This is our favorite Luxury small ship Cruise for the Eastern Caribbean, departing from Barbados, visit 6 small ports before arriving in St Maarten. This itinerary is also available for some Spring Break dates.
Spend a day with the chefs in local markets or take the crew’s advice on which beach has the most vibrant underwater life, and which bar blends the most tantalizing daiquiris.
The captains know the best places to anchor and deploy the marina, treating you to an unforgettable afternoon of water sports or a beach barbecue with lobsters on the grill and caviar served in the waist-deep surf.
Luxury Cruise Service
Hidden gems await you among the islands of the Caribbean Sea, where you will always find an easy-going greeting and a warm welcome. These precious remnants of the world we call the Uncommon Caribbean are off the beaten track, but our intimate ships can take you there.
Suites On Seabourn Odyssey
Choose from 225 ocean view suites measuring 295 to 1,682 square feet and most with private verandas.
You can also choose to stay in one of the 22 Penthouse Suites on the uppermost decks, each featuring up to 534 square feet of space.
Cruise Itinerary & Excursions
Barbados has retained many of the trappings of its British colonial heritage. Judges and barristers wear proper robes and wigs, police don helmets styled after London bobbies and cricket remains a national passion.
Barbados also has all the sporting appeal of the rest of the Caribbean, with pristine beaches, powerful surf and crystal clear waters.
Brightly colored homes and hibiscus flowers mingle with mahogany trees and English churches dating back to the 17th century.
Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
At this idyllic islet in the Tobago Cays, we sometimes anchor and indulge in a water sports Marina Day – not available on Seabourn Quest.
The Caribbean’s verdant Nature Island has resolved not to succumb to the high-rise hotels and casino culture that predominate on some other islands.
The tiny nation is determined to thrive on its natural resources, which are many and attractive.
Water is one, and the island does export delicious mineral water throughout the area. There are also thermal springs and a “boiling lake,” as well as lovely waterfalls.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruit are another export. The island is the source of Rose’s Lime Juice, a requisite of the perfect gimlet cocktail. Fragrant bay rum, distilled from native trees, is a handmade commodity much prized on the global market.
Visit the peaceful Botanical Gardens, or ascend Morne Bruce for a stunning view over the town, the harbor and the sea beyond.
A bit of old Caribbean charm on Guadeloupe’s quiet side. The single street is lined with shops supplying visitors staying in villas in the hills.
In the park most days, a local legend sells succulent home-made tropical fruit ice creams. And often a makeshift table set across the back of a pickup truck serves as the counter for vending slices of fresh wahoo or kingfish sliced to order from a fish that was swimming an hour ago.
A walk over the hill outside town leads to a surprisingly deserted, spectacular beach.
Gustavia, Saint Barts
Tiny St. Barts, as it is commonly called, lies 125 miles northwest of the French island of Guadeloupe, of which it is a dependency. Its geographic features include steep, green, once-active volcano hills, deep valleys, and beautiful beaches.
Founded by the French, ceded to Sweden then returned to France, the toy-scaled capital of Gustavia is built around the harbor on the island’s southwest coast. Many of the island’s inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Brittany, Normandy, and Sweden.
Today they operate small inns, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques that are housed in old buildings of Swedish colonial and French Creole architecture.
Too small for most cruise ships, Gustavia’s harbor is a favorite layover for sailing yachts, and with prices well beyond the means of the masses, visits are mostly limited to a few hours of day-trippers from nearby St. Martin/St. Maarten.
The majority of visitors staying on the island still come from among the privileged who treasure the laid-back atmosphere and small-gem perfection of St. Barts.
Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
The Beautiful Sisters, St. Kitts and Nevis are separated by a two-mile-wide straight but joined together as an independent island nation. Known and loved for their sleepy pace, these islands are awakening to become an “in” place among well traveled North Americans and Europeans.
A small, green volcanic speck in the blue Caribbean, St. Kitts offers quiet beaches, remnants of the old British plantocracy, and dreamy days under silk-cotton trees, soothed by the scents of flamboyants and frangipani. The native Arawak and Caribbean Indians called St. Kitts the fertile isle, and until as recently as 2005, the island was still dependent upon sugar for a large segment of its economy.
Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
There are approximately 40 British Virgin Islands (the exact number varies from authority to authority), many of which are uninhabited. Some have only a handful of residents. Jost Van Dyke has a small population of its own families: the Turners, Grants, Ringes and Callwoods to name the majority.
The desire to continue in the old ways is strong here, and Jost looks much as it must have looked 100 or 200 years ago. This archipelago is pristine and traffic light free. Weather permitting, your captain will anchor in this idyllic location and deploy the Marina for a day of play in the sea and sun.
Philipsburg, St Maarten
Since 2010, St Maarten has been a constituent country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It comprises the Dutch Side of the island of Saint-Martin, the other half being a French overseas territory. Philipsburg is its capital and a busy deepwater port city.
It is a popular port for cruise ships, and consequently boasts a thriving duty-free shopping community, a range of resorts and villas, and numerous leisure and sightseeing activities, as well as a well-served airport.
January 12, 26, February 9, 23, March 9, 23
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