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Saint Martin to Barbados - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Experience the best of the Caribbean with this 8-day itinerary. Start your trip in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this Dutch capital. Enjoy the lively beachfront establishments, excellent shopping, and stunning beaches like Great Bay and Little Bay. In Gustavia, Saint-Barthélemy, discover a charming seaside town with a luxurious harbor, French-inspired boutiques, and the beautiful Shell Beach. Explore the fishing village of Deshaies in Guadeloupe, famous for its Creole architecture and cuisine. Visit the Jardin Botanique de Deshaies and relax on Grande Anse Beach. Explore the historic ruins and coastline of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, and immerse yourself in the history of the town. In Soufriere, St Lucia, admire the Pitons, indulge in the mineral-rich mud baths at Sulphur Springs, and explore a cocoa plantation. Conclude your trip to Bridgetown, Barbados, where you can explore the UNESCO-listed historic district, shop for duty-free treasures, and indulge in delicious Bajan cuisine.
Sunset over PhilipsburgRelax on the beaches of St. MaartenFrench side of St. MaartenA stunning sunset over the CaribbeanMagnificent sailing ship moored in the Soufrière Bay, on the southwest coast of Saint Lucia.Relax on the sunny beaches of the CaribbeanLearn about the history of the Caribbean
Highlights
  • Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
  • Discover the charming seaside town of Gustavia, Saint-Barthélemy
  • Explore the fishing village of Deshaies in Guadeloupe
  • Admire the Pitons in Soufriere, St Lucia, and explore a cocoa plantation
  • Explore the historic ruins and coastline of Saint-Pierre, Martinique
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed historic district in Bridgetown, Barbados
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Arrive in Philipsburg, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Philipsburg, the lively capital of St. Maarten's Dutch side, provides an enchanting gateway to the island with colorful houses, a bustling bayside boardwalk with lively beachfront establishments, and excellent duty-free shopping. Nearby, the 17th-century Fort Amsterdam ruins grace a peninsula. Beautiful soft-sand beaches like Great Bay and Little Bay, featuring colorful reefs and shipwrecks, are within easy reach, while hiking trails lead to Geneve Bay's natural swimming pool and Guana Bay.

Day 3: Gustavia, Saint-Barthelemy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gustavia, the capital of Saint Barthélemy - or St Bart’s - is a charming seaside town founded in 1785 by King Gustav III of Sweden. One of the most beautiful and luxurious harbors in the world, Gustavia is surrounded by charming French-inspired boutiques, restaurants, and bars along Rue de la République. On the western side of the bay lie the remains of 17th-century Fort Karl, one of three forts that protected the island during Sweden's rule, and offers scenic views of the island. At the base is Shell Beach.

Day 4: Deshaies, Guadeloupe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known for its colorful Creole architecture, Deshaies is a picturesque fishing village on the western side of Basse-Terre Island in Guadeloupe. Local restaurants are renowned for their Creole cuisine, featuring dishes infused with the bold flavors of local spices and the freshest seafood. The Jardin Botanique de Deshaies hosts an impressive collection of lush tropical plants, exotic flowers, and serene ponds. Adjacent to the village, Grande Anse Beach lures beachgoers with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters

Day 5: Saint-Pierre, Martinique

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
St. Pierre, once dubbed the Paris of the West Indies and a thriving hub of commerce and culture, received a tragic blow in 1902 when Mount Pelée erupted, decimating the entire town in a matter of minutes. The Musée Volcanologique Franck Perret stands as a poignant testament to that catastrophic event, housing a collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the eruption. Today, St. Pierre's resurgence is a testament to human resilience, with its historic ruins of the old town, including the cathedral, the prison and the library, museums, and a captivating coastline.

Day 6: Soufriere, St. Lucia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The towering twin volcanic spires of the iconic Pitons dominate the scenery of spectacular Soufriere Bay. Below the peaks, the town itself - the original capital of St Lucia - is charming, with colorful wooden houses and a relaxed vibe. Other highlights on St Lucia include the 18th-century Morne Coubaril cocoa plantation, a collapsed crater at Sulphur Springs with mineral-rich mud baths, and Rainforest Adventures with a zipline and an open-air cable car that glides over the trees.

Day 7: Mayreau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tiny Mayreau Island in the Grenadines offers a special Caribbean retreat accessible only by boat. With just 250 residents and no airstrip, Mayreau remains unspoiled. Salt Whistle Bay's pristine sands rank among the Caribbean's top ten beaches. Mayreau provides all the ingredients for a secluded island haven: stunning vistas, charming hillside villages, and divine beaches and bays for swimming and kitesurfing.

Day 8: Bridgetown | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bridgetown, the vibrant capital of Barbados, is a dynamic Caribbean city that beautifully merges historical charm and cultural richness with modern energy and a warm island welcome. Its UNESCO-listed historic district showcases colonial-era architecture, including the 1870s-built Parliament Buildings. The city offers a bustling atmosphere, with colorful markets, duty-free shopping, and an array of restaurants serving Bajan cuisine influenced by its colonial past. Bridgetown also has pristine beaches, such as Carlisle Bay. 

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Oceanview D4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
28 m2, Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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Balcony M5
28 m2, Located at the center of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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Balcony D6
28 m2, Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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44 m2, Our Suites features a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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49 m2, Our grandest suites feature a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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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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