Explore small, unique Caribbean islands
On the wild and rugged east coast of Barbados, the isolated beaches are the colour of sunrise, the red sands having blown all the way across the Atlantic from the Sahara. The eastern most island of the Windwards, and indeed, of the entire Caribbean, reaches out to Africa and the Old World, as if not quite part of the New. Bridgetown, Barbados is an interesting town full of contrasts. George Washington actually slept here! Trafalgar Square reminds you that the laid back, rum-and-fun-loving island’s British-influenced heritage includes revered traditions like cricket and high tea.
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Rodney Bay is just a few miles from Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, on the northwest coast of the island. The 80-acre man-made lagoon is named for British admiral George Rodney, who sailed the English Navy to attack
and decimate the French fleet in 1780. At adjacent historic Pigeon Island, connected by a causeway to the main island, you'll see the ruins of Admiral Rodney's naval station, and a beautiful park filled with tropical trees and flowers. You can enjoy exploring the ruins, and go swimming or snorkeling from the pristine white beach.
In Rodney Bay you are likely to see the tall ship Unicorn, which filled the role of a pirate ship in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, along with another brig, Lady Washington, now returned to Puget Sound. You can sign onboard Unicorn for a day's pirate cruise along the west coast of St. Lucia, an adventure that includes a treasure hunt, a raid on the Botanical Gardens, and live cannon fire. In the marina you may see some of the large ocean-going yachts which compete in the annual Trans-Atlantic race which ends in Rodney Bay.
Cabrits National Park is at the north end of the island, north of Portsmouth on a peninsula. The park protects tropical forest, coral reefs and wetlands. There are hiking trails and an English garrison called Fort Shirley.
Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Falmouth Harbour is the home of the Antigua Yacht Club, the host club for yachts sailing in Antigua Race Week and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. It is situated on the south side of Antigua, at the opposite end of the island from St. John's the major cruise ship port on Antigua.
During the race & regatta weeks, Falmouth Harbour is filled with some of the most beautiful classic yachts, and the speediest of racing yachts. The races are held just outside the harbor entrance, ranging up to 8 miles offshore. These races are international events, attracting the best of the big yacht sailors from around the world.
Right next door to Falmouth Harbour is English Harbour, and the famous Nelson's Dockyard, Naval Base for the British Caribbean fleet during the great age of sail, from the late 1700's until it was abandoned in 1889. Nelson's Dockyard has since been restored. You can see the capstans used to warp ships into the sheltered anchorage, the remains of a sail loft, shore batteries for the protection of the ships in harbor, Clarence House built for soon-to-be crowned King William IV when he was captain of H.M.S Pegasus, one of the ships in Horatio Nelson's fleet. Around the harbor you can find Shirley Heights and the colonial observation post for the harbor, now a good vantage point to watch the racing yachts maneuver.
Basseterre, St. Kitts (am), South Friar's Bay beach, St. Kitts (pm)
Unlike other islands where traditional lifestyles have been stamped out by mass tourism, St. Kitts boasts a thriving West Indian culture. Her lush and forested slopes rise gracefully to mist-shrouded peaks.
A worthwhile site for history buffs, the imposing 17th century fortress (Brimstone Hill) looms over green fields of sugar cane and banana trees. St. Kitts’ was the first successful colony in the British West Indies. Indeed, when viewed from the top of Brimstone Hill, the “Gibraltar of the Caribbean” appears to dominate everything in the Southern Sea.
Originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island was named for his patron saint, St. Christopher. The British later shortened the name to St. Kitts. The island was colonized beginning in 1623, first by the French, and then by English settlers. Britain and France held the island jointly from 1628 into the 1700's, with periods of fighting. By 1783, the treaty of Paris ceded St. Kitts and Nevis to Great Britain.
Basseterre has been the capital of St. Kitts since 1727, and remains the capital of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis today. It offers elegant Georgian architecture and colorful shopping.
Frier's Beach is a clean and friendly place where a variety of sea life, including squid and sea urchin reside. Chairs are available.
Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes
The Saints are an archipelago of 8 volcanic islets, tropical hideaways scalloped by white sandy beaches and sheltered coves. The 17th century Fort Napoleon is impressive, with fine views over the islands and surrounding seas. A charming and seductive atmosphere pervades Iles de Saints. It's enough to make you want to buy your dream villa and leave the world behind.
Beach Call, Martinique
Your Captain will anchor off one of Martinique's many beautiful beaches. Water sports and beach combing are yours to enjoy.
Bridgetown, Barbados (return)
Return to Bridgetown for disembarkation