You will never forget the azure blue ocean, the palm beaches and
the incomparable flair of the Caribbean way of life. We have planned stopovers on the island state Saint Kitts and Nevis with plenty of time for you to go on shore.
Our crew will welcome you on board in the modern Fort Louis marina of Marigot in the French part of
the colourful and lively Caribbean island. Embarkation takes place at 19:00 hours. Afterwards, there will
be dinner together in the comfortable lounge, where you will quickly feel at home on the Eye of the Wind's deck and soon get to know your fellow sailors.
Make the most of your stay and the time before boarding for a relaxing day at Dawn Beach. Our tip: Saint Martin is considered the 'culinary capital of the Caribbean' – do not miss the local specialities made from the guava fruit.
We will set a southwestern course in the Caribbean Sea towards Antigua. You will get to know the Eye of the Wind as
a seaworthy and reliable ship that has proven itself in all weather conditions. After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing by the ship's crew, you can soon join in the sailing yourself – no previous knowledge is needed. Or you can simply make yourself comfortable on
deck and enjoy watching.
The islands that neighbour Saint Martin offer a wide variety of landscapes, which is why we will make some stops during the trip, either at a port or in a sheltered bay. Where we go ashore depends on the wind and weather conditions, and is decided at short notice by the captain, who will take your wishes into account whenever possible. No two days are the same – this ensures that your cruise will be a
pleasant mix of adventure, relaxation, active participation and pure enjoyment. The ocean breeze is known to make you hungry, and hardworking sailors need some refreshment – enjoy our excellent onboard galley, which always gets top ratings in our customer satisfaction surveys. The compass needle will point to relaxation soon after we have sailed the first nautical miles.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: More than a quarter of the island is designated as a protected national
park. Tours of the island take you to the botanical garden, the old
sugarcane factory or the impressive island church built in 1856. From
the lively party beach at Frigate Bay to the hidden insider's tip Banana
Bay with its backdrop of coconut palms and azure water, all swimming
bays can be reached quickly by boat and offer safe anchorages.
By the time you have arrived at Antigua, the Eye of the Wind will
already have become the ship of your dreams! Here you will bid
farewell to the crew and leave the windjammer with a sailor's bag full
of travel memories. The former British colony of Antigua is famous for
its 365 dream beaches (a beach for every day of the year!).
Opposite the bay lies one of these pink and white sandy beaches that
stretch for miles, attracting adventurers, water sports enthusiasts, sun worshippers and beach walkers alike. How about a romantic evening
stroll to round off your cruise? The sunset over the Caribbean Sea is
truly breathtaking! Make the most of your stay by visiting the capital St. John’s and English Harbour Town with its perfectly restored architecture. The ruins of the fort, which are open to the public and well-worth seeing, testify to the colony's efforts to protect itself against invasion from the sea. In the centre of the island's capital, small streets and markets invite you to take a stroll. In the Heritage and Redcliffe Quay shopping centres, you can do some duty-free shopping and get some good bargains. Don't miss out on a visit to one of the rum distilleries – some of the rums on offer are considered to be the
most remarkable ones in the world.
Marigot, St. Martin
St. Martin's capital city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in flavor of all the cities in the Caribbean. Smart cafés, bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques stand beside lovely colonial houses. In many ways Marigot looks just like a French market town you might find in Europe. A new shopping center at the foot of Fort St. Louis, boasts luxurious boutiques such as Chanel and Lacoste. By the harbor is the Marina Port la Royale, with elegant stores offering the latest in European designer fashions and fine jewelry, duty free. The entire town is just four streets wide, and very easy to navigate.
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. Shop in colourful Basseterre, play golf and tour old plantation houses. For the adventuresome there’s a brisk hike through the rainforest.
Nevis, Leeward Islands
Almost completely circular, Nevis' green slopes rise in sweeping curves to the islands summit. From a distance, Nevis looks like a snow-capped mountain, but it's just clouds and mist hovering around Nevis Peak. Charlestown is a well-preserved village with plantation estates and 18th century buildings decorated with gingerbread trim. An interesting zoning law requires that no buildings be taller than the palm trees. Be sure to try the Calalloo soup while you are here.
Antigua, Lesser Antilles
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent nation in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies (Lesser Antilles), about 260 miles east-southeast of Puerto Rico.
The Lesser Antilles (also known as the Caribbees) are a long, partly volcanic island arc in the Western Hemisphere. Most of its islands form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, with the remainder located in the southern Caribbean just north of South America. The Lesser Antilles and the Greater Antilles compose the Antilles, which are in turn part of the West Indies along with the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.