Sailing the Caribbean

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 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 Airfare and Amenities

Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Barbados on any 2019 departure. We'll also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

National Geographic Expert

Robin Moore

Robin MooreRobin Moore is a photographer and naturalist with awards from Nature's Best, American Photo, National Geographic Traveler, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His images are displayed in the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries and have appeared in the pages of publications that include National Geographic magazine, National Geographic books, the New York Times, Newsweek, and TIME. His images are represented by National Geographic Creative. Robin is also a passionate naturalist with a doctorate in conservation and a Senior Fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers. He regularly teaching photography and video to National Geographic Grantees during "Sciencetelling Bootcamps," and in 2012 founded Frame of Mind to connect youth in Haiti with their natural and cultural worlds through photography and visual storytelling. Robin has published a critically acclaimed book, In Search of Lost Frogs, and spearheaded innovative initiatives to advance conservation, including a recent and successful campaign to save a Protected Area in Jamaica. Robin's work has taken him to dozens of countries throughout Africa, Asia and North, Central and South America, and he regularly returns on assignments to the Caribbean.

Robin will join the following departure:

Feb 12 - 19, 2019

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Feb 12 - 19, 2019
  • Feb 19 - 26, 2019
  • Feb 26 - Mar 05, 2019

Expedition Cost

Sea Cloud
Category 1 $8,730
Category 2 $9,980
Category 3 $12,090
Category 4 $12,610
Original/Deluxe Category B $14,130
Original/Deluxe Category A $14,890
Owner's Suites $17,170

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

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they 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 on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.