St-maarten

Cienfuegos – St Maarten Cruise

12 days/11 nights ∙ Star Flyer Ship

Step aboard this unique cruise and discover places where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. After visiting Cuba’s most famous city and taking in the sunshine and culture, you will cruise around the country’s coastline ( Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St Marteen ) — filling your cruise with culture and scenery.

 

 

Cienfuego – St. Maarten
Ship: Star Flyer
Number of nights: 11 nights
Embark – Disembark: Cienfuegos – St. Maarten

Day 1 – Cienfuegos, Cuba
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Day 4 – Port Antonio, Jamaica
Day 5 – At Sea
Day 6 – At Sea
Day 7 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9  – At Sea
Day 10 – Jost Van Dyke & Soopers Hole BVI
Day 11 – Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Day 12 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 1 – Cienfuegos, Cuba
When you gaze at the lovely neo-classical homes and elegant public buildings lining the Prado, Cienfuegos mile-long main boulevard, you can see the Empire origins of this gracious city on the Bahia de Cienfuegos. Founded in 1819 by French immigrants, Cienfuegos is a World Heritage Site which, because of the relative isolation of Cuba, has escaped the ravages of many modern cities. Architectural highlights of the city and nearby Punta Gorda include the fanciful Palacio de Valle, the Jagua Fortress, the luxuriant Jardin Botanico, the Cathedral and the Victorian-era yacht club.

 

Day 2 – At Sea

 

Day 3 – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Ah Jamaica, where reggae and ska were born, and the beat goes on and on. The lush tropical landscape, the soaring mountains, inviting beaches and gentle waterfalls, the scent of gardenia and jasmine. The taste of a pina colada and pungent aroma of jerk. No wonder Jamaican music is so inspired! For a taste of Jamaica’s other enticements, visit Rose Hall to learn the history of plantation life, climb a waterfall at Dunn’s River, paddle with guide in a nature preserve or visit the birthplace of Reggae’s King, Bob Marley.

 

Day 4 – Port Antonio, Jamaica
The banana boom created Port Antonio. A sleepy little missionary town until the 1880’s, Port Antonio became Jamaica’s rising star when the Victorian taste for fresh bananas was fed by fruit from Port Antonio’s plantations. In the 1920’s, Port Antonio became a favourite hangout for movie stars and vacationing royalty. It was film idol Errol Flynn who literally washed up in a shipwreck on these shores and started the famous banana boat raft cruises down the Rio Grande. Be sure to visit the Blue Lagoon, purportedly bottomless (but actually 200 feet deep), the ruins of Folly Mansion, and Fort George on Navy Island, once owned by Flynn.

 

Day 5 – At Sea

 

Day 6 – At Sea

 

Day 7 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
There is so much history in Santo Domingo! In fact, you could call this city the family seat of the Columbus clan. The America’s oldest city was founded by Bartolome Columbus in 1496. The bones of the explorer and patriarch, Christopher Columbus, lie in the old fort on the Ozama River. And in the sprawling vice-regal residence, built by Columbus’ son, Diego Colon in 1509, you can see where the family gathered to entertain, rule and conduct the expanding business of Spain’s New World empire. After you’ve explored the Zona Colonial, stroll to the Malecon for a cerveza and tapas at a local bistro.

 

Day 8 – At Sea

 

Day 9 – At Sea

 

Day 10 – Jost Van Dyke & Soopers Hole BVI
Once the hideaway for a Dutch pirate of the same name, Jost van Dyke welcomes visitors with first-rate hiking trails and the best beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Be sure to have a drink at the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Great harbour.

 

Day 11 – Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Take a bath at the “Baths”, Virgin Gorda’s unique water grottos formed eons ago by ancient lava flows. Huge boulders lie scattered around the natural pools, which are delightful for swimming or soaking. Virgin Gorda is also home to Little Dix Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club, some excellent beaches, and the best sailing around.

 

Day 12 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The smallest island in the world shared by two countries, St. Martin/St. Maarten is big on shopping. Whether you go Dutch in Philipsburg or prefer Marigot’s French touch, you’re always welcome.

 

Star Flyer Ship
The Star Flyer is as fleet as the wind and as graceful as a swan. Launched in 1991 in Ghent, Belgium, Star Flyer was the first clipper ship since 1911 to be granted the certificate of Sailing Passenger Vessel by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. It is a four-masted, square-rigged barquentine, 360 feet long, with 36,000 square feet of sail and can carry up to 170 passengers and 75 crew members.

Sailing dates:
March 2014: 28 march 2014.