Unique, immersive style of travel
While there are many ways to experience the Caribbean, you’ll find that exploring aboard an authentic square-rigger tall ship offers an unrivaled experience and guarantees you an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in the region of the world where sailing is best. With the reliable trade winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 of the crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to handset 30 sails. See what it’s like.
Experience the cultures and wildlife of the region
You’ll be able to snorkel or swim in the warm Caribbean waters nearly every day, explore tropical reefs and an undersea garden in the marine reserve of Tobago Cay. Enter island capitals born in the golden age of sail. Stroll waterfront towns where the patois reflects the mosaic of cultures in these islands. Hike a jungle trail in search of parrots, or enjoy a palm-studded beach. Each island offers a unique rhythm, and your expedition can be as active or relaxing as you choose.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for the Caribbean is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Embark Sea Cloud in in Antigua the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean. (D)
We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we sail the trade winds. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this unique sailing vessel. (B,L,D)
Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rain forest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We’ll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters. (B,L,D)
In the morning we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. We’ll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene. (B,L,D)
With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. We’ll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a very interesting local hawksbill turtle revival initiative. In Port Elizabeth we’ll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar. In the afternoon, we set sail across St. Vincent Channel. (B,L,D)
Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons". There is no more iconic image of the Windward Islands than these famed mountains. We’ll anchor beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We’ll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens that are fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff. The gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then return to Sea Cloud to weigh anchor and spend the afternoon sailing. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower Zodiacs so you can go alongside and get great photographs of Sea Cloud. (B,L,D)
Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes and people of Les Saintes are colorful and full of taste and flavor. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoleon, with its cactus garden, iguanas and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre de Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon we set sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind sail, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. (B,L,D)
We disembark Sea Cloud this morning in Antigua. For those with afternoon departure flights, there will be a morning tour of the island, visiting historic Shirley Heights and Nelson’s Dockyard. There will be a light lunch before we transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L)
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
#28-29: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers.
#18-25: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers.
(Solo occupancy = $11990)
#32-37: Cabins have two single beds, a window and showers.
#30-31: Cabins have a queen-size bed, a forward-facing window and showers.
#16-17: Upper and lower single beds and a window. These cabins once housed the ship’s officers.
DB Original and deluxe cabins #5, 6, 9, 10: Located on the Main Deck, these very large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. All have portholes.
Original and deluxe cabins, #3-10: Located on the Main Deck, these very large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. All have portholes.
Original owner’s suites #1-2: These incomparable suites were occupied by Marjorie Merriweather Post (#1) and E.F. Hutton (#2). They have king-size beds and grand marble bathrooms with bathtubs.
Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)
Length: 109 metres
Passenger Capacity: 64
Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011
Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.
Welcome aboard a legend
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. At 360 feet she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.
Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.
Free Bar and Crew Tips Included on Voyages aboard Sea Cloud
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Special Offer: FREE BAR AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED
Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2017 Caribbean, Greece & Greek Isles departure or 11 May Sicily and Malta departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.