Long white-sand beach lined by swaying palm trees & blue sky during the Pearls of the Caribbean luxury cruise.
Hummingbird with pink wings, iridescent green head & bright blue tailfeathers drinks nectar from a pink flower during the Pearls of the Caribbean luxury cruise.
Private beach lined with red boulders & palm trees on a sunny day during the Pearls of the Caribbean luxury cruise.
Local creole women sit & play hand drums during the Pearls of the Caribbean luxury cruise.
View from swimming behind a sea turtle underwater among turquoise ocean, seen during the Pearls of the Caribbean luxury cruise.
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Pearls of the Caribbean Cruise

Explore enchanting islands on this luxury Caribbean cruise aboard 184-guest Le Champlain. On this 8- or 9-day cruise, combine relaxing on long white-sand beaches with cultural experiences that showcase the easy Creole way of life. From Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, Le Champlain sets sail to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the whale-hunting island of Bequia, with its wild and unspoiled coastline and lively atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town.

After a call at Grenada, the ship will anchor in the Tobago Cays National Park. This rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife and its secret coves. Then island hop gently towards Saint Lucia and its two majestic rocky peaks soaring straight from the sea, a unique location listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Finally disembark back in Fort-de-France. Make sure to visit one of its renowned rum distilleries! 

An alternative 8-day Pearls of the Caribbean itinerary operates a similar route but does not visit Barbados. The 9-day Jewels of the Caribbean cruise also operates round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, but only cruises north, visiting the heart of the West Indies and British Virgin Islands, including Saint Kitts, Barbuda, Saint Martin, Virgin Gorda and more.

An experienced dive instructor is on board for the entire cruise, ensuring safe swimming and scuba diving opportunities. Additionally, Le Champlain features 100% private balconies or terraces, innovative equipment, elegantly designed guest accommodations and welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside. A variety of onboard activities engage guests while the ship cruises, including the Blue Eye underwater lounge–a multi-sensory space in the ship’s hull featuring hydrophones, expansive underwater views and other amenities that create the feeling of being underwater beside the marine life that the ship is sailing past.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Caribbean cruises.



Itinerary

9-Day Pearls of the Caribbean Itinerary

The 9-day Pearls of the Caribbean itinerary operates round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, featuring a mix of Creole culture and underwater exploration by snorkel and possible added-cost diving.

Route map of 9-Day Pearls of the Caribbean Cruise, operating round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, with visits to Port Elizabeth on Bequia Island, Saint George's on Grenada, Mayreau Island, Tobago, Bridgetown in Barbados, Pigeon Island, Soufriere in Saint Lucia & "The Saints."
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Day 1
Embark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Enjoy the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Saint George's, Grenada

Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbor is especially colorful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighboring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites with its picturesque coast and artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Consider visiting Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches located three miles (five kilometers) to the south.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Mayreau Island

Among the string of paradisiacal islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites relaxation. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkeling, to observe the colorful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Tobago Cays

Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkelers.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Bridgetown

Bridgetown, the bustling capital of Barbados, is located on the island’s south-west coast. Its historic quarters are UNESCO World Heritage sites and contain prime examples of British colonial architecture, which you will see between the postcard-perfect fishing harbor and St Ann’s Fort. Streets shaded by palms and flamboyant trees lead you to the Anglican cathedral church of St Michael, built from coral stone, the Barbados Museum and George Washington House, a Georgian-style mansion. There’ll be plenty of time to relax on the Caribbean beaches of Carlisle Bay, a few paces from the old town center.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Pigeon Island Beach & Soufriere

Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. On this wild and pristine land, be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. Also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkeling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. Thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

Nestled in the crook of a breathtaking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Les Saintes

During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named The Saints. Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands’ history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkeling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local specialty, the “tourment d’amour,” a cake made with coconut.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Disembark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind; dives (€70 per standard dive, €80 per dive when local equipment or staff is required or for a “discover scuba dive” course).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 9-day Pearls of the Caribbean cruise begins and ends in Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your 9-day Pearls of the Caribbean cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, swimming and snorkeling, shore-based excursions and possible added-cost diving (certified divers carrying a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up-to-date dive book only). Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day Pearls of the Caribbean Itinerary

The 8-day Pearls of the Caribbean itinerary operates round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, and skips the visit to Barbados featured on the 9-day itinerary. This itinerary also showcases a mix of Creole culture and underwater exploration by snorkel and possible added-cost diving.

Route map of 8-Day Pearls of the Caribbean Cruise, operating round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, with visits to Port Elizabeth on Bequia Island, Saint George's on Grenada, Mayreau Island, Tobago, Pigeon Island, Soufriere in Saint Lucia & "The Saints."
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Day 1
Embark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Enjoy the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Tobago Cays

Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkelers.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Mayreau Island

Among the string of paradisiacal islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites relaxation. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkeling, to observe the colorful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
St. George's, Grenada

Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbor is especially colorful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighboring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites with its picturesque coast and artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Consider visiting Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches located three miles (five kilometers) to the south.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Pigeon Island Beach & Soufriere

Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. On this wild and pristine land, be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. Also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkeling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. Thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

Nestled in the crook of a breathtaking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Les Saintes

During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named The Saints. Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands’ history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkeling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local specialty, the “tourment d’amour,” a cake made with coconut.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind; dives (€70 per standard dive, €80 per dive when local equipment or staff is required or for a “discover scuba dive” course).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Pearls of the Caribbean cruise begins and ends in Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your 8-day Pearls of the Caribbean cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, swimming and snorkeling, shore-based excursions and possible added-cost diving (certified divers carrying a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up-to-date dive book only). Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

9-Day Jewels of the Caribbean Itinerary

The 9-day Jewels of the Caribbean itinerary operates round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, cruising north to the heart of the West Indies and British Virgin Islands. This itinerary also showcases a mix of Creole culture and underwater exploration by snorkel and possible added-cost diving.

Route map of 9-Day Jewels of the Caribbean luxury cruise operating round-trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, with visits to the heart of the West Indies & British Virgin Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts

Nestling along the peninsula of Saint-Kitts Island, South Friars Bay shelters one of the Kittitians’ most popular beaches. This gorgeous stretch of golden sand is ideal for a spot of sunbathing, or go and discover the history of the island. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a remarkable example of military architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. It affords an exceptional view of the island’s coast.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Marigot

Located on the west coast of the French side of Saint Martin, an island in the north-east of the Caribbean Sea, Marigot has stunning discoveries in store. Its streets are home to old Creole huts, the traditional dwellings in the 19th century, as well as a host of luxury boutiques and artist studios. Overlooking Marigot Bay and facing Anguilla, Fort Louis is an ideal spot from which to admire the Simpson Bay Lagoon and the surrounding small, lush mountains. For those who enjoy walking, take a lovely stroll from the Fort Louis marina via the market for an opportunity to fully enjoy the easy way of life in this charming, picturesque town.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is one of the British Virgin Islands archipelago’s largest islands. Here, discover The Baths National Park and its renowned picture-postcard beaches. Gigantic volcanic boulders sit surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, creating spectacular geological formations. Indeed, over the years a network of basins, caves and natural pools has formed, resulting in a sublime aquatic maze in which it is enjoyable to lose oneself before heading to the stunning Devil’s Bay Beach. On the island’s southeastern tip, Copper Mine National Park is still home to many ruins of an abandoned copper mine that looks out over the sea.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Gustavia

Lovers of this island call it Saint-Barth. This French island in the Lesser Antilles was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Ever since, this tiny mountainous volcanic gem with its unspoiled nature has been enchanting visitors. Enjoy the beauty of its large paradisiacal beaches, plus the charm and refinement of its old wooden houses and its sumptuous colonial manors. Although the rues de Gustavia or Saint-Jean feature jewelers, top fashion boutiques and fine restaurants, there is also a simplicity here that money can’t buy.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Barbuda

During this visit to Barbuda,an island influenced by British culture in the north of the Lesser Antilles, discover idyllic beaches of white powder-like sand bathed by turquoise waters of striking intensity. The very British colonial atmosphere of English Harbor, a former Royal Navy base, mixes with creole culture in a happy union. This Eden, which has managed to stay calm and intimate, is brimming with very wild fauna and flora. Arts and crafts are present in the markets and shops, featuring wooden statuettes, printed fabrics and very good rum produced in the island’s distilleries.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Basse-Terre

Within the western part of the French Lesser Antilles, the volcanic and mountainous Basse-Terre forms the largest of the islands making up Guadeloupe. The center of Karukera, or “the island of beautiful waters” in old Caribbean, shelters one of the French national parks: Guadeloupe National Park. The Deshaies Botanical Garden, with its very fine collection of typical flowers and plant species, is a special place for nature lovers. The island’s territory is home to La Grande Soufrière volcano, the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles. With a range of plantations (coffee, cocoa, banana and sugar cane) and distilleries,the island is overflowing with treasures whose secrets there is plenty of time to discover.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Portsmouth

With its mountainous terrain, vast tropical forest, hot springs, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, Dominica is undoubtedly the wildest island in the Caribbean. Protected by several national parks, this little-known land, located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, between Guadeloupe and Martinique, will inspire adventure and exploration. During today’s visit, do not miss out on discovering the enchanting landscapes of the Indian River; navigating through this dense mangrove, in which creepers, ferns, forest trees and giant roots are interweaved, is a magical experience, a fascinating voyage into the heart of an almost mystical natural universe.

Accommodations

Le Champlain

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Disembark Fort-de-France, Martinique

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline that’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. Those who climb up to it can see some breathtaking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places for a breather, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind; dives (€70 per standard dive, €80 per dive when local equipment or staff is required or for a “discover scuba dive” course).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $150
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 121 days – 25% of total trip cost
120 to 91 days – 50% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Jewels of the Caribbean Cruise begins and ends in Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Jewels of the Caribbean Cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, swimming and snorkeling, shore-based excursions and possible added-cost diving (certified divers carrying a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up-to-date dive book only). In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Select departures offer a Kid’s Club with organized kid-friendly activities. Children 6 to 11 years old at time of travel pay only port fees and taxes when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. Children 12 to 17 years old receive 50% off double occupancy rate when sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 full fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

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