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Sailing the Caribbean

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 8 Days | Round-trip Barbados
  • Group Size: Max 58

Expedition Details


Set sail aboard the magnificent four-masted Sea Cloud, and explore the lush islands and vibrant cultures of the Lesser Antilles. Hike in the mountainous rain forests of Dominica, discover an active volcanic crater in Saint Lucia, and explore the idyllic Grenadines. Amid a spectacular tropical backdrop, enjoy opportunities to swim and snorkel at reefs and white-sand beaches, and discover the hidden corners that make this place so special.

Trip Highlights

  • Sail aboard the elegant square-rigger Sea Cloud, once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
  • Explore some of the Caribbean’s lesser visited islands, including jungle-clad Dominica; sleepy Bequia; and Terre-de-Haut, rich in Norman and Breton influence.
  • Go on historian-led walks in colonial towns infused with an intriguing mix of cultures.
  • Learn about the region’s natural history from our team of experts, and encounter marine wonders while snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Barbados

Arrive in Barbados and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and enjoy dinner and our first Caribbean sunset.

Day 2 — At Sea

Begin the morning on deck, where sailors climb the lines to raise the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand. Enjoy a full day skimming across the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Relax with a book, photograph the ship and its exquisite details, and attend talks by our experts on the natural history of the islands we will soon explore.

Day 3 — Dominica

Spend the day exploring rugged Dominica, known as "the nature island" for its spectacular beauty and many protected reserves. Hike in a mountain rain forest where wildlife and birds abound, and discover waterfalls and hot springs created by active volcanoes. Join our historian in exploring the ruins of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison, and learn about Dominica’s turbulent colonial history. Then head to a secluded beach to swim or snorkel, and spend the evening docked amid the forested tranquility of Cabrits National Park.

Days 4 & 5 — Îles Des Saintes/Bequia, The Grenadines

Sail to Terre-de-Haut in the Îles des Saintes and explore the main town, dotted with brightly painted houses. Walk up to Fort Napoléon, a 19th-century French barracks that now houses a museum and cactus garden, and then go snorkeling or swimming. The next day, delve into the unique culture of Bequia, once home to a diverse group of seafarers, whalers, and buccaneers. Take a drive around the island, stopping to visit a hawksbill turtle sanctuary. In Port Elizabeth, browse the local market and stroll the waterfront Belmont Walk, or choose to go snorkeling or swimming.

Day 6 — At Sea/The Grenadines

Spend the morning sailing the idyllic Grenadines, known for their golden beaches, superb coral reefs, and relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We’ll anchor to swim in coves inhabited by green and hawksbill sea turtles and snorkel spots rich in tropical fish, rays, and other marine life.

Day 7 — Saint Lucia

Arrive at Saint Lucia and anchor under the island’s iconic twin peaks, Les Pitons. Explore the fishing port of Soufrière, and then set off on a thrilling drive into Saint Lucia’s active volcanic crater. Discover island wildlife on a nature walk, and take a plunge under a waterfall.

Day 8 — Barbados

Disembark this morning. For those departing in the afternoon, there will be a morning tour of the island. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book travel in the Caribbean on the Sea Cloud and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

National Geographic Expert

Susan Seubert

Susan SeubertAward-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide-ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and she hasn't set down her camera since. When not on assignment, she divides her time between Portland, Oregon and Maui.

Susan will join the following departure:

Mar 22 - 29, 2018

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Mar 08 - 15, 2018
  • Mar 15 - 22, 2018
  • Mar 22 - 29, 2018

Expedition Cost

Sea Cloud
Category 1 $8,640
Category 2 $9,880
Category 3 $11,970
Category 4 $12,490
Original/Deluxe Category B $13,990
Original/Deluxe Category A $14,750
Owner's Suites $17,000

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,320 in Category 1.

Airfare to/from Barbados is not included in the expedition cost.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.