Dates: January 25 - February 1, 2018
Total Duration: 8 days
Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Departments of the History of Art and African American Studies
Vehicle: Sea Cloud II
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: North America And Caribbean
The smash Broadway hit Hamilton gave many Americans a surprising lesson in the early history of their country: Alexander Hamilton, one of our most influential Founding Fathers, was born in the British West Indies. Uncover the forgotten connections between the Caribbean and 18th-century America on a winter cruise aboard the elegant tall ship Sea Cloud II.
Embark in Barbados for a seven-night voyage. Visit the house where Hamilton was born on Nevis and on St. Kitts, discover UNESCO-listed Brimstone Hill, site of a decisive battle in the Caribbean theater of the American Revolution. Take an architectural walking tour on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius, and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or shopping on chic St. Barthélemy. On Iles des Saintes learn about the 1782 conflict that took place here between the British and the French, then cruise to St. Lucia for a soak in mineral-rich mud baths or a visit to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.
The elegant Sea Cloud II is a destination unto itself. Watch as her energetic crew scales the masts to set the sails by hand, and relax in the congenial company of members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the alumni association of Yale University.