February 01 - 15, 2020
Tour Status - Available
This 14-day survey of the Windward and Leeward Islands from Barbados includes a delicious mix of historic island cities and best-kept secrets cherished by the yachting set. Join us for wonderful, scenic and unique ports cruise on Seabourn’s “Odyssey”.
Please note: Ask about a 7-day cruise portion upon request.
“Seabourn Cruises” value;
Accommodations in Verandah Suites
The finest ultra-luxury resort at sea
Only 468 Guests
ALL Meals onboard: Including Specialty Restaurant “Keller”, a Michelin 3* at no extra cost
Visiting: Bridgetown, Barbados; Port Elizabeth; Bequia; St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Matinique; St. Maarten; Frenchman Cay; British Virgin Islands; St. Bart's; St. Kitts; Guadeloupe; St. Lucia
Special Amenities Onboard:
- Personalized Service;
- Complimentary Beverages throughout the ship;
- Open Seating Dining;
- Evening Entertainment;
- Smart Casual Attire
Hosted by Select Holidays if minimum numbers are met.
Day 01 - Feb 01, 2020 - Bridgetown, Barbados Departs 11:00 PM
Arrive Bridgetown and transfer to Seabourn’s “Odyssey” ship for your 14 day unique ports cruise.
Barbados has retained many of the trappings of its British colonial heritage. Judges and barristers wear proper robes and wigs, police don helmets styled after London bobbies and cricket remains a national passion. Barbados also has all the sporting appeal of the rest of the Caribbean, with pristine beaches, powerful surf and crystal clear waters. Brightly colored homes and hibiscus flowers mingle with mahogany trees and English churches dating back to the 17th century.
Day 02 - Feb 02, 2020 - Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
Bequia’s Admiralty Bay is a favorite yachtsman’s anchorage. They ferry ashore to join the friendly, low-key locals “under the almond tree,” the chosen meeting place. Stroll along the Belmont Walkway to the Gingerbread for homemade nutmeg ice cream, or Frangipani, run by the daughter of a former prime minister. Continue to lovely, golden Princess Margaret Beach, or round the bend to Lower Bay. Don’t miss the excellent craftsmanship at the Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop, it’s a Bequia specialty.
Day 03 - Feb 03, 2020 - Trois Ilets, Martinique Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
Martinique is one of the most colorful and interesting islands in the Caribbean. Trois Ilets lies just across the Bay of Fort-de-France from the capital, on the peninsular arrondissement of Le Marin. Perhaps the most famous attraction in this area is the colonial plantation called La Pagerie, the birthplace and childhood home of Josephine Beauharnais, the Martinique-born woman who became the second wife and Empress to Napoleon Bonaparte. The stately plantation house and its manicured grounds are now a museum, furnished with period pieces and illustrating the privileged lifestyle of the master class during the French colonial slave period. Nearby, a gentleman named Gilbert La Rose has painstakingly recreated the complementary lifestyle of the slaves who supported this luxury, with a garden and museum called La Savane des Esclaves that includes thatched dwellings, artifacts and plantings of the era. Taken together, they serve to educate visitors about the early days of the island’s European occupation. Fort-de-France is a bustling seaport and market town, with handsome reminders of its colonial past including the ornate Schoelcher Library imported stone-by-stone from France. Further afield, the previous capital of St. Pierre was unexpectedly inundated with lava and ash from a disastrous eruption of looming Mt. Pelée in 1902, leaving a sort of latter-day Pompeii for visitors to see. The graceful cathedral and lush botanical gardens of Balata provide some relief, in the form of luxuriant tropical flowers, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Day 04 - Feb 04, 2020 - Basse-Terre, Guadaloupe Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 11:00 PM
Located on the smaller of Guadeloupe’s two “butterfly wing” lobes, Basse-Terre is the capital of the French overseas department, although smaller than Point-a-Pitre on Grand Terre. It was the island’s first town, founded in 1643, and Fort Saint Charles, now called Fort Delgres, was built in 1650 to protect against English attacks. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, with its separate Bell Tower, and the Town Hall dating from 1889, which holds seven paintings added in the 1930s and now all registered historical landmarks. The island offers many picturesque fishing villages now welcoming tourists, including Deshaise near Grand Anse beach and Saint Claude in the forested hills. The towering volcano of La Soufriere is part of the National Park, as is the Reserve Cousteau at Pigeon Island, where divers and snorkelers flock to reefs that enchanted the late undersea explorer. The towering Chutes de Carbet waterfalls are another popular natural attraction.
Day 05 - Feb 05, 2020 - Charlestown, Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
Pretty, unassuming Nevis might be the definition of laid-back. Charlestown gets excited by the arrival of the daily ferry from St. Kitts. Stroll by the Museum of Nevis History, built on the foundations of the birthplace of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton. The 17th and 18th centuries, in fact, were a heyday here. A group of Sephardic Jews arrived from Brazil, from where they had been evicted. They brought with them the secret to crystalizing sugar, which transformed the economy of the Caribbean. Their humble cemetery’s headstones are inscribed in Hebrew and Portuguese, dating from between 1672 to 1768, during which time they made up 25 percent of the island’s populace. Another nice walk is the Nevis Botanical Gardens.
Day 06 - Feb 06, 2020 - St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 11:00 PM
Antigua is blessed with an abundance of shining white beaches, and many of these have sprouted top-end resort hotels that engender golf courses and other amenities counted among the best in the Caribbean. A pleasant drive up through farms and tiny villages leads to the commanding fortress on Shirley Heights, from which you can survey the town and the harbor of Nelson’s Dockyard across the island. Once a carenage for British frigates, today it is an enclave of shops and restaurants.
Day 07 - Feb 07, 2020 - Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
A classic golden arc of sugary sand at South Friar’s Bay, Carambola is home to the island’s most luxurious beach clubs and restaurants. Umbrellas, loungers and optional water sports abound for those so inclined. Otherwise St. Kitts has other attractions, including a number of lovingly preserved plantation great houses, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill Fortress and a scenic narrow gauge sugarcane railway.
Day 08 - Feb 08, 2020 - Philipsburg, Saint Maarten Arrives 07:00 AM - Departs 11:00 PM
Since 2010, Sint Maarten has been a constituent country within the kingdom of The Netherlands. It comprises the “Dutch Side” of the island of Saint-Martin, the other half being a French overseas territory. Philipsburg is its capital and a busy deep-water port city. It is a popular port for cruise ships, and consequently boasts a thriving duty-free shopping community, a range of resorts and villas, and numerous leisure and sightseeing activities, as well as a well-served airport.
Day 09 - Feb 09, 2020 - Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay), BVI Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
This snug harbor at the West End of Tortola is the classic Caribbean yacht haven, tucked between the high ground of West End on one side and Frenchman’s Cay on the other. It was a notorious den for pirates in the past, who used the high ground to watch for naval ships or potential victims. The marinas and resorts were hard hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria in August and September 2017. But most services have been restored and the community is eager to welcome visitors again. Check on the progress at Pusser’s Landing, the multi-service home of the famous wood-distilled rum and the Painkiller cocktail, which is good even if you’re not in pain. There are numerous restaurants, cafes and bars providing hospitable rest stops for people-watching and yarn-spinning.
Day 10 - Feb 10, 2020 - Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 11:00 PM
Tiny St. Barts, as it is commonly called, lies 125 miles northwest of the French island of Guadeloupe, of which it is a dependency. Its geographic features include steep, green, once-active volcano hills, deep valleys, and beautiful beaches. Founded by the French, ceded to Sweden then returned to France, the toy-scaled capital of Gustavia is built around the harbor on the island's southwest coast. Many of the island's inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Brittany, Normandy and Sweden. Today they operate small inns, cafes, restaurants and boutiques that are housed in old buildings of Swedish colonial and French Creole architecture. Too small for most cruise ships, Gustavia's harbor is a favorite layover for sailing yachts, and with prices well beyond the means of the masses, visits are mostly limited to a few hours of day-trippers from nearby St. Martin/St. Maarten. The majority of visitors staying on the island still come from among the privileged who treasure the laid-back atmosphere and small-gem perfection of St. Barts.
Day 11 - Feb 11, 2020 - Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevi Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 06:00 PM
"The Beautiful Sisters," St. Kitts and Nevis are separated by a two-mile-wide strait but joined together as an independent island nation. Known and loved for their sleepy pace, these islands are awakening to become an "in" place among well traveled North Americans and Europeans. A small, green volcanic speck in the blue Caribbean, St. Kitts offers quiet beaches, remnants of the old British plantocracy, and dreamy days under silk-cotton trees, soothed by the scents of flamboyants and frangipani. The native Arawak and Carib Indians called St. Kitts the fertile isle, and until as recently as 2005, the island was still dependent upon sugar for a large segment of its economy.
Day 12 - Feb 12, 2020 - Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
The Iles des Saintes, a tiny cluster of islets off the southern coast of Guadeloupe is what the doctor ordered, if he ordered an unspoiled Caribbean experience. No franchise duty free, no big hotels, no casinos. It is what much of the Caribbean used to be like. Stroll around the little town of Bourg de Saintes. Shop for real French cosmetics from the sidewalk vendors. Grab a seat and a beer and revel in the weather and the pace of the past.
Day 13 - Feb 13, 2020 - Castries, Saint Lucia Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 11:00 PM
St. Lucia is the sort of island that travelers to the Caribbean dream about--a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. The Atlantic Ocean kisses its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea. St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,500 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rain forests where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot.
Day 14 - Feb 14, 2020 - Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Arrives 08:00 AM - Departs 05:00 PM
At this idyllic islet in the Tobago Cays, we sometimes anchor and indulge in a water sports Marina Day.
Day 15 - Feb 15, 2020 - Bridgetown, Barbados Arrives 07:00 AM
Disembark and make your way to the Bridgetown airport.
PER PERSON, DOUBLE - Cruise only From $8,725.00 CAD Oceanview Stateroom
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