In December, Aegean Odyssey will depart the port of Barbados for an 11-night cruise that takes in some of the very best islands in the Caribbean and we want you to join us.
The cruise will begin with a 2-night stay in Bridgetown, allowing ample time for you to enjoy everything on offer in this vibrant port. Aegean Odyssey will then sail for Grenada (overnight stay), St Lucia (Rodney Bay and Soufriere), St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Martinique before arriving back in Barbados.
Highlights include historic sights of Barbados, Nutmeg liqueur and rum tastings in the Grenadines, botanical gardens of Barbados and Nevis, Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua and Le Carbet, where Columbus landed in Martinique.
Author, Historian and Journalist, Dr Carrie Gibson will also join this sailing as a guest lecturer.
You will not only find a warm welcome and beautiful beaches on Barbados, but also breathtaking botanical gardens and a UNESCO-listed capital city. During your stay, you will see the island’s historic highlights including Gun Hill Signal Station that provides remarkable views of the entire island, the classic Gothic St John’s Church, and Codrington College – the oldest seminary in the Western Hemisphere. Other highlights include the Andromeda Botanical Gardens and St Nicholas Abbey, a Jacobean-style mansion that is one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean.
GRENADA & THE GRENADINES
Explore the beautiful and well-preserved French colonial architecture of St George’s. This city of interesting shops and cafes is also rich in English, French and Caribbean history. Also head into the interior where you will see the lush beauty of the Laura Herb and Spice Garden and sample rum and other products made with local cinnamon and nutmeg. After cruising the stunning Grenadines including Union Island and Mustique, you arrive at the yachtsman’s paradise, Bequia. Here you are free to wander around the village capital of Port Elizabeth, situated on stunning Admiralty Bay.
ST LUCIA & RODNEY BAY
From St Lucia’s former French colonial capital of Soufriere (Empress Josephine of France spent much of her childhood here) you will visit the famous landmark of the Pitons and the verdant Diamond Botanical Gardens. Then to the Sulphur Springs Park situated inside an extinct volcano, followed by a visit to the Morne Coubaril Estate plantation.
St Lucia’s Rodney Bay is named after the eighteenth-century British naval officer, Admiral Rodney who, among many other adventures, was the victor in many Caribbean battles against the French and Dutch. From here you will head for the island’s historic capital Castries, where highlights include the impressive Cathedral and the square named after the recently-deceased Nobel laureate, Derek Walcott. The day also includes Pigeon Island, a 44-acre island reserve, a fun place to explore, with paths winding around the remains of barracks and garrisons.
Antigua’s Falmouth Harbour is a large protected, horseshoe-shaped bay. From here you travel to nearby Shirley Heights with its breathtaking views, and then continue to Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour where the British Royal Navy established its base of operations for the area during the eighteenth century. Nowhere does Antigua flaunt its maritime heritage more than in English Harbour.
A TASTE OF FRANCE IN MARTINIQUE
Volcanic in origin, Martinique is a mountainous island crowned by the still smoldering Mont Pelee, the volcano that wiped out the former capital of Saint-Pierre in 1902. Offering a striking diversity of landscapes and atmospheres, Martinique is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated island that boasts stunning beaches and rich cultural life. After discovering the charming capital of Fort-de-France, you will head to the Botanical Gardens of Balata.
If you’d like to join us on this sailing or learn more about our full Caribbean and Cuba winter program, then you can order a FREE copy of our brochure which details our voyages and the region in full. If you have any specific questions about this itinerary or current availability, you can call our team on 1 877 398 1460 or Contact Us online and someone will get back to you.