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Caribbean Voyage - Martinique - Aruba TOP018_9
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Caribbean Voyage from Martinique to Aruba

A good breeze to sail by, pure blue sea to relax on, and a vast horizon to get lost in.  If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not – it’s just the Caribbean.  And this adventure, that begins in Martinique and ends in Aruba, is everything you’re hoping for in your next getaway.

On this adventure you’ll spend alternate days on board and on land.  After sailing to the next port or island, you’ll spend the day exploring on land, relaxing, and enjoying what each place has to offer.

From Martinique, you set sail for St Lucia as a guest crew member.  Earn your sea legs as the professional crew guide you to help set the sails, chart a course, and steer the vessel. The first leg is 40NM and each one is exhilarating as you sense your stress slip away. A local and expert guide will help you explore Soufriere.  You’ll climb the Pitons, which are gigantic volcanic spires on the island. At the top you’ll have an incredible view to cap off your hike through the tropical forest.

St. Vincent is next with black (and white) sand beaches, coral reefs, colourful fish, and its unique and densely forested geography. The Leeward Islands follow St. Vincent and as you make your way, you’ll sink deeper into the calm of it all. In Bonaire you’ll have the opportunity to surf, kite surf, or dive.  Or, if you’d rather, visit the quaint town of Kralendijk and the Nature Park Washington-Slagbaai.

The last stop is Aruba, and on the way you’ll have the pleasure of a night sail.  The perfect way to end this holiday – letting the open ocean rock you to sleep after a night of star gazing on deck. This is a perfectly designed 14 days. A restorative and relaxing two weeks that will rejuvenate and invigorate you. Enquire today.

Highlights:

  • Sail on a restored three-masted topsail schooner built in 1918
  • Relax with a cocktail on a different beach each day – bring plenty of books
  • Dine on delicious Caribbean cuisine
  • Learn about sailing from your expert and professional crew who will teach you all you want to know
  • Spend a week on the restorative waters of the Caribbean

 

Itinerary

Day 1

At Le Marin, Martinique, the vessel is gently swaying in the swell waiting for you. The captain and his crew welcome you aboard and will show you to your cabin. We enjoy dinner and perhaps a dip in the clear water. The first night on board we spend in the bay.

Day 2

The next day we head to our first destination on the island of St. Lucia, about 40 miles south. For the first time you will help hoist the sails and you’ll feel the trade winds giving the ship speed over the deep blue water. At the end of the day we drop anchor in Soufrière.

Day 3

Our stern is moored with a rope around a palm tree, the anchor few tens of meters in front of us on the bottom of the sea. Led by a guide, we climb the Pitons, two remarkable volcanic plugs. An unforgettable hike, especially if, once on top, you see the ship deep down at anchor.

Day 4

We sail a little further to the south. The destination is St. Vincent, about 50 miles south.

Day 5

St. Vincent is also a volcanic island. It has a true tropical climate and is locally very densely forested. Besides the distinctive black beaches the island has white sand beaches. Unique in the world. At the end of the day we weigh anchor and depart for a crossing to the Leeward Islands.

Day 6, 7 and 8

Sailing the Caribbean Sea is a delight. The ever-present wind cools and with the wind in our back we are making good progress.

Day 9

Early in the morning we expect to arrive on Bonaire.

Day 10

Bonaire is an ideal place for diving, surfing or kite surfing. But the picturesque town Kralendijk or Nature Park Washington-Slagbaai are worth a visit.

Day 12

Today we depart off early. With the first light we want to set sail for the crossing to Curaçao, where we arrive that same evening.

Day 13

Of course we also want to get to know Curaçao better. We have the whole day to explore. For the ship, this is to place to stock up. At nightfall we set sail again and we spend the night at sea.

Day 14

Aruba is the next and last destination of this trip. At the end of the morning we arrive. The rest of the day you have time to visit this beautiful island.

Day 15

After breakfast we say goodbye to the ship and each other.

General
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible.

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LIFE ON BOARD
The ship has become a favourite of sea and nature fans. People do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. The main feature is always active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being travelled and its fauna.

The ship is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. Showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure an agreeable temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis.

The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines. Life on board is enhanced by
the good meals prepared by our professional chef.

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
The ship is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts. We usually have to manage with whatever is onboard.

We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure. Some 15,000 litre of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the heating, for the generators for electrical power supply and for the main engine. There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore.

In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc. For navigation and communications purposes the vessel is equipped with a radar set, two com- passes, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.

THE CREW
The crewmembers are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this ship. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. On thematic voyages in special areas, the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area. The atmosphere onboard is informal.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU
Every berth is supplied with a duvet and sheets. Sleeping bags are therefore not required. A small rucksack or bag is convenient during walks. Suitcases take up a great deal of space in the cabin; it’s better to carry your luggage in bags. On deck we recommend shoes with somewhat rough and by preference soft soles. On land we advise firm, waterproof walking boots. Other practical items are your health insurance papers and of course a valid passport.

Other items to be considered are:

  • Binoculars, not only for watching birds, dolphins and whales, but also for looking at the coast.
  • Sunglasses and suntan oil
  • Warm and waterproof and windproof clothing. A number of thin layers of clothing provide better protection against the cold than one thick layer. Ashore less heavy clothing than a sailing suit is recommended.
  • Boots. When stepping out of the dinghy to reach the shore you will regularly step in water up to your ankles. Simple rubber boots with warm socks will give the necessary protection.
  • Photographic equipment or video camera

SEA SICKNESS
The wind pressure in the sails results in a sailing ship lying much steadier in the water than a motorized ship. Almost everybody becomes used to the movement of the ship within one day. Should you however be apprehensive of difficulties during the crossings you can stick special plasters behind your ears, or take seasickness pills.
The shipping company provides optimal safety for all guests, but that does not relieve you of your own responsibilities. On a moving ship accidents can happen easily and when you are dependant on medicines, it can have serious effects when you are seasick. Furthermore, medical care is not directly available out at sea, so if your mental or physical health is not optimal you will be at extra risk during a sea voyage. For instance (but not limited to), if you are a bad walker, have diabetes, a heart- or vascular decease or epilepsy, if you use blood thinners or medicines that make you less alert and in any doubt, we urgently ask you to gather information from your doctor. On the booking form you have to fill in any medical information that might be of importance onboard.

CONTACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Family and friends at home can follow the ships news and progress via our website. In case of an emergency the ship can be reached directly by Iridium satellite telephone. However this services is rather costly. It is best to contact the shipping office. We can contact the vessel via the Satcom.

INSURANCE
The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay onboard. However, it does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. Of course you have health insurance. Most of the time your insurance will not cover the costs to repatriate you in case of illness or accidents abroad. For both reasons you at least need a travel insurance, possibly in combination with a cancellation insurance.

MONEY DURING A VOYAGE
Before your departure the shipping company will send you an invoice for your stay and the meals during your stay onboard. The consumptions will have to be paid onboard in cash at the end of the voyage.

MEALS ON BOARD
Our experienced cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks will be charged at normal bar prices at the end of the journey.

Dates: 23rd February – 8th March 2016

Price:

  • two person cabin: 2,600 EUR per person including meals
  • four person cabin: 2,250 EUR per person including meals

Start point: Martinique

End point: Aruba

Operator

This fantastic three-masted topsail schooner is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship she is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail and we love the brilliant voyages she undertakes that you can join, with no previous sailing experience, as voyage crew.

Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship like this is a very special experience. You join the crew sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this as the professional crew explains everything you need to know!

Adventure seekers joining this amazing vessel do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. It’s an informal feeling on board and the main point of a voyage is to have a hands-on, active experience and exposure to the sea and sailing as well as the regions you travel between. That said, the ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. Think ‘active days & comfortable nights!’

All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and the showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.

The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure a cozy temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.

Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.

The vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 people also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On some voyages the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area.

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