Caribbean Sailing, Martinique to Antigua
- Vessel: Twister
- Where: Caribbean
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Martinique - 21 February 2020, 15:00
- Disembark: Antigua - 2 March 2020, 10:00
Sail and explore the culture of the colourful Caribbean islands on Twister as she sails from Martinique to Antigua.
Join Twister in the Caribbean for winter sun sailing as she works her way north through the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Spend 10 days sailing and exploring these beautiful turquoise waters and island hopping your way from Martinique to Antigua.
Your holiday will begin on the rugged and volcanic Caribbean island of Martinique. An overseas region of France, with its culture reflecting a lovely blend of French and West Indian influence. The north of the island is mountainous and home to Mont Pelée, an active volcano with an abundance of dense rainforest. The sand on the beaches in the north is a silvery grey as a result of the historic volcanic ash. The south of the island, however, is home to the iconic white sands with Fort-de-France its largest town, featuring steep hills and quaint narrow streets and the gardens of La Savane bordered by shops and cafes. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1502, after a 21-day trade wind passage he christened the island as Martinica.
From here you will sail north and island hop to islands such as Dominica and Guadeloupe, finishing in Antigua. Guadeloupe is another French overseas region with its main island in the shape of a butterfly with the Salée River running in between. The mainland is hilly and home to long beaches and sugarcane fields. Parc National de la Guadeloupe encompasses the beautiful Carbet Falls and the volcano of La Grande Soufrière. Guadeloupe also has smaller islands that include Marie-Galante and La Désirade. The island of Dominica is mountainous and covered in rainforest reserves teeming with wildlife. The National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake, hot springs and the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls. The capital of Dominica, Roseau, is full of colourful timber houses and beautiful botanical gardens.
There is no fixed itinerary for your sailing holiday so there is no guarantee that you will reach all the islands listed as Twister will need to sail where the wind and weather take her. The Skipper will have a better idea of the holiday plan as you board Twister and will give a briefing on your first evening.
The beauty of being on a ship in these breathtaking islands is that we can take you to the unspoilt, authentic Caribbean, away from the busy resorts and beaches. Experience true Caribbean culture, from small fishing villages to lively, colourful carnivals. The crew will aim to give you time to explore the islands as you wish, finding harbours to berth at and secluded bays to anchor in. Feel the sand between your toes, soak up the wonderfully colourful Caribbean culture, snorkel with the fantastic marine life or simply kick back and relax on the beach.
Wildlife in the Caribbean is a real treat. Spot graceful Green and Loggerhead Sea Turtles gliding effortlessly through the water and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming with the wake of the bow. Whales also frequent the Caribbean sea, with the warm water providing the perfect breeding grounds at this time of year for the humpback whale. Birdlife in the Caribbean is an incredibly beautiful sight. Keep your binoculars at the ready to spot these colourful delights. With species only native to the Caribbean, these are once in a lifetime encounters! Pink Flamingoes are also a common bird across the Caribbean islands; these sociable creatures inhabit the blue lagoons, mudflats and lakes, living in colonies that can contain thousands of individuals.
Onboard schooner Twister, we combine luxury with the traditional to provide a unique sailing holiday experience, as either a novice sailor or an experienced hand. Like most of the Venturesail fleet, the aim is to include you in as much or as little as you wish to take part in; hoisting of the sails, helming the ship or simply being on wildlife watch and soaking up the Caribbean sunshine. We believe that in our fast-moving modern world, there is a great deal of satisfaction to work as part of a team aboard a ship from a bygone era; navigating the seas, discovering new islands and enjoying that winter sunshine. Twister’s crew are exactly who you want to be joining you whilst you holiday. Their accommodating nature and experience will instantly put you at ease and they will undoubtedly look after you and even if you have no experience, they will instil great confidence in literally – helping you to learn the ropes.
Twister has its very own chef, having previously worked in 5-star restaurants, he prides himself on freshly cooked and locally sourced produce. He will often be the first to jump ashore as soon as the sails are down in search of a local delicacy! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks are all included in your ticket price and alcohol and soft drinks can be purchased onboard at a reduced rate.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Caribbean Sailing, Martinique to Antigua||21 February 2020||10||£1,500||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Schooner
Originally built with a wooden hull in 1902, Twister’s original purpose was to transport fish between fishing boats and back to the harbour. To ensure the fish remained fresh, Twister was built and rigged for speed.
During her working life, she was refitted with a steel hull and after several other owners, she was transformed in 1998 into a luxury passenger vessel. Renovated again in 2012, she was updated with all new safety features/equipment and all the modern comforts you could possibly want from a charter vessel.
With her graceful design and sailing lines, Twister is still a very fast, reliable ship and is truly comfortable under full sail. Her build and modern rigging system, allows her to perform excellently both on the Ijsselmeer, Baltic Sea and out on the Atlantic ocean, with most of her time spent in the North & Baltic Sea when she isn’t making the voyage down to the Canary Islands or around the Caribbean.
Come on board for an exhilarating sailing holiday aboard this classic two-masted schooner. Whether at the helm, on deck or in the cosy wheelhouse, the vessel is much loved by all her guests – Twister’s accommodation of 2 and 3 berth cabins makes her a perfect ship for families too.
Deck planMore about Twister
Are all meals included in the price?
Yes, all meals and food on board is included in the price, as well as all warm and soft drinks - i.e., everything except alcohol. There is however a cash bar on board.
What language is spoken on board?
English, Dutch and some German.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are two twin cabins, and four three bed cabins. All beds are singles, and if you want a cabin to yourself just let us know, but please note the price will increase by 30%.
Is there WIFI?
Twister has emergency WIFI only so please ensure your devices are set up for international travel. During most trips, she travels close enough to the land to still pick up a good 3G/4G connection.
How many bathrooms and/or showers does she have?
Twister has two individual toilets and two individual showers for guest use.
Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes. Whilst the generator is running and/or Twister is connected to shore power; all cabins have a working European plug socket (so please take an adaptor if required). There is an emergency plug socket connected to a battery store if needed. Please ask the crew.
Are Life Jackets provided?
Yes. When and if necessary, Twister has both inflated and inflatable life jackets.
Are Waterproofs Provided?
No, please bring your own.