Grenadine Islands Cruise
22nd October 2015
Whilst the Caribbean consists of more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays; it can also be split into many regions and sub-regions. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country within the Windward Islands. It consists of many islands, each of which is located at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea.
Confusingly, neither St Vincent nor Grenada form part of the Grenadine islands. Instead, the islands are split between these two nations, and a Star Clippers cruise can take you to see some of the Grenadines’ finest offerings. Sailing to a selection of the Grenadines, Grenada and other destinations such as St. Lucia and Barbados; Star Clippers offer Grenadine Islands itineraries that you will never forget.
Your cruise begins with climbing on board Star Clippers’ largest and most glorious vessel, Royal Clipper. This five-mast tall ship is the first of its kind to be built in nearly 100 years and the sound of the fanfare as you depart will provide the fondest of memories. Prior to departing, take some time out to have a look around Barbados and admire the beautiful red beaches. Explore the island’s capital, where you’ll experience a laid back atmosphere and many British influences such as high tea and cricket.
One of Grenada’s main exports is spices, primarily nutmeg and vanilla, and the aromas which fill the air will greet you upon arrival. You will also find locally grown chocolate, which is definitely worth trying, and, of course, plenty of rum. Grenada’s beaches are filled with pure white sands and mixed with the glistening turquoise waters. The island is also home to a dazzling array of natural features, such as waterfalls and mountains.
Tobago Cays, Grenadines
Tobago Cays is one of the smaller Saint Vincent Grenadine Islands, and is renowned for its marine conservation. Consisting of four islets, Tobago Cays provides excellent opportunities for snorkelling and various water sports.
The largest island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is comprised of partially submerged volcanic mountains, with the largest volcano forming Saint Vincent’s highest peak. Saint Vincent offers much in the way of dramatic scenery, both coastal and interior. There are also many gardens to explore and crashing waterfalls to experience. Saint Vincent also presents plenty of opportunities for dolphin and whale watching.
Measuring 18km squared, Bequia is the second largest island of the Grenadines and provides plenty of opportunities for beach relaxation and natural exploration. Experienced divers are presented with plenty of opportunities across the entire island, whilst it is not uncommon for tourists to witness turtles and lobsters on the beaches of Bequia.
The Royal Clipper will dock at two different areas of Martinique, one in the morning and the other later in the afternoon. This classic island exerts a sense of French culture, whilst also offering a the finest of everything that is tropical. During the morning visit to Fort de France, you will be able to visit a range of beautiful boutiques, taste spicy creole food and visit the historic fort. Later, the Royal Clipper will make a beach stop at the island – providing the perfect opportunity to soak up the Caribbean sun.
Like Martinique, the Royal Clipper will dock twice in St Lucia, stopping at Marigot Bay in the morning and Soufriere in the afternoon. Marigot Bay will greet you with lush hills and drooping coconut palms – a perfect setting to be able to relax. The small town of Soufriere was named after a nearby volcano, which is visible in the distance. Here, you will also be able to witness stunning sites such as Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths – where you can walk through various beautiful gardens and bathe under the waterfalls.
This blog merely provides a flavour for what to expect from a Grenadine Islands cruise with Star Clippers. In addition to the destinations described above, the Captain will also take you to one of his favourite destinations and somewhere you sure to instantly fall in love with.
As well as the Caribbean, Star Clippers can take you on cruises around the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, Cuba, and the Panama Canal. Additionally, as of December 2016, Star Clippers can also take you on cruises around Asia, stopping at destinations around Thailand and Singapore.