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Cruising the Caribbean's Windward Islands - with Smithsonian Journeys

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 Cruise Length
9 Days
 Cruise Starts
Vieux Fort
 Cruise Finishes
Vieux Fort
9 Day Cruising the Caribbean's Windward Islands - with Smithsonian Journeys Itinerary (Ponant)
Countries Explored: Saint Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Saint Vincent, Grenada, Barbados
Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Ship Class
Ponant Explorers
Departures
Passengers
184
Crew
118
Launched
2018
Cruise Code
VIFVIF8

Overview

In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. This cruise is part of a collection of Ponant voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the Ponant experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

Ponant brings you an itinerary to the heart...read more of the most enchanting islands in the Caribbean Sea. Board Le Bellot for a 9-day cruise combining long stretches of white-sand beach, idyllic turquoise waters, and the laid-back island way of life. Board your ship in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, whose two majestic volcanic peaks - the Gros and Petit Pitons - jut dramatically from sea to sky and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will then set sail for Portsmouth in Dominica, a mountainous island where inland rivers and nature trails provide a glimpse into the intriguing flora and fauna of the island and - if you are lucky - the chance to see the nation's national bird, the Sisserou Parrot.

Do not miss the opportunity to sample some native chocolate from a local maker. Continue north to Les Saintes, a small archipelago of Guadeloupe, a highly popular anchorage site with crystal-clear waters and fabulous seabeds where opportunities to enjoy the seascape abound. Snorkel, swim, or kayak in the shadow of the imposing 19th-century Fort Napoléon. Your ship will then sail south to the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Here, begin on the island of Bequia, where small, picturesque villages, unbelievably clear waters, and brightly colored coral reefs prove main attractions. Then, enjoy a day on your magnificent private beach on the island of Mayreau. Continue to Saint George's, the capital of Grenada, a hilly island of unspoiled beauty and the southernmost isle of the Lesser Antilles. Nicknamed the Spice Island, Grenada is home to a number of nutmeg plantations. The island boasts the pristine Grand Etang National Park, which you may choose to visit. Anchor next in the Tobago Cays Marine Park.

This circle of islands, bound together by arguably the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife during your visit. Le Bellot sails on to Bridgetown, Barbados, whose UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center reveals touches of its British colonial past around every corner. Toast the end of your cruise with a glass of the island's famous rum as you relish the memories of your week at sea on this breathtaking stretch of the Caribbean! Your cruise ends back in Vieux Fort.

To further enhance your Caribbean odyssey, an experienced diving instructor will be on board for the entire cruise, enabling you to safely enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent). (Diving is at an additional cost.) The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Cruise Itinerary

 
Arrive
Depart

Day 1: Vieux Fort
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18:30
Day 2: Portsmouth
07:00
18:00
Day 3: Les Saintes
07:00
18:00
Day 4: Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island
11:30
23:59
Day 5: Mayreau Island
10:00
19:00
Day 6: Saint George's, Grenada
07:00
23:59
Day 7: Tobago Cays
07:00
18:00
Day 8: Bridgetown
07:00
18:00
Day 9: Vieux Fort
07:00
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Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Transfers to and/or from the ship port may be required.

Life Onboard Le Champlain

 Le Champlain
Le Champlain

You will love the onboard innovations, French gastronomy and sophisticated chic when you cruise on Le Champlain. Read more

Expedition Comfort
Expedition Comfort

Your ocean facing accommodation provides you a well appointed luxurious home as you explore the seas. Read more

Infinity Pool Days
Infinity Pool Days

Enjoy the views as you take a dip or swim in the resistant currents of the infinity pool. Read more

Inside The Blue Eye
Inside The Blue Eye

The chic innovative underwater lounge offers guests a chance to view and hear marine life. Read more

Nightlife and Entertainment
Nightlife and Entertainment

Enjoy the convivial social life in the main lounge or take in a show in the theatre. Read more

Relaxed Dining Settings
Relaxed Dining Settings

The two restaurants offer exquisite French gastronomy, both with outdoor settings and Ponant's impeccable service. Read more

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Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Ponant. For cruise itineraries, cabin images are sourced from Ponant. These should be treated as indicative only. Cabin inclusions, upholsteries and room layout may differ to the image(s) shown depending on the ship selected and your sailing dates.

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