Sea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises is true elegance at the top! This cruise company is sailing the seas with two tall ships of 100+ metres long and one tall ship of 138 metres. During the luxury cruises, you witness how old-fashioned sailing is executed while enjoying the five-star service.

The Sea Cloud 'windjammer' (1931) and the Sea Cloud II 'bark' (2001) with respectively 32 and 47 cabins are a real landmark. Onboard you will find an interior design that makes you believe you’ve stepped in an early 20th-century chic country house. Actually, everything is perfectly taken care of and you will find many authentic instruments aboard. The Sea Cloud Spirit (2020) with 69 cabins sets sail from August 2020. For the pleasure of true sailing enthusiasts, this is your moment to sail a brand new tall ship decorated with true elegance!

These classic sailing yachts of Sea Cloud Cruises are sailing in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, in the Caribbean and along the coastline of Central America. Transatlantic crossings are also possible! Whether you choose for the European or tropical cruises, the enjoyment aboard is unmatched. During these unique cruises, it is really impressive to follow the crew's sailing techniques.

After check-in, you will find a chilled bottle of Champagne waiting for you in your cabin. Your trip begins with a welcome cocktail, after which the ship’s sails are lowered.

Each day with Sea Cloud Cruises you can expect culinary delights, drinks are included and even a gala dinner will complete your experience. On board you will be served Fine Cuisine of a very high level and enjoying your gourmet on deck is no exception. The buffets are also presented (depending on the weather) along the deck and even a barbecue is part of the rituals to be found aboard.  The professional and jovial crew makes your stay elegant in a casual atmosphere.

Think about the picturesque and historic ports during the stopovers, where you can make interesting excursions on land. Sea Cloud Cruises takes you sailing along volcanic islands and impressive coastlines. It is no dream when the anchor is lowered into a beautiful bay with a peaceful décor.

Immerse yourself in 'the old days' and let the sails determine the rhythm of the journey.

“The whistling of the wind as it blows past the halyard and the gentle sound of the sea will soon banish away the stresses and strains of your daily routine”.

More than just a cruise

Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
23.01.2020
05.02.2020
13
Latin America, Caribbean, A windjammer voyage to six countries from Panama to Cuba: Panama City (Colón) – Cienfuegos
Fare from € 6.265
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Travelroute
Day 1

Colon (Panama)

Since 1914, the Panama Canal has linked the Atlantic to the Pacific. This technological marvel of locks and canals also comprises two artificial lakes. The Gatúnsee, one of the world's largest dammed lakes, has now regained a unique range of flora and fauna. In fact, nature has reclaimed the lake for itself, with the rainforest sprawling over its banks. The former hills are now islands on which an astonishing variety of species has formed, due to its isolation. The largest island, Barro Colorado, is completely untouched and has been a nature reserve since 1923. Scientists from all over the world come here to try and discover the jungle's last secrets.

Day 2

Bocas del Toro (Panama)

The Bocas del Toro Archipelago in north-western Panama comprises six large and numerous tiny islands. The Bastimentos Island National Marine Park is the first marine reserve in Panama and was created in 1988. Whether you visit Isla Bastimentos or Cayos Zapatillas - between mangroves and snow white palm beaches - you will find a rich variety of species swimming around in the water. It is a paradise for marine turtles and even dolphins pay a visit from time to time in the crystal-clear waters. In the unspoiled coral reef you can see a unique underwater world with colourful shoals of fish, sponges and starfish.

Day 3

At Sea

Day 4

Corn Islands/Islas del Maíz (Nicaragua)

The Corn Islands in the Caribbean consist of two islands, Big and Little Corn Island, as well as "Blowing Rock", a handful of volcanic rocks out in the open sea, from the centre of which seawater periodically shoots vertically upwards. Formerly a safe haven for pirates, Little Corn Island is still an undiscovered treasure and a delightful paradise for divers and snorkelers, with its deserted palm-covered tropical golden beaches, crystal-clear water shimmering in every shade of turquoise, and a large protective coral reef with shoals of colourful fish.

Day 5

At Sea

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

Coxen Hole/Roatán (Honduras)

Roatán is around seventy kilometres (43 miles) long but just three kilometres (2 miles) wide. In its centre the landscape is typically tropical and mountainous, with dense rainforest and a coastline that exhibits unusual-looking rocky bays, traditional little fishing villages and delightful sandy beaches lined with coconut palms. The island is surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world and, as a result, many wrecks and alleged pirate treasure still lie unsalvaged on the sea bed. The island's other treasures are more obvious - West Bay, a gently curving, 300-metre-(985 foot)-long "dream beach" is one of the most beautiful strips of sand on Roatán.

Day 8

Belize City (Belize)

Belize City is the country's largest town, main port, and its economic and cultural centre, although it has not been the capital since 1975. Belize is situated in the south-east of the Yucatán peninsula and was part of the Mayan Empire, which left behind a rich legacy here. The ruined city of Altun Ha is one of Belize's best-preserved and most accessible Mayan cities. Lamanai, which lies on the banks of an inland lagoon, has been a settlement for 3,000 years. Excavations have shown that more than 20,000 people lived here in 700 AD.

Day 9

Lighthouse Reef/ Half Moon Caye (Belize)

The Belize Barrier Reef is a 256-kilometre-long series of coral reefs made up of numerous small coral islands. It is the second largest in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In Lighthouse Reef Atoll you will discover a very unusual natural wonder - the Great Blue Hole. It was formed during the last ice age and this circular recess in the ocean floor with a diameter of over 300 metres is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10

At Sea

Day 11

Cozumel (Mexico)

Almost any pirate who was anyone dropped anchor here. Nowadays it's filled with people wanting to escape the stresses of daily life under palm trees or in the rich underwater world. Cozumel, the largest island in Mexico, lies only a few knots away from the Yucatan peninsula. The advanced Mayan civilisation in Central America, which began around 5,000 years ago and reached its final stages at the time of the Spanish conquest, still poses questions today. Their ceremonies appear bloodthirsty, their stepped pyramids impressive and their stone carvings extremely skilled. As far as we know, Tulum is the only Mayan settlement which was established on the coast.

Day 12

At Sea

Day 13

Cienfuegos (Cuba)

Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, whose name literally translates as "Hundred fires" is also known as the Pearl of the South. The city owes its grand, romantic architecture to the French colonists who first settled there. The beautiful old town of Trinidad de Cuba is a true gem, with lovingly restored colonial facades, sleepy lanes and a turquoise sea. This friendly town, with its important past at the centre of sugar cane cultivation, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many years, along with the cultivated landscape of the Valle de Los Ingenios, or "Valley of the Sugarmills".

Day 14

Cienfuegos (Cuba)

Disembarkation.

Overview

A windjammer voyage to six countries from Panama to Cuba: Panama City (Colón) – Cienfuegos

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Mystical Maya sites, colourful coral reefs, atmospheric Cuba and relaxation with a rhythm of your very own.

Megacity in the jungle: Panama City
As an international trade centre, gate to the Panama Canal and starting point for excursions to spectacular national parks, Panama City has evolved into a lively trend metropolis. Away from the sparkling skyline, time still moves at a different pace in the old quarter of the Casco Viejo: Strolling along grand old boulevards lined with bougainvillea is like walking right back into colonial times.
The Bocas del Toro National Park
Bocas del Toro is the name of a town and a province in the north-west of Panama. It also encompasses six larger islands and countless smaller ones. The region’s main attraction is its national marine park – a sanctuary that allows plants and animals to flourish both above and below the waterline.
Several relaxing days at sea
Besides crossing worlds and discovering new lands, we let relaxation take a front seat on our yacht for five whole days. Plenty of time to enjoy life under the white sails and be spoilt in every way.
The world’s second largest coral reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is a 256-kilometre-long (159 miles) reef system which contains countless small coral islands. The Lighthouse Reef Atoll features a particularly special natural wonder: the Great Blue Hole. This circular submarine sinkhole, with a diameter of over 300 metres (0.19 miles), was formed during the last ice age and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Donning your snorkel and getting an underwater view is obviously another great way to discover the impressive beauty of the reef.
Maya cities in Mexico and Belize
The sophisticated culture of the Maya in Central America, which began roughly 5,000 years ago and ended around the time of the Spanish conquest, is still a mystery. Their ceremonies seem to have been gory, their step pyramids imposing, and their stone carvings required a great deal of skill. On our trip you will discover three mystical Maya strongholds: Tulum, in Mexico, is the only Maya city situated on the coast; Altun Ha and Lamanai are located in Belize. Constructed on the banks of an inland lagoon, Lamanai remained populated for roughly 3,000 years. Excavations have revealed that over 20,000 people lived there around 700 AD.
A lecturer accompanies the trip
Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.

Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Crew Capacity: 65

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
31.01.2020
07.02.2020
7
Caribbean, The Many Treasures of the Grenadines: Barbados – Barbados
Fare from € 3.695
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Travelroute
Day 1

Bridgetown

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.

Day 2

Man-O-War Bay/Tobago

Day 3

Man-O-War Bay/Tobago

Day 4

St. George's

Beautiful beaches, aromatic spice plantations, dense rainforests, waterfalls and a volcano that has long been extinct, picturesquely towering over this stunningly beautiful island. For many people, Grenada is the incarnation of a tropical paradise and St George's the most beautiful little port in the Grenadines. All around the horseshoe-shaped bay there are numerous houses that remind you of colonial times. There is good reason why nutmeg is immortalised on the national flag. Alongside cloves, cinnamon and ginger, it is one of the island's biggest exports.

Day 5

Chatham Bay/Union Island - Port Elizabeth/Bequia

Right in the south of the Grenadines are Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Union Island was given the evocative name "the Tahiti of the West Indies" thanks to its volcanic silhouette. Four small uninhabited islands, surrounded by a protective horseshoe-shaped coral reef, form the Tobago Cays. The Horseshoe Reef holds the Atlantic swell at bay and its unique animal and plant life make it an ideal place for snorkelling. The lagoon between the islets shimmers in all shades from turquoise through to emerald green and invites you to take a dip at the fantastic beaches.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Soufrière

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.

Day 8

Bridgetown

Disembarkation.

Overview

The Many Treasures of the Grenadines: Barbados – Barbados

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Tobago: an island paradise
The small fishing village of Charlotteville is situated in Tobago’s idyllic Man-O-War Bay and can only be
reached overland via a steep road which cuts through the rainforest. With the ship anchored in the town’s
picturesque bay, you will have plenty of time to discover the island.
Grenada – the island of spice
Although Grenada has been blessed with around 45 picture-perfect beaches, the country’s real treasure
remains its lush, green island interior. Deep volcanic lakes, dense rainforests, waterfalls and small river courses form the primordial backdrop for the island’s sugar cane fields and spice plantations. Not surprising that the scent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg hangs in the air wherever you go on Grenada.
The magnificent Pitons of St Lucia
Gros and Petit Piton, the two famous volcanic plugs that tower over St Lucia, could have come straight out of a tropical storybook. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a spectacular panorama as the Sea Cloud sails closely alongside their slopes.
Colourful Caribbean underwater world
Eye to eye with parrotfishes, ocean turtles and damselfishes – the Tobago Cays and St Lucia are considered the best diving and snorkelling haunts in the Caribbean. The crystal-clear water with tropical temperatures offers metres deep views and invites to excursions through fascinating, colourful underwater worlds full of craggy coral riffs.

Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

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Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
05.02.2020
17.02.2020
12
Caribbean, Sailing between Cuba and the Lesser Antilles: Cienfuegos – St Maarten
Fare from € 6.385
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cienfuegos (Cuba)

Embarkation.

Day 2

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, whose name literally translates as "Hundred fires" is also known as the Pearl of the South. The city owes its grand, romantic architecture to the French colonists who first settled there. The beautiful old town of Trinidad de Cuba is a true gem, with lovingly restored colonial facades, sleepy lanes and a turquoise sea. This friendly town, with its important past at the centre of sugar cane cultivation, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many years, along with the cultivated landscape of the Valle de Los Ingenios, or "Valley of the Sugarmills".

Day 3

At Sea

Day 4

Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)

The El Morro fortress towers high above the bay. It was almost completely destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan but just 20 years later was once again strong enough to withstand any attack. Santiago de Cuba, an architectural gem, is proud not only of its reputation as the birthplace of the revolution, but also of its musicality. If you go for a walk, sooner or later you will find yourself in an authentic Salsa bar. The whole city has music in its blood, and nowhere else do people make so much music or dance so much. The rhythms of the Salsa, Son and Rumba are just as thrilling in clubs, bars and schools as they are in the famous Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 5

Port Antonio (Jamaica)

Port Antonio was once the world's banana capital, but for a long time now international VIPs have discovered this town for themselves. Some properties can be found near the clear deep waters of the Blue Lagoon. The pretty little town, surrounded by sugar cane fields and banana plantations, impresses particularly with its delightful beaches. The Rio Grande is the island's largest river and channels its course over 60 kilometres (37 miles) in green solitude through the jungle and into the sea. Historically, bananas and other fruit were carefully transported on bamboo rafts along the waterway to the port. Nowadays the rafts have been equipped with bench seats and are used for excursions.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

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.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Great Harbour/Jost van Dyke (BVI)

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.

Day 10

North Sound/Virgin Gorda (BVI)

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Cove Bay - Philipsburg

Anguilla is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, a British Overseas Territory which also includes several small, uninhabited coral islands. This small island is host to more than 30 superb beaches protected by coral reefs. You can enjoy the turquoise blue sea and white sandy beaches of Cove Bay as you swim against a backdrop of palm trees.

Day 13

Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Disembarkation.

Overview

Sailing between Cuba and the Lesser Antilles: Cienfuegos – St Maarten

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Natural attractions and the destinations of the jetset, colonial palaces and conga drums – this is true Caribbean diversity.

Trinidad’s old town
Trinidad de Cuba is a small, friendly place with a long history as a centre for sugar cane farming. Its charming coastal setting, lovingly restored facades and gentle pace of life can be experienced in any of the town’s beautiful squares and in the narrow, historic alleyways. This small town has a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The spirited music of Cuba
If Cuba is the birthplace of almost every Latin dance style, then Santiago de Cuba is the stage on which they are performed. Nowhere else will you find so much live music or dancing. In the town’s clubs, bars and dance schools, the rhythms of salsa, son and rumba are omnipresent and just as thrilling as in the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club.
Port Antonio – natural beauty in Jamaica
Known for its reggae, Rastafarians and rum, Jamaica has many magical and serene natural settings to offer alongside its rousing rhythms. Port Antonio in the northeast is the spot on the island with the most beautiful scenery. With its perfect beaches, lush tropical vegetation and countless caves, rivers and waterfalls, the area surrounding this small colonial town has been a celebrity hotspot since the nineteen-forties, attracting famous visitors like Errol Flynn and providing the exotic backdrop for a number of films.
The British Virgin Islands – a sailor’s paradise
With more than 60 islands and reefs (of which only 16 are inhabited), the British Virgin Islands are a real dream destination. Fans of sailing from all around the world are drawn to their idyllic and tropically warm waters; and the quaint beach bars bring together everyone from luxury yacht owners to solo sailors. It is so easy to get used to the carefree lifestyle; and with your feet in the sand as you gaze out over green hills and the tranquil sea, you will soon forget about the stresses of everyday life back home.
Luxury in a relaxed atmosphere on St Barths
Known for attracting a certain class of visitor, St Barthélemy has been a top holiday destination for the rich and famous ever since billionaire David Rockefeller discovered the island back in the nineteen-sixties. St Barths is all about quality not quantity, so you are more likely to brush shoulders with Hollywood stars than with tourists on its 22 white sandy beaches. In the capital Gustavia, houses with red roofs nestled into the green hills look just like rows of spectators in an amphitheatre, transforming the idyllic port into an impressive stage. As you walk along the luxurious promenade, you will be sure to pass by some spectacular yachts.
A lecturer accompanies the trip
Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.

Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Crew Capacity: 65

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
05.02.2020
17.02.2020
12
Caribbean, Sailing between Cuba and the Lesser Antilles: Cienfuegos – St Maarten
Fare from € 6.385
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Cienfuegos (Cuba)

Embarkation.

Day 2

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, whose name literally translates as "Hundred fires" is also known as the Pearl of the South. The city owes its grand, romantic architecture to the French colonists who first settled there. The beautiful old town of Trinidad de Cuba is a true gem, with lovingly restored colonial facades, sleepy lanes and a turquoise sea. This friendly town, with its important past at the centre of sugar cane cultivation, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many years, along with the cultivated landscape of the Valle de Los Ingenios, or "Valley of the Sugarmills".

Day 3

At Sea

Day 4

Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)

The El Morro fortress towers high above the bay. It was almost completely destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan but just 20 years later was once again strong enough to withstand any attack. Santiago de Cuba, an architectural gem, is proud not only of its reputation as the birthplace of the revolution, but also of its musicality. If you go for a walk, sooner or later you will find yourself in an authentic Salsa bar. The whole city has music in its blood, and nowhere else do people make so much music or dance so much. The rhythms of the Salsa, Son and Rumba are just as thrilling in clubs, bars and schools as they are in the famous Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 5

Port Antonio (Jamaica)

Port Antonio was once the world's banana capital, but for a long time now international VIPs have discovered this town for themselves. Some properties can be found near the clear deep waters of the Blue Lagoon. The pretty little town, surrounded by sugar cane fields and banana plantations, impresses particularly with its delightful beaches. The Rio Grande is the island's largest river and channels its course over 60 kilometres (37 miles) in green solitude through the jungle and into the sea. Historically, bananas and other fruit were carefully transported on bamboo rafts along the waterway to the port. Nowadays the rafts have been equipped with bench seats and are used for excursions.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

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.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Great Harbour/Jost van Dyke (BVI)

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.

Day 10

North Sound/Virgin Gorda (BVI)

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Cove Bay - Philipsburg

Anguilla is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, a British Overseas Territory which also includes several small, uninhabited coral islands. This small island is host to more than 30 superb beaches protected by coral reefs. You can enjoy the turquoise blue sea and white sandy beaches of Cove Bay as you swim against a backdrop of palm trees.

Day 13

Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Disembarkation.

Overview

Sailing between Cuba and the Lesser Antilles: Cienfuegos – St Maarten

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Natural attractions and the destinations of the jetset, colonial palaces and conga drums – this is true Caribbean diversity.

Trinidad’s old town
Trinidad de Cuba is a small, friendly place with a long history as a centre for sugar cane farming. Its charming coastal setting, lovingly restored facades and gentle pace of life can be experienced in any of the town’s beautiful squares and in the narrow, historic alleyways. This small town has a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The spirited music of Cuba
If Cuba is the birthplace of almost every Latin dance style, then Santiago de Cuba is the stage on which they are performed. Nowhere else will you find so much live music or dancing. In the town’s clubs, bars and dance schools, the rhythms of salsa, son and rumba are omnipresent and just as thrilling as in the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club.
Port Antonio – natural beauty in Jamaica
Known for its reggae, Rastafarians and rum, Jamaica has many magical and serene natural settings to offer alongside its rousing rhythms. Port Antonio in the northeast is the spot on the island with the most beautiful scenery. With its perfect beaches, lush tropical vegetation and countless caves, rivers and waterfalls, the area surrounding this small colonial town has been a celebrity hotspot since the nineteen-forties, attracting famous visitors like Errol Flynn and providing the exotic backdrop for a number of films.
The British Virgin Islands – a sailor’s paradise
With more than 60 islands and reefs (of which only 16 are inhabited), the British Virgin Islands are a real dream destination. Fans of sailing from all around the world are drawn to their idyllic and tropically warm waters; and the quaint beach bars bring together everyone from luxury yacht owners to solo sailors. It is so easy to get used to the carefree lifestyle; and with your feet in the sand as you gaze out over green hills and the tranquil sea, you will soon forget about the stresses of everyday life back home.
Luxury in a relaxed atmosphere on St Barths
Known for attracting a certain class of visitor, St Barthélemy has been a top holiday destination for the rich and famous ever since billionaire David Rockefeller discovered the island back in the nineteen-sixties. St Barths is all about quality not quantity, so you are more likely to brush shoulders with Hollywood stars than with tourists on its 22 white sandy beaches. In the capital Gustavia, houses with red roofs nestled into the green hills look just like rows of spectators in an amphitheatre, transforming the idyllic port into an impressive stage. As you walk along the luxurious promenade, you will be sure to pass by some spectacular yachts.
A lecturer accompanies the trip
Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.

Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Crew Capacity: 65

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
07.02.2020
14.02.2020
7
Caribbean, Archipelago of the Grenadines: Barbados – Barbados
Fare from € 3.695
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Travelroute
Day 1

Bridgetown

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.

Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

St. John's/Antigua

St John's is the capital of this small island in the Antilles, a former British colony. From Shirley Heights in the south you have a fantastic view over the English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard, an old restored shipyard named after the Admiral. Visit Betty's Hope, a restored sugar mill where "white gold" would have been processed during the island's bitter past. Now sweet black pineapples grow in the gentle rolling landscape around Boggy Peak. The coast is lined with bays and lagoons, dazzling white palm-filled beaches - one for every day of the year - and an almost unbroken coral reef.

Day 6

Cabrits

Dominica, nicknamed the "Nature Isle" of the Caribbean, is one of the most untouched of the Windward Islands. It boasts some of the highest mountains in the Lesser Antilles, as well as many beautiful national parks. Its interior is characterised by thick virgin forest, where rivers plunge into the depths and tiny streams wind through the jungle. Two extinct volcanoes are at the centre of the Cabrits National Park and, recaptured by nature, the former strategically important Fort Stanley appears like a picturesque backdrop in the heart of the jungle.

Day 7

Cabrits

Day 8

Bridgetown

Disembarkation.

Overview

Archipelago of the Grenadines: Barbados – Barbados

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Idyllic sailing along the trade winds
In winter and spring the Caribbean trade winds offer perfect speeds and consistency and deliver wonderful
air and water temperatures. The many hours spent out at sea are a real joy for the tall ship.
French style on the ÎIes des Saintes
The ÎIes des Saintes give such a welcoming first impression, though the historical Fort Napoléon that towers over the main island is a reminder of less peaceful times. This small town’s promenade is perfect for taking a stroll, and the savoir-vivre of life here unfolds against a backdrop of the glowing pastel colours of the Caribbean.
The jet-set island of St Barths
Although many like to call it “St Barths” for short, the island’s official name is St Barthélemy. Having seen
several different owners, the land was finally bought by France in 1877 and is now firmly in the hands of the jetset. Elegant Gustavia entices with classy goods and glamour hidden away behind restored facades, and the harbour hosts luxury yachts with famous owners.
Beach paradise and pirates’ island: Antigua
The island is said to have exactly 365 fine sandy beaches, one for each day of the year. Nevertheless, in 1493 Columbus still passed Antigua by. Others were more interested: French and English conquerors fought pirates for hegemony until Admiral Nelson secured the island with a naval base. Its old fortifications can still be visited today.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
14.02.2020
21.02.2020
7
Caribbean, Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud
Fare from € 6.950
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Embark in Barbados

Embark Sea Cloud in Barbados in the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean.

Day 2

Under Sail

We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our authentic barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we ride the trade winds. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud's 32,000 square feet of canvas, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways possible to learn about the art and science of sailing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this historic tall ship.

Day 3

Dominica

Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning, we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rain forest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We’ll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters.

Day 4

Îles des Saintes/Under Sail

Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are colorful, tasteful and delightful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon, we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle.

Day 5

Under Sail/Bequia, the Grenadines

In the morning, we sail aboard our magnificent ship, and in the afternoon, we visit Bequia. With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. We’ll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a very interesting local hawksbill turtle revival initiative. In Port Elizabeth, we’ll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar.

Day 6

Under Sail/Exploring the Grenadines

In the morning, we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. We’ll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene.

Day 7

Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia/Under Sail

Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons,” the iconic image of the famed Windward Islands. We’ll stop beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We’ll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens. Fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff, the gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados.

Day 8

Barbados/Disembark/Home

Disembark the Sea Cloud in Bridgetown, Barbados. We’ll drive to the north along the west coast and through Holetown, site of the first settlement in 1627. We’ll stop at the St. James Parish Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Barbados, and continue our drive through Speightstown to St. Nicholas Abbey. Built in 1660, St. Nicholas Abbey is not a church but one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. It was recently refurbished, and the distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion include curved Dutch gables, chimney stack and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques. Our last stop before Bridgetown Airport for departure flights is Bathsheba, with spectacular views of the rugged East Coast Hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other. We’ll stop at one of the parks nearby for a picnic lunch before continuing to the airport for flights home.

Overview

Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Unique, immersive style of travel
While there are many ways to travel the Caribbean, you’ll find that exploring aboard an authentic square-rigger tall ship offers an unrivaled experience and guarantees you an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in the region of the world where sailing is best. With the reliable trade winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 of the crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to handset 30 sails. See what it’s like.
Experience the cultures and wildlife of the region
You’ll be able to snorkel or swim in the warm Caribbean waters nearly every day, explore tropical reefs and an undersea garden in the marine reserve of Tobago Cay. Enter island capitals born in the golden age of sail. Stroll waterfront towns where the patois reflects the mosaic of cultures in these islands. Hike a jungle trail in search of parrots, or enjoy a palm-studded beach. Each island offers a unique rhythm, and your expedition can be as active or relaxing as you choose.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for the Caribbean is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
21.02.2020
28.02.2020
7
Caribbean, Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud
Fare from € 6.950
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Embark in Barbados

Embark Sea Cloud in Barbados in the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean.

Day 2

Under Sail

We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our authentic barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we ride the trade winds. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud's 32,000 square feet of canvas, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways possible to learn about the art and science of sailing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this historic tall ship.

Day 3

Dominica

Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning, we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rain forest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We’ll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters.

Day 4

Îles des Saintes/Under Sail

Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are colorful, tasteful and delightful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon, we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle.

Day 5

Under Sail/Bequia, the Grenadines

In the morning, we sail aboard our magnificent ship, and in the afternoon, we visit Bequia. With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. We’ll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a very interesting local hawksbill turtle revival initiative. In Port Elizabeth, we’ll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar.

Day 6

Under Sail/Exploring the Grenadines

In the morning, we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. We’ll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene.

Day 7

Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia/Under Sail

Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons,” the iconic image of the famed Windward Islands. We’ll stop beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We’ll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens. Fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff, the gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados.

Day 8

Barbados/Disembark/Home

Disembark the Sea Cloud in Bridgetown, Barbados. We’ll drive to the north along the west coast and through Holetown, site of the first settlement in 1627. We’ll stop at the St. James Parish Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Barbados, and continue our drive through Speightstown to St. Nicholas Abbey. Built in 1660, St. Nicholas Abbey is not a church but one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. It was recently refurbished, and the distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion include curved Dutch gables, chimney stack and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques. Our last stop before Bridgetown Airport for departure flights is Bathsheba, with spectacular views of the rugged East Coast Hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other. We’ll stop at one of the parks nearby for a picnic lunch before continuing to the airport for flights home.

Overview

Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Unique, immersive style of travel
While there are many ways to travel the Caribbean, you’ll find that exploring aboard an authentic square-rigger tall ship offers an unrivaled experience and guarantees you an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in the region of the world where sailing is best. With the reliable trade winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 of the crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to handset 30 sails. See what it’s like.
Experience the cultures and wildlife of the region
You’ll be able to snorkel or swim in the warm Caribbean waters nearly every day, explore tropical reefs and an undersea garden in the marine reserve of Tobago Cay. Enter island capitals born in the golden age of sail. Stroll waterfront towns where the patois reflects the mosaic of cultures in these islands. Hike a jungle trail in search of parrots, or enjoy a palm-studded beach. Each island offers a unique rhythm, and your expedition can be as active or relaxing as you choose.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for the Caribbean is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

<close>

Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
28.02.2020
06.03.2020
7
Caribbean, Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud
Fare from € 6.950
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Embark in Barbados

Embark Sea Cloud in Barbados in the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean.

Day 2

Under Sail

We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our authentic barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we ride the trade winds. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud's 32,000 square feet of canvas, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways possible to learn about the art and science of sailing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this historic tall ship.

Day 3

Dominica

Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning, we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rain forest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We’ll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters.

Day 4

Îles des Saintes/Under Sail

Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are colorful, tasteful and delightful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon, we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle.

Day 5

Under Sail/Bequia, the Grenadines

In the morning, we sail aboard our magnificent ship, and in the afternoon, we visit Bequia. With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. We’ll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a very interesting local hawksbill turtle revival initiative. In Port Elizabeth, we’ll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar.

Day 6

Under Sail/Exploring the Grenadines

In the morning, we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. We’ll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene.

Day 7

Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia/Under Sail

Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons,” the iconic image of the famed Windward Islands. We’ll stop beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We’ll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens. Fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff, the gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados.

Day 8

Barbados/Disembark/Home

Disembark the Sea Cloud in Bridgetown, Barbados. We’ll drive to the north along the west coast and through Holetown, site of the first settlement in 1627. We’ll stop at the St. James Parish Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Barbados, and continue our drive through Speightstown to St. Nicholas Abbey. Built in 1660, St. Nicholas Abbey is not a church but one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. It was recently refurbished, and the distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion include curved Dutch gables, chimney stack and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques. Our last stop before Bridgetown Airport for departure flights is Bathsheba, with spectacular views of the rugged East Coast Hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other. We’ll stop at one of the parks nearby for a picnic lunch before continuing to the airport for flights home.

Overview

Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Unique, immersive style of travel
While there are many ways to travel the Caribbean, you’ll find that exploring aboard an authentic square-rigger tall ship offers an unrivaled experience and guarantees you an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in the region of the world where sailing is best. With the reliable trade winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 of the crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to handset 30 sails. See what it’s like.
Experience the cultures and wildlife of the region
You’ll be able to snorkel or swim in the warm Caribbean waters nearly every day, explore tropical reefs and an undersea garden in the marine reserve of Tobago Cay. Enter island capitals born in the golden age of sail. Stroll waterfront towns where the patois reflects the mosaic of cultures in these islands. Hike a jungle trail in search of parrots, or enjoy a palm-studded beach. Each island offers a unique rhythm, and your expedition can be as active or relaxing as you choose.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for the Caribbean is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
13.03.2020
23.03.2020
10
Caribbean, St Barths Bucket Regatta: Barbados – St Maarten
Fare from € 5.295
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Bridgetown

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Chatham Bay/Union Island

Right in the south of the Grenadines are Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Union Island was given the evocative name "the Tahiti of the West Indies" thanks to its volcanic silhouette. Four small uninhabited islands, surrounded by a protective horseshoe-shaped coral reef, form the Tobago Cays. The Horseshoe Reef holds the Atlantic swell at bay and its unique animal and plant life make it an ideal place for snorkelling. The lagoon between the islets shimmers in all shades from turquoise through to emerald green and invites you to take a dip at the fantastic beaches.

Day 4

Soufrière

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

North Sound/Virgin Gorda - Sailing together with SEA CLOUD II

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

Gustavia/St Barthélemy

Day 10

Cove Bay - Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Anguilla is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, a British Overseas Territory which also includes several small, uninhabited coral islands. This small island is host to more than 30 superb beaches protected by coral reefs. You can enjoy the turquoise blue sea and white sandy beaches of Cove Bay as you swim against a backdrop of palm trees.

Day 11

Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Disembarkation.

Overview

St Barths Bucket Regatta: Barbados – St Maarten

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Snorkellers’ paradise in the Tobago Cays
For many, life under water is a fascinating world – one that becomes even more magical the closer you get. The Tobago Cays’ Horseshoe Reef is such a place. This horseshoe-shaped coral reef encloses four small islands that glow in rich shades of green. The sea, in contrast, embraces turquoise, emerald and every shade of blue.
French style on the ÎIes des Saintes
The ÎIes des Saintes give such a welcoming first impression, though the historical Fort Napoléon that towers over the main island is a reminder of less peaceful times. This small town’s promenade is perfect for taking a stroll, and here the savoir-vivre unfolds against a backdrop of the glowing pastel colours of the Caribbean.
Regatta on the jet-set island of St Barths
The fact that St Barths can only be reached by small aircraft often attracts international celebrities who come to enjoy relaxing days on the tranquil beach or head to the capital of Gustavia. A highlight for sports fans is the Bucket Regatta, a remarkable sailing event which is held in March every year and sees 30 stylish superyachts compete against one another.
A lecturer accompanies the trip
Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
16.03.2020
27.03.2020
11
Caribbean, The Bucket Regatta: St Maarten – Barbados
Fare from € 5.795
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Embarkation.

Day 2

Great Harbour/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.

Day 3

Great Harbour/Jost van Dyke - White Bay/Jost van Dyke

Day 4

North Sound/Virgin Gorda - Sailing together with SEA CLOUD

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Gustavia/St Barthélemy

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

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.

Day 9

Soufrière

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.

Day 10

Chatham Bay/Union Island

Right in the south of the Grenadines are Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Union Island was given the evocative name "the Tahiti of the West Indies" thanks to its volcanic silhouette. Four small uninhabited islands, surrounded by a protective horseshoe-shaped coral reef, form the Tobago Cays. The Horseshoe Reef holds the Atlantic swell at bay and its unique animal and plant life make it an ideal place for snorkelling. The lagoon between the islets shimmers in all shades from turquoise through to emerald green and invites you to take a dip at the fantastic beaches.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Bridgetown

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.

Overview

The Bucket Regatta: St Maarten – Barbados

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

The British Virgin Islands – a beautiful sailing destination
The British Virgin Islands, with their white-sand beaches, coral reefs and friendly beach bars, are made up of 60 islands and reefs. When cruising along the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the Sea Cloud ii calls at two of its stunning natural beauty spots. The tiny islands dotted in the water and warm, gentle breezes make this waterway – named after the famous seafarer – a veritable paradise for sailors.
Regatta on the jet-set island of St Barths
The fact that St Barths can only be reached by small aircraft often attracts international celebrities who come to enjoy relaxing days on the tranquil beaches or head to the capital of Gustavia. A highlight for sports fans is the Bucket Regatta, a remarkable sailing event which is held in March every year and sees 30 stylish superyachts compete against one another.
Snorkellers’ paradise in the Tobago Cays
For many, life under water is a fascinating world – one that becomes even more magical the closer you get. The Tobago Cays’ Horseshoe Reef is such a place. This horseshoe-shaped coral reef encloses four small islands that glow in rich shades of green. The sea, in contrast, embraces turquoise, emerald and every shade of blue.
A lecturer accompanies the trip
Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.

Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Crew Capacity: 65

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
27.03.2020
04.04.2020
8
Caribbean, Tropical Gardens & White Beaches: Barbados – St Maarten
Fare from € 4.225
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Bridgetown

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.

Day 2

St. George's

Beautiful beaches, aromatic spice plantations, dense rainforests, waterfalls and a volcano that has long been extinct, picturesquely towering over this stunningly beautiful island. For many people, Grenada is the incarnation of a tropical paradise and St George's the most beautiful little port in the Grenadines. All around the horseshoe-shaped bay there are numerous houses that remind you of colonial times. There is good reason why nutmeg is immortalised on the national flag. Alongside cloves, cinnamon and ginger, it is one of the island's biggest exports.

Day 3

St. George's

Day 4

Chatham Bay/Union Island

Right in the south of the Grenadines are Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Union Island was given the evocative name "the Tahiti of the West Indies" thanks to its volcanic silhouette. Four small uninhabited islands, surrounded by a protective horseshoe-shaped coral reef, form the Tobago Cays. The Horseshoe Reef holds the Atlantic swell at bay and its unique animal and plant life make it an ideal place for snorkelling. The lagoon between the islets shimmers in all shades from turquoise through to emerald green and invites you to take a dip at the fantastic beaches.

Day 5

Soufrière

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

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.

Day 9

Gustavia/St Barthélemy - Philipsburg (St. Maarten)

Disembarkation.

Overview

Tropical Gardens & White Beaches: Barbados – St Maarten

The perfect break: a Caribbean cruise under white sails.

A Caribbean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT offers the perfect break from the winter cold and daily routine at home.

Grenada – the island of spice
Although Grenada has been blessed with around 45 picture-perfect beaches, the country’s real treasure
remains its lush, green island interior. Deep volcanic lakes, dense rainforests, waterfalls and small river courses form the primordial backdrop for the island’s sugar cane fields and spice plantations. Not surprising that the scent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg hangs in the air wherever you go on Grenada.
The magnificent Pitons of St Lucia
Gros and Petit Piton, the two famous volcanic plugs that tower over St Lucia, could have come straight out of a tropical storybook. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a spectacular panorama as the Sea Cloud ii sails closely alongside their slopes.
Colourful Caribbean underwater world
Eye to eye with parrotfishes, ocean turtles and damselfishes – the Tobago Cays and St Lucia are considered the best diving and snorkelling haunts in the Caribbean. The crystal-clear water with tropical temperatures offers metres deep views and invites to excursions through fascinating, colourful underwater worlds full of craggy coral riffs.
French flair on the Îles des Saintes
This small archipelago, which earned its place in history as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, has been a great source of contention over the years. It finally became French territory in 1816. Nowadays, the only remnant of these troubled times is an old fort. Life here is peaceful, as relaxed as the rest of the Caribbean, and spiced with a touch of savoirvivre. Take a stroll through the small town on the island of
Terre-de-Haut and discover all its little shops, before taking a break in one of the splendid restaurants or cafés.
Please Note: More Caribbean sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Crew Capacity: 65

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud
21.04.2020
28.04.2020
7
The Mediterranean, A journey along the Andalusian coast, Lisbon – Valencia
Fare from € 3.695
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Travelroute
Day 1

Lisbon

The most beautiful approach to the Portuguese capital is to travel up the River Tagus. One of the city's most famous landmarks has been greeting visitors right on the estuary since 1521 - the Torre de Belém. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and transports you back to the glory days when Portugal was a naval power. There are many landmarks, such as the facades of the houses decorated with azulejos tilework and the ancient trams that rattle through the city. But Lisbon has many different sides. Joie de vivre comes face to face with the melancholy of Fado music, winding lanes in the old city meet wide boulevards, while magnificent churches and austere monasteries show the two sides of former religious faith.

Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

Huelva

Day 4

Cadiz

The old city of Cádiz, around 3,000 years old, has a picturesque location on a narrow headland, right by the Playa de la Caleta with its elegant beachside promenade. Visit the Andalusian capital of Seville and you will be transported back to the heyday of Moorish splendour and rule, but also the age of discovery. This town sits on the Guadalquivir River was a centre of Spanish maritime trade with the New World. Many buildings in the old town are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the splendid Moorish Alcazar fortress and the huge Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede. Seville is a fun-loving city that is still at the centre of Andalusian culture and is considered the proud birthplace of Flamenco.

Day 5

Málaga

Málaga has spruced itself up. In 2003, the Museo Picasso opened in a 16th century Renaissance palace and is dedicated to the artist's extensive life's work. This historic old city invites you to take a stroll and its buildings gleam like new. And above everything towers the Alcazaba, a mighty walled fortress. The port was completely redesigned when the city was opened to the sea and you can now take a lovely stroll along the promenade. In Málaga's hinterland you can see the most beautiful aspects of traditional Andalusia. From a distance the typical Andalusian villages look like white dabs of paint shining out from the brown of the barren mountain landscape.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

Alicante

Day 8

Valencia

Disembarkation. On one corner its centuries old and around the next totally modern - Valencia is everything all at once. Today the beautiful old town and the old silk market "La Lonja de la Seda", which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still bear witness to the city's wealth in the Middle Ages. A brand new part of the city is situated in a drained river bed and has avant-garde buildings including a futuristic opera house, the largest aquarium in Europe, a botanical garden and a public park. Valencia is one of the few cities that has a heritage of over 2,000 years and is also so intriguingly combined with the future. And no other city in Europe can proudly make the claim that the America's Cup has already taken place twice right on its front door.

Overview

A journey along the Andalusian coast, Lisbon – Valencia

A Mediterranean cruise on board the SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II or SEA CLOUD SPIRIT is all about the romance of tall ship sailing. The sailing vessels offer a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality while cruising under white sails.

An enchanted farewell to Lisbon
As the Sea Cloud pulls out of Lisbon, you will be treated to unique panoramic views of the Tagus. The epic Monument to the Discoveries is dedicated to Henry the Navigator. The Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrates the country’s glory during its time as a colonial power.
Andalusia’s green side: Doñana National Park
On the Andalusian coast, a multifarious nature paradise hides among reeds and water iris, salt marshes and bluffs. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, the Doñana National Park is the most important wetland in Spain and home to more than 250 species of birds. An extensive network of hiking trails touches on lagoons, dune landscapes and riparian woodlands.
The gentle pace of life in Cádiz
History comes alive in the city of Cádiz. One of Europe’s oldest cities, this charming harbour town boasts a beautiful cathedral and baroque buildings, a tranquil old town and defiant watch towers. The town centre, with its delightful tapas bars, can be easily explored on foot from the harbour. And there is no shortage of good wine, as Jerez de la Frontera, with its sherry and wine cellars, is close by.
Málaga – city of culture
Much more than just “Costa” and “Sol”: As the second largest city in Andalusia, in recent years Málaga has evolved into a true destination of culture. Next to classic sites like the cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba, Picasso’s birthplace entices with suprisingly varied museums that focus on topics from archaeology and modern art to automobile design, wine, and glass.
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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Crew Capacity: 60

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 64 guests in 32 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favourite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of travelling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

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