The world you’ve discovered is a wonderfully unique Caribbean Paradise. It’s as if you had your own chartered yacht and could sail anywhere you wanted. Except we do all the work for you while you laze in our pool, or watch the dolphins play in their pool. Royal Clipper explores the lush, exotically beautiful islands like Dominica and St. Lucia, where jungle trails abound with sweet-smelling vanilla orchids and other wild-growing tropical flowers and visits privileged enclaves in the lesser-known Grenadines.
Smaller ports like Iles des Saintes, offer an intimate Caribbean experience. A cruise aboard Royal Clipper is the perfect platform from which to launch diving adventures in the Tobago Cays, where the reefs are a marvel of colourful marine creations. Royal Clipper sails from Barbados on alternating voyages to explore the Spice Islands of the Grenadines or the Windward Islands. The Caribbean venues where Royal Clipper sails are famous for their glorious sailing weather, and every voyage promises the thrill of passagemaking under full sail.
Barbados is an island, northeast of Venezuela and about 100 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It is an island nation located towards the east of the Caribbean Sea and in the west of the Atlantic Ocean, part of the eastern islands of the Lesser Antilles, with the nations of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines being its closest neighbors.
The picturesque island of Tortola offers pristine white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered yacht-filled harbors.
The dramatic shape of the island Virgin Gorda reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the "Fat Virgin".
Named the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain.
Home to fewer than 300 inhabitants, Jost Van Dyke is rich in folklore and renowned to be one of the most friendly and welcoming islands.
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
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.
South Friar's Bay Beach, St. Kitts (PM)
Swim and snorkel from a long, lovely curving beach, or go water-skiing, dinghy sailing, even SCUBA diving, with the help of your ship's water sports staff.
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