Hidden Gems Of The Caribbean

Discover Dazzling Coral Reefs | Wander through mazes of narrow streets to admire colorful colonial buildings, forts, and churches | Enjoy a hike along densely forested trails to view an idyllic waterfall.
November 25, 2018 - December 6, 2018 | 12 Days
Caribbean Islands

November 25, 2018 | 12 Days | Small-Ship Cruise   56 Guests | From $12,980

Expedition Highlights

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  • Explore the lesser-known island gems of the eastern Caribbean on an itinerary exclusively designed to take you far from the standard cruise ship routes.
  • Discover several of the islands that comprise the little-explored Grenadines, an idyllic island chain in the heart of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Seek out a variety of endemic bird species including the St. Vincent parrot, Montserrat oriole, and purple-throated Carib.
  • Snorkel or dive to discover dazzling coral reefs and healthy populations of tropical fish.
  • Learn from local experts and onboard lecturers about the fascinating history of the islands we visit and their struggle for independence from Europe.

Expedition Team

Jeff Gneiser
Expedition Leader
Kelsey Simmons
Cruise Director
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Archaeologist
Brad Climpson
Marine Biologist and Dive Master
Jack Grove
Cofounder & Marine Biologist
Rich Pagen
Conservation Biologist & Naturalist

Itinerary 

Nov 25
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Depart USA / Martinique
Board your independent flight to Martinique. Upon arrival, transfer to Le Cap Est Lagoon for dinner and overnight.
Nov 26
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Martinique / Embark Le Ponant
Martinique is home to a fascinating and dynamic mélange of French traditions and Caribbean Creole culture. Birders depart early for Presquile Caravelle National Park to search for such island endemics as the Martinique oriole and white-breasted thrasher. Or, choose to visit Balata Church, a miniature version of the Basilica Montmartre in Paris, then continue to Domine d’Emeraude, a botanical garden and interpretive center devoted to the island’s natural history. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Fort-de-France for a city tour. Board Le Ponant this afternoon.
Nov 27
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Tobago Cays
These five small, uninhabited islands are part of Tobago Cays Marine Park. With pristine coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and deserted white-sand beaches, this area is renowned for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean with vertical and gently sloping walls, and multiple wrecks.
Nov 28
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Grenada
St. George, the quaint, bustling capital of Grenada, sits on a supremely scenic horseshoe-shaped bay. Wander through the maze of narrow streets to admire colorful colonial buildings, forts, and churches. Enjoy a hike along densely forested trails to view an idyllic waterfall.
Nov 29
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St. Lucia
Be on deck as the ship approaches St. Lucia for stunning views of the Pitons, two volcanic peaks rising more than 2,400 feet from the turquoise sea. Birders seek the St. Lucia parrot, St. Lucia oriole, and St. Lucia pewee. Take a hike through Edmund Forest Reserve, or choose a tour that visits the Diamond Falls botanical garden, a mineral bath, and a cocoa plantation.
Nov 30
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Dominica
Birders depart early for a hike to Syndicate Falls to search for Dominica’s two endemic and endangered birds—imperial and red-necked parrots. Or, choose a cultural tour of Carib Territory, a reserve where approximately 3,000 native Kalinago reside. Learn about their customs, history, and culture, with the chance to view exquisite handicrafts, including baskets, wood carvings, and canoes. Both groups return to the ship for lunch, with an afternoon of snorkeling or diving in a marine protected area. Or, choose to explore Fort Shirley, built by the British between 1770 and 1815.
Dec 1
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Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
Eight small islands makes up Les Saintes, endowed with superb beaches, gorgeous bays, fascinating historical sites, and exceptional snorkeling and diving. Spend the morning strolling through one of the tiny French-flavored villages. In the afternoon, snorkel and dive to enjoy the underwater delights.
Dec 2
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Montserrat
Towering 3,000 feet above sea level, Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills Volcano slumbered uneasily for at least a century before erupting violently in 1995. Covering the capital city of Plymouth with pyroclastic flows, the southern two-thirds of the island are still off limits. Learn more about this devastating event at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and enjoy grand views of the volcano and surrounding areas. Take a hike in the Runaway Ghaut, a steep ravine that carries rainwater to the sea from high in the mountains. Learn about the luxuriant vegetation as you explore the rainforest-like environment.
Dec 3
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Antigua
Today, enjoy a kayaking adventure in Antigua’s North Sound Marine Park. Paddle through mangroves and tiny islands looking for turtles and colorful starfish in the inlets. Return to the ship and cruise to an uninhabited island to search for small wildlife and tropical birds. A short walk to the island’s highest point offers stunning vistas. Back on the beach, choose to explore the island, soak in the crystal-clear shallows, or snorkel at a nearby offshore reef. A cruise around the offshore islands, discovering lovely coastline along the way. Keep an eye out for endangered ducks near Guiana Island as you skim through ‘The Narrows.’
Dec 4
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Sint Eustatiu
Take a stroll around the sole town and capital, Oranjestad, with its collection of Caribbean-style cottages and elegant colonial buildings in various states of disrepair. Soak up history and sweeping views from the extensively restored Fort Oranje, a mighty citadel complete with cannons, triple bastions, and cobblestone parade grounds. Or, hike to the top of the Quill, a dormant volcano with a lush cloud forest occupying the crater.
Dec 5
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St. Barth's / Saba
This morning, step ashore on St. Barth’s, take a stroll through Gustavia, the relaxed capital, and visit the 17th-century forts, or browse the town’s many duty-free boutiques. View marine life while staying dry during a thrilling ride in the Yellow Submarine. Or, take a hike along the Colmbier Beach Trail, where there is a good chance to see nesting red-billed tropicbirds. Saba’s volcanic peak rises majestically from the water like the tip of an emerald iceberg. This afternoon, take a hike along the Crispeen Trail for fantastic views over the island.
Dec 6
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St. Martin / Disembark / USA
Disembark and enjoy a short island tour en route to the airport. Board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

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Le Ponant 

A sleek, three-masted sailing vessel that is ideal for expedition cruising. When her 16,140-square-foot sails are unfurled, Le Ponant glides through the water at 10–12 knots. The four-deck vessel has ample public space, and is fully equipped with two restaurants, a lounge, bar, and small reading nook with a selection of books. All ocean-view staterooms feature an en suite bathroom, minibar, safe, radio, individual air conditioning control, and telephone. Le Ponant carries a fleet of Zodiacs and has facilities for snorkeling and diving.

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Rates & Availability

Le Ponant Category 1

Ocean-view staterooms on the Marie Galante Deck are between 122 and 145 square feet, and most feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, en suite bathroom, and one porthole. 

Double - $12,980 per person

*Please call 855-548-2259 for up to date availability

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Le Ponant Category 2

Ocean-view staterooms on the Antigua Deck are between 133 and 165 square feet, and feature one fixed queen bed, en suite bathroom, and one window.

Double - $14,980 per person

*Please call 855-548-2259 for up to date availability

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Whats Included?

We understand what travelers expect when choosing an expedition company to take them to the ends of the Earth. And, one of the most important factors is having the freedom to focus on immersing yourself in the destination and expedition experience, without having to worry about the finer logistical details of off-the-beaten-path exploration. To that end, we are pleased to include virtually everything in the cost of your Caribbean trip: 

Inclusions:

  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, snorkeling, diving, nature walks, and cultural tours

  • All gratuities

  • All accommodations

  • World-class lecture and expedition team

  • All on-board meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner

  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges

  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates

  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials

  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance


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