The Lesser Antilles Aboard the Sea Cloud: Feb 28—Mar 08, 2018
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- Feb 10, 2016: The Lesser Antilles aboard the Sea Cloud
- Feb 16, 2014: The Lesser Antilles aboard the Sea Cloud
- Feb 15, 2010: The Lesser Antilles aboard Sea Cloud
Past Field Lists:
- Feb 10, 2016: The Lesser Antilles Aboard the Sea Cloud: PDF (700.9 KB)
- Feb 16, 2014: The Lesser Antilles Aboard the Sea Cloud: PDF (343.9 KB)
- Feb 15, 2010: The Lesser Antilles Aboard Sea Cloud: PDF (164.4 KB)
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Sea Cloud— Photo: Courtesy Sea Cloud Cruises
A voyage to the Eastern Caribbean aboard one of the world’s most beautiful sailing vessels visits six major islands; seeking specialty birds is an overriding theme, but beautiful island scenery, botany, geology, and history are of equal appeal.
“Small is beautiful” is a common saying in the West Indies, and nowhere is this more apt than in the string of pearls known as the Lesser Antilles. On this voyage we will discover just how beautiful small is by visiting six major islands that form the Caribbean Sea’s eastern boundary: Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent. Seeking the region’s many special birds is the dominant theme of this trip, but plenty of beautiful island scenery, wonderful botany and geology, and fascinating history are equally compelling attractions.
For this trip we have chartered the peerless Sea Cloud, a four-masted barque widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful sailing vessel. We will spend our days exploring the forests and coastlines of each of these lovely islands while experiencing the Caribbean Sea—one of the world’s most famous bodies of water—under the towering masts and spreading sails of the Sea Cloud.
All of the islands of the Lesser Antilles are scenically spectacular—dominated by steep forested peaks and rugged terrain—yet each island is subtly different from the others. From north to south, our travels will bring exposure to one veritable paradise after another. Most of the islands contain birds found nowhere else, especially a remarkable group of scarce and endangered parrots that include the St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Red-necked, and Imperial parrots, and a dazzling assortment of hummingbirds. Many other birds of equal interest occur here as well, some of which represent widespread families while others signal bird groups not found outside the Caribbean. Each island is limited in its overall quantity of birds, but collectively they offer a surprisingly diverse list of hawks, woodpeckers, thrushes, thrashers, tremblers, warblers, tanagers, orioles, and finches.
Purple-throated Carib— Photo: Steve Gast
Complementing the outstanding birding is the supreme natural beauty of the islands. Among the highlights are the luxuriant cloud forests of Dominica, the gorgeous coastline of Martinique, and the iconic Pitons of St. Lucia.
Adding to the allure is the opportunity to travel aboard Sea Cloud. Ornate in her construction, resplendent under sail, and owner of a vivid history, this majestic ship sets a standard by which all other ships are measured. All cabins are immaculately appointed and contain private facilities. Public areas include a lounge, viewing deck, lido deck, and bar. High quality cuisine is served in an elegant dining room.
Finally, this departure offers what we think is the finest means to experience a comprehensive trip to the Eastern Caribbean. Unlike land-based itineraries that require numerous hotel changes and unreliable inter-island flights, our ship-based program eliminates accommodation changes while providing comfort and ease throughout our travels.
An optional extension to Trinidad spends seven nights at the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre.
All nights (except the first night) and meals aboard the Sea Cloud; superior accommodations and cuisine; inter-island cruising; daily shore excursions involve mostly easy walks along roads; mild conditions with warm temperatures expected; rain possible.