Private Charter in the Caribbean
- Vessel: Florette
- Where: Grenada
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: St Georges Bay, Grenada - 27 January 2024, 16:00
- Disembark: TBD.. - 3 February 2024, 10:00
Take historic tall ship Florette for your very own bespoke private charter adventure in the Caribbean from the island of Grenada.
Join historic tall ship Florette on the island of Grenada for a Caribbean sailing adventure to remember. This voyage is for whole boat private charter in the Caribbean so choose your route and your favourite people to discover a tropical paradise under sail.
Starting on the island of Grenada you’ll have 8 days to island hop through secluded anchorages, wander colourful Caribbean streets and explore rainforest hiking trails ashore. Get involved in all aspects of sailing such a magnificent historic tall ship as she makes the most of the Caribbean trade winds. Relax on sandy shores as coconut palms sway in the breeze and discover coral reefs and sea turtles as you use the boats kayaks and paddle-boards in the water.
- Traditional tall ship sailing
- Hands-on sailing experience
- Caribbean island hopping
- swimming & snorkelling
- Kayaks & SUP’s
- Private Cabins
YOUR SAILING AREA
It is said that St Georges Bay on the island of Grenada is one the most picturesque bays in the Caribbean – the perfect place to start your Caribbean private charter sailing holiday. Florette can sleep 23-28 guests in 12 private cabins and the charter will come fully crewed and on a half board basis (read more in the Life on Board section). Aside from starting on the island of Grenada, you have 8 days to route plan alongside Captain Ron (and the wind of course!). You could head north to explore the idyllic Windward island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines and return to Grenada or continue island hopping through Dominica, Guadeloupe and finish in Antigua – the choice is yours.
The south of the island is home to crater lakes, swimming spots under waterfalls and sweet smelling cocoa and spice plantations. There are plenty of white soft-sand beaches, with palm trees swaying in the breeze and quirky beach bars serving up the very best spiced Caribbean rum! Grenada is also home to the 14th natural wonder of the world – the underwater sculpture park. Created 20 years ago by a local artists to encourage coral growth and attract new marine life to the area. Grab your snorkel and fins and discover this underwater paradise – you might even be joined by a sea turtle or two.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
The Windward Islands in the Caribbean are made up of St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of tiny idyllic islands providing a plethora of picturesque anchorages.
An intriguing island covered in dense jungle, rolling hills and lined with black volcanic sandy beaches. Discover the set used for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and explore waterfalls just a short walk from the beach. Spend some time here snorkelling, swimming and kayaking the coastline full of natural rock formations and archways.
Tobago Cays is a true underwater paradise. Peer off the side of the boat into crystal clear waters and you’ll be rewarded with colourful shoals of fish and fascinating coral reefs. You could spend days here kayaking and exploring. There is a turtle sanctuary nearby so swimming alongside turtles and stingrays is almost guaranteed. Run a line off the boat to catch a Red Snapper or two and take it ashore for a beachside BBQ where star-gazing as the night draws in is a real treat for the eyes!
The island of Carriacou belongs to Grenada but lies within the Grenadines island chain. There are so many tiny uninhabited islands surrounding Carriacou with miles of sandy white beaches and coral reefs, you won’t be short of anchorages and places to relax away from the big cruise ships! Sit back with a fresh coconut drink as you enjoy the sun setting while watching pelicans dive bomb the water for their supper.
The island of Bequia (pronounced beck-way) directly translates into “island of the clouds”. One of the prettiest islands in the Grenadines, you’ll certainly see why it’s top of the anchorage list. Seemingly untouched by mass tourism, the island retains its authentic Caribbean charm with friendly locals and a truly relaxed way of life.
An unforgettable and versatile sailing holiday with daily trips to explore ashore, offering a pleasant contrast to the social life on board. Swim, snorkel and kayak in secluded bays with crystal-clear water and miles of soft sandy white beaches.
All voyages for Florette
Guest berths: 28 Rig: Brigantine
Florette is the last active, originally built brigantine in the Mediterranean and one of the last wooden windjammers that are still actively sailing. After nearly 50 years operating as a cargo ship and a world war, she was discovered by the Haynes family at the end of the 70s, lovingly restored to a charter vessel and returned to her original condition. She still remains in the same family, sailing and exploring the Mediterranean to this day.
Over the past 45 years, Family Haynes has been faithfully restoring and maintaining her charm with her traditional rigging and still set all her sails by hand. As she was built to carry over 200t of marble deep sea, her construction is twice as strong as compared to a normal ship of her size. She is constructed with double oaked frames and up to 13 meters long, 14 cm thick ironwood planks (azobe). Her topsides are built in the finest mahogany. She was originally launched in winter of 1921 in Italy as a pure wooden sailing ship with no engine to serve as a cargo ship. She still runs cargo trips across the Atlantic today.
She has been equipped with the latest safety standards in accordance with EU guidelines for historic charter and sailing school ships and approved for deep-sea navigation.
Florette maintains a full ocean classification for historical sail training and charter vessel. She actively sails 6-7 months in the Mediterranean and spent last winter crossing the Atlantic and sailing in the Caribbean.More about Florette
LIFE ON BOARD
AUTHENTIC TALL SHIP SAILING
Florette and her crew always try to combine traditional classic sailing while immersing guests in the natural landscapes ashore; volcanoes, ancient culture and the specialities of the regional Italian cuisine. Florette invites you to get involved with her traditional sailing. With an original rig, it is certainly an all-hands on deck approach – which is surely part of the magic to this adventure sailing holiday.
Sailing Florette is a true family affair. Captain Ron is the 2nd generation to run and sail Florette with his family after his parents bought the boat back in the 70’s. Ron was brought up on the boat, as he is now doing with his family. Alongside Ron and his wife Nicole, Florette is fully crewed with experienced and knowledgeable sailors. Nicole is also the boats chef, cooking up fabulous cuisine, so you won’t be going hungry after a day of sailing and exploring.
Florette commands attention wherever she sails with her traditional wooden hull, decoratively carved transom and her impressive sail rig. Sailing with her is part of the magic of this adventure holiday and is a huge part of the experience. She also has sea kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling gear for guests to use at no extra cost. There is also fishing gear available which is used to catch fresh fish for supper!
Sleeping and Relaxation
Florette is one of the larger boats in our fleet so she has ample space both above and below decks. Her Captain and family live-aboard but they have their own separate quarters. Guests can enjoy private cabins in combinations of 2-3 berth bunks. All cabins share a total of four toilets and three showers with another shower on deck for a rinse off after some sea swimming. For Caribbean voyages only, under 30’s have the chance for a true authentic Caribbean pirate experience to stay in a hammock! Each hammock will be allocated a seamans chest for any belongings and will strung up in the saloon between 9pm and 8am.
A generous saloon, bar and eating area sit below decks with a traditional wooden finish. Above decks there is a large cushioned area for relaxation, sun-bathing or sleeping beneath the stars (bring your own sleeping bag if this is something you fancy!). An alfresco dining area sits mid-ships, perfect for lunches in the sun or dinners at sunset.
Nicole prepares meals using local fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and local fish to make excellent, healthy dishes. Breakfast onboard everyday and six meals are included in the ticket price. These six meals can be a combination of lunches or dinners with the rest of guest meals eaten ashore at guests expense. The ticket price reflects this and gives guests the opportunity to sample and enjoy the local cuisine. If for some reason, Florette cannot get guests ashore, meals will be offered from the boat at a reasonable price.
Please check the What’s included tab for a breakdown of the ticket price and the board cash.
- HALF BOARD – All breakfast (includes tea and coffee), six meals (combination of lunch or dinner)
- Use of all facilities on board including snorkelling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
- All bedding (pillow, duvet, bedding)
- All tender trips during the voyage, to and fro the boat
- Full crew, plus tuition
What’s not included
BOARD CASH (in EUROS OR USD)
- (€20 per person, per trip for water maker (unlimited water)
- €14 per person, per day for waste charge)
- 6-7 meals ashore (at guests expense)
- Tea/Coffee/Alcohol (cash honesty bar)
- Wash or swim towels
- Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck (only if you want!)
- Any local taxes including departure and landing tax – estimated to be between €100-200 per person . If there are places guests want to go that have a landing tax, the cost will be split between those that want to go and added to your honesty tab.
- Domestic flights
- Crew and tour leader tips
Florette and her crew can organise extra activities for guests including things like wine tasting, BBQ evenings and pizza making nights. None of these are mandatory and will depend on the feeling of the group but once agreed, will be planned, costed and split between the guests. Florette runs a very fair ship and is transparent with any extra costs. All guests are responsible for recording their own usage/extras in their honesty tab which is payable in EUROS/USD at the end of the trip.
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Florette?
There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season. Guests will just need to ensure they are following any international guidelines to travel to the boat.
Are all meals included?
Not all meals are included. Breakfast is provided everyday and 6 meals are included in the price, which will be lunch or dinner depending on the itinerary. Lunch can be eaten ashore or extra meals may be offered but there will be an extra charge.
Are there any added extra's?
Soft drinks & alcohol may be purchased onboard.
Are drinks included?
Tea/Coffee is included at breakfast. All other drinks/alcohol can be purchased onboard with an honesty bar.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please ask at the time of booking.
Are there any water toys?
Yes, Florette carries Kayaks and SUP's for guests use - a buoyancy jacket must be worn.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins, 4x hammock bunks
How many toilet/showers does she have?
4 toilets with 3 showers & 1 deck shower
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, please bring european adaptors
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.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is but towels are not. If you would like to sleep under the stars on deck, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
From: St Georges Bay, Grenada
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights to Grenada require a changeover in St Lucia when flying from the UK. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic provide the quickest route from London Gatwick with a total fly time of about 10.5 hours.
Another alternative for more frequent flight options, a larger offering of departure airports and sometimes a cheaper way to travel, is to fly from the UK to Barbados. London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle all offer flights to Barbados where you can then take a flight to Grenada with InterCaribbean Airways. Flight time is approx. 55 minutes and flights run 4 times a week.
Grenada Airport (GND) requires taking an 11 minute taxi ride into St George’s, Grenada’s capital city. Flights go to Grenada Airport from;
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- Belfast City (BHD)