After boarding your ship in Barbados at the port of Bridgetown, whose UNESCO-listed historic centre shows the extent of British colonial presence here, your ship will anchor in the Tobago Cays National Park. This rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife.

After a call at Grenada, Le Dumont-d’Urville will reach the magnificent beach of the island of Mayreau in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago. Then, you will head for one of the pearls of the Grenadines: the island of Bequia. Small picturesque villages and brightly coloured coral reefs are some of its attractions…

Your ship will then sail to Les Saintes, a highly popular anchorage site with crystal-clear waters and fabulous seabeds, before reaching Vieux Fort, your final port.

An experienced diving instructor is on board for the entire cruise, enabling you to safely enjoy swimming and scuba diving.

Highlights


• UNESCO World Heritage Site: Saint Lucia and its two rocky peaks.

• A true picture-postcard of the West Indies: long white-sand beaches, colourful seabeds, and the easy Creole way of life. Multiple opportunities to swim in crystal-clear waters.

• Discover the Grenadine Islands, considered one of the world’s most stunning archipelagos.

• On Mayreau Island, privatisation of a beach for the day and barbecue.

• Exceptional seabed with possibility of observing turtles, barracuda, spiny lobsters and parrot fish.

• Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

Bridgetown, the bustling capital of Barbados, is located on the island's south-west coast. Its historic quarters are UNESCO World Heritage sites and contain prime examples of British colonial architecture, which you will see between the postcard-perfect fishing harbour and St Ann's Fort. Streets shaded by palms and flamboyant trees lead you to the Anglican cathedral church of St Michael, built from coral stone, the Barbados Museum and George Washington House, a Georgian-style mansion. There'll be plenty of time to relax on the Caribbean beaches of Carlisle Bay, a few paces from the old town centre. Optional excursions available.
Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.
Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour is especially colourful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites : its picturesque coast or the artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Five kilometres (3 miles) to the south, you will be able to visit Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches. Optional excursions available.
Among the string of paradisiac islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites you to relax. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkelling if you’d like to observe the colourful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.
In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach. Optional excursions available.
During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local speciality, the “tourment d’amour”, a cake made with coconut. Optional excursions available.
With its mountainous terrain, vast tropical forest, hot springs, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, Dominica is undoubtedly the wildest island in the Caribbean. Protected by several national parks, this little-known land, located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, between Guadeloupe and Martinique, will inspire adventure and exploration. During your port of call, do not miss out on discovering the enchanting landscapes of the Indian River: navigating through this dense mangrove, in which creepers, ferns, forest trees and giant roots are interweaved, is a magical experience, a fascinating voyage into the heart of an almost mystical natural universe. Optional excursions available.
Vieux Fort lies to the far south of the island of Saint Lucia. This town, which was a strategic location in the sugar industry from the 18th to the 19th centuries, derives its authenticity from its rich history. Renowned for its lush nature and beaches typical of the Caribbean, it is also famous for its mythical Moule-a-Chique Lighthouse. Built in 1912 and standing 200 metres (656 feet) tall, this lighthouse will be visible as soon as you arrive on the Saint Lucian coastlines. The beauty of Vieux Fort is also reflected in the underwater kingdom that surrounds it. It is home to an abundance of marine species, such as eagle rays or leatherback sea turtles. Vieux Fort is most likely to evoke feelings of enchantment and it reserves a soothing welcome, paced by the rhythm of its waves, for each of its visitors.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Deluxe Stateroom

$6,110 AUD pp
Deluxe Stateroom
Area : 19 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 4m² Private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4

$6,460 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Area : 19 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 4m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi 2 staterooms of 27 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5

$6,670 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Area : 19 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 4m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi 2 staterooms of 27 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

$6,960 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Area : 19 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 4m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi 2 staterooms of 27 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.

Deluxe Suite

$9,580 AUD pp
Deluxe Suite
Area : 27 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 6m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 5

$10,370 AUD pp
Prestige Suite Deck 5
Area : 38 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 8m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet access wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 6

$10,720 AUD pp
Prestige Suite Deck 6
Area : 38 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 8m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet access wifi.

Privilege Suite

$11,010 AUD pp
Privilege Suite
Area : 32 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 8m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Bathtub Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet access wifi.

Grand Deluxe Suite

$11,360 AUD pp
Grand Deluxe Suite
Area : 45 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 30m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Bathtub Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand Safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi.

Owner's Suite

$11,730 AUD pp
Owner's Suite
Area : 45 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 30m2 private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod(TM) players Video on demand safe Hairdryer Bath robes Satellite direct line telephone 110/220 volts outlet French bath products 24hr room service Internet acces wifi.

Additional charges:

Port Taxes & Fees: 590 AUD pp

Le Dumont d'Urville

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins

Built: 2017/2018

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

RESTAURANTS

As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Dumont d'Urville will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism.

In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts.

To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.

PUBLIC AREAS

Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Dumont d'Urville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.

A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.

A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.

A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.

Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

Cabin layout for Le Dumont d'Urville

Plantation house & Codrington College (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, you will board your coach for a 45-minute drive through the countryside to Clifton Hall. This house has been completely restored in 2009 by its present owner, Massimo Franchi, in order to preserve its historical site and allow locals and tourists to discover the history of this old plantation house. This Great House consists of a two-storey front section, with an arcaded veranda on three sides and a double staircase to a central pedimented porch. The entire house is over 1,250 square metres (13,500 sq ft). The Italian marble on the veranda seems to come from Massa Carrara in Tuscany, Italy, close to Massimo’s family roots. There are three fireplaces and two fire ovens which were revealed during the restoration project. Your next stop will be the St John’s Parish Church. This classic Gothic church was built to replace a previous structure, which had been destroyed by a hurricane in 1831. Steeped with island history, this historic church boasts a panoramic view of Barbados’ windswept East Coast. Some of the main features include the fact that the churchyard contains the body of Ferdinando Paleologus (descendant of the last Byzantine emperor), and the interior pulpit is carved out of seven different types of wood. Your last stop will be made at the Codrington College. This Anglican theological college was founded with funds from the bequest of Christopher Codrington. After his death in 1710 left portions of his sugar cane estates to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in order to establish a college in Barbados. Construction was started in 1714, and the college was eventually opened on 9 September 1745. Your return drive will be taking you along the bustling South Coast of the island, passing through the Garrison and then the capital Bridgetown, all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to the Port. This tour involves approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) of walking on different surfaces, like cobblestone, grass and gravel with steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. The visit of the church is an outside visit only.

Markets & Flower Forest botanical gardens (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, you will board your coach and drive to Bridgetown’s markets. This tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the local market life and interact up-close with the locals. The tour will begin with a stop at the Cheapside Market, with its wide variety of tropical and colourful local fruits and vegetables on display. You will then enjoy a brief guided walk through the city to the fish market, where you will get a first-hand look at the fish caught off these shores. Observe how the fish mongers scale, de-bone and slice their catches in the presence of waiting consumers. From here you will make your way across the heart of the country to Flower Forest, where the flora and fauna of the island can be seen in their natural splendour. You will stroll on a winding path through a unique forest - created by nature but gently nudged by man. The variety of plants and species, along with the infinite shades of green interspersed by colours that only nature can produce, make it a difficult job to choose what to look at first! Mature trees provide shade throughout the garden along the many pathways. Beneath the trees is an assortment of unique shrubs and flowering herbs. A leisurely stroll through the gardens will also reward you with panoramic views of the famous East Coast of Barbados. Finally, you will enjoy a scenic ride to a local rum shop where you can taste some local foods and rum mixes before reaching your ship. This tour involves approximately 4.5 km (2.8 miles) of walking on different surfaces, like cobblestone, grass and gravel with steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. A refreshment is included in the tour. The market mostly offers fruit, vegetable and spices. US Dollars and Barbados Dollars are accepted, no credit cards. This tour is limited to 60 participants.

Catamaran & snorkelling cruise (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your coach for a 15-minute transfer to your catamaran. After receiving the safety instruction, you will start your cruise on the crystal-clear waters along the coastline of Barbados. You will have the opportunity to take a swim and snorkel over a shipwreck or reef with shoals of colourful tropical fish. Bask in the sun on deck or relax in the shady cabin and enjoy the scenery. A short distance away, you will go to a sandy beach for a relaxing time. You can swim, snorkel or just walk along the shore. Finally, you will get back to your ship. This tour involves few walking times with some steps. No shoes will be allowed on the vessel. We recommend you wear your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. The snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be able to get in/out of the water by means of a ladder without assistance. The guests have swim to reach the beach. The fauna and flora observation is not guaranteed. This tour is limited to 50 participants. A minimum of 25 participants is required to operate this tour. An open bar with some alcoholic beverages is included, alcohol will however only be served after snorkeling.

4WD adventure (100.00 EUR)

During this tour, discover the interior of the island, which for the most part is inaccessible by other forms of transport. From the pier, board your four-wheel drive vehicles and start your adventure. You will meander through the lush countryside to explore the sugar estates with their timeless Great Houses and maybe have the chance to see the Barbadian Green Monkey. Then, you will follow the rugged Eastern Shoreline with its 1,000-foot cliff edge. Next, descend to the unspoilt East Coast road and feel the sea spray caused by the pounding Atlantic Ocean. A photo stop will take place to enjoy the panoramic view and a refreshment. The convoy will continue its journey through quaint villages of the Scotland District, before heading over to the Platinum Coast, known for its up-market five-star properties. At the end of the tour, return to the pier and your ship. This tour involves few walking times with some steps. The four-wheel drive vehicles are open and equipped with bench-style seats facing each other. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a jacket and protect yourself from the sun. A refreshment is included in the tour. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or persons suffering from back and/or neck problems. This tour is limited to 20 participants. A driver-guide on each vehicle will give comments through a headset microphone.

Grenada aboard your zodiac (100.00 EUR)

Grenada is an island of many hidden treasures: picturesque coastlines shaped by volcanic relief, isolated beaches and estates sheltering cocoa and nutmeg plantations. Spices have pride of place here, hence the nickname “Spice Island”. A short drive away from the quayside, is the Port Louis marina where your zodiacs will be waiting. After being given the safety instructions and your equipment, you will begin your adventure as the pilot of your own zodiac. This outing in open water and into the marine park will enable you to discover Grenada’s coast and various landscapes. After around 30 minutes of pilotage, you will stop for a snorkelling excursion (45 minutes) to discover the underwater statues installed by the English artist Jason De Cayres Taylor. In May 2006, he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in the waters of Grenada. After this experience, you will set off again aboard your zodiac to explore the marine world of the Caribbean coast before returning to the marina. Finally, you will arrive back at the quayside and your ship. This excursion includes a little walking. We recommend that you wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes, bring along a towel from the ship and protect yourselves from the sun. The zodiacs are fitted with 25 HP outboard motors and can accommodate up to two people. A safety vest is provided and must be worn during navigation. Equipment, fins, mask, snorkel and snorkelling vests are included for each participant. For the embarkation aboard the zodiacs, you will have to remove your shoes and remain bare foot. Aquashoes are accepted if the sole is clean of all aggressive residues. It is compulsory for participants aged under 18 years old to be accompanied by an adult. The maximum weight limit for two people per Zodiac is 180 kg (395 lbs). This excursion is not recommended for pregnant women, people with neck, back, hip or back problems or those suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems. Participants will have to sign a responsibility waiver.

Nutmeg & chocolate (50.00 EUR)

Grenada is an island of many hidden treasures: picturesque coastlines shaped by volcanic relief, isolated beaches and estates sheltering cocoa and nutmeg plantations. Spices have pride of place here, hence the nickname “Spice Island”. From the quayside, you will board your coach for a 50-minute drive towards the north of the island. In Grenada, all along the Caribbean coast, fishing villages come one after another and the beaches stretch out in long coral and volcanic ribbons. Arriving in Gouyave, you will visit the nutmeg cooperative to discover how what the locals call “Grenada gold” is harvested, processed and exported. In this well-protected site, you will go back a hundred years in time. See as the long procedure used to process this precious spice is still to this day, mainly in the agile hands of the “Mammas” (women). No modern machine or conveyor belt is used. Then, you will visit the “Diamond Chocolate Factory”, set up in 2013 in a former rum distillery built in the 18th century by French monks. The visit will enable you to understand all the stages involved in the processing of cacao beans, from their harvesting on trees to the fermentation, sorting, drying, roasting, grinding and finally refining, to make a fine, 100% pure and unsweetened chocolate. In July 2016, the “Jouvay” organic chocolate was ranked among the 10 best chocolates in the world by National Geographic. The visit of this site ends with a tour of the cacao tree garden and a chocolate tasting accompanied by a fresh fruit juice. Finally, you will arrive back at the quayside and your ship. This excursion includes some walking on uneven ground with some steps. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourselves from the sun. This excursion is not suitable for people who cannot walk around 300 metres and who cannot get on or off the bus without assistance. Photography is not authorised inside the Gouyave factory. Due to the seasonal character of the plantations, the sites visited may be more or less active depending on the pace of harvesting; as a consequence, some machines may either be in operation or idle at the time of the visits.

The secrets of the Spice Island (100.00 EUR)

Grenada is an island of many hidden treasures: picturesque coastlines shaped by volcanic relief, isolated beaches and estates sheltering cocoa and nutmeg plantations. Spices have pride of place here, hence the nickname “Spice Island”. From the quayside, you will board your coach and head up the west coast (on the Caribbean Sea) towards Gouyave, a small fishing town. Arriving in Gouyave, you will visit the nutmeg cooperative to discover how what the locals call “Grenada gold” is harvested, processed and exported. In this well-protected site, you will go back a hundred years in time. See as the long procedure used to process this precious spice is still to this day, mainly in the agile hands of the “Mammas” (women). No modern machine or conveyor belt is used. Then, you will visit the “Diamond Chocolate Factory”, set up in 2013 in a former rum distillery built in the 18th century by French monks. The visit will enable you to understand all the stages involved in the processing of cacao beans, from their harvesting on trees to the fermentation, sorting, drying, roasting, grinding and finally refining, to make a fine, 100% pure and unsweetened chocolate. In July 2016, the “Jouvay” organic chocolate was ranked among the 10 best chocolates in the world by National Geographic. The visit of this site ends with a tour of the cacao tree garden and a chocolate tasting accompanied by a fresh fruit juice. Continuing towards the north, you will go to Sauteurs to discover “Leaper’s Hill” where, in 1651, the Kalinagos, the last indigenous people of Grenada, preferred to jump off a 40-metre cliff rather than become prisoners of the French army. You will then head for the restaurant of a plantation located in the north-east of the island where you will be served a buffet of traditional Creole dishes for lunch. After the meal, you will discover the River Antoine Rum Distillery, created in 1784 and the oldest rum production site still in activity today in all of the Caribbean islands. Finally, at Grenville, you will leave the east coast and cross the heart of Grenada to the Grand Etang National Park for an immersion in the interior of the island, between tropical rainforest and plantations before reaching Saint George's. This excursion is a panoramic tour that includes some walking on uneven ground with some steps. This excursion is not suitable for people who cannot walk around 300 metres and who cannot get on or off the bus without assistance. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourselves from the sun. Photography is not authorised inside the Gouyave factory. Lunch is included in your excursion and also includes a bottle of water and a glass of wine. Due to the seasonal character of the plantations, the sites visited may be more or less active depending on the pace of harvesting; as a consequence, some machines may either be in operation or idle at the time of the visits.

Catamaran & snorkelling (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board the catamaran and enjoy a journey into the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Bequia is considered by many as one of the most beautiful dive spots in the Caribbean Sea. This archipelago shelters 30 easily accessible sites with crystal-clear waters offering exceptional views: caves and holes, walls and overhangs, hiding beautiful coral formations and marine life. While sailing the crystalline waters, pass by “Moonhole”, a private community known for the lifestyle of its inhabitants: completely in harmony with nature. The lodgings are built directly into the landscape and most feature neither windows nor doors. After your discovery of this “Flintstones-esque” village, you will head to Petite Nevis, a region emblematic of whaling. There, you will drop anchor and be able to truly enjoy the seascape or even partake in a bit of snorkelling. Finally, a 30-minute sail will take you back to your ship. This tour involves little walking with some steps. We recommend you wear your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. The snorkelling equipment is included in this tour. Participants must be able to get on and off the boat and to get into the water using a ladder. The catamaran is equipped with toilets, ladder and a changing room. Refreshments are included on your tour. There will be a wet landing at the beach. This tour is limited to 70 participants.

Catamaran sunset cruise (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board the catamaran and enjoy a journey into the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The mid-afternoon departure for this tour will give you the chance to watch the sunset from your boat. Bequia is considered by many as one of the most beautiful dive spots in the Caribbean Sea. This archipelago shelters 30 easily accessible sites with crystal-clear waters offering exceptional views: caves and holes, walls and overhangs, hiding beautiful coral formations and marine life. While sailing the crystalline waters, pass by “Moonhole”, a private community known for the lifestyle of its inhabitants: completely in harmony with nature. The lodgings are built directly into the landscape and most feature neither windows nor doors. After your discovery of this “Flintstones-esque” village, you will head to one of the neighbouring islands, Isle à Quatre where you will have some free time to relax or swim while watching the sunset over the horizon. Finally, a 40-minute sail will take you back to your ship. This tour involves few walking times with some steps. We recommend you wear your swimsuit under your clothes, take a warm jacket for the return after sunset, take a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. The snorkelling equipment is included in this tour. Participants must be able to get on and off the boat and to get into the water using a ladder. The catamaran is equipped with toilets, ladder and a changing room. You can reach the beach swimming from the catamaran. Refreshments are included on your tour. There will be a wet landing at the beach. This tour is limited to 70 participants.

Les Saintes by boat & swimming (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your motorboat and start your scenic journey around the isles of les Saintes. The archipelago of les Saintes consists of nine islands spread between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas main islands. Head first to the Marigot bay, a place in Terre-de-Haut Island well-known by local fishermen, before going around to reach îlet à Cabrit and other islets. Sailing along the southern coast of Terre-de-Haut Island, you will then reach the small uninhabited island of Grand Ilet, a paradise for tortoises and seabirds. Following a stop at La Coche, continue to Terre-de-Bas where you can see an old pottery workshop, as well as tortoises and pelicans who settled there. Back to Terre-de-Haut, you will then sail to the Pain de Sucre (Sugar loaf), a geological formation caused by an ancient basalt flow. There, enjoy some free time for bathing, snorkelling and having a refreshment, before sailing back to the pier and your ship. This tour involves very limited walking. We recommend you wear comfortable nonslip shoes, have your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel and a bottle of water from the ship, and protect yourself from the sun. Mask and snorkel will be provided. Refreshments are included in the tour. The motorboat is equipped with removable roof and a ladder, but no toilets. Passengers must be able to embark and disembark without assistance. The fauna and flora observation is not guaranteed. This tour is limited to 12 participants

Les Saintes by catamaran & swimming (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your catamaran and start your scenic journey around the isles of les Saintes. The archipelago of les Saintes consists of nine islands spread between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas main islands. You will start your discovery by sailing in the bay, voted one of the most beautiful bays in the world, along îlet à Cabrit. Sailing along the southern coast of Terre-de-Haut Island, you will then reach the small uninhabited island of Grand Ilet, a paradise for tortoises and seabirds.Continue sailing toward La Coche and Les Augustins. Back to Terre-de-Haut, you will then sail to the Pain de Sucre (Sugar loaf), a geological formation caused by an ancient basalt flow. There, enjoy some free time for bathing, and having a refreshment, before sailing back to the pier and your ship. This tour involves very limited walking. We recommend you wear comfortable nonslip shoes, have your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel and a bottle of water from the ship, and protect yourself from the sun. The catamaran is equipped with a ladder and toilets. Passengers must be able to embark and disembark without assistance. The snorkel equipment is not provided. The fauna and flora observation is not guaranteed. This tour is limited to 10 participants.

Walking tour & Napoleon fortress (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, you will meet your guide to discover the secrets of Terre-de-Haut. After a short walk, you will board a mini-bus and drive to the Vauban-style Fort Napoléon which overlooks ‘La Baie des Saintes’. It was built in the mid-1800's as a tribute to Napoleon III on the site of the original Fort Louis, destroyed by the English in 1809. From here, you can either go on the guided tour or explore the fort on your own. You will then stroll down to a shipyard in Marigot Bay to see how they build traditional boats, before heading for the centre of Bourg. Before returning to your ship, you will have the opportunity to taste the famous "Tourment d'Amour", a small round tart with a soft coconut, banana, guava or cherry filling depending on the season, which originates from these islands. A tasting will be organised according to the staff availabilities. During this excursion, a snack of local fruit juices and manioc crackers will be served. This excursion involves around two hours of walking on uneven ground on different levels with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is limited to 20 participants.

Indian River by rowboat (50.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your coach for a 15-minute transfer to the Indian River. The Indian River is like a mini-Amazon teeming with life. It runs through the centre of the town of Portsmouth, in the North of Dominica. The river was named the Indian River after the settlements of the Kalinago, formally known as Carib Indians, which existed on the upper banks of that river. The Indian River gushes down the Morne aux Diables Mountain range and gently meanders down to the lowlands of Portsmouth, where it flows gracefully into the Caribbean Sea. Due to its unique formation, being below sea level, the water at the lower areas of the river is brackish, contributing to the unique variety of plants and animal life. The Indian River showcases flora and fauna that are specific only to that area of Dominica. Local fauna includes herons, king fisher, iguanas, and a variety of other birds, many of which are still present after the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Vegetation continues to grow and is returning in full force. Experienced boatmen in hand-oared wooden rowboats will take you up the slow-moving river at a leisurely pace, so that you can appreciate the many types of wildlife and plant life along the swampy riverbanks. See first-hand where scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed. Upriver you can take a short 10-minute walk in the botanical gardens and visit the renowned “Bush Bar”, where you can try their homemade rum punch. After your 2-hour adventure, you will reboard your coach for a 15-minute drive back to your ship. This tour involves little walking on uneven grounds with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, bring an insect repellent and protect yourself from the sun. Refreshments are included on your tour. Participants must be in good physical condition and must be able to embark on and disembark from the wooden rowboats without assistance. Life jackets will be provided. There is no guarantee you will be able to see any specific flora or fauna. The wooden rowboats can welcome a maximum 10 participants. This tour is limited to 50 participants.

Syndicate Nature trail (50.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your coach for a 45-minute drive to Syndicate, where you will start your hiking tour. Nestled in the foothills of Dominica’s tallest mountain, Morne Diablotin, and close to the Picard River Gorge, is the Syndicate Nature Trail. Located in the National Park, this lasso trail is home to Dominica’s National Bird — the Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialis) — and the Jaco (Amazona arausiaca). The Syndicate area is popular for bird watching as it is a bird sanctuary for some of the 51 species of local and migratory birds that may be found in the park. This area also has a diverse array of flora. It is a key location for research and educational purposes and has lovely view points along a walking path. The trail looping through the forest will allow you to discover the main interest points and offers a panoramic view on the Dublanc River Valley. If you are particularly lucky, you could see a Jaco or a Sisserou Parrot, the National Bird. The forest is full of other life forms, including four species of hummingbirds. Upon completion of your short hike, you will proceed to Plantation Grove for refreshments, before embarking on the 45-minute drive back to your ship. This tour is an easy 1 ½ hour hike through the forest on muddy trails with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring an insect repellent and protect yourself from the sun. The refreshments are included on your tour. Participants must be in good physical condition. There is no guarantee you will observe any specific fauna or flora. This tour is limited to 40 participants.

Chocolate between history & tasting (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your coach for a 45-minute, scenic drive to the village of Calibishie and Pointe Baptiste. Pointe Baptiste cocoa is harvested and gathered from local farmers in an ecological manner. The chocolate factory is a small family business which supports sustainable practices. Upon arrival, you will be personally welcomed by the family and invited to discover their estate, learn about cocoa farming and the chocolate making process. They will share their knowledge and experience, and show you all the different processes used in making chocolate — from bean to bar. After your visit, you will taste their fine chocolate bars. They offer many different varieties of chocolate: dark chocolate, ginger, coffee, spice, hot pepper, lemongrass, tangerine, mint and milk chocolate. Finally, you will reboard your coach for a 45-minute drive back to your ship. This tour involves little walking on uneven ground with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. The tasting is included on your tour. This tour is limited to 25 participants.

Traditional Kalinago cultural experience (100.00 EUR)

From the pier, board your coach for a one-hour scenic drive to the village of Touna Aute. The Kalinago, formerly known as Carib Territory or the Carib Reserve, is a specially reserved district of Dominica. Covering an area of 15 km² (5.8 sq mile), it was established to bring together the indigenous Carib people (or Kalinagos), who occupied the West Indies archipelago before the arrival of Europeans. This is an exciting and educational tour to the Kalinago village of Touna Aute. The village is located on the North Eastern side of the island and is bounded by the Pagua River. Touna Aute is surrounded by spectacular mountain gorges and is home of one of the island’s endemic parrots, called the Jaco parrot or red-necked amazon (Amazonia arausiaca). On your arrival to the village, a former Kalinago Chief will welcome you and provide a brief historical overview of the Kalinago People and the community. Your visit will continue with a short, guided, walking tour through the residential community to visit a few homes. You will be given the opportunity to discover the sustainable technique of growing Kalinago indigenous foods and making cassava bread. A typical buffet of homemade fresh delicacies and drinks will be served at the home of the former Kalinago Chief. Then, you can have a refreshing moment, swimming in the crystal-clear river. Finally, you will embark for the one-hour drive back to the ship. This excursion involves little and easy walking. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is limited to 25 participants.

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• Travel insurance
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• Premium beverages package (Can be purchased on board)
• Optional Excursions where applicable
• Spa treatments on board
• Pre and post cruise accommodation unless otherwise stated
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