Enjoy a delightful winter interlude on this seven-night cruise aboard the luxurious tall ship Sea Cloud. Take in balmy Caribbean breezes as you gain new insights into the often-overlooked story of Alexander Hamilton, who was born in this region.

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Hamilton's Caribbean

A Cruise from Barbados to Antigua aboard the 68-guest Sea Cloud

8 days from $8,995

Enjoy a delightful winter interlude on this seven-night cruise aboard the luxurious tall ship Sea Cloud. Take in balmy Caribbean breezes as you gain new insights into the often-overlooked story of Alexander Hamilton, who was born in this region.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The cruise was so lovely that it took my breath away from start to finish.

- Anita K.

Our Smithsonian tour was a true delight. These days, it is rare to receive such an outstanding value. We look forward to many more tours, and they all will be with Smithsonian. 

- Phil W.

This was the most wonderful experience on a beautiful classic boat with a wonderful staff and crew. I would do it again.

- Paula H.

Our best journey yet!

- Charlotte & Robert N.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Tour Extension

Barbados Pre-Program Option 4 Days, 3 Nights

Day 1 — Depart the U.S., Arrive in Barbados

Depart on a morning flight from Miami. Upon arrival in Barbados, transfer to the oceanfront Hilton Hotel

Day 2 — Barbados

This morning visit Andromeda Gardens, which is managed by the Barbados National Trust (BNT). This fascinating collection of unusual and beautiful plant specimens from around the world is nestled among streams, ponds and rocky outcroppings in the cliffs overlooking the sea. Continue to Codrington College, a theology school founded in 1745 and recognized as one of the most beautiful early 18th-century buildings and landscape designs in the Caribbean. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. This evening visit and dine at Lancaster Great House, a lovely 300-year-old plantation house furnished with antiques, paintings, and objets d'art.  (B,D) 

Day 3 — Barbados

Enjoy a visit to Flower Forest, set on a hilltop overlooking the sea. After lunch, explore St. Nicholas Abbey with its 17th-century façade, mahogany plantation and extraordinary views of the Atlantic Coast. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. (B,L) 

Day 4 — Barbados

Begin today with a specially arranged tour of the private Hunte’s Garden and its abundance of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Continue to Bush Hill, which George Washington and his brother Lawrence occupied for several months in 1751. Enjoy lunch at an elegant restaurant with views of the water, then board the Sea Cloud and begin your cruise. (B,L)

Pre-Program Inclusions and Pricing

  • Three nights accommodations at the Hilton Hotel
  • All meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner); bottled water and coffee/tea with all meals; complimentary wine/beer with dinner
  • Group airport transfer
  • Double Occupancy: $2,299
  • Single Occupancy: $2,999
Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Long touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, an absence of elevators, and climbing aboard trains with high steps); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Possible exposure to higher altitudes. River cruises may offer a choice of excursions with varying activity expectations.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Ship

Sea Cloud

Step aboard Sea Cloud and be transported to the intoxicating golden age of sailing aboard a vessel as elegant and lively today as when heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her tycoon husband E.F. Hutton launched her in the 1930s.

The Hutton’s created the largest, most opulent private sailing yacht ever built, and they played host to notables of the era, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and King Gustavus V of Sweden, who would later regale companions with tales of their adventures aboard the ship.

In World War II, Sea Cloud earned five brass chevrons while patrolling the heart of German wolfpack territory around the Azores and England. Then in 1978, she was outfitted in her original shipyard to carry 58 guests in tremendous luxury. Again in 2011 she underwent extensive renovations to ensure her status as the world’s finest tall ship and a true legend under white sails.”

Thirty-four thousand square feet of canvas unfurl from yardarms to catch the wind enough sail to cover a city block. Her towering masts are as tall as a 20-story building. She is capable of great speed under sail and covering distances beyond 150 miles per day.

Outfitted with the latest navigational equipment, Sea Cloud embodies a harmony of modern and age-old traditions. Courses are charted, weather is checked and communications are handled via satellite and computer. And meanwhile sails are mended by hand and run up by sailors expert in a seldom-seen craft, hand sailing a square-rigged barque.

The island destinations and archaeological sites chosen for this itinerary are perfectly spaced to allow easy access while sailing. And there will be ample time to savor passage aboard Sea Cloud as she heels slightly under a gentle Caribbean breeze.

Interiors are paneled in carved oak, fitted with Italian marble and elegantly furnished with period antiques. Parquet floors shine and burnished brass still glows. Original marine oil paintings grace the yacht’s walls.

The magnificent original cabins feature fireplaces and marble baths, and the newer staterooms are handsome and spacious with wood paneling and a nautical motif — and all cabins have a private view of the sea. Enjoy the grace and class of an extraordinarily elegant ship as you also enjoy the casual attitude and informal style of our expedition travel.

PUBLIC AREAS: The covered Lido Bar is a superb place to congregate and enjoy the outdoors. The open-air Blue Lagoon is a wonderful place to relax. The sumptuous Lounge is the venue for talks and presentations by our lecturers. Guests are welcome on the Open Bridge to learn how Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed.

MEALS: Served in the elegant dining room, meals focus on local and Continental cuisine. Wines are included at lunch and dinner. Refreshments are always available.

Sea Cloud

Step aboard Sea Cloud and be transported to the intoxicating golden age of sailing aboard a vessel as elegant and lively today as when heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her tycoon husband E.F. Hutton launched her in the 1930s.

The Hutton’s created the largest, most opulent private sailing yacht ever built, and they played host to notables of the era, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and King Gustavus V of Sweden, who would later regale companions with tales of their adventures aboard the ship.

In World War II, Sea Cloud earned five brass chevrons while patrolling the heart of German wolfpack territory around the Azores and England. Then in 1978, she was outfitted in her original shipyard to carry 58 guests in tremendous luxury. Again in 2011 she underwent extensive renovations to ensure her status as the world’s finest tall ship and a true legend under white sails.”

Thirty-four thousand square feet of canvas unfurl from yardarms to catch the wind enough sail to cover a city block. Her towering masts are as tall as a 20-story building. She is capable of great speed under sail and covering distances beyond 150 miles per day.

Outfitted with the latest navigational equipment, Sea Cloud embodies a harmony of modern and age-old traditions. Courses are charted, weather is checked and communications are handled via satellite and computer. And meanwhile sails are mended by hand and run up by sailors expert in a seldom-seen craft, hand sailing a square-rigged barque.

The island destinations and archaeological sites chosen for this itinerary are perfectly spaced to allow easy access while sailing. And there will be ample time to savor passage aboard Sea Cloud as she heels slightly under a gentle Caribbean breeze.

Interiors are paneled in carved oak, fitted with Italian marble and elegantly furnished with period antiques. Parquet floors shine and burnished brass still glows. Original marine oil paintings grace the yacht’s walls.

The magnificent original cabins feature fireplaces and marble baths, and the newer staterooms are handsome and spacious with wood paneling and a nautical motif — and all cabins have a private view of the sea. Enjoy the grace and class of an extraordinarily elegant ship as you also enjoy the casual attitude and informal style of our expedition travel.

PUBLIC AREAS: The covered Lido Bar is a superb place to congregate and enjoy the outdoors. The open-air Blue Lagoon is a wonderful place to relax. The sumptuous Lounge is the venue for talks and presentations by our lecturers. Guests are welcome on the Open Bridge to learn how Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed.

MEALS: Served in the elegant dining room, meals focus on local and Continental cuisine. Wines are included at lunch and dinner. Refreshments are always available.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The cruise was so lovely that it took my breath away from start to finish.

- Anita K.

Our Smithsonian tour was a true delight. These days, it is rare to receive such an outstanding value. We look forward to many more tours, and they all will be with Smithsonian. 

- Phil W.

This was the most wonderful experience on a beautiful classic boat with a wonderful staff and crew. I would do it again.

- Paula H.

Our best journey yet!

- Charlotte & Robert N.
Reading List
Alexander Hamilton
By: Ron Chernow
A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we’ve encountered before—from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.“Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow” —The New York Times Book Review Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017. 
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
By: Nancy Isenberg
From the author of White Trash, a controversial challenge to the views of the Founding Fathers offered by Ron Chernow and David McCullough Lin-Manuel Miranda's play "Hamilton" has reignited interest in the founding fathers; and it features Aaron Burr among its vibrant cast of characters. With Fallen Founder, Nancy Isenberg plumbs rare and obscure sources to shed new light on everyone's favorite founding villain. The Aaron Burr whom we meet through Isenberg's eye-opening biography is a feminist, an Enlightenment figure on par with Jefferson, a patriot, and—most importantly—a man with powerful enemies in an age of vitriolic political fighting. Revealing the gritty reality of eighteenth-century America, Fallen Founder is the authoritative restoration of a figure who ran afoul of history and a much-needed antidote to the hagiography of the revolutionary era.
Hamilton: The Revolution
By: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best MusicalLin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day
By: Carrie Gibson
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Caribbean By Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide To Cruising The Caribbean (Ocean Cruise Guides)
By: Anne Vipond
The 8th edition of Caribbean By Cruise Ship is revised and updated with new special section on cruise line private islands with added detail on the Bahamas. All maps are color to give readers more detail on sites at each island and in port showing exactly where ships dock. Over 400 photos and maps. Includes large color pull-out map at back of the book. Covers all islands as well as ports in Central America.Includes ports on the routes of the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries. Special chapter on Florida with home port maps to help readers start planning their cruise.
The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
By: Ann Vanderhoof
While sailing around the Caribbean, Ann Vanderhoof  and her husband Steve track wild oregano-eating goats in the cactus-covered hills of the Dominican Republic, gather nutmegs on an old estate in Grenada, make searing-hot pepper sauce in a Trinidadian kitchen, cram for a chocolate-tasting test at the University of the West Indies, and sip moonshine straight out of hidden back-country stills. Along the way, they are befriended by a collection of unforgettable island characters: Dwight, the skin-diving fisherman who always brings them something from his catch and critiques her efforts to cook it; Greta, who harvests seamoss on St. Lucia and turns it into potent Island-Viagra; sweet-hand Pat, who dispenses hugs and impromptu dance lessons along with cooking tips in her Port of Spain kitchen. Back in her galley, Ann practices making curry like a Trini, dog sauce like a Martiniquais, and coo-coo like a Carriacouan. And for those who want to take these adventures into their own kitchens, she pulls 71 delicious recipes from the stories she tells, which she places at the end of the relevant chapters. The Spice Necklace is a wonderful escape into a life filled with sunshine (and hurricanes), delicious food, irreplaceable company, and island traditions.
A Continent Of Islands: Searching For The Caribbean Destiny
By: Mark Kurlansky
In this richly detailed portrait of the individual countries and peoples of the Caribbean, Mark Kurlansky brings to life a society and culture often kept hidden from foreigners—the arts, history, politics, and economics of the region, as well as the vivid day-to-day lives of its citizens. From the Newyoriccans of Levittown, Puerto Rico; to the state-salaried popular musicians of Cuba; to the practitioners of good political hurricanemanship (who know how to stretch statistics to bring in relief funds), A Continent of Islands paints portraits that will prove equally fascinating to tourists who know the Caribbean only as a string of beach resorts, and to readers curious about U.S. efforts to influence its neighbors.
A Small Place
By: Jamaica Kincaid
A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of Annie John"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ."So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.
My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love
By: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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A Traveller's History of the Caribbean
By: Prof James Ferguson
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The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution
By: Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
[Read by Wanda McCaddon] Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and best-selling author Barbara W. Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland. This compellingly written history paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Caribbean
By: DK Travel
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By: National Geographic Maps
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By: Matthew Parker
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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
By: David Cordingly
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By: Jean Rhys
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Wild Caribbean: The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands
By: Michael Bright
In our minds the Caribbean is the embodiment of Paradise. We need only close our eyes to see clearly the sparkling turquoise waters, white beaches, and lush tropical forests. Yet hidden just beyond this familiar scene is another world—the wild Caribbean, where attentive travelers may encounter butterflies with see-through wings or colorful bird colonies, prehistoric iguanas or silver waterfalls, smoking volcanoes or secret orchids in the forest. This book is a gorgeously illustrated exploration and celebration of the wildlife and wild places of the Caribbean. It encompasses all the principal islands as well as the mainland areas bordering the Sea, and its Gazetteer is crammed with useful tips to help travelers choose locations to visit and the best time of year to do so. The book introduces diverse natural habitats—reefs; white, pink, and black sand beaches; underground caverns; mangroves; salt ponds; desert islands, bubbling sulfur springs; and more—and offers rare insights into the amazingly varied animals and plants of the wild Caribbean. Combining practical travel information with fascinating scientific facts, Wild Caribbean reveals a natural world more magical than we could have imagined. Active travelers and armchair tourists alike will find the volume irresistible. ·        A companion volume to the four-part television series appearing on the Travel Channel. 
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By: Nancy Rubin Stuart
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Caribbean Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)
By: James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
The exotic flamingo is one of over 750 species of birds inhabiting the diverse ecosystems found throughout Caribbean. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes a regional map. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
A Caribbean Mystery: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
By: Agatha Christie
The delightful Miss Marple is ensnared in A Caribbean Mystery when a retired military man sparks her curiosity with a photograph and a strange story of a murdererAs Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine, she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier’s yarn about a murderer he had known. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her a snapshot of this acquaintance, the Major was suddenly interrupted. A diversion that was to prove fatal.
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Marine Invertebrates - Florida, The Bahamas & Caribbean ID card
By: fishcardscom
If you are a warm water Diver or are planning a Trip to Florida or the Florida Keys or anywhere in the Tropical Atlantic, this I.D. Card is a must for Underwater Identification. This Full-Color Marine Invertebrate and Corals Identification Card allow you to know what Local-Wildlife you are looking at when you see it. This totally NEW artwork edition Card is Waterproof and Easily-Stows in your BCD Pocket. This 6" X 9" (15 x 23 cm) Plastic Slate depicts 89 Invertebrates and Corals in Color Drawings, and is Hole-Punched to Secure a Lanyard for Underwater Use. Easy to maintain just Rinse the Fish Card with Fresh Water after a Day in the Sea. Fish ID Cards make a Great Gift Idea and looks great hanging on the wall.
At the Bottom of the River
By: Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid's At the Bottom of the River ... inspired, lyrical short storiesReading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean--family, manners, and landscape--as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision.Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things--a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings--shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place--these stories tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.
Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 4th Edition (Reef Set)
By: Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach
The 4th edition is packed with amazing marine life photographs of 683 species and enough information to keep fish watchers busy for years. The book includes the latest information on what is known about the taxonomy and distribution of Caribbean reef fishes. The easy-to-use, quick reference format makes it a snap to identify the hundreds of fishes sighted on the reefs, sand flats, grass beds, surf zones and walls of Florida, the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Easy in the Islands
By: Bob Shacochis
A calypso singer named Lord Short Shoe consorts with a vampish black singer to bilk an American out of his pride and his only companion-a monkey. An entire island bureaucracy casually confounds the attempts of Tillman, a hotel owner, in his attempt to get his dead mother out of the freezer and into a real grave; stymied, he resorts to a highly unusual form of burial. Two poor islanders stumble into a high-class dance party one night and find themselves caught up in a violent encounter that just might escalate into revolution. And a young woman sails off into the romantic tropics with the man of her dreams, only to learn the hard way - as Eve did - that paradise is just another place to leave behind.Winner of the National Book Award for first fiction, Easy in the Islands is a “stunning” (Washington Post) collection of stories by one of America’s foremost contemporary fiction writers. Infused with the rhythms and the beat of the Caribbean, these vivid tales of paradise sought and paradise lost are as lush, steamy, and invigorating as the islands themselves.From fishing fleets in remote atolls too small to appear on any map and reggae bars on islands narrow enough to walk across in an hour, to the sprawling barrios and yacht filled marinas of Miami, Bob Shacochis charts a course across a Caribbean that no one who has ever been there on vacation will recognize.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas
By: Paul Humann, Ned Deloach
A field guide that illustrates the variety of fish, corals, invertebrates and plants you are most likely to encounter in less than 15 feet of water in the Caribbean. It also features photographs that are suitable for identification purposes.
Return to my Native Land
By: Aime Cesaire
A work of immense cultural significance and beauty, this long poem became an anthem for the African diaspora and the birth of the Negritude movement. With unusual juxtapositions of object and metaphor, a bouquet of language-play, and deeply resonant rhythms, Césaire considered this work a "break into the forbidden," at once a cry of rebellion and a celebration of black identity.More praise:"The greatest living poet in the French language."--American Book Review"Martinique poet Aime Cesaire is one of the few pure surrealists alive today. By this I mean that his work has never compromised its wild universe of double meanings, stretched syntax, and unexpected imagery. This long poem was written at the end of World War II and became an anthem for many blacks around the world. Eshleman and Smith have revised their original 1983 translations and given it additional power by presenting Cesaire's unique voice as testament to a world reduced in size by catastrophic events." --Bloomsbury Review "Through his universal call for the respect of human dignity, consciousness and responsibility, he will remain a symbol of hope for all oppressed peoples." --Nicolas Sarkozy"Evocative and thoughtful, touching on human aspiration far beyond the scale of its specific concerns with Cesaire's native land - Martinique." --The Times
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes On-tour medical evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), emergency medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only, not including U.S. Territories). Travel must be more than 100 miles from the Insured’s primary residence.

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engages travelers in the wide-ranging mission of the Smithsonian. Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian’s 19 museums, National Zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Tour Director, and local guides throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals and beverages as noted in the itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner). Including an open bar, mineral water, coffee, and tea.
  • Enrichment program of lectures and special events.
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • Taxes, service, and port charges; all gratuities aboard and ashore.
  • Personal listening devices.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only).

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • International airfare.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, à-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Airport transfers for those not on group flights.
  • Baggage in excess of one suitcase.
  • WiFi in program hotels and/or aboard ship. Pricing and availability subject to local conditions at time of use.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included. 
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.

Registration

Space is reserved in the order of receipt of phone or web reservations. To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed. Please note: No new registrations can be accepted within 30 days of most tours. Some tours are more restrictive; please see individual tour pages for these exceptions. To complete your request, the following is necessary:

Required Information

  • For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov).
  • In the event, an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments

  • Deposit of $1,000 per person, per tour, payable by check to the tour operator or by major credit card, is required to reserve a space on a tour program. Deposits are applied to the payment of the program price.
  • Balance due upon invoicing at least 120 days prior to the program. If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place on the tour cannot be guaranteed.

Late Registration

  • Any registration received within 120 days of departure is considered a "late registration" and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card or by check and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.
  • Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.
  • Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program.
  • For additional information, please call a Reservations Specialist at 855-330-1542, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/Contact

A Note About Costs

Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Should actual enrollments fall significantly below minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.). Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.

Wait List

If the tour of your choice is fully subscribed, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist by contacting a Reservation Specialist at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu. Individuals on the wait list will be contacted if space becomes available and can inquire about tour status by contacting a Reservation Specialist. If you choose to withdraw from a wait list, please notify us.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Per person cancellation fees are based on the date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys.

  • Cancellation within 7 days of booking (if not within final payment date): full refund.
  • Cancellation 7 days after booking: $1,000 retained.
  • Final payment due: 120 days before departure.
  • Cancellation made less than 120 days prior to departure: no refund.
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing.

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which may be discussed with the Cultural Travel Specialist at 855-330-1542.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.

Accommodations

Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.

Children

All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements

Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. If you wish to extend your stay, the operator may be able to assist.

Photography and Video

Participants on tour may be photographed or recorded in audiovisual form for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs or videos may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys without compensation to the participant. Travelers who prefer that their name, voice, and image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy

For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  

Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

Please read carefully: Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

As a condition of acceptance of any application, each applicant must agree to the statement set forth below:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.