Just when winter seems to be endless, it is the perfect time to escape to the warmth and beauty of the West Indies. Every island is different, each with its unique character, and by and large we will head for the smaller less visited places during our voyage aboard the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Occasionally our paths will cross with the mega-factory like cruise ships and it is at such times we will appreciate even more how fortunate we are to be enjoying our classic ship that embodies all the best sailing traditions.
To be on deck when the sails are fully extended as we navigate through the West Indies is a marvellous experience. The forces of nature and ingenuity of man combining in the most natural of ways allows us to experience the thrill of sailing and a form of transport that has existed since the earliest of times. This is a journey that will appeal to those who enjoy being at sea, particularly under sail with many days split between the port of call and time at sea.
• Enjoy our comprehensive and diverse island hopping itinerary that includes some of the better known islands as well as some more off the beaten track.
• Have the opportunity to learn more about the Golden Age of the Royal Navy with our superb Guest Speaker Peter Warwick
• Experience the West Indies with Sea Cloud II’s sails fully extended
• Explore the beautiful islands or simply relax on one of the stunning beaches
Arrive independently in Barbados. Upon arrival make your own way to Sea Cloud II and embark. Moor overnight.
Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, with Atlantic surf on the east coast and sparkling Caribbean waters on the west coast. Captain Powell landed here in 1625 and claimed the island for England, now independent it continues to embrace its British Empire roots, afternoon tea remains a tradition and cricket is the national sport. This morning an island drive will include visits to the historic 17th century Sunbury Plantation House and the impressive St John’s Church. Return to the vessel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore Bridgetown independently.
After a relaxing morning at sea, this afternoon moor in the picturesque capital of St George’s and explore this wonderful windward Island which many regard as the most beautiful in the Caribbean. It is a lush and verdant island with spice plantations, tropical forests, secluded coves, nature trails and select hotels which cling to the hillsides overlooking the ocean. This evening enjoy a performance on board by a local band from the island.
This delightful Grenadine island is totally unspoilt, a place of pure escapism in a charming old-world atmosphere. This afternoon tender ashore and visit the Hegg Turtle Sanctuary followed by time to relax on one of the stunning beaches or for some swimming or snorkelling.
After a morning at sea, this afternoon we visit to St Lucia, a splendidly rugged island of towering mountains, lush green valleys and acres of banana plantations. Because of its strategic position, it was fought over repeatedly by the French and British and changed hands fourteen times. We will anchor off the island in sight of its best known feature, the twin peaks of the Pitons, which rise dramatically from the sea to more than 2400 feet. Tender ashore and explore the island independently or on a guided tour including the volcano.
Enjoy a morning at sea cruising past Diamond Rock, captured by the British in 1804 and held against repeated French attacks. We will base ourselves this afternoon at the small port of Le Marin and enjoy a scenic drive which will include the Musee de la Pagerie, the birthplace and childhood home of Empress Josephine, the impressive plantations and offer a chance to sample some of the local rum.
Stepping back in time, the island of Dominica is still the primitive garden that Columbus first sighted in 1493. An area of tropical rainforests, flowers of incredible beauty and animals that exist nowhere else in the world. We arrive this morning in the small port of Cabrits, just below the national park and the former British garrison of Fort Shirley, which successfully repelled a French attack during the Trafalgar campaign in 1805. The active can climb to the fort to explore the ruins, visit the small museum and maybe wander the surrounding trails on the lookout for birds, hermit crabs and lizards.
The eight island Iles des Saintes archipelago dots the waters off the southwest coast of Guadeloupe. In 1782, this was the site of one of the greatest naval battles of the sailing era, in which the tactics used by the British admiral Sir George Rodney foreshadowed those used 20 years later by Nelson at Trafalgar. This morning tender ashore and explore at leisure or join Peter Warwick on a walk up to Fort Napoleon and visit the museum focusing on the Battle of the Saintes.
Ask any Caribbean connoisseur about their favourite places and Montserrat will always be high on the list. Following the damaging volcanic eruptions of 1995 and 2010, much of the island is now returning to normal. We will visit the volcano observatory and learn how the islanders coped with the devastation it caused. Even now we will drive through areas where volcanic material lies in the roads. We also see some of the untouched areas which are as beautiful as ever.
Land this morning, by tender, on one of the loveliest and untouched islands on the Leewards. British naval history is linked with most of the Leeward Islands and on Nevis the connection is particularly interesting. It was here that Nelson met Fanny Nesbit and later married her in the old Montpelier House, on the site where a hotel now stands. Prince William, later to become William IV, who was under Nelson’s command, attended the wedding and gave the bride away. Our tour of the island will include Nelson’s Museum and the church displaying Nelson’s wedding certificate.
We will make a landing this morning on the delightful island of St Kitts. This lovely island has it all, restful green fields of sugar cane plantations, rainforests and long stretches of uncrowded beaches. The atmosphere here is wonderfully relaxed and full of old-world charm. Either wander the streets of Basseterre including the colonial buildings or see the impressive UNESCO fortress at Brimstone Hill. This 18th century British garrison played a key role in the battles with the French and is situated on a hill offering fine views over to Nevis. Enjoy lunch on board and a leisurely afternoon at sea.
Sail through the beautiful island dotted waters of the British Virgin Islands. Drop anchor at the little visited islands of Jost Van Dyke and after a short Zodiac ride ashore enjoy relaxing on the beach or snorkelling.
This tiny French West Indian island is proud of its reputation as a stylish and exclusive tropical resort. It is a very top drawer place and the island’s capital of Gustavia, where the tenders will take us ashore this afternoon, offers gourmet restaurants, street cafes and smart shops which would not be out of place on the French Riviera.
Antigua was one of the main British Naval bases in the Windward Islands and so no cruise such as this would be complete without a visit to this island with so much important history. We will disembark this morning and on an island drive will have the opportunity to visit the beautifully restored 18th century dock yard in English Harbour. See the impressive collection of restored historic buildings which were occupied by the British Navy from 1707 till 1899. After lunch transfer to the airport for your flight home.
These Cat. E outside cabins are approx. 20 m2/215 sq ft* and are also located on the Cabin Deck. The queen size bed (180 cm x 200 cm) can be separated into two single beds. Of course these cabins also feature a TV with DVD player, a mini-bar, a wardrobe and a safe. A small seating area is situated next to the two portholes, emphasising the room’s modern maritime feel. The approx. 3 m2/32 sq ft bathroom includes a shower, a marble washbasin with gold-plated taps and a WC.
Category F Stateroom for sole use
The cabins in this category are still furnished in the traditional windjammer style: with bunk beds (each 90 cm x 200 cm). They are located on the Cabin Deck. These cabins are approximately 14 m2/1 50 sq ft. The approx. 3 m2/32 sq ft bathroom features a fitted shower, a WC and a marble washbasin with gold-plated taps. The room’s two portholes offer views out to sea. Of course these cabins also feature a TV with DVD player, a mini-bar, a small seating area, a wardrobe and a safe.
The six Cat. D de luxe outside cabins are located on the Cabin Deck, where you will also find the ship’s hospital, sauna, swim platform and fitness area. Approx. 21 m2/ 226 sq ft in size, each cabin includes two portholes, a queen size bed (180 cm x 200 cm), a TV with DVD player, a mini-bar, and a safe. Stylish furniture and a beautiful seating area give this cabin an extremely comfortable feel. The approx. 3 m2/ 32 sq ft bathroom with a fitted shower and gold-plated taps includes a WC and a marble washbasin. The cabins are located in the middle of the ship.
These two de luxe outside cabins are located on the Promenade Deck, where you will also find the junior suites, the restaurant, boutique and reception. They both feature panorama windows, a queen size bed (180 cm x 200 cm), a separate seating area, a TV with DVD player, a mini-bar, a wardrobe and a safe. Approx. 20 m2/21 5 sq ft in size, these cabins always deliver a spacious feel. The approx. 3 m2/32 sq ft bathroom features a WC, a shower and a marble washbasin with gold-plated taps.
All junior suites are located on the Promenade Deck, where you will also find the restaurant, boutique and reception. They are approx. 23 m2/247 sq ft*. Elegant rosewood furniture, a grey-white marble fireplace and a queen size bed (180 cm x 200 cm) with separate single mattresses and a canopy give the room its elegant style. The queen size bed can be separated into two single beds. The junior suites feature large panorama windows, a separate seating area, a walk-in closet and a TV with DVD player. Behind one of the beautiful cupboard doors you will find a mini-bar and a safe. The bathrooms (each approx. 3,2 m2/34 sq ft in size) feature a fitted bathtub, a WC, and a marble washbasin with gold-plated taps.
Category E Deluxe for sole use
These Cat. E outside cabins are approx. 20 m2/215 sq ft* and are also located on the Cabin Deck. The queen size bed (180 cm x 200 cm) can be separated into two single beds. These cabins also feature a TV with DVD player, a mini-bar, a wardrobe and a safe. A small seating area is situated next to the two portholes, emphasising the room’s modern maritime feel. The approx. 3 m2/32 sq ft bathroom includes a shower, a marble washbasin with gold-plated taps and a WC.
Category A Luxury Owners' Suite
Both approx. 27 m2/290 sq ft owner suites are located on the Lido Deck. Their panorama windows let in a great deal of light and offer stunning views of the sea. The centrepiece of each room is a romantic, four-poster king size bed featuring two separate mattresses (each 90 cm x 200 cm). In addition to specially selected furniture, guests may also make use of four wardrobes, a TV with DVD player (concealed behind a painting above the fireplace), a mini-bar and a safe. In the room’s approx. 4,2 m2/45 sq ft marble bathroom, gold-plated taps and inlays offer a nostalgic touch. Both bathrooms feature a bathtub, a separate shower, a marble washbasin and a WC.
Sea Cloud II
Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)
Length: 105 metres
Passenger Capacity: 96
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 29,600 square feet of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of 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 ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, 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.
Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.