Leeward Islands

Leeward Islands Cruise

8 days / 7 nights ∙ Star Clipper Ship

“To the Indies!” shouted explorers and pirates from the decks of tall ships. Set a course for the Leeward Islands and the French Riviera of the Caribbean. Discover a treasure trove of breathtaking beaches, old forts, and seaside villages waiting to be conquered by adventurers like you.

 

 

Leeward Islands

Ship: Star Clipper

Number of nights: 7 nights

Embark – Disembark: St. Maarten – St. Maarten

Day 1 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 2 – Nevis
Day 3 – Dominica
Day 4 – Terre De Haut, Illes Des Saintes
Day 5 – Deshaies, Guadeloupe
Day 6 – Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Day 7 – Gustavia, St. Barts
Day 8 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 1 – 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.

 

Day 2 – Nevis
Nevis is the kind of place you wish they wouldn’t write about because you’d like to keep it all to yourself. The island is dotted with old sugar plantations, some of them now turned into charming inns, many with interesting histories. Dominated by the perilously steep cliffs of Mt. Scenery, this small Dutch island didn’t even have a road around it until 1951. But the diving is definitely out of this world.

 

Day 3 – Dominica
Dominica is a dream-like island, full of surprises. Glide through a steamy orchid-festooned rainforest in a fascinating boat ride or hike to breathtaking Trafalgar Falls and a bubbling lake.

 

Day 4 – Terre De Haut, Illes Des Saintes
Les Saintes is a thoroughly entrancing group of islands lying off Guadeloupe. You’ll enjoy the superb beaches, snorkelling, diving and other watersports on offer.

Day 5 – Deshaies, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe looks like a butterfly from the air. Its giant wings are actually two islands, separated by the Rivière Salée, a natural salt water channel. Basse Terre, the southern or leeward part of Guadeloupe, is lush and rugged, dominated by La Soufrière. A stream of boiling water gushes from the top of the 4,800-ft. mountain, reminding you that this volcano is not dormant, but very much alive.

 

Day 6 – Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
The dockyards, marinas, old inns, venerable pubs and convivial crowds of sun-tanned yacht crews; this is the epicentre of the Caribbean yachting world. Today, every faded pink brick and weather-worn bollard of Nelson’s Dockyard evokes the presence of the greatest naval commander in history.

 

Day 7 – Gustavia, St. Barts
In its elegant little capital of Gustavia, French joie de vivre is tempered by Swedish spic and span neatness. Diversions include duty-free shopping in exquisite boutiques, beautiful beaches, excellent dining and people-watching.

 

Day 8 – 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 Clipper Ship:
Star Clipper is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Clipper is 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort.

 

Sailing dates:
January 2014: 03 January 2014 / 17 January 2014 / 18 January 2014 / 31 January 2014
February 2014: 01 February 2014 / 15 February 2014;
March 2014: 01 March 2014 / 15 March 2014;
November 2014: 22 November 2014;
December 2014: 06 December 2014 / 20 December 2014;
February 2015: 14 February 2015 / 28 February 2015;
March 2015: 14 March 2015.