A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Set sail across the Windward Islands on an 8-day cruise, exploring rainforests, snorkeling reefs, and encountering local history and culture in Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and beyond.  

Starting at: $4,110 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Twin Piton Peaks in St. Lucia  Petit St. Vincent Island  Bridgetown, Barbados

Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

From St. Lucia to Barbados Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville

8 days from $4,110

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Set sail across the Windward Islands on an 8-day cruise, exploring rainforests, snorkeling reefs, and encountering local history and culture in Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and beyond.  

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Feb 13 - 20, 2022 Departure
Franklin Knight

Franklin Knight

Franklin W. Knight is currently Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore where he taught for 43 years. Born  in Jamaica, he attended the University of the West Indies, Mona (BA Hons. 1964), and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA 1965; PhD 1969).  He has published widely on the social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on slave systems in a global perspective. His publications include 13 books, 108 professional articles, and 184 refereed reviews in professional journals. In addition, he has made more than 304 presentations at national and international professional meetings. At Johns Hopkins, he directed the Program in Latin American Studies (1998-2010) and the Center for Africana Studies (2011-2014). He served as president of the Latin American Studies Association between 1998 and 2000 and as president of the Historical Society (USA) between 2006 and 2008. Between 2000 and 2014, he wrote a bi-weekly column for the Jamaica Observer. He has been honored by the Academy of Letters of Bahia, Brazil (2001); the Dominican Academy of History in the Dominican Republic (2006); the University of the West Indies (2007); The National Research Council of the National Academies (2008); the Asociación de Historiadores de América Latina y del Caribe (ADHILAC) (2011); the Cuban Academy of History (2012); the Asociación de la Historia Económica del Caribe (AHEC), as well as the Institute of Jamaica (2013), the Fundación Fernando Ortiz (2016), and the State of Maryland (2019).

Feb 13 - 20, 2022 Departure
Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works.  She earned both a master’s and Ph. D at the University of Michigan, where her research was in tectonics and paleogeography and included a project focused on the southern boundary of the Caribbean plate.  Her background includes working in exploration for major oil companies, teaching at universities, and maintaining a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has participated on projects with archaeologists on both prehistoric and classical sites around the Mediterranean and in the southwest of the US. Her diverse research interests include tectonics and climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.  She has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and the public school’s environmental education program.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe.