Christmas and New Year sailing in the Caribbean
- Vessel: Rhea
- Where: Caribbean
- Duration: 16 days
- Embark: Le Marin, Martinique - 21 December 2019, 18:00
- Disembark: Martinique - 5 January 2020, 10:00
Enjoy the festive season onboard luxury yacht Rhea as she sails and explores the beauty of the colourful Caribbean islands.
Join Rhea for Christmas and New Year as she sails her way South through the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Spend the festive season relaxing in the Caribbean sunshine in the luxury and comfort of yacht Rhea with 16 days sailing and exploring these beautiful turquoise waters, island hopping your way from Martinique down to Grenada before working your way back to Martinique.
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 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. Sail onto the island of St Lucia, a true Caribbean paradise. If the weather is fair, Rhea will anchor in the beautiful Piton Bay with views of the Piton themselves. Volcanic spires that rise out of the water almost vertically, they are one of the most spectacular landmarks of St Lucia.
Onto St Vincent and the Grenadines, a southern Caribbean nation comprising the main island, St. Vincent and a chain of smaller idyllic islands. With azure blue harbours, chic private isles and volcanic landscapes, the Grenadines are made of islands such as reef-lined Bequia Island, the celebrity island of Mustique and the snorkelling paradise in the colourful underwater world of Tobago Cays. Seemingly untouched by tourist exploitation, these islands offer white sandy beaches on deserted islands, crystal clear waters gently rolling the shores, refreshing waterfalls to explore and great walking trails throughout. Don’t worry if you fall in love and want to return straight away because your journey back in the second week will see you here again, discovering what you may have missed the first time around!
Toward the end of your first week, you will aim for the island of Carriacou belonging to Grenada. It’s known for its coral reefs and clear shallow waters – another perfect swimming and snorkelling spot! Sandy beaches include horseshoe-shaped Tyrell Bay Beach, where traditional colourful Caribbean boats built in the 1800s dot the shoreline. Carriacou Museum located in an old cotton mill features exhibitions on the island’s interesting African, French and British history.
Pit stop at St Georges Bay on the main island of Grenada before beginning your journey back towards St Vincent and the Grenadines to Union Island and the paradise that is Bequia. Union Island is the home of Tobago Cays and once relied on piracy and contraband to support its economy. Today more honest methods are used and the island itself has a friendly local nature about it, being less “touristy” than some islands nearby. Wander the hills, enjoy a drink in the local bars or take a swim with sea turtles.
Next stop is the island of Bequia (pronounced “beck-way“) and is said to be the most perfect island in the whole of the Caribbean. Picture perfect beaches hug the shoreline where friendly locals stroll and a slow pace of life creates an environment that is unforgettable. What better way is there to start the new year?! Also home to a sea turtle sanctuary, diving tours, and a plethora of museums & bars – you won’t run out of things to do on this beautiful island. Begin your journey back to the island of Martinique via an anchorage at Wallilabou Bay on the mainland of St Vincent. Famed for being the principal location for the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this picturesque anchorage is still home to much of the film set. Explore and wander in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow and soak up the pirate life in the dedicated museum here!
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. Dive from the boat and swim in the turquoise blue waters, and make use of Rhea’s onboard watersports equipment!
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.
Rhea offers daily cabin service, a rich breakfast buffet, a light 2-course lunch at noon, coffee, tea and cake in the afternoon, and a 3-course dinner in the evening. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and on the last evening, the Captain’s Dinner will be served. One evening a week, all guests eat at their own expense on land to get to know the local cuisine.
With Rhea as your base, great food included and some beautiful bucket list locations; this is a festive holiday experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed!
*Please note that an exact itinerary cannot be guaranteed due to the changing winds and tides but rest assured Rhea will show you the true magic of the Caribbean.
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, water sports (wakeboarding, water skiing, banana boat chargeable, sea kayak, SUP) However Stand Up Paddleboards and snorkelling (adult size only) are free of charge) with motor drive and trips organized by us are chargeable as an extra. However, we offer this at moderate prices and are well below the prices of other cruises. An average of 10% of the travel price as onboard consumption may serve as a guide. The onboard currency is the Euro. We will open an onboard account for you on the day of arrival, from which you can pay all personal expenses.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Christmas and New Year sailing in the Caribbean||21 December 2019||16||FULL||Full|
Guest berths: 26 Rig: Bermudan Ketch
Like her sister Chronos, Rhea was built and designed in Bodrum, Turkey but is registered in Holland and spends her days sailing the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The youngest in our fleet, Rhea was purpose built as a charter vessel in 2016 and finished in 2017 as a two-masted, 54m staysail ketch.
This beautiful Ketch was designed by Klaus Röder who based his design on a classic yacht whilst keeping up with the modern day ketch; built for performance sailing and guest comfort. The classic rig of a Bermuda Ketch with a large boom was conceptualised and designed by Klaas Huizinga.
Built with luxury in mind, the outline on deck is of teak and mahogany with plenty of space to sun-bath, read a book and enjoy the views. All the sails are electronically retractable, so no need to learn the ropes here. (The crew are, however, more than happy for guests to get involved with the operating and sailing of Rhea as much as they would like!)
An admiralty ladder provides the perfect place to jump off into the warm Caribbean waters, have a swim and climb back aboard with ease. Rhea also offers her guests the options of using her water skiing, wake-board, tube riding, banana boat, 2 kayaks, 2 stand up Paddleboards, snorkelling equipment and even a sail dinghy (QubaRS)
The deckhouse offers its very own small bar whilst below decks offers still more space to relax with another dining area, as well as her on-deck dining area. Her private cabins, offering both queen size beds and single bunks, all have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
The professional crew consists of the Skipper, first mate, mechanic, bosun, cook and 4 stewards, so you will most certainly be looked after during your time aboard Rhea.
Deck planMore about Rhea
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Rhea has 2 Long Cabins (11 m²) and 10 Deluxe Cabins (12-13 m²) all sleeping 2 people.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
All cabins have their own ensuite.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
From: Le Marin, Martinique