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Take in the sights, sounds, and colors of Barbados

Bridgetown to Bridgetown

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Silver Whisper
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When Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas," perhaps he meant the powdery sand of the Caribbean! Swap eggnog for rum punch, roast turkey for freshly grilled lobster and cold snowy days for long, sunny ones … but there’s no need to completely forget the holiday season: with the St. Kitts Carnival, St. Georges’ Festival of Lights and Bequia’s Jonkanoo, get ready to celebrate Christmas with some fun in the sun. Enjoy the spectacular pastels of the Caribbean while sailing into the sun along famous pirate routes. Travel from Bridgetown, Barbados, to the islands of Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, and others!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bridgetown | Embark
Day 2 : Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
Day 3 : Castries, St. Lucia
Day 4 : Falmouth, English Harbour
Day 5 : Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Day 6 : Gustavia, St. Barthelemy
Day 7 : St. Kitts, Basseterre
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Day 10 : Bequia Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Day 11 : Bridgetown, Barbados | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy unspoiled, off-the-beaten-path Bequia Island
  • Admire the verdant volcanic slopes of St. Kitts
  • Explore the white sandy shores of English Harbour
  • Discover the bustling Caribbean melting pot of Port of Spain

Ship

Silver Whisper

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • Basseterre
  • Bequia
  • Bridgetown
  • Falmouth
  • Grenadines
  • Gustavia
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Port of Spain
  • Scarborough
  • St. Barth
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Tobago Cays
  • Trinidad
  • Virgin Islands
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take in the sights, sounds, and colors of Barbados Relax on the sunny beaches of the Caribbean The Pitons in St Lucia Explore colorful St. Kitts Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Day 1 Bridgetown | Embark

Bridgetown, the captivating capital of Barbados, combines faded colonial history, captivating tradition, and vivid white beaches plucked directly from your richest imagination of Caribbean perfection. Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, Bridgetown’s mask of modernity covers a core of complex history and fascinating culture. Sherbet-colored buildings line up to overlook the waterfront of the Constitution River at the "The Careenage" - where gleaming ships bob on the blue water, and peaceful strolls along a wooden boardwalk await. Stop for a sobering moment at the commemorative plaque honoring the people traded at this spot, when Bridgetown was the British Empire’s most important harbor and first stop on the Transatlantic Slave Trade crossing.

Just five minutes’ stroll from here is Carlisle Bay - a postcard-perfect place where you'll find crystal-clear, turquoise seawater glowing in the Caribbean sun, and a mile of soft white powder sand. A treasure trove for divers, the shipwrecks scattered below the shallow water’s waves are now inhabited by turtles and swirling, rainbow-colored tropical fish. Head to the backstreets, where street food vendors serve up spicy chicken soup, barbecued pigtails and thirst-quenching coconut water. There are bargains aplenty to be had on Broad Street, where duty-free malls and souvenir stalls cram together, vying for your attention. Roebuck Street is the spot where one of the Caribbean’s favorite drinks, rum, was discovered - having been created here from the by-products of the island’s booming sugarcane trade. Nowadays, it’s lined with bars splashing every variety of the deliciously spicy dark libation imaginable into glasses. For a touch more culture, visit one of the oldest synagogues in the Americas - Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which was built in 1654. The adjoining museum tells the story of Barbados’ Jewish immigrants, who were instrumental in the island’s development.

Day 2 Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Together, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago make up a state and as such are an independent member of the British Commonwealth. Located just off the coast of Venezuela, both islands are excellent getaways offering different attractions. While Trinidad pulses with life, the smaller and unspoiled island of Tobago is the place for a restful and relaxing holiday. Most of its appeal lies in the beautiful scenery and the availability of outdoor activities. The tourist area is concentrated on the southwestern end, about six miles from the island’s capital of Scarborough. The recently completed deep water harbor with its new cruise terminal has helped to spruce up the town a bit. Although not warranting an extended visit, Scarborough features interesting Botanic Gardens, a few historical buildings and the well-maintained Fort King George, located above the town.

The primary appeal, however, lies without doubt in the great outdoors - swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, golfing, playing tennis or simply relaxing on Tobago's glorious beaches.

Day 3 Castries, St. Lucia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore a land of vibrant color, from the tranquil turquoise water that surrounds it, to the verdant green peaks of its famous soaring volcanic plugs - the Pitons, which give this mesmerizing island its form. Waterfalls thunder in the jungle interior, should you successfully drag yourself from St. Lucia's gleaming beaches and dive spots, where patchworks of colorful fish dance below the waves. Offering the picturesque island luxury of your wildest dreams, St. Lucia is a cinematic, thrilling Caribbean idyl. Marigot Bay served as the tropical backdrop for 1967’s Doctor Dolittle film, and the island's amiable animal life is never too far away. Spot flashes of bright red as parrots zip between palm trees before catching sight of dolphins splashing playfully offshore. Vigie beach is a charmed spot to lie back and recline in the sun’s glow, watching as overlapping layers of mesmerizing blue hues intertwine. St. Lucia’s iconic Piton mountains deliver as the perfect backdrop to any envy-generating photograph - rising up exponentially from the calm waters like sharp shark fins. Castries is this heavenly island’s capital, and while the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception may seem a little humble from the outside, the soft sounds of soulful hymns emanating from within are sure to draw you in. The astonishing interior glows with bright frescoes, lit up by the sunlight that spills inside, and atmospheric rows of flickering candles. There's more rich Caribbean color to behold at the ramshackle Castries Market, where you can take handfuls of fragrant spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, and enjoy the singsong ritual of bartering, as you move between tables heaving under bounties of green bananas and rosy mangoes.

Day 4 Falmouth, English Harbour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The British colonial influence is everywhere in pretty English Harbour. And yet, located on Antigua’s south coast, you are just minutes away from some of the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean. With its long ribbons of white sandy shores including the superbly named Rendez-Vous Bay Beach, the cold English drizzle and chimes of Big Ben have never been farther away! English Harbour is how the Caribbean is meant to be. Beautifully restored, the area still retains much in the way of its rich historic past. Nelson’s dockyard is absolutely not to be missed; a working dockyard that dates from the 18th century, this is part of a larger UNESCO World Heritage Site (Nelson’s Dockyard and National Park), which also contains Clarence House and Shirley Heights. Perhaps one of the best examples of British colonial development, the dockyard is named after the famous admiral who lived on the island in the 1780s.

The fascinating naval history is palpable in all the buildings of this historic site, and just a little further along, you find beautifully restored warehouses that are now home to enchanting restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and hotels, all proudly stating their historic credentials on prominent, easy-to-read signs. Venture beyond the “town” and you’ll find nature trails for all levels of fitness. Famous for having 365 different beaches, it is unsurprising then that a lot of Antiguan life takes place on its sandy shores. Beaches here offer all things to everyone, so whether you want to rekindle the romance, indulge in some adrenaline-fueled water sports, swim, snorkel or sail your way around the island, you’re sure to find your own personal paradise here.

Day 5 Road Town, British Virgin Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The bustling capital of the British Virgin Islands looks out over Road Harbour. It takes only an hour or so to stroll down Main Street and along the waterfront, checking out the traditional West Indian buildings painted in pastel colors and with corrugated-tin roofs, bright shutters, and delicate fretwork trim. For sightseeing brochures and the latest information on everything from taxi rates to ferry schedules, stop in at the BVI Tourist Board office. Or just choose a seat on one of the benches in Sir Olva Georges Square, on Waterfront Drive, and watch the people come and go from the ferry dock and customs office across the street.

Day 6 Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You can easily explore all of Gustavia during a two-hour stroll. Some shops close from noon to 3 or 4, so plan lunch accordingly, but stores stay open past 7 in the evening. Parking in Gustavia is a challenge, especially during vacation times. A good spot to park is rue de la République, alongside the catamarans, yachts, and sailboats.

Day 7 St. Kitts, Basseterre

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
St. Kitts' verdant volcanic slopes rise from crystal clear Caribbean waters, promising a land of escape, relaxation and rejuvenation. A place for "limin" - the local word for kicking back, Caribbean-style, you’ll be welcomed to an island paradise blessed with swarming reefs, hidden white-sand beaches, and irresistible shallow seas. Bigger sibling to nearby Nevis, St. Kitts is a place of unrestrained natural beauty. Soak up the dreamy Caribbean bliss, or explore sprawling island rainforests, teeming with hummingbirds and the distant sounds of waterfalls, as you walk the island’s vine-tangled paths. A ride on Basseterre’s scenic sugar train is a rumbling, immersive journey through the heart of this Caribbean island of culture and vivid unspoiled scenery. Carriages that once transported crops of sugar cane to the city sweep around long curving bends, revealing a spectacular introduction to St. Kitts.

The landscapes here are beautiful, and things are no less spectacular offshore, where glorious crystalline waters invite you to dive with turtles and explore doomed wrecks like the River Taw ship – which has now exploded with marine life. In Basseterre itself, stop off to see the pea-green Berkeley Memorial clock, which stands in the Circus, surrounded by busy St. Kitts life. Independence Square is also waiting among the city’s charming Georgian buildings. Renamed from Pall Mall on September 19, 1983 - to celebrate the island’s independence - the pretty square gravitates around a colorful burbling fountain and has a dark history as a former slave market. Wary canons watch out over the waves far below at Brimstone Hill Fortress, a site of significant history, which dates back to 1690. Known as the "Gibraltar of the West Indies" due to its importance at the heart of the British empire, St. Kitts was one of the first island in the West Indies to be colonized. Nowadays, its World Heritage Site fortress offers panoramic views along the coastline it was built to defend.

Day 8 At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 9 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain is big, bold and unashamedly brash. A Caribbean melting pot of beautiful beaches and big business, this island has more to offer than just palm trees and rum punch. A buzzing city with a thriving social scene, an eclectic bunch of restaurants ranging from traditional Caribbean fare of rice and peas, plantain and dumpling to more sophisticated Trinidadian fine dining can all be found downtown. While the Carnival, which takes place on Ash Wednesday every year, is by far the most important event in the festival calendar, there are many other things to keep the tourists here busy.The International Waterfront Centre, the National Academy for Performing Arts, the Savannah (a large park in the center of the city) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (established in 1818, these are one of the oldest gardens in the Caribbean and include 700 trees of which 13% are indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago) are well worth a visit.  From the Savannah area radiate many of the most important streets, and around it are several buildings of historical and architectural interest, including the President’s House, which stands in the grounds of the Botanical Gardens; Whitehall, which houses the office of the prime minister; the house of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Port of Spain; the Knowsley Building, which accommodates some government ministries; All Saints’ Church (Anglican); and the neo-Renaissance Red House, rebuilt in 1906, which contains the Parliament and government offices. There are also Muslim and Hindu houses of worship in the city. Despite its somewhat shady reputation, Trinidad is a generally safe place and, provided that day trippers are sensible, there would be no reason to feel in any danger. The locals are incredibly friendly, so do take your time getting to know a few, and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Day 10 Bequia Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An almost mythical utopia of virgin beaches, rustic rum shacks and bays so scenic you feel like you’re intruding, Bequia Island is an island mirage of Caribbean perfection. This is the real, unspoiled experience - and with just 6,000 locals living here, you quickly start to recognize the same smiling faces, welcoming you with outstretched arms. Offering glorious - often deserted - beaches of pure golden sand and hillside sweeps of forest and almond trees, Bequia Island is an extraordinary feast for the senses. Unlike some of the flashier Caribbean islands, Bequia - a part of the Grenadines - is a rustic, unassuming and off-the-beaten-path choice. The staggeringly picturesque natural harbor, Admiralty Bay, greets you on arrival, and is peppered with day-tripping yachts bobbing on the gentle waves.The island’s tiny capital, Port Elizabeth, sits behind, with its bustling fruit and vegetable market, turtle sanctuary, and stalls selling hand-crafted model ships. This tiny, pretty island is ridged along the center, and you can earn your beachside bliss with a gentle hike to the top of Mount Peggy, looking out over views of Grenada and St. Vincent. At just seven miles long, you can discover the whole island in a few hours – but that would be to miss the point somewhat. Bequia Island coaxes you in to slow the pace and soothe your soul on blissful beaches, where you can revel in the uncomplicated joys of sitting, reading and swimming in heavenly shallow waters. The royally approved Princess Margaret Beach is one of the finest - an arching band of soft sand and cobalt-blue waters. As evening sets in, you may find you’re beckoned to share with communal barbecues of the day’s fresh catch with the locals, or to indulge in rum-heavy cocktails at beachside bars, lashed together from sea-blanched wooden limbs.

Day 11 Bridgetown, Barbados | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Barbados this morning after breakfast.

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Notes

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your expedition leader and captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society.
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations whilst ashore
  • Casino gaming, laundry, or valet services
  • Purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times.
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