Christmas at sea aboard a Tall Ship
• New Year's Eve and New Year in the island paradise of the Lesser Antilles
• Exploring the most beautiful beaches and coves of the BVI by boat
• A well-balanced ratio between time at sea and time for shore leave at attractive destinations
• A relaxing holiday in a mild sea climate
• Active sailing and manoeuvering on a 100-year-old windjammer … feel free to participate!
• Island hopping with a lot of “Caribbean way of life”
• Excellent onboard cuisine, delicious meals from morning to evening
The Princess Juliana international airport is located in the Dutch southern half of the twin island of Sint Maarten / Saint Martin and can easily be reached from many major airports with only one stopover. We are happy to assist you with the individual planning of your arrival and departure. If you have any questions, please contact us in good time.
A unique attraction worth seeing is immediately visible on anchoring at the Caribbean island paradise: on the nearby Maho Beach, the distance between landing aeroplanes and beach-goers' heads (or the masts of the boats anchored there) is often only a few metres. On a chalkboard attached to a surfboard, the arrival times of the largest planes are announced for hobby photographers every day. You can reach Marigot in a short drive by taxi or minibus, during which you will pass the monument on the Dutch-French borderline. This monument is so remarkable because the mother countries on the European continent are at no point adjacent and there is no smaller island in the world that is divided between two nations. By the way, the EURO is the official currency in the French part of Saint Martin. US dollars are also accepted on the whole island.
Our crew will welcome you on board in the modern Fort Louis marina of Marigot in the French part of the colourful and lively Caribbean island.
Embarkation takes place at 19:00 hours. Afterwards, there will be dinner together in the comfortable lounge, where you will
quickly feel at home on deck and soon get to know your fellow sailors. Take advantage of your stay for a relaxing day at the breathtaking Dawn Beach. Our tip: Saint Martin is considered the 'culinary capital of the Caribbean' – do not miss the local specialities made from the guava fruit.
Setting sail for the Virgin Islands – snorkelling and swimming in the ”Bathroom of the Caribbean". After a thorough safety briefing and sailing instructions from our experienced crew, you will soon be familiar with the ship and be able to take part in the sailing yourself – it is always voluntary, of course. A pleasant wind pushes us through the azure water of the seemingly boundless ocean. The smooth and steady up and down of the hull in the waves, the vast ocean and the soft creaking of the rigging are the perfect ingredients for a wonderfully relaxing holiday experience. Many nautical miles later, the first of the roughly 60 British Virgin Islands will appear on the horizon.
We will drop anchor off Virgin Gorda, the third-largest island of the archipelago. Here, the randomly arranged granite boulders of "The Baths" form small caves and pools, inviting you to explore and snorkel. In this natural lagoon, you can enjoy the tranquillity and a first-class swim. A delicious dinner after a trip to the beach and a swim in the sea, perhaps a good glass of wine from the onboard bar, and watching the sunset will round off the day and make the moment perfect. A relaxing cruise under full sail. After a night at anchor, we will cruise through the waters of the British Virgin Islands, past islands with adventurous names such as Pelican, Dead Chest, Mosquito Island and Carrot Rock. Our excellent galley, which consistently receives the top grade in customer satisfaction surveys, offers food and refreshments – including regional delicacies – from morning to evening. In our extensive onboard library, you will surely find a good book for a comfortable read on deck. After a day of sailing, you can enjoy the evening by relaxing with a cocktail under the tropical night sky.
This is where you will disembark:
Marina Fort Louis, Marigot / Saint Martin
Start the New Year with Caribbean flair! Even before Saint Martin, the port of departure and destination of this cruise, reappears on the horizon, our vessel will already have become the ship of your dreams. If you want to spend some time on the island after the cruise, it is worth taking a walk along the rugged rocky coast of Pointe Blanche Bay or going on a boat trip through the Simpson Bay lagoon. Every day, several cruise ships sail into Philipsburg, which is the largest port. There you will find a wide range of tourist attractions, from jet skiing and snorkelling tours to casino and beach visits in Great Bay. In the bustling shopping mile on Front Street, typical local handcrafted goods are sold in a rich variety of colours typical for the Caribbean.