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.
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. (D)
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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
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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
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
Award-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.
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.
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