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Leaving from Martinique, you will head in the direction of the beautiful island of Saint Lucia. Close to the Soufriere volcano, you will be enchanted by the two emblematic rocky pitons, Unesco World Heritage Sites, which form the backdrop to the island. After calling at Grenada, Le Dumont-d’Urville will head for the idyllic Los Roques archipelago. The cities of Willemstad on the island of Curacao and Cartagena de Indias in Colombia are both heavily influenced by their colonial past and offer a number of interesting sights and landmarks. Finally, succumbing to the charms of the clear waters of Panama and the San Blas archipelago, composed of more than 300 islands and cays. Here, surrounded by palm trees and dugout canoes, discover the island of Holandes Cay, where the Kuna people live.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fort-de-France | Embark
Day 2 : Pigeon Point | Soufriére
Day 3 : Saint George's, Grenada
Days 4-5 : Los Roques Archipelago
Day 6 : Willemstad
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Cartagena
Day 9 : Holandes Cayes
Day 10 : Colón

Highlights

  • Discover Los Roques archipelago, a paradise for sea turtles
  • Take Zodiac excursions and discover the stunning San Blas Islands
  • Admire the “spice island” capital, St, George´s surrounding natural sites
  • Visit Las Bóvedas neighborhood, used as prison cells during the 19th century

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Soufriere bay, St Lucia An old lighthouse on Curacao Explore the San Blas Islands Architecture of Cartagena Snorkel the warm Caribbean waters on your small ship cruise

Day 1 Fort-de-France | Embark

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Day 2 Pigeon Point | Soufriére

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Linked to St. Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. The tropical vegetation of this wild, protected island is home to abundant birdlife. It is easy to explore on foot; the remains of Fort Rodney offer an insight into the region's naval history as well as fabulous views. Two beautiful beaches nestle on the southern side of the island, where you can take a dive adventure, an exciting mix of diving and snorkeling.

Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St. Lucia is brimming with attractions.  Sourfriére is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.

Day 3 Saint George's, Grenada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Delicately set against the back of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s attracts newcomers by the beauty of its location and its friendly, festive atmosphere. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites, but you’ll also want to spend some time here moseying around its narrow streets where colonial houses and lush green gardens coexist. Carenage is Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbor, high in color, especially when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighboring islands. 5 kilometers south, the Grand Anse beach is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean islands. 

Day 4-5 Los Roques Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A journey to Venezuela is a real break from routine, at the heart of a wild natural environment where adventure is the watchword. The longest Caribbean coastline of the South American continent awaits you to the north of the country, where long unspoiled sunkissed beaches give the traveler the impression that they have entered paradise. The Nature Reserve of Los Roques National Park is a 100 km² lagoon with more than 300 islands, islets and sandbanks. Protected by a great coral reef, caressed by the gentle breeze of the trade winds, these islands with their unique beauty offer travelers their emerald water. Do not miss this port of call of incomparable charm.

Day 6 Willemstad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Curaçao stretches along the edge of St Ann's Bay on the island's south-west coast, and its historic center is a Unesco World Heritage site. A profusion of color awaits you on the Handelskade quays, where it's a pleasure to stroll alongside the merchants' houses whose rainbow façades characterise Dutch colonial architecture. A few paces from here is the Floating Market, a true feast for the eyes and taste buds. You can also visit Fort Rif and the Maritime Museum, or, in the quieter streets of Otrobanda, you'll enjoy browsing the craft shops and old-time bars at your own leisurely pace.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 8 Cartagena

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A splendid harbor city in the north of Columbia, a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena wins you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous Unesco World Heritage fortified historical center whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-colored façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighborhood charms you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th-century civil wars.

Day 9 Holandes Cayes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Holandes Cayes is among the islands of the San Blas archipelago, a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Some 378 islands and cays covering an area of 260 square kilometers offer travelers a multitude of natural and cultural treasures. Holandes Cayes, which is nicknamed the swimming pool, is popular with the cruise-yachting community for its white sand beaches and diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 10 Colón

Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal.  Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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