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Soufrière Bay, Saint Lucia

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Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Le Champlain
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Take this opportunity to explore the enchanting islands in the Caribbean Sea. Join Le Champlain on its 9-day cruise combining long, white-sand beaches and the easy Creole way of life. Discover the UNESCO-listed sites in Saint Lucia and the historic center of Bridgetown and its garrison. Visit the pearls of the Grenadines then sail to Les Saintes which is known to have crystal-clear waters and fabulous seabeds where you can possibly find turtles, barracudas, and spiny lobsters. Sail back to Bridgetown and disembark after your amazing Caribbean cruise! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fort-De-France, Martinique | Embark
Day 2 : Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island
Day 3 : Saint George's. Grenada
Day 4 : Mayreau Island
Day 5 : Tobago Cays
Day 6 : Bridgetown
Day 7 : Pigeon Island Beach | Soufrière
Day 8 : Les Saintes
Day 9 : Fort-De-France | Disembark

Highlights

  • See Saint Lucia and the historic center of Bridgetown and its garrison
  • Visit the Grenadine Islands - one of the world’s most stunning archipelagos
  • Observe turtles, barracudas, spiny lobsters and parrot fish on the sea bed
  • Enjoy the private beach on Mayreau Island

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Barbados
  • Bequia
  • Bridgetown
  • Fort de France
  • Grenadines
  • Guadeloupe
  • Leeward Islands
  • Les Saintes
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Martinique
  • Mayreau
  • Pigeon Island
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Tobago Cays
  • Virgin Islands
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Soufrière Bay, Saint Lucia St George's Harbor - Grenada Tropical Caribbean Beach in Martinique The Pitons in St Lucia Soufriere bay, St Lucia
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Day 1 Fort-De-France, Martinique | 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 Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens, and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From the rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Catamaran & Snorkelling, Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Day 3 Saint George's. Grenada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbor is especially colorful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighboring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites: its picturesque coast or the artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Five kilometers (3 miles) to the south, you will be able to visit Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The Secrets Of The Spices Island, Catamaran & Underwater Statues, Grenada Aboard Your Zodiac.

Day 4 Mayreau Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the string of paradisiac islands with their sandy beaches that form Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites you to relax. Onshore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkeling if you’d like to observe the colorful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

Day 5 Tobago Cays

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

Day 6 Bridgetown

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bridgetown, the bustling capital of Barbados, is located on the island's south-west coast. Its historic quarters are UNESCO World Heritage sites and contain prime examples of British colonial architecture, which you will see between the postcard-perfect fishing harbor and St Ann's Fort. Streets shaded by palms and flamboyant trees lead you to the Anglican cathedral church of St Michael, built from coral stone, the Barbados Museum and George Washington House, a Georgian-style mansion. There'll be plenty of time to relax on the Caribbean beaches of Carlisle Bay, a few paces from the old town center.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Catamaran Snorkelling Cruise, 4wd Adventure, Markets & Flower Forest, Plantation House & Codrington College.

Day 7 Pigeon Island Beach | Soufrière

  • 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. On this wild and pristine land, you will be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. You will also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkeling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. You will thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Soufriere By Sea And Land, Hike On The Atlantic Coast, Sailing Lesson.

Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, you will be able to enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, you can set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

Day 8 Les Saintes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkeling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local specialty, the “tourment d’amour”, a cake made with coconut.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Walking Tour & Napoleon Fortress, Les Saintes By Boat & Swimming, Clear-kayak, Les Saintes By Catamaran & Swimming.

Day 9 Fort-De-France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Fort-De-France.
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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*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
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “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
  • 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).
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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