A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

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

Starting at: $4,930 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The tropical Tobago Cays  Credit: PONANT/Margot Sib  View of St. Lucia Credit: Corinne Kutz  Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe Credit: Viktor Ruppert  Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Credit: Bradley Wade  Mayreau Credit: PONANT/Margot Sib  The vibrant marine life and turquoise waters of The Tobago Cays Credit: StudioPonant/Margot Sib  Bridgetown Wharf Credit: Kathryn Maingot  Hawksbill sea turtles in Barbados Credit: Cedric Frixon  The Pitons Credit: Scott Taylor

Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

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

9 days from $4,930

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Set sail across the Windward Islands, 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

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The ship was beautiful, the service was incredible, the speakers were very interesting, our cabin was very comfortable with plenty of room, the food was delicious!

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Feb 25 - Mar 5, 2023 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 25 - Mar 5, 2023 Departure
Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger is an acclaimed speaker who brings humor, historical background and current political insights to his presentations. He has spoken on a number of Smithsonian Journeys as well as at the Smithsonian Associates program in Washington D.C., where his presentations frequently “sell out”. He has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. Ralph earned his PhD in History from Georgetown University and subsequently taught as an adjunct at Georgetown for 38 years. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. He currently lectures on a wide range of historical and political subjects at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Programs. Ralph has spoken at a number of universities and other venues in Europe, including in the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Austria, France, Denmark and especially in Germany, where he has given presentations in East and West Berlin, Hamburg and Chemnitz. In addition to his public speaking and academic careers, Ralph has had positions in and related to the U.S. government (staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; US Department of Commerce; Director of “Builders for Peace”, which was established to assist the Arab-Israeli peace process); as a fellow at a prominent “think tank” (Center for Strategic and International Studies – CSIS); and as senior partner in a government relations firm for over 25 years.