation are among the island’s main attractions. Or simply enjoy the laidback ambiance of the capital city, Road Town, and take advantage the excellent diving and snorkeling here.
Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I.Sometimes called the “Barefoot Island,” Jost Van Dyke offers picture-postcard scenery and a relaxing, casual ambiance. You’ll have a full day to wander the beach that serves as its main street or relax on the island’s coral sands, considered among the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean. Ships wrecked on the coral reefs in days of old provide fascinating diving and snorkeling today. Back aboard this evening, perhaps you’ll admire one of the spectacular sunsets for which Jost Van Dyke is renowned.
Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.A mix of African, Indian, and Spanish cultures distinguishes Virgin Gorda, whose jagged landscape rises sharply from a turquoise sea. Among the nature trails and nature reserves that showcase the island’s spectacular beauty are the ruins of an abandoned 19th-century copper mine on Handsome Bay, now a national park. Or visit The Baths, where giant boulders strewn about by nature have created a patchwork of pools, beaches, and trails.
Bassetere, St. Kitts & NevisOne of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, St. Kitts is an unspoiled paradise where development is limited, world-famous for its stewardship of the local ecosystems of lava formations, tropical forests, and lagoons. Located on St. Kitts is the capital of the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre. During your full day here, you can explore Basseterre’s two city centers—the Circus, a shopping destination modeled after London’s Piccadilly Circus, and Independence Square, home to the cathedral and other local landmarks. If you prefer to stay close to the sea, shipwrecked vessels and virgin reefs here offer excellent snorkeling and diving. Or venture afield to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park,one of the best-preserved fortifications in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Les Saintes, F.W.I.Located just six miles south of Guadeloupe, this small archipelago of eight gorgeous tropical islands is a world apart with its serene, relaxing ambiance. In Terre-de-Haut, one of just two inhabited islands in the chain, enjoy exceptional snorkeling in the magnificent bay, or take in the view from above at Fort Napoleon. Watch fishermen at work wearing unusual hats found nowhere else. Or explore the village, with its interesting shops and art galleries.
St Barts, F.W.I.Chic shops are a hallmark of this “Manhattan-sur-Mer” (“Manhattan on the Sea”), known for its duty-free shopping. Others include the island’s balmy climate and brilliant blue skies, iguanas, and night-blooming cactus. Distinctly French in language, culture, and cuisine, St. Barts remains thoroughly independent in spirit. Enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving from the island’s fabulous cove-style beaches. The Tere Moana remains moored here late into the evening, so that you can also experience the island’s vibrant nightlife.
Disembark in St. MartinYour Caribbean idyll ends where it began, in glittering St. Martin. Enjoy breakfast aboard before disembarking for your return flight home.