Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bridgetown, Barbados
March 27th to April 7th 2016
Voyage SC – 1610
On this island, which is part of Hispaniola, Columbus founded the first Spanish colony in America. Santo Domingo, the present capital of the Dominican Republic, is the first and oldest European-founded city in the New World. Old in the New World still means relatively young – it corresponds to Renaissance visions of the ideal and was the model for many cities in Latin America. A visit to the historic old city is like a journey through time. The splendid stone buildings are testament to the era of the colonial conquests and have been smartened up as World Heritage Sites under the protection of UNESCO.
During the sugar boom of the late 19th century, La Romana developed into a lively working-class city and eastern sugar centre. The third largest city in the Dominican Republic now has many faces. The streets are laid out in a grid formation with colourfully painted houses. Between these and the golf courses and luxury villas of the prominent Casa de Campo flows the Rio Dulce, which runs into the sea. Native Taino art plays a large role, both in the city’s archaeological museum and in what is perhaps the country’s most beautiful cave, Maravillas. This was a cult site for the native Taino people and lies 35 metres below ground. The numerous cave paintings are more than 1,000 years old and have been exceptionally well preserved.
North Sound / Virgin Gorda
Explorers and privateers once used to cross swords in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Nowadays the sea around the British Virgin Islands is one of the world’s best sailing areas. Heavenly bays, gorgeous beaches, idyllic anchoring spots, smart yacht clubs and charming little beach bars make the island a popular haunt for sailors. On Virgin Gorda, once called “The Fat Virgin” by Columbus due to its shape, you can find “The Baths”, one of nature’s most beautiful oddities, in the National Park. Ground to a sphere and polished to a shine, the huge granite formations on the beach and in the water create a multi-branched labyrinth of giant boulders.
White Bay / Jost van Dyke
The Sir Francis Drake Channel, where swords were once crossed, is now one of the most beautiful sailing spots. Jost van Dyke, the smallest of the main islands in the British Virgin Islands, is a mountainous volcanic object of beauty with fewer than 300 inhabitants. One of them, Foxy, has been mixing his cocktails since 1968 and the bar of the same name enjoys a legendary reputation as perhaps the most famous beach bar in the Lesser Antilles. The island’s past is less reputable – it was named by a Dutch pirate. The island gives its most beautiful treasures to all who visit – fine sand, green palm trees, colourful beach bars and the luminous blue of the sea.
Gustavia / St Barthélemy
St Barthélemy, affectionately known as St Barths by most, had already had many “owners” before the Lesser Antilles were acquired by France in 1877. When the first estate was acquired by the banker David Rockefeller in 1957, the island’s future was finally sealed. It became a refuge for the international jet set and an elegant holiday paradise for many Hollywood stars. For over 40 years, St Barths has cultivated a luxurious lifestyle with a Caribbean laissez-faire approach. You can stroll through the charming main town of Gustavia, whose beautifully restored houses and colonial facades look out over the sea with its elegant superyachts, browse in the shops for precious items, or enjoy a sundowner in the picturesque harbour surrounded by clusters of high class bars and restaurants.
Terre-de-Haut/Îles des Saintes
Îles des Saintes is a small archipelago which was disputed for a long time until it finally became French in 1816. In the charming main town of Terre-de-Haut, you can take a delightful stroll along the waterside promenade. Boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants invite you to browse and spend some time here. The ‘savoir vivre’ takes place against a backdrop lit up in all the pastel shades of the Caribbean. Fort Napoleon is set high above the bay and your climb up to it is rewarded by a spectacular panoramic view. On the other side of the island, the Plage de Pompierre invites you to enjoy a dip in the sea and sunbathe on the beach.
Two famous volcanic cones are indisputably the emblem of St Lucia and have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gros and Petit Piton tower over the southern, windward side of the island and, in Soufrière, seem close enough to touch. The volcanoes have in fact long been extinct, but the sulphur springs demonstrate the power of the earth’s core and still bubble up. In the Botanical Gardens, natural abundance is combined with artistic arrangements to create a colourful tropical paradise. Some people claim that Josephine, who later became Napoleon’s wife, used to bathe in the little pool in the garden.
Port Elizabeth / Bequia
Bequia is actually the largest island in the Grenadines, but still small and tranquil at just 18 square kilometres (87 square miles) in size. Elegant sailing yachts sway in the natural shelter of Admiralty Bay, while in lovely Port Elizabeth, with its attractive beach bars, you are right in the heart of a lifestyle that likes to take things easy. You can find Princess Margaret Beach just nearby, named because it was once visited by the British royal. On the eastern coast you can find the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary which focuses on rearing and caring for endangered turtles.
A unique feature of the Tobago Cays is its unspoilt coral reef, known as the “Horseshoe Reef” due to its shape. It keeps the Atlantic swells at bay and is the perfect place for snorkeling. Once back on dry land, you will be treated to a beach barbecue with culinary specialties.
More than 300 years of British rule have left their mark. The whole of Bridgetown, Barbados’ historic centre, with its colonial architecture surrounding Trafalgar Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gentle green hilly countryside and endless fields of sugar cane characterise the island’s landscape. Old colonial houses are reminders of the high life of the plantation owners, while innumerable colourful chattel houses are evidence of their workers’ “moveable property”. The sweeping coastline is a picture postcard of fine sandy beaches and turquoise sea surrounded by colourful coral reefs.
|Sun||27-Mar-16||Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic||18:00|
|Mon||28-Mar-16||La Romana||Dominican Republic||6:00||13:30|
|Wed||30-Mar-16||North Sound/Virgin Gorda||Virgin Islands||13:30||RON|
|Thu||31-Mar-16||North Sound/Virgin Gorda||Virgin Islands||6:00|
|Thu||31-Mar-16||White Bay/Jost van Dyke||Virgin Islands||11:00||18:00|
|Sat||2-Apr-16||Sailing together with SEA CLOUD II||~~~~~~~~~~~~~||14:30||18:00|
|Sun||3-Apr-16||Terre-de-Haut/Îles des Saintes||Guadeloupe||8:00||13:30|
|Tue||5-Apr-16||Port Elizabeth/Bequia||St. Vincent and Grenadines||14:00||23:00|
|Wed||6-Apr-16||Tobago Cays||St. Vincent and Grenadines||8:00||13:00|
*Early Booking Incentive Per Person Until June 30th 2015*
Take $470 off the price below (per person)
Excursion Package Included
|Category/Cabin type||Price per person in USD|
|Guaranteed double cabin*||US $7,195|
|5 Upper-/lower-bed cabin||US $7,855|
|4 Twin-bed cabin||US $ 8,595|
|3 Twin-bed cabin||US $ 9,995|
|2 Twin-bed cabin||US $ 10,795|
|1 Double-bed cabin||US $ 10,995|
|C De luxe outside cabin||US $ 12,995|
|B De luxe original cabin||US $ 14,395|
|A Luxury owner’s cabin||US $ 15,695|
|Guaranteed single cabin*||US $ 9,795|
Single surcharge: Category 1-5: 50% ; Category A, B & C: 100% These rates are in US dollars and are per person (sharing twin). Excludes transfers, gratuities, and insurance.
Combination Discount: When you combine two or more consecutive cruises, you will receive a 10% discount on the lower-priced cruises (cruise-only rates).
Bring a Friend: Encourage your friends to take a cruise in 2016. For a new booking of an additional cabin, you and your friends will receive a one-off onboard credit of € 250 per cabin.
- Your sailing cruise in the booked cabin category.
- As a special welcome, a bottle of champagne awaits you in your cabin.
- A daily, freshly filled fruit basket in your cabin and in the lounge.
- All meals on board.
- All soft drinks as well as tea and coffee specialities.
- High-quality wines, which have been selected to compliment meals, as well as beer are included at lunch time and with the evening meal.
- English-speaking on-board tour guide.