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Christmas Sailing in the Caribbean

  • Vessel: Chronos
  • Where: Caribbean
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Martinique - 23 December 2019, 18:00
  • Disembark: Antigua - 30 December 2019, 10:00

Escape the holiday season madness to sail and explore the culture of the colourful Caribbean islands on Chronos as she sails from Martinique to Antigua.

Join Chronos in the Caribbean for Christmas as she sails her way north through the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Spend the festive season relaxing in the Caribbean sunshine in the luxury and comfort of yacht Chronos with 7 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.

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 festive 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 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, making use of Chronos’ 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.

Chronos 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 Chronos 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 Chronos 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. 

 

Schedule

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Christmas Sailing in the Caribbean23 December 20197FULLFull

Chronos

Guest berths: 26 Rig: Bermudan Ketch

Built and registered in Bodrum, Turkey but spending her days sailing the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Chronos was purpose built as a charter vessel in 2013, 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.

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 Chronos 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. Chronos also offers her guests the options of using her water skiing, wake-board, tube riding, kneeboard, banana boat, kayak and snorkelling & dive 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 a saloon with a plasma TV! 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 Chronos.

 

Deck plan

Chronos deck plan More about Chronos

FAQ

  • 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?

    English/German/Dutch

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Chronos has 1 Master Cabin (14 m²), 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?

    Yes.

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No.

  • 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.

Locations

From: Martinique

To: Antigua