With its balmy island breezes and centuries-old maritime traditions, the Caribbean is an ideal winter interlude. Discover the rarely visited Windward Islands as you learn about the Caribbean’s complex history, visit verdant gardens, and enjoy exquisite beaches and clear blue waters.

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 Twin Piton Peaks in St. Lucia  Petit St. Vincent Island  Bridgetown, Barbados  The island of Martinique

Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

A Cruise from Grenada to Barbados Aboard the Le Champlain

8 days from $3,995

With its balmy island breezes and centuries-old maritime traditions, the Caribbean is an ideal winter interlude. Discover the rarely visited Windward Islands as you learn about the Caribbean’s complex history, visit verdant gardens, and enjoy exquisite beaches and clear blue waters.

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Overview

With its balmy island breezes and centuries-old maritime traditions, the Caribbean is an ideal winter interlude. Discover the rarely visited Windward Islands as you learn about the Caribbean’s complex history, visit verdant gardens, and enjoy exquisite beaches and clear blue waters.

Highlights Include 

  • Grenada: Highlights on the Spice Island include historic Fort St. George, a local herb and spice garden, plus a  special rum tasting at the island’s largest distillery. 
  • Martinique: In Fort-de-France tour the Clement Plantation and the lush Balata Gardens.
  • St. Lucia: See the iconic Pitons, a World Heritage site, and stroll through the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Enjoy the pretty port city of Kingstown and tour colonial Fort Charlotte. On the verdant island of Bequia, “the jewel of the Grenadines,” make a special excursion to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Go snorkeling among the vibrant marine life and coral reefs of Tobago Cays Marine Park or observe it from the “Blue Eye,” your expedition ship’s extraordinary underwater observation lounge.
  • Time at Leisure: Enjoy the beach, swim, or go snorkeling in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; Saline Bay, Mayreau; and St. George's Grenada. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – U.S./St. George’s, Grenada

Depart the U.S. for Grenada, known as the “Spice Island.” Upon arrival, embark Le Champlain. Join your traveling companions for the Captain’s welcome reception onboard this evening. (R,D)

Day 2 – St. George’s

Grenada’s volcanic isle enjoys cool breezes perfumed with fragrant exports—salt air swirled with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, mace, allspice, wild coffee, and organic cocoa. First controlled by the French in the early 17th century, Grenada was a British colony for nearly two centuries before achieving independence in 1974; however, distinctive French influences remain in surnames, dialect, and spicy dishes.

See historic landmarks in this picturesque capital, including the cannons and defensive tunnels of Fort George. Enjoy panoramic views of the Carenage, a scenic waterfront dotted with colorful fishing boats and Georgian-style buildings.

Walk among cinnamon, clove, and bay trees in an herb and spice garden, where ginger, pepper, and turmeric also grow and learn about rare botanicals, such as zebapique and jump-up-and-kiss-me, used in cooking, medicines, and liqueurs.

Visit Grenada’s largest rum distillery and savor regional, impeccably aged rum. This afternoon, stroll the white-sand shores of Grand Anse Beach at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Port Elizabeth, Bequia / Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Kingstown

See lush Bequia, the largest of the Grenadines at just seven square miles and arguably the most beautiful. Although Amerindians from South America first inhabited Bequia, it was the Caribs who named it the “Island of Clouds.”

Enjoy spectacular views of yacht-filled Admiralty Bay from the remains of 18th-century Hamilton Fort. See sweeping vistas of the Caribbean Sea and the capital city of Kingstown from the early-19th-century ruins of Fort Charlotte, built atop a steep promontory. Known as the “City of Arches,” Kingstown is replete with historic architecture, including the 19th-century cathedrals of St. George and St. Mary. Walk through the largest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere, populated with trees from around the world and the endangered St. Vincent parrot. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Fort-de-France, Martinique

The most heavily French-influenced of all the Caribbean Basin, Martinique celebrates its Creole heritage amid paradisical scenery. In Fort-de-France, see the varied architectural styles of its historic buildings blending harmoniously with the landscape, including the elaborate Romanesque Schoelcher Library. Admire the verdant Pitons du Carbet from the Sacré Coeur de Balata, a reduced replica of the Basilica of Montmartre in Paris.

From the veranda of a Creole farmhouse in the famous Balata Gardens, watch hummingbirds feed on sweet nectar. Then, wind through a shaded canopy of trees, including twining begonias, mahogany, musa nana, and bamboo, around the 3,000 varieties of its tropical plants.

Later, admire typical Creole architecture amid vast sugarcane fields at the Clément Plantation, a French historical landmark and producer of Clément rum for more than 125 years. Tour the former distillery and see galleries that highlight local Caribbean artists and Creole heritage. Stop in the manor house, notable as the site of the 1991 post-Gulf War meeting between French President François Mitterand and U.S. President George H.W. Bush. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Iles des Saintes, Guadaloupe

Arrive at Iles des Saintes, also known as Les Saintes, a small, charming archipelago. Enjoy a day at leisure and stroll the quaint streets of Terre-de-Haut, lined with bistros, cafes, and shops, or walk to the beach to swim or snorkel.

Gather on deck for a barbecue dinner under a bright blanket of stars (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Rodney Bay, St. Lucia / Soufrière

Experience beautiful Rodney Bay, full of scenic views and friendly people. The view of St. Lucia’s twin volcanic peaks—the Gros Piton and Petit Piton, together a World Heritage site—is majestic and unmistakable.

In Soufrière, wander a canopied haven of vivid flora in Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, cultivated since the 18th century, past rocks tinted yellow, green, and purple from the falls’ mineral-rich waters.

At Sulphur Springs, witness firsthand ongoing geological activity in the dormant crater of Soufrière Volcano. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Tabago Cays

Spend the morning swimming and snorkeling in Saline Bay, where iridescent blue waves wash peaceful shores.

An ideal snorkeling retreat shielded from the sea by Horseshoe Reef, Tobago Cays Marine Park is an underwater gallery of colorful sponges, conchs, sea turtles, and fish. Join your traveling companions for the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 – Bridgetown, Barbados / U.S

Disembark in Bridgetown and continue on the Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)