Dates: March 12 - March 19, 2019
Total Duration: 8 days
Cost: From $5,395 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Vehicle: Le Ponant
Tour Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Region: North America And Caribbean
Elude the depths of winter in the idyllic Windward Islands, a remote archipelago of volcanic peaks, lush gardens, and white-sand beaches in the southern Caribbean. Experience seafaring in its most timeless form—beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails aboard the exclusively chartered Le Ponant—during this exceptional opportunity, calling at historic towns and picturesque islands favored by yachtsmen for hundreds of years. The intimate, deluxe motor yacht Le Ponant features 32 ocean-view staterooms and calls in smaller ports and secluded bays inaccessible to larger ships—making this the best way to see the real Caribbean. The tropical breezes this time of year compel the seasoned crew to unfurl three-masted sails amid the turquoise waters and balmy temperatures. Enjoy a refined yet casual lifestyle on board and revel in the sublime charm of island life.
This custom-designed itinerary spans the lush natural landscapes of the Windward Islands from Barbados to Martinique to Grenada. Visit St. Vincent, which boasts the oldest botanic garden in the Western Hemisphere, and the most captivating isle of the Grenadines, Bequia. Enjoy time for swimming or snorkeling in Tobago Cays Marine Park, Mayreau, and Union Island. Delve into the history of Grenada, where the scent of spices permeates the air, and Martinique, with visits to the Clément Plantation and Rum Distillery and the St. Pierre Volcanological Museum. Escape to warm temperatures and alluring ports on this quintessential southern Caribbean cruise, a special small group experience to be shared with those who, too, love the lure of the sea.